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AT&T CFO says new DirecTV service will be self-installed box instead of truck roll

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  1. Nov 15, 2018 #1 of 172
    VARTV

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    AT&T offered some more details about its new set-top box and streaming DirecTV product while also spelling out how it will eventually end its satellite service and cut costs.

    AT&T CFO John Stephens spoke Wednesday morning at the Morgan Stanley’s European Technology, Media and Telecom Conference and discussed DirecTV’s new premium streaming TV process.

    (read more - Fierce Video)
     
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    yosoyellobo

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    Have no problem with as long as they put no limit on bandwidth.
     
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    Mark Holtz

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    Now, if only broadband was well deployed... and sometimes requiring a TV subscription....
     
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    jimmie57

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    An easy way for them to stop losing subscribers would be to simply lower the prices and stop gouging it's customers.
     
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    JoeTheDragon

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    and upgrade att internet from fiber to the node to fiber to the home
     
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    comcast will give them a hard time
     
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    Does this mean I exceed my data cap with Comcast being my internet provider?
     
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    dtv757

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    Sounds cool but only issue is some providers like cox and comcast have 1TB limit

    And a lot of ppl are stuck with cable broadband no FTTH :(

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    Now, now... D isn’t “gouging” it’s customers, they are just earning a reasonable profit...several folks will post here shortly to straighten you out...LOL
     
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    Rich

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    Geez, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV devices have been doing this since they came out. Now D* actually has to tell us the new box will be "self installed"? Like that's news? What idiots they must think we are.

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    jimmie57

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    Back in the late 70s and early 80s things were going up in increments of about 3 months at a time. Changing our labor rate to the customer and increasing the workers pay at the same time. If we did not do this the workers would leave for someone that paid them more money.
    Well, we decided that we would just get ahead of this and raise our shop rate for 2 increments at a time and avoid the next one.
    That did go well with the workers but not with our customers. 3 of our large customers refused and said we had priced ourselves out of a job. I reminded them how long we had worked together and that there were things we did for them that the smaller companies like us could not do. They said we would still get that business.
    I reminded them of how good our people were and that nobody in the area compared to us. The reply was, "I am sorry, I believe you but second place works as well as first and it is cheaper. Come back next year with a better price."

    AT&T has been raising rates about 7% per year when the economies inflation rate was less than 2%. Still at it when the national inflation is just over 3%.
    They need to wake up.
     
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    mjwagner

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    I’m pretty anxious to see the reviews of their new box. It must have some special wizz bang functionality for them to want to have their own box...
     
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    Or utter desperation like the rest of the cable/sat folks.

    Rich
     
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    There was nothing in that article where AT&T was "spelling out how they'll eventually end its satellite service". Its this sort of poor journalism that causes people to keep thinking Directv is going to end its satellite service in a few years. They wouldn't be in the process of launching a new satellite in the next few months if they were going to end it in under a decade.
     
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  15. Nov 15, 2018 #15 of 172
    CTJon

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    I saw article recently that 30% of people don't/can't really get high speed internet. Sat dishes is only real solution for many people.
     
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  16. Nov 15, 2018 #16 of 172
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    Yes. As I just posted in another thread, AT&T's CFO noted on a quarterly call back in Feb. that they will continue to rely on satellite to serve rural customers "for the foreseeable future".

    Execs on AT&T Video Transition Strategy: More OTT with Directv Shifted to Rural Areas - Telecompetitor

    But, as the years go by, those rural customers will all have broadband access one way or another. Keep your eye on what T-Mobile does with 5G over long-range 600 MHz signals starting in 2019. They're saying they'll use it to offer fixed wireless home service in underserved areas (along with mobile service everywhere).
     
  17. Nov 15, 2018 #17 of 172
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    That's why satellite service will continue for the foreseeable future.
     
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    But eventually it's going to die, or become niche. Much like "broadband" via satellite which really is only feasible for folks with no other choice. The vast majority of their customer will end up porting over the the new service eventually. It's just a new way to deliver the same product, but at a cheaper cost to them and "hopefully" to us too. I'm not defending AT&T, in fact, the service has done downhill since they've bought DirecTV, but I'm a realist.
     
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    yosoyellobo

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    Of course what ever it takes.
     
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    JoeTheDragon

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    and T-Mobile has there own OTT TV and they can say that T-Mobile tv does not count as part of your cap or will not be slowed down at all.
     

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