There’s been a recent trend of telecommunications companies getting into content services over the past few years – networks like T-Mobile’s Binge On and Verizon’s Go90 being just two examples. Now we hear from Variety, that AT&T is working with the Chernin Group to develop their own such network. The twist? This one will reportedly focus only on gaming & anime. According to the Variety report, AT&T will be bringing together various different streaming channels into one subscription service.
According to various sources who are familiar with the plan, the network is said to be incorporating anime sites like Crunchyroll & various others from outside partners, and will either be marketing it as one bundle or (in my hopes), a customizable, a la carte service, along the lines of what Amazon recently did with their video subscription service.
AT&T has been using the internal name “Project X” (how stereotypically geeky, right?), but there have been some trademark registrations over the last year or so (as well as quite a few domain name registrations) which imply that the service will be called “Vrv”. Variety also reported that the release for Vrv could be as early as this month, but may also include a large-scale launch later this year.
Since our very own Belle & Ron have been recently cutting the cord from their DirecTV, it’s made me think a lot about what kinds of content I want to focus on getting at home, and possibly getting rid of all the crap I don’t watch. Therefore, I am going to keep an eye on this, and see what other announcements are made. I would really like to see some price points come out of this soon, as I’m sure that would help consumers make a more informed decision as to whether or not they want to use this service as part of their streaming experience(s).
What about you, dear readers? Do you prefer streaming services like the one that AT&T is planning? Would you like to see a bundle or a customizable plan? Let us know in the comments!