May 21, 2024
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AT&T has recently announced that its upcoming streaming service will offer three different subscription tiers when it launches in late 2019.

The first tier will offer films from WarnerMedia’s catalogue, while the second tier will offer WarnerMedia TV series and “blockbuster movies,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The third tier, and seemingly the most expensive, will combine films from that library catalogue with original series. This will assumedly include shows from HBO, which AT&T is touting as a big gain for subscribers.

The third bundle will also include “more content licensed from third parties” eventually. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson did not suggest what each tier would cost.

WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey told reporters the end goal is to have subscribers want access to all three tiers, but start at a point they’re financially comfortable with. It’s essentially a packaged bundle, but instead of subscribers choosing from different cable packages, everything is available through a top-tier streaming membership. Spending top dollar will provide members with original TV shows, and access to WarnerMedia’s large library of films and television series.

AT&T and WarnerMedia’s approach to bundled streaming  is exactly what Disney is trying to achieve. Disney is also set to launch its standalone streaming service in fall 2019, but The Hollywood Reporter notes the company is looking to bundle in two other prominent services Hulu and ESPN+ to offer a digital bundle options for consumers.

Now, Disney hasn’t officially announced its plans to bundle its services, but CEO Bob Iger has suggested in previous investor calls that the company is open to exploring those options. But AT&T and WarnerMedia is suggesting that’s the path they want to go down, it seems more than likely that Disney will announce something similar as the launch date for its own streaming service nears

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