Over the last few years, AT&T has been trying to find a way to address cord cutting. In 2020, AT&T is preparing to dramatically change how they try to reach cord cutters with the launch of HBO Max and the nationwide roll out of AT&T TV.
This was not AT&T’s first effort to shake up the world of TV and, in late 2017, there was one device that likely would have been its best cord cutting service. Sadly, AT&T pulled the plug on it before it was ever released.
In late 2017, we learned that AT&T was working on a way for cord cutters to stream (at the time) DIRECTV NOW to their TV without needing a home Internet connection. AT&T had partnered with Motorola to build a device that would let them do just that.
According to Android Authority, AT&T and Motorola were getting ready to launch a new Moto Mod for their Motorola smartphones that would allow you to cast DIRECTV NOW to your big screen TV and stream it from the AT&T network.
All you would need to do this is to plug in a wireless Internet stick called the AT&T Mobile TV Cast, and your Motorola phone would instantly be able to cast DIRECTV NOW to your TV and stream it using your AT&T Wireless Internet. (Note: DIRECTV NOW at the time did not count against your data cap.)
Sadly, this device was killed before it could hit the market. One of the reasons it was likely killed was the fact that the Moto Mods never ended up being as successful as Motorola had hoped. These devices were add-ons to your Motorola Android-powered smartphones that would add everything from a bigger battery to a better camera. You could even add a projector or an Alexa speaker to your smartphone.
Since the Motorola add-ons died, so did the planned ability stream to your TV using your wireless plan. This would have removed the need to have a home Internet bill to watch your TV. No more worrying about data overages with Comcast, for example.
Hopefully, this idea is not fully dead and some day we will have the ability to use your wireless connection to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and more as the way you get your Internet for your TV streaming.
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