AT&T Exploring Part Ways With DirecTV?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by msglsmo, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. compnurd

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2007
    Evans City PA
    It is also missing several RSN’s
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  2. TV_Guy

    TV_Guy New Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    And NFL Network.
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  3. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Any such restriction on SiriusXM? It sounds like another wish list item (such as AT&T divesting DIRECTV) that will never happen.
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  4. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Believe me, after what ATT has done to D* I will never have anything further to do with them. I'd go the YTTV route rather than put up with their unending BS.

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  5. NashGuy

    NashGuy Active Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    OK, fair enough. But as I said:

    As far as national cable channels, I don't think AT&T TV is missing any of that, unless it's some of those add-on packs, like sports.

    At any rate, I think we should think of AT&T TV as its currently deployed in the pilot markets as sort of a "pre-final version" before it debuts nationwide. And right now, AT&T is still busy working on those carriage contracts and getting more channels cleared for inclusion on AT&T TV. At the moment, they in talks with Sinclair, the new owners of all those Fox RSNs (plus a ton of locals across the nation). So exactly which channels will be available on AT&T TV, in what packages and at what prices, will likely change between now and when it officially launches. (I'm guessing that will happen in November but, who knows, maybe it slips until January if these carriage negotiations drag on.)

    That said, it's certainly possible that a few stray channels don't make it into AT&T's new set of channel packages, so they remain available in existing grandfathered packages on DTV but don't get sold to any new subscribers to either AT&T TV or DTV.
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  6. NashGuy

    NashGuy Active Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    No, although I think the government might view the politics around subscription radio (which had never been that popular) as a bit different than subscription cable TV (which has been in a big majority of US homes for a long time now). But, honestly, who knows whether such a condition (or any condition) might be placed on a DTV/DISH merger. Depends on so many factors: how big would DTV and DISH be at that point in time, how many consumers would still be without other options for pay TV (i.e. no available broadband suitable or video streaming), what are the politics of the current presidential administration, etc.

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