AT&T Removes Spotify From Bundled Premium Packages
AT&T (NYSE: T) is officially preparing to remove Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) from its Unlimited & More Premium plan, supervisors have revealed, although customers still have access to Pandora subscriptions.
Dallas, Texas-based AT&T’s plan to stop offering Spotify subscriptions through Unlimited & More Premium has just been revealed on social media, according to XDA Developers. For reference, AT&T began offering Unlimited & More Premium subscribers access to “WatchTV and a premium channel or music service at no additional cost” in 2018, the AT&T website says.
WatchTV, for its part, allows users to watch over 30 live channels and stream north of 15,000 movies and shows on demand. But the service (which stopped accepting new subscribers over a year ago, for XDA Developers again) will also be removed from Unlimited & More plans, and one Reddit user reported that AT&T announced the development via SMS.
“Hi, this is AT&T. WatchTV will disappear on November 30 with your Spotify subscription paying on November 6, ”the text message read. “You can contact Spotify directly to register and continue the service. The good news is that we bring you HBO Max at no additional cost. To sign up and start streaming HBO Max, visit att.com/spotifyupdates for more information and options regarding your account.
This latest web address confirms the leaked dates regarding the release of Spotify (of Unlimited & More Premium) and WatchTV – without however mentioning the reasons for the changes. But as mentioned, Pandora Premium, which became available to Unlimited & More Premium subscribers in June 2018, looks set to stay on the plan. (AT&T completed its $ 85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, including HBO, Warner Bros., and more, in 2018.)
It should be noted in this regard that Liberty Media held at the end of July nearly 80% of SiriusXM (Pandora’s parent company) as well as around 800,000 AT&T shares, with a total value of $ 21,840,000, taking into account the today’s closing value.
More generally, the precise reasons for removing Spotify from Unlimited & More Premium are not yet clear, but the Stockholm-based audio entertainment service may shed light on the situation in its next earnings report. The analysis of Spotify’s performance in the third quarter of 2021 is expected to be released on Wednesday, October 27.
Spotify opened its Release Radar playlist to advertisers last month, and reports suggest the platform will overtake Apple’s leader in podcasting in the United States over the next two months.