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Old 03-02-16, 12:54 AM   #1
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AT&T to offer Directv as streaming service in 2016

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Three new streaming services will launch before the end of the year.

AT&T wants to take DirecTV over the top.

The telecom company, which acquired cable giant DirecTV last summer, plans to launch three new subscription streaming services during the fourth quarter of 2016 that promise pay TV content over the Internet without the the annual contracts, satellite dishes and set-top boxes. Exact pricing or content bundle specifics have yet to be announced.

The push into streaming is big step for AT&T it looks for new ways to turn young, cord-cutting millennials and other mobile-first consumers into loyal TV customers. It also puts the telecom company into competition with Dish's SlingTV subscription video service.

AT&T will sell three different DirecTV plans. DirecTV Now will look similar to the programming that cable customers can already subscribe to via DirecTV but will be available on-demand and via live streaming and will offer premium add-ons and exclusive AT&T Entertainment Group content; DirecTV Mobile will be tailored to people who prefer to watch video on their smartphones; and DirecTV Preview will feature a small selection of premium TV and "millennial-focused" video from joint venture Otter Media in a free, ad-supported experience.


While there's no shortage of companies trying to negotiate deals for skinny streaming TV bundles of their own Apple and Amazon are among two players that TV executives have pointed to AT&T is positioning its forthcoming service as something broader. "I would compare what we're trying to do more to what's available in pay TV today," says Tony Goncalves, senior vp strategy at AT&T Entertainment, describing the service "high quality premium content, live and on-demand, and making that sort of robust offering available across the board to consumers."

Although AT&T has yet to announce any of its content deals, Goncalves notes that there are already some deals and place as well as additional ongoing conversations. He adds that he expects deals to fall into place faster than they might for providers looking to create skinny bundles because they aren't trying to shave content to reach lower price points for consumers. "We're not trying to limit content offerings and we're not trying to unseat existing content providers," he says.

Regardless, AT&T will ultimately compete against DirecTV and other streaming services like PlayStation's Vue for a finite number of non-cable subscribers in the U.S. Goncalves says he estimates that the potential consumer base for the forthcoming DirecTV offerings is as many as 20 million people, but SlingTV had signed up just 240,000 subscribers in June of last year (the last time it reported subscriber numbers) and HBO Now has around 800,000 subscribers since its April 2015 launch.

"That's why we feel like what we need to do is offer a robust offering with a good amount of content as opposed to very targeted offerings," says Goncalves. "Being a scaled provider like we are with the reach that we have, creating offers of content that we premium in nature and appeal to lots of consumers is really important. It's the only way to reach scale."

For AT&T, encouraging people to watch more video on mobile devices could give its cell phone data and broadband Internet businesses a boost, even if it is not requiring an AT&T connection to sign up for these services. AT&T currently offers an unlimited data plan for people who already subscribe to its DirecTV or U-verse pay TV services and could install a similar program for subscribers to these new streaming services.
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Old 03-02-16, 04:35 AM   #2
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Re: AT&T to offer Directv as streaming service in 2016

I wonder if they will carry NFL Sunday Ticket(on Roku devices)?

If they do,I would drop Direct TV in a heartbeat. Doesn't sound like a good idea too stream Direct TV-if that would be the case. If would have a reverse effect.

I also have Charter so losing Direct TV wouldn't be such a big deal but I would miss the RSN's(regional sports channels).

I guess it will be wait and see.
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Old 03-04-16, 02:23 AM   #3
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I wonder if they will carry NFL Sunday Ticket(on Roku devices)?

If they do,I would drop Direct TV in a heartbeat. Doesn't sound like a good idea too stream Direct TV-if that would be the case. If would have a reverse effect.

I also have Charter so losing Direct TV wouldn't be such a big deal but I would miss the RSN's(regional sports channels).

I guess it will be wait and see.
There is an NFL ST app on Roku.

I guess what you are really asking if you could by ST without having DTV?
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Old 03-04-16, 11:03 AM   #4
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Re: AT&T to offer Directv as streaming service in 2016

I had my finger on "Buy" with AT&T GigaPower a minute ago but couldn't help but notice the clause to get the discount pricing:



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Old 03-04-16, 11:33 AM   #5
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Re: AT&T to offer Directv as streaming service in 2016

Yep. Trade off

I get 300mps for $75 a month

Was getting 50-75 from Comcast's for nearly $100
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Old 03-04-16, 01:28 PM   #6
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Yep. Trade off

I get 300mps for $75 a month

Was getting 50-75 from Comcast's for nearly $100
Do you know what your upstream is?
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Old 03-04-16, 05:55 PM   #7
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On my 5 year old macbook air it varies.
Can be as low as 50-60 but usually tops out at 190-200.

On my iphone 6s+ it is usually around 270-300 but has gotten above 300
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Old 09-07-16, 12:59 AM   #8
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Re: AT&T to offer Directv as streaming service in 2016

Not sure if it's related to this topic but the app on Iphone now allows you to watch whatever you have on your dvr to be watched and downloaded to your iphone without that GenieGo device.
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Old 09-07-16, 10:02 AM   #9
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Do you know what your upstream is?
Exactly and thats why FiOS is way superior.
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Old 09-07-16, 01:28 PM   #10
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Yeah, I've since switched to AT&T Gig Fiber and get 950 up/950 down. Pretty nice.
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Old 09-07-16, 07:58 PM   #11
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Not sure if it's related to this topic but the app on Iphone now allows you to watch whatever you have on your dvr to be watched and downloaded to your iphone without that GenieGo device.
And if you have at&t it does not count against your data anymore.
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Old 09-07-16, 08:08 PM   #12
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Right, that too.
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Old 09-29-16, 01:09 PM   #13
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Re: AT&T to offer Directv as streaming service in 2016

https://www.cnet.com/news/at-ts-dire...ourth-quarter/

http://deadline.com/2016/09/directv-...on-1201823822/

Directv's new streaming service "Directv Now" will launch sometime before 2017.

Says the service will offer 100+ channels. No other details at the moment.


There is a rumor that AT&T wants to eventually phase out it's Satellite dishes and make this their new business model by 2020.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/23/...llite-by-2020/

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Old 09-30-16, 02:30 PM   #14
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Re: AT&T to offer Directv as streaming service in 2016

So they now push DirecTV replacing Uverse which was over IP to take DirecTV to a service over IP...
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Re: AT&T to offer Directv as streaming service in 2016

I would only be down for this if there are allowed multiple streams (4+ at a time) and you aren't tied to a specific IP address.
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Old 10-01-16, 10:34 PM   #16
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Re: AT&T to offer Directv as streaming service in 2016

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http://deadline.com/2016/09/directv-...on-1201823822/

Directv's new streaming service "Directv Now" will launch sometime before 2017.

Says the service will offer 100+ channels. No other details at the moment.


There is a rumor that AT&T wants to eventually phase out it's Satellite dishes and make this their new business model by 2020.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/23/...llite-by-2020/
So, if AT&T wants to eliminate satellite dishes and push DirectTV through the internet, how is that going to work for people who have crappy internet service?
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Old 10-01-16, 10:43 PM   #17
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So, if AT&T wants to eliminate satellite dishes and push DirectTV through the internet, how is that going to work for people who have crappy internet service?
Not only that, but not everyone can afford spending $100+ per month on Internet. This kind of service is going to require top speed and bandwidth for it to function properly.
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Old 10-25-16, 01:34 PM   #18
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Re: AT&T to offer Directv as streaming service in 2016

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$35/month for 100+ channels according to AT&T's CEO
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Old 10-25-16, 01:55 PM   #19
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Will there be a discount if you already have Direct TV?

I get something like 116 channels with Spectrum Streaming(Roku) for free since I subscribe to Charter(or whatever it's called) Cable. It's far from perfect but it's free(w/ tv subscription).
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Will there be a discount if you already have Direct TV?

I get something like 116 channels with Spectrum Streaming(Roku) for free since I subscribe to Charter(or whatever it's called) Cable. It's far from perfect but it's free(w/ tv subscription).
There's no point for you getting this if you're already a Directv subscriber. Directv already has an app for you to stream their content on mobile devices.

This is designed for those who want a cheaper alternative to Directv and stream everything.
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Old 10-25-16, 02:28 PM   #21
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There's no point for you getting this if you're already a Directv subscriber. Directv already has an app for you to stream their content on mobile devices.

This is designed for those who want a cheaper alternative to Directv and stream everything.
Bad Weather(use as a back up). Even though I did hear from a few people at Direct TV if you switch everything to SD during a storm you should till be able to watch it(through the dish).

Sometimes(especially Saturday night) I will have 5 shows recording on my Direct TV DVR and that's the max (for me,at least)and then I can't watch(unless its something I'm recording).

The watch Direct TV everywhere isn't all that great(except for NFL Sunday Ticket).

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Old 10-25-16, 03:51 PM   #22
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$35/month for 100+ channels according to AT&T's CEO
I wonder if $35 really means $35? Since It's AT&T/DirecTV I'm guessing there will be hidden fees that bring this up to about $50. One of the only things I liked about Vue/Sling is that they offer transparent pricing without all the cable games.
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I wonder if $35 really means $35? Since It's AT&T/DirecTV I'm guessing there will be hidden fees that bring this up to about $50. One of the only things I liked about Vue/Sling is that they offer transparent pricing without all the cable games.
I'm sure $35 is the base charge.

What I'm really curious about is how many of these 100+ channels will be shopping channels, digital music, etc.
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We won't know until the full package details are officially announced.

I'm sure $35 is the base service. If you want HBO it's $15, Showtime $10, Starz $10 and so forth.
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There's no point for you getting this if you're already a Directv subscriber. Directv already has an app for you to stream their content on mobile devices.

This is designed for those who want a cheaper alternative to Directv and stream everything.
I just talked to Direct TV(NBA League Pass problem) and he said if you are already a subscriber ,the service will be free.

It will be good as a back up(bad weather or DVR recording at the max limit).
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