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AT&T's New Streaming Service Offers 100 Channels for $35

Published On 10/25/2016 Published On 10/25/2016
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Thanks to services like Netflix, Sling TV, and Playstation Vue as well as devices like the Apple TV, it's already fairly easy to get access to live TV, shows, and movies without being tethered to a damn cable bill every month. Now, AT&T is gearing up to launch its own major streaming service, which will offer more than 100 channels for $35 per month, or, you know, way cheaper than cable. 

The online-only service, DirecTV Now, is AT&T's big play to undercut the cost of traditional cable services from competitors like Comcast, and interestingly, the new details come just days after the communications giant agreed to acquire Time Warner for more than $85 billion. The service will arrive in November with more than 100 channels, including content from A&E, Scripps, NBC Universal, and Fox, according to a report by Variety, although the full lineup of channels has yet to be revealed. In other words, it could be a truly viable alternative to shelling out for actual cable. 

As Gizmodo points out, the new DirecTV Now service appears to be a pretty good deal compared to competing platforms like Sling TV and Playstation Vue. Specifically, Sling's $25 plan offers about 30 channels and Playstation Vue will give you 100 channels for $55 per month, according to the report. Of course, it's hard to seriously compare the services without DirecTV Now's complete channel list.

Even without the full list of channels, the idea of getting more than 100 of 'em for $35 a month could already be pretty damn appealing, especially if you live for TV and movies and refuse to shell out for cable. Or, you can always just continue to login to apps like HBO Go, Showtime, FX, and others with your parents' cable subscription credentials until something even better comes along...

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and likes the idea of a decent streaming TV service, but doesn't know how he feels about it coming from AT&T. Send news tips to news@thrillist.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.

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