Well eating some of my own words!
Just signed up for ATT TV with the Entertainment level. That level has all the channels I actually care about though it is missing a few of some very rarely watched channels. So not a big deal. Streaming is almost always a trade-off between channel selection and money.
What attracted me to it was that they are now giving a $100 rebate for those only signing up for TV and a full year of HBO/HBO Max as well as the usual 3 months of the other premiums. The plan is to keep it for 12 months then cancel and pay the ETF. With the rebate and ETF figured in, it brings the effective monthly cost to $57/month which is a good deal IMO.
Using their app since I don’t have their little box yet the results are mixed.
AppleTV 4K - No 5.1 audio, which just ticks me off! Performance otherwise is fine though it takes playing around with some odd ways the remote interacts with the app. The DVR is 500 hours and 90 day retention which works fine for me. It works very well and the search function is very good. HD PQ is right up their with the best streamers, audio is fine except for missing 5.1 on the ATV.
FireTV Cube - 5.1 audio in all its glory!! But the audio levels are fairly low requiring me to push the soundbar a bit to get the volume levels I want. Overall performance is sluggish though everything works. Trick play on the FireTV works, but other than the timeline you can’t tell whether you are past the ads yet, kind of irritating. On the AppleTV it attempts to show the video while you use trick play but can’t keep up to make it really good.
Hopefully their little box will be good though because of missing apps it won’t be the one box fits all that the ATV is.