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Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are taking their toll on traditional TV subscription offerings, and now more than ever, consumers are cutting the cord in search of cheaper ways to be entertained. Ubiquitous broadband has made this a viable option for many people. It also could lead to AT&T selling off DirecTV, though nothing is imminent. This would be a curious shift in strategy for AT&T, which acquired DirecTV only four years ago for $49 billion. At the time, AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said the purchase made AT&T a "fundamentally different company with a diversified set of capabilities and businesses that set us apart from the competition." "We’ll... Read more...
The cord-cutting movement is going strong, and people all around the world are shedding cable and satellite TV programming. The problem is as more people cut the cord and went with streaming options, prices for internet connectivity have gone up, and pricing on streaming services continually increase. AT&T's DirecTV Now has seen several price increases and has had networks cut from the service. The price increase of the service left it with a class action lawsuit alleging bait and switch pricing. Not surprisingly, AT&T's DirecTV bled subscribers to the tune of nearly a million in Q2 2019. The exact number of subscriber losses that DirecTV suffered in Q2 2019 is 946,000. The company attributed... Read more...
First, there was the DirecTV satellite TV service, then AT&T introduced its streaming-only DirecTV Now packages. Now, AT&T is looking to launch yet another version of DirecTV that will sit above its current streaming service and could eventually replace its satellite offering. What’s interesting about this new service is that it will provide all of the channels and perks of the full-fledged DirecTV satellite service, but will be much more affordable for customers. “Rather than $110 to $200, it’s going to be in that $80 to $90 area because the cost structure comes way down,” said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology,... Read more...
Satellite TV provider DirecTV is in contract disputes with several local affiliates that has paying subscribers caught in the crossfire. Existing agreements to carry local TV stations in some areas expired in the wee hours of morning after ringing in 2017, and without new agreements or contract extensions in place, the AT&T-owned service flipped the switch on some local channels. Contract agreements between television stations and service providers happen all the time. Usually these take place entirely behind the scenes without the customer ever knowing it, though when there is a failure on both sides to hammer out a new contract and extend an existing one, the affected stations go dark and... Read more...
AT&T is leveraging its DirecTV acquisition to try and attract a growing number of cord cutters into the fold with a new streaming service called DirecTV Now. The service will target broadband subscribers who either have no bundled TV package or are otherwise looking to ditch their cable TV provider in favor of a less expensive streaming service. "This is rules-free TV for anyone in the U.S. who wants to stream shows and movies anytime, anywhere. For the more than 20 million U.S. households who have dropped cable or are flirting with cutting the cord, we’re now delivering video over a technology platform that will have multiple product capabilities, the first of which we’re unveiling today,"... Read more...
AT&T is looking for a way to entice customers to sign up for its new DirecTV Now streaming service, and according to a fresh report, you could receive a free media streamer if you sign your name on the dotted line. Information concerning AT&T’s promotions were accidentally revealed online, but the company wasn’t able to pull down the information before snooping eyes got a glimpse of what’s in store for consumers. According to the posted information, AT&T will offer customers that sign up for at least one month of DirecTV Now service a free Amazon Fire TV Stick (retail price $39). For those that agree to at least three months of service, you’ll walk away with a free Apple TV (retail... Read more...
In the twenty-first century, many regard Internet as a service that everyone should be able to affordably access. AT&T, however, has used a loophole in its merger with DirecTV to avoid providing inexpensive internet to low-income families. What did the merger specify? The FCC demanded that AT&T offer its services for $10 a month in areas where download speeds of 10 Mbps and 5 Mbps are available. AT&T must also provide services for $5 in places where download speeds of 3 Mbps are available. The FCC did not state what the company should do if downloads speeds are less than 3 Mbps. Consequently, AT&T refuses to provide Internet access to SNAP participants with download speeds of... Read more...
While it might have been difficult to imagine 15 years ago, so much of our daily lives are now dependent on the Internet. This has led to a surge in data hogging products and services, like high-definition and even 4K video streams, massive game downloads, and so forth. Data caps are inherently at odds with this transition from offline to online experiences, and if you're an AT&T U-verse subscriber, you'll soon have the option of removing yours, for a fee.Beginning May 23rd, AT&T will roll out a new unlimited data option for its U-verse home Internet customers. For an extra $30 per month, AT&T will remove your data cap so you can roam the Internet and partake in its many offerings... Read more...
As more and more people cut the cable cord, cable companies, media companies and content creators alike are scrambling to make sure that those who want access to their services have it. Over the past couple of years, we've seen many examples of companies dropping their cable TV exclusivity, with Dish being one of the most notable. Last February, the Dish released a $20/mo package through Sling TV, and without much of a delay, AMC jumped on board, and so did HBO. With that kind of content support, it's of little surprise that other big media and major carriers wants a bit of the online action as well. That includes AT&T, which has just announced that it also will be offering premium content... Read more...
Wireless providers have been loathe to offer unlimited plans of any sort to customers, which is why they're now few and far between. Be that as it may, word on the web is that AT&T is about to announce an unlimited wireless data plan for both new and existing DirecTV or U-Verse TV subscribers. Customers who currently have or add either DirecTV or U-Verse will be eligible to sign up for a new wireless plan from AT&T that includes unlimited data, along with unlimited talk and text. It runs $100 per month for the first line/smartphone, and $40 per month for each additional one, except for the fourth line, which is free. "Our new unlimited plan is our best offer yet. It's the perfect reward... Read more...
It appears that AT&T isn’t the only wireless company celebrating its acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV. Earlier this month, AT&T courted DirecTV customers currently attached to other wireless carriers with the promise of up to $500 in account credits if they signed up for wireless service. Sprint, now finding itself in last place among the “big four” U.S. wireless carriers, is also looking to exploit the “odd couple” pairing of AT&T and DirecTV. Sprint is promoting a one-time offer that gives DirecTV customers that switch to Sprint a full year of service for free. That’s right folks, Sprint is digging down deep into its reserves to reclaim third place from T-Mobile. Of... Read more...
A week ago, AT&T announced the first fruits of its $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. AT&T provided some modest discounts for those looking to bundle AT&T wireless service with DIRECTV programming. Although the $10 monthly discounts that AT&T provided for bundling services seems pretty lackluster, the company has something more impressive in store for DIRECTV customers that don’t already have AT&T wireless service. AT&T will give DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse TV customers that switch from a competing wireless carrier a $300 bill credit for each line that is ported over when buying a new smartphone with AT&T Next. AT&T will also throw in an extra $200 per line if... Read more...
It's official -- AT&T is now the proud owner of DirecTV, making it the largest pay TV provider in the U.S. and the world. The $49 billion acquisition bumps AT&T's customer base in the U.S. to 26 million, along with 19 million customers in Latin America, including Mexico and the Caribbean. It also makes AT&T and mega-force in the sports world. DirecTV enjoyed exclusive rights to NFL Sunday Ticket, an add-on that allows customers to watch every out-of-market NFL game on their TVs, mobile devices, and PCs. As a DirecTV subscriber myself and displaced Boston sports fan, NFL Sunday Ticket has allowed me to follow the New England Patriots. It's a popular service, and a huge win for AT&T.... Read more...
AT&T may have failed in its attempt to acquire rival wireless provider T-Mobile for $39 billion back in 2011, but as for its proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of satellite TV service giant DirecTV, federal regulators are set to approve the deal. Doing so would end a more than yearlong review process that began in May of 2014 when the deal was first announced. While the deal is set to be approved, there are several conditions that AT&T must follow, all of which are outlined in an order Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated to the agency's other commissioners recommending the deal. One of the requirements is that AT&T must expand its GigaPower... Read more...
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