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

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  1. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    What makes sense is they stop selling Uverse, and sell DIRECTV* over wires to those apartment dwellers.

    *Called U-Direct or whatever.....
     
  2. jimmie57

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    I never thought of them being able to distribute the DirecTV signals over their Uverse fiber optics network.
    HHMMMNNN.
     
  3. slice1900

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    I agree that's probably what they'll do, but stopping sales of Uverse already when the deal isn't even approved yet doesn't make sense. Maybe AT&T has contacts inside the FCC and knows it is already approved and the only thing remaining is what conditions will be attached, but even then I'm quite skeptical they are already telling their people to stop selling Uverse, when there isn't a "Directv over Uverse" product yet, or equipment to support it.
     
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  4. harsh

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    I have doubts that it could be anywhere near the same product. If DIRECTV ceases to be a "premium" service to go along with its premium pricing, then its done.
     
  5. jimmie57

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    We can get on our DirecTV accounts online now. I see no reason that AT&T could not transmit it to places that do not want a dish just for the site of it being on the roof or the times when it has the rain fade, etc.
    They have been bundling with DirecTV for years here in my part of Texas.
     
  6. Laxguy

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    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!!
     
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    Well thats whats happening according to the email the ATT guy showed me. I also know a DirecTV guy that was sent out of state to train ATT. They are moving like the deal is done.
     
  8. James Long

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    Was this an "authorized retailer" location or a company owned store? Independent retailers would have more leeway in deciding what products to offer.
     
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    ATT corporate store.
     
  10. inkahauts

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    ATT person came by trying to sell me uverese internet and tv. He didn't have a clue and said they upgraded my area recently and i should be able to get it fine now. Across the street has had it for ages, my side cant get it. They haven't upgraded (he claims he saw them installing new poles and this was for that, it wasn't they where redoing electrical lines), I've seen no new vrads. And when i told him how much I could record and uverse cant do that, he said they can do four plus you can watch ten shows streaming over the internet
    I don't think he gets it... ATT needs a lot of work to fix all the stuff he was saying about the differences between att and Directv....
     
  11. Laxguy

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    Totally sure he was legit??
     
  12. harsh

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    Bandwidth would be a tough nut. Some areas are still limited to three or four somewhat narrow streams per household.

    Extending that to wireless service areas would be a pretty hefty load. Broadcasting one channel to lots of customers is easy but broadcasting lots of channels to lots of customers hasn't much changed.

    There is also an expectation of picture quality that Uverse has typically been pretty far behind DIRECTV on.
     
  13. Tom Robertson

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    There are some Uverse areas on DSL with only one HD stream per house.

    Peace,
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  14. inkahauts

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    Yeah he was a rep that worked for a third party. But had his att badge and shirt.
     
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  17. James Long

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    One day the "any day now" stories will be right. :)
    But this is the most positive step I have seen that isn't just speculation ... a named source putting out a statement.

    “An order recommending that the AT&T/DirecTV transaction be approved with conditions has circulated to the commissioners," [FCC Chairman Tom] Wheeler said in a statement.
     
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    As far as the retail store stories, AT&T has been reselling DirecTV service for years. Legally they can't act as a joined company until the transaction closes. There will be all kinds of weird stories coming out until AT&T actually starts the integration process, there are thousands of stores, some are authorized retailers some are corporate stores, and in the case of authorized resellers they might separately be resellers of DirecTV, too. Just chill and let the process happen. They have already said publicly and in FCC filings that their plans are to continue to distribute TV services both via VDSL/fiber as well as satellite, but that both platforms will standardize on the DirecTV "platform" meaning that eventually everyone will have DirecTV set top boxes, no matter if the bits that come into your house do so via a copper wire, fiber optics, or a satellite dish. And on the branding who knows. My one-semester-of-college-marketing-class tells me that it would make more sense to dump the U-Verse name and stick with the DirecTV name for their TV services, even if U-Verse branding is kept for their internet services (which they're starting to stray away from with their "GigaPower" branding anyway)

    DOJ and FCC have made it official. The FCC voting on it is just a formality and is the last step. It's a done deal now.
     
  19. slice1900

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    The USA Today and other articles suggest that AT&T can't except their own service from data caps that apply to other services. In other words, you can't have Netflix running into the cap but not count Directv's VOD against your cap.

    I wonder exactly how that language is written - depending on how it is, the minute it applies AT&T would be in violation for all 6 million Uverse users - since Uverse is delivered via the same IP service that delivers your internet. They presumably have an exclusion for that, with some language about if its a private network rather than via the internet, since that's basically how Uverse is delivered today, but that makes language very important. They'd want to allow it to deliver all the normal Directv channels, but stuff like VOD or PPV (via internet not satellite) would have to be excluded because that would damage competitors like Netflix. Stuff like "catch up" viewing that uses the internet falls in between, so it would depend on the language of what AT&T agrees to.
     
  20. James Long

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    The only "uncertainty" I can acknowledge is not knowing the conditions. I doubt that they will be to onerous to allow the deal to go forward - but AT&T must agree to the conditions to get the approval.


    Equal should be equal. If Netflix puts a server inside AT&T's network they should be treated the same as any other content server within the network. If the server is outside the network it should be treated the same as outside servers. If "AT&T/DirecTV VOD" is offered an inside connection for VOD then others should be offered the same service. Whether my opinion of should translates to the FCC conditions is yet to be seen. :)
     
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