Reader Comments

AT&T offers new details on three-tier subscription VOD service for 2019

by Tory Penington (2019-09-08)

id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> AT&T is banking on hit content like HBO's Game of Thrones to propel its future growth. 

44565862321_47b7d3ec44_b.jpgHBO AT&T is going all-in on streaming video services. 

The telecom giant, in the midst of a transformation into an entertainment powerhouse via its acquisition of Time Warner, offered a business update that included new details on its plans for a subscription video-on-demand service. 

The service, planned for the fourth quarter, 온라인바카라 will have three tiers: a low-end option focused on movies, a midtier service bundling blockbuster movies and original programming and a top-end service that includes the first two plus more WarnerMedia and licensed content. AT&T plans to launch the service in the fourth quarter of next year. 

The details are further evidence of AT&T's push to lean into entertainment services as its future growth-driver at a time when its wireless business faces tremendous competition from the likes of Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. While the other carriers have retrenched into their core wireless services, AT&T has aggressively expanded into the media world.

The company likewise teased a second subscription VOD service that would be supported by advertisement, saying only that it would launch in the future. These services come on top of its HBO Go premium service, as well as live streaming TV services like DirecTV Now and AT&T Watch. Though the company hasn't said more about the new services, it's likely that programming from HBO will appear in them, given the intense interest in properties like Game of Thrones and Westworld. 

On the wireless front, AT&T said it expects to continue growing revenue and profits in wireless through its investment in 5G services, as well as its FirstNet network, which is dedicated to emergency services. While its entertainment ambitions are high, the mobility business continues to bring in the largest share of revenue, at 40 percent. 

Overall, AT&T expects adjusted earnings growth in the low-single digits.

Netpicks: What's on your favorite video streaming sites around the web.

What we know about Disney's streaming service: It's getting ready to rival Netflix.

DirecTV Now
Review • Live TV streamer is stronger on channels, weaker on DVR
News • DirecTV Now adds HBO, raises prices by $10 a month
Share your voice
Comments Tags
Mobile Digital Media Game of Thrones 5G HBO AT&T