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AT&T and DIRECTV, Inc. Reach Agreement to Offer Satellite TV Service to AT&T Customer


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#1 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:27 PM

AT&T and DIRECTV, Inc. Reach Agreement to Offer Satellite TV Service to AT&T Customers
Friday September 26, 5:12 pm ET

DALLAS and EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T - News) and DIRECTV, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTV - News) today announced a commercial agreement by which AT&T will market and sell DIRECTV's service as a co-branded satellite television service after Jan. 31, 2009.

AT&T | DIRECTV will become part of the AT&T Advanced TV video portfolio, alongside AT&T U-verse(SM) TV, after the expiration of AT&T's current satellite agreement with DISH Network®, which it will fully honor. AT&T will offer, market and sell co-branded AT&T | DISH Network services through Jan. 31, 2009. After that date, existing AT&T | DISH Network customers will continue to receive the same, quality service they enjoy today.

New AT&T | DIRECTV customers will be able to enjoy DIRECTV programming packages, with the added benefit of a discount for bundling their wireless, home phone and broadband services with AT&T.

"Our focus is on providing customers with a better TV experience than cable," said Jeff Weber, AT&T vice president-Video and Entertainment. "AT&T | DIRECTV complements our premier AT&T U-verse TV service and gives customers another great choice for state-of-the-art, 100 percent digital programming."

"Our agreement with AT&T will provide endless opportunities to thrill consumers with an amazing suite of bundled entertainment and communications services at home and on the go," said Paul Guyardo, DIRECTV chief sales and marketing officer. "The real winners of this agreement will be our joint customers who will enjoy a singular, high-quality experience throughout their entire life cycle."

Other terms of the non-equity agreement were not disclosed.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T - News) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. In 2008, AT&T again ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Telecommunications Company list and No. 1 on America's Most Admired Telecommunications Company list. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.

AT&T | DISH Network: AT&T | DISH Network is a co-branded service provided by DISH Network L.L.C., the DISH Network logo and other product and service names are the trademarks and/or service marks of DISH Network L.L.C. © 2008 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved.

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Note: This AT&T news release and other announcements are available as part of an RSS feed at http://www.att.com/rss. For more information, please review this announcement in the AT&T newsroom at http://www.att.com/newsroom.

About DIRECTV

DIRECTV, Inc. (NASDAQ: DTV - News), the nation's leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 17.1 million customers in the United States and is leading the HD revolution with more than 130 HD channels. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 265 channels of 100% digital picture and sound, exclusive programming, industry-leading customer satisfaction (which has surpassed national cable companies for eight years running) and superior technologies that include advanced DVR and HD-DVR services and the most state-of-the-art interactive sports packages available anywhere. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit directv.com.
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#2 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:32 PM

Wow!

I hope this means a lower bill for me (I have AT&T) but any rate this is huge!
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:34 PM

Thats good news, but I wonder if you will be able to get the bundle pricing in February, if you already have AT&T DSL and DirecTV.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:34 PM

Wow!

I hope this means a lower bill for me (I have AT&T) but any rate this is huge!



The first thing came to my mind as well:)

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:36 PM

Typically the savings is not that great but $5.00 to $10.00 a month is better then no savings

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:36 PM

Wow!

I hope this means a lower bill for me (I have AT&T) but any rate this is huge!


If its anything like the Qwest/DirecTV deal discounts are only applied on the phone/DSL side. Also for the first couple years Qwest could only sign up new customers, I could not transfer my existing DirecTV service to a Qwest bundle.
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:38 PM

I can't even get AT&T DSL from my home address...
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:38 PM

After reading posts from folks with AT&T/Dish packages saying what a PITA it is when trying to get 'discounted/free' upgrades or making changes. If AT&T/DirecTV have the same limitations I'll just stay with my non-bundled service.

But it's good to see AT&T make this decision IMHO, I think they made the right choice.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:40 PM

Guess I will be concentrating on Dish Network Sales after this takes effect. Once again the little dealer gets one more kick from the big guy when he's down.
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:45 PM

What caused the fall out between AT&T and Dish?
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:49 PM

Thats good news, but I wonder if you will be able to get the bundle pricing in February, if you already have AT&T DSL and DirecTV.


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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:53 PM

Yay!!! Hopefully this saves me a little bit. Currently have AT&T DSL, local & long distance. At least it might help offset the yearly March Directv increase.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:56 PM

What caused the fall out between AT&T and Dish?


What caused the fall out between AT&T and DirecTV? AT&T was selling DTV service here in Alabama just last year. Save $10 per month on DTV service when bundled with phone and dsl. They made switch to Dish and now back to DTV? Must be $$$. Also Dish bundles with 2 other phone companies here, Centurytel and AllTel.

Watch AT&T buy DirecTV.....

(I feel bad for HSP Techs and Sub Contractors that will have to start back installing DTV that AT&T sells!)

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:56 PM

I'll be interested to see what happens. Uverse is just rolling out around here and if I could bundle DirecTV with the Uverse Internet service (don't care about the phone service) I'd be a happy camper.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:58 PM

Fairpoint Commuications took over Verizons Landlines in ME,NH & VT back in April and is offering a D* bundle as well(for new & existing customers). Not much savings though. So this deal with AT&T is similar.
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 04:02 PM

If its anything like the Qwest/DirecTV deal discounts are only applied on the phone/DSL side. Also for the first couple years Qwest could only sign up new customers, I could not transfer my existing DirecTV service to a Qwest bundle.


Not true. I just combo billed my DirecTV with my Qwest bill. I am seeing a 5-10 dollar discount on each service, including DirecTV. Total of 37$ off.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 04:03 PM

I can't even get AT&T DSL from my home address...



I couldn't either for a long time.But I would always go up to the AT&T website checking my number.Within 2 years my search said DSL available.I was with Clearwire for 2 years.Before that a local ISP company which were both more expensive than AT&T.;)

But I found out my lines couldn't handle the higher speeds(had to always reset my modem).So I went to a lower speed and modem resetting became a memory.:sure:


Wow! I guess AT&T has tried the rest now they want to try the Best!.;) :D

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 04:06 PM

What caused the fall out between AT&T and DirecTV? AT&T was selling DTV service here in Alabama just last year. Save $10 per month on DTV service when bundled with phone and dsl. They made switch to Dish and now back to DTV? Must be $$$. Also Dish bundles with 2 other phone companies here, Centurytel and AllTel.

Watch AT&T buy DirecTV.....

(I feel bad for HSP Techs and Sub Contractors that will have to start back installing DTV that AT&T sells!)


AT&T got the DirecTV relationship when they purchased BellSouth, AT&T had partnered with Dish at that time. After the merger they didn't need both DBS companies and when the contract with DirecTV ended they let it laspe and continued with Dish, but always said that at the end of the Dish contract they would reevaluate the two providers and could go back to DirecTV, which is what looks like happened.

This makes it AT&T, Verizon and Qwest that DirecTV partners with.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 04:19 PM

I'm an AT&T customer and have Dish through AT&T. I very much like dish (i'm not a sports fan and like the movie packages on dish and the DVR722 is sweet.) Will the existing contract hold and will I still pay for dish through AT&T. Basically what is the effect on existing customers with AT&T Dish service.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 04:21 PM

I have AT&T home phone, DSL and DirecTV (TC+) I hope I don't have to go to one of their new craptacular packages to get a discount....




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