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

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  1. Steve615

    Steve615 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 5, 2006
    Middle TN area
    I wasn't sure where to post this topic. If it needs to be moved elsewhere, mods please feel free to do so.

    FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and the DOJ (Department Of Justice) have given their blessings for the merger. It appears the last remaining hurdle is a vote from the FCC's five commissioners.
  2. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    I would anticipate that the language will not permit them any leeway for VOD, since that's an area of very active competition, but for streaming channels it may be different because Uverse is sort of already doing that today. If Uverse TV counts against the cap they'll effectively be forced to remove all caps on those customers, because Dish could come along and say "why is Uverse not counted against the cap but Sling TV is?" I can already hear Ergen warming up the lawyers getting ready to mess with AT&T :)

    We'll just have to see how the rules are written, but if it is like anything else there will be gray areas so we'll be none the wiser after it is announced...

    This type of question may become a problem for cable TV companies down the road depending on how net neutrality is interpreted and enforced. Today cable TV is broadcast via QAM encoded RF channels, separate from your internet connection. With DOCSIS 3.1 cable companies have discussed a transition to all-IP delivery, so your cable TV will come through your cable modem as IP. If the FCC holds net neutrality to mean that any TV delivered by IP must be treated the same, they would create a disincentive for cable companies to switch to all IP delivery, despite the advantages, because doing so would make them subject to those rules and open the door for streaming TV competition like Sling TV.
  3. adamson

    adamson Godfather

    Nov 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
  4. sabrewulf

    sabrewulf Cool Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    The end is near.
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  5. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Is the sky falling yet??

    </Chicken Little>
  6. dhkinil

    dhkinil Icon

    Dec 17, 2006
    well, my biggest issue (and mod, feel free to move, just let me know if it appears somewhere else) is NHLCI. I really do not like the idea of having any ATT product in my house, not that I am all that in love with Comcast which is my ISP. SO....... if I ultimately decide that a comcast bundle is better than allowing ATT into my house, does comcast now get all CI feeds in HD, in other words, will I be able to always get (except for the NHL Network, NBCSN and local blackout stuff, Rangers feed is blacked out here when they play the Hawks if not on NBCSN) the Rangers in HD on whatever MSG channel they are on that night?
  7. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Neutrality could mean that in-network and out-of-network no longer exist: everything on the WAN side of the router is the Internet.

    The ISP could still demand that you not host servers as a condition.
  8. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    If Wheeler was the commission, this would be important. As it is, he appears to be engaging in a no-cost lobbying effort on behalf of AT&T by making statements that aren't necessarily representative of what the other commission members are thinking.
  9. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
  10. alnielsen

    alnielsen Godfather

    Dec 31, 2006
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    I just heard over the radio that the FCC approved the merger.
  11. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
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