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AT&T Agrees to Purchase DirecTV (Was: ATT looking to buy Direct TV)


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#141 OFFLINE   sigma1914

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 12:53 PM

Maybe where you live.  Not where I live. Here, that statement is simply not true.

 

Why on earth would you have both TV services in your house side by side for 2 years anyway?

According to ATT engineers at AVS forum, the PQ is the same nationwide. Only the amount of HD streams varies, as you know.

 

I got a great signup deal for internet and TV and kept the lowest package after the bonuses ran out. It's not much more.


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#142 OFFLINE   jandar

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:57 PM

If this deal went through, I would have to leave and go to Comcast.

 

Before AT&T bought BellSouth, my neighborhood could get 1.5Mbps DSL and Bellsouth had laid fiber along the curb in my neighborhood. After AT&T bought BellSouth, my DSL speeds went down to 768Kbps and supposedly I was not supposed to even get that. 3 years later, they managed to get 6Mbps DSL to my neighborhood. By that time, Comcast had brought 10Mbps speeds so there was no way I was going back to AT&T.

 

When UVerse rolled out, none of the neighborhoods in my area could get it. Years later, it's still not available. We are talking 300+ home neighborhoods, not 10-20 houses. Now if I go south for 6 miles, out into the country where houses and trailers are on 1-20 acre lots, I can get Uverse.

To this day, I still cannot get UVerse, but I can get 6Mbps DSL for 54$ a month.

 

Tell me again how AT&T buying DirecTV would be better? AT&T offers a bundle with Directv already, but there is no way I would leave Comcast internet to go back to those low speeds. The only benefit I can see would be bundling, but I have Sprint, way faster internet with Comcast Business Class, and DirecTV.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 06:27 AM

Update: Reuters: DirecTV working with advisers to weigh AT&T deal
 
(Reuters) - DirecTV is working with advisers including Goldman Sachs Group to evaluate a possible combination with AT&T, following a recent takeover approach from the mobile services provider, according to people familiar with the matter.
 
DirecTV has enlisted advisers as the satellite TV company and its board consider whether to engage in serious discussions with the telecoms giant, one of the people said on Wednesday. The exact status of the talks could not be learned....
 

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 08:55 AM

We just moved into a new house in an almost completed subdivision.  The first half of the neighborhood is Uverse Copper.  The back half is Uverse FTTH.  The front half can get 24 (and maybe 45) Mbps over copper.  The back half with FTTH is stuck with a max dl speed of 18 Mbps.  Only ATT can make fiber a disadvantage to copper.   :bang  

 

We are rumored to be on the list for Gigapower but who knows when that will happen. 

 

On the plus side, even though I have only Uverse Interent, I have access to WatchESPN and Fox SportsGo through Uverse so I recently scaled back our package to Select and am very happy avoiding the ESPN tax.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 12:16 PM

We just moved into a new house in an almost completed subdivision.  The first half of the neighborhood is Uverse Copper.  The back half is Uverse FTTH.  The front half can get 24 (and maybe 45) Mbps over copper.  The back half with FTTH is stuck with a max dl speed of 18 Mbps.  Only ATT can make fiber a disadvantage to copper.   :bang  

 

We are rumored to be on the list for Gigapower but who knows when that will happen. 

 

On the plus side, even though I have only Uverse Interent, I have access to WatchESPN and Fox SportsGo through Uverse so I recently scaled back our package to Select and am very happy avoiding the ESPN tax.

 

something must not be correct on your account if you only have Uverse internet, then you shouldn't be getting watch espn or fox sportsgo



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 01:30 PM

something must not be correct on your account if you only have Uverse internet, then you shouldn't be getting watch espn or fox sportsgo

 

When the house was being built, we did have Uverse TV at an apartment because we didn't have LOS for Directv; however, after the move we cancelled the Uverse TV and kept the internet.  Maybe that is the reason?  Or, maybe I've found a loophole. At any rate, I'm not complaining.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 01:32 PM

Yeah I checked because I also only have internet, was hoping something had changed.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 01:43 PM

something must not be correct on your account if you only have Uverse internet, then you shouldn't be getting watch espn or fox sportsgo

 

Yeah...I have Uverse for Internet only, and for the first couple of years, I got access to ESPN360, but not WatchESPN.  Seems they updated their database last year and I lost access to the web content.  Sucks!  I really want the ESPN/DTV contract to be done so they can renegotiate the terms and get us access.


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 03:42 PM

This maybe a dumb question but if UVerse Internet goes down can you still watch UVerse TV? Also one thing I don't like about UVerse is when the RG goes down everything goes down.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 04:05 PM

This maybe a dumb question but if UVerse Internet goes down can you still watch UVerse TV? Also one thing I don't like about UVerse is when the RG goes down everything goes down.

I know with my Blue ridge cable, Internet can be out and you can still have cable TV, and vise versa.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 02:58 PM

Several news people are saying this could happen in as little as 2 weeks.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 03:15 PM

One of the 'two weeks' stories, http://www.marketwat...ome_latest_news


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 03:19 PM

From MarketWatch:

AT&T could strike deal for DirecTV in two weeks

AT&T Inc. is moving quickly to seal a takeover deal with DirecTV, with an agreement between the two communications giants as little as two weeks away, people familiar with the matter said.

The two sides are discussing a deal that AT&T would pay for using a mix of cash and its stock, the people said. AT&T would likely pay a premium to DirecTV’s share price Monday, one of the people said.

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Update: I'm checking news.google.com, and all of the reports are essentially saying the same thing.
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Posted 12 May 2014 - 03:53 PM

Nice, I hope it does happen, only problem I see, what benefit would it be if ATT doesn't even serve half the country with Internet service?
Ok you can bundle your cell service, But what about internet at home?

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 03:53 PM

If it does happen and it changes my Directv service somehow, which I don't think it would,  It would depend what the changes would come about to consider it good or not,  If not good bye bye Directv and i'll have to eat up the ETF.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:03 PM

Nothing new, but the fact that there is a "new" story out today about the two weeks thing means that they're serious this time. Every other time there's been talk about AT&T buying Dish or DirecTV, it's been one story, unofficial, about them thinking about it. Now they've actually approached DirecTV, both sides have hired advisors, and there's new leaks coming to keep the story fresh. Obviously not 100%, but I see it happening this time.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:12 PM

Update: I'm checking news.google.com, and all of the reports are essentially saying the same thing.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:14 PM

It's too early to say that it's true, and too late to say that it's untrue.
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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:17 PM

Stuart Sweet the business poet. :). Very true!

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:54 PM

The wailing and grinding of teeth will be epic here...... 






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