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By this time next year, we may look back and remember when AT&T and DirecTV were separate entities. Nothing is yet imminent, but word on the web is that AT&T is gauging DirecTV's level of interest in being bought out in a deal that could have a monumental impact in the intertwined telecom and pay TV industry. DirecTV's satellite service is home to around 20 million customers, with another 5.7 million signed up for AT&T's TV service. If the two firms agreed on a deal and were allowed to merge, their combined subscribers would be in striking distance of where Comcast is headed with its... Read more...
A thing is worth whatever others are willing to pay for it, and amid speculation as to how much TV and movie streaming service Hulu is worth has ranged from half a billion dollars or so to as much as $2 billion. According to a Reuters report, sources say that at least three bidders have offered a cool billion each, including Yahoo! and DirecTV. The identity of the third billion-dollar bidder is unknown. News Corp and Disney currently own Hulu, but Yahoo! has submitted a formal bid, and DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Silver Lake (a part owner of Hollywood agency William Morris, with whom its making... Read more...
DirecTV is reportedly giving some serious thought to making an offer for Hulu, the six-year-old video streaming site. Should DirecTV make a formal bid, it's not a foregone conclusion that Hulu would accept it, as the site's owners -- Walt Disney Co., News Corp., and Comcast -- are looking at various options, including bids from other interested parties. Citing people who are familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports that DirecTV could use the acquisition to beef up its "TV Everywhere" service, a platform that makes its content available to pay TV subscribers over the Internet. You... Read more...
I'm a big fan of DirecTV, without which I'd have a harder time following my Boston sports teams now that I no longer live in the New England area. It's an expensive luxury, as all those sports packages quickly add up, and apparently DirecTV has found other ways of cashing in on the love of competition in America. The satellite provider has reportedly begun adding a surcharge for some new customers for local sports channels. Lest we blow this out of proportion, it's only a $3 per month surcharge, but it's still annoying. According to the Los Angeles Times, it applies to new customers who live in... Read more...
The advent of the DVR was a life-changing innovation--it sounds shallow to say, but admit it, it’s true--and now DIRECTV believes it’s taken the technology to new level with its DIRECTV Genie. The DVR lets you record up to 5 shows simultaneously, and playback is nearly as powerful; a single Genie DVR serves up to three additional TVs in the house, although it sounds like each device will need a client. The single DVR enables the household to watch up to 4 live TV channels or recordings simultaneously, with full DVR functionality such as pause and rewind. If you like getting recommendations... Read more...
Good news for DirecTV customers who have been paying for over two dozen blacked-out channels for the last week or so (seriously DirectTV, can we get some money back on our next bill for that mess?): Viacom and DirecTV have settled their dispute, and Viacom has restored 17 of the 26 channels it blocked when a distribution deal between the two companies expired and new terms couldn’t be reached. It’s not clear what the financials of the new deal are--neither company disclosed them--but a Bloomberg report has it pegged at $600 million. Previously, DirecTV said that Viacom wanted a cool... Read more...
Usually, when industry titans do battle, it’s a good thing for consumers (patent wars notwithstanding). Companies scramble to outdo each other, one-upping the competition’s latest product and forcing down prices, and begging for our loyalty and money. In the TV world, unfortunately, the sniping and quarreling only serve to tick everyone off and suck in innocent bystanders, like an ugly divorce where each partner tries to enlist the support of the kids by bad-mouthing the other. The latest scrum is between DirecTV and Viacom over an expiring distribution agreement; apparently, the two... Read more...
TiVo. What a brand. Everyone with a DVR has probably slipped up and called their generic DVR a "TiVo" at some point, and now the company's hoping to replace some of those black boxes with genuine TiVo boxes courtesy of a deal with DirecTV. The company announced this week the nationwide availability of the TiVo HD DVR from DirecTV, better known as DirecTiVo. "DIRECTV customers nationwide can now experience the TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV, which combines TiVo's award-winning user interface with DIRECTV's great lineup of HD programming," said David Sandford, Vice President, General Manager of TiVo's... Read more...
If you’re a DirecTV customer, you may have suddenly noticed little messages from DirecTV about Fox while scrolling through the Guide. Apparently, the two are fighting over retransmission fees, with DirecTV threatening to drop Fox programs as early as November 1. The back-and-forth has gotten a little ugly; both Fox and DirecTV have set up websites outlining their respective positions on the issue. DirecTV has www.ourpromisetoyou.com, where it asks if we would like to pay 40% more for the Fox channels we already get, because that’s what DirecTV says Fox wants to force us to do. Fox set... Read more...
Talk about a strange way to introduce a product. We're all about health and hygiene, but health and consumer electronics don't often go together without an infomercial being involved. However, DirecTV's latest offering combines the two quite interestingly, and those who travel often will no doubt appreciate the gesture. The company's Residential Experience for Hotels offers more than just 100+ HD channels. It also provides the first anti-microbial remote designed specifically for DirecTV for use in the lodging industry. The world's largest pay-TV company is looking to seriously upgrade TV service... Read more...
There's no question that Internet TV has changed the entire entertainment landscape. Pay-TV providers don't have the assurances they once had, and now they're branching out and providing all sorts of extra services in an effort to entice consumers to stay who might otherwise ditch cable / satellite and rely solely on Hulu / Netflix for their entertainment fix. DirecTV is obviously a huge player in all of this, and they're certainly working to beef up efforts to keep consumers happy. One of the ways is by launching HBO Go and MAX Go on April 12th, which gives customers who subscribe their TV lineup... Read more...
These days, pay-TV providers are doing just about anything to get people to keep their cable subscriptions. And that usually includes building an iPhone and/or iPad app to make interacting with their services that much easier. Comcast has an app, Verizon has a FiOS TV app and DISH Network has an app. So what DirecTV? They're on the ball, and they're obviously preparing an iPad app of their own. It's an iPad remote app, and while there isn't any streaming (yet), it's one of the more customizable options available. We say "yet" because we doubt very seriously that it won't support streaming forever.... Read more...
The DirecTV and DISH Network battle is becoming more heated by the month. Not only are the two competing hard on price and content, but now DISH has another reason to choose their services. Well, if you own an iPad. The pay-TV provider has announced today that DISH Remote Access, the free application that gives DISH Network customers the ability to watch their live and recorded TV on compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops, is now available for the iPad. That means that you'll be able to watch live DISH TV content on the iPad, for free. To enjoy live and recorded TV viewing on the iPad, DISH... Read more...
Yep, it's really happening. 3D content is finally arriving on television sets, which is arguably the last major puzzle piece that in-home 3D had to solve. 3D glasses are here, as are 3D HDTVs. And there's at least some demand for having 3D support around in the home. But if there's no 3D programming to enjoy, what's the use in having the 3D hardware around? DirecTV was well aware of this, and now they're becoming the first major pay-TV provider to launch an actual suite of 3D channels. ESPN 3D was the first actual 3D channel to go live with the start of the World Cup, but now n3D (which is being... Read more...
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