AT&T hopes to offer live sports and news through HBO Max streaming service

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AT&T plans for its upcoming streaming service, HBO Max, to eventually include a live TV element. During a call with investors today, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the company intends to offer live sports as part of the service, potentially including NBA, MLB, and soccer matches, and it could also include a news element. Stephenson said that the company plans to reveal HBO Max at an investor presentation on October 29th before its planned release in 2020.

AT&T is pinning a lot of hope on HBO Max, as it again reported subscriber losses for its existing streaming service, DirecTV Now. This quarter, the service dropped another 168,000 subscribers. That’s down from the 267,000 net subscribers it lost in the first quarter of 2019. The…

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