AT&T to offer streaming version of DirecTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Athlon646464, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. NashGuy

    NashGuy Active Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    Totally agree. I mean, I don't even think I'd use the word "launch" to describe what happened with those four packages on DTV Now today. It's as if no one in their marketing department has any awareness of it at all.
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  2. b4pjoe

    b4pjoe New Member

    Nov 19, 2010
    I thought there was going to be a box they would send you when you sign up for this? These packages are just streaming packages through the DTVN app on any of the streaming boxes out there.

    If you go to the DirecTV Now website at I can't find a way via the available links to get to that page so I definitely think that is a mistake on their part and wasn't meant for the public to see. Going to the packages page and those packages are not there. Only the plus and max packages are shown there.
  3. Blueflash

    Blueflash New Member

    Jan 16, 2009
  4. b4pjoe

    b4pjoe New Member

    Nov 19, 2010
    Yes you can get there via that link. If you just go to the main DirecTV Now home page there are no links that I can find that will get you to that page. Hence I think it was a mistake.

    Doing a sampling of the Satellite channels for the Ultiimate package vs the DirecTV Now Ultimate package here are just a few of the channels that are on the satellite package and not on the DTVN package:

    Caracol TV
    Cine Estelar
    Cine Nostalgia
    De Pelicula
    De Pelicula Clásico
    Discovery en Español
    Discovery Familia
    Ecuador TV
    Ecuavisa Internacional
    Hola TV
    IVC Net
    Nuestra Tele
    Perú Mágico
    TV Chile
    WAPA América
    Arirang TV
    Celebrity Shopping TV
    CGTN 2053
    CGTN 2119

    There are more but I got tired of comparing them after that much. :)
  5. ericknolls

    ericknolls Member

    Aug 18, 2013
    New York,...
    This being said - if streaming costs are so expensive why are these "bright" executives at AT&T doling out such a service? They need four video products? I don't get it. I am scratching my head. This company did all kinds of streamlining at DIRECTV - yet the service is still expensive. Now they are dropping competitors from their streaming services and raising prices. Where is the FCC while AT&T is doing whatever it is doing in front of their faces. They must be asleep. I thought there were conditions to be met for having these two mergers approved. I guess those conditions and promises went out the window. Our word is our bond means nothing to AT&T.
  6. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    Those spanish channels are not in the Ultimate Package on satellite, they require the en espanol add on or one of the Spanish tiers

    Looking at them in depth, they're just the existing DTV Now packages renamed to match their satellite counterparts, there hasn't been any changes in the channels carried, just the price:
    Live a Little = Entertainment
    Just Right = Choice
    Go Big = Xtra
    Gotta Have it = Ultimate
    Todo y Mas = Optimo Mas

    The same channels are missing as before, most of the P/I and pay to play channels (although BabyFirst, C-SPAN and C-SPAN2 are included), music choice, west coast feeds of kids channels, some others who don't have the streaming rights to the majority of the syndicated content they air like Ion and WGN America, channels that only recently got streaming rights to their games and the carriage contracts haven't caught up yet, as well as most of the multiplex feeds of the premium channels:
    Aqui (Paid)
    Arirang (P/I)
    ATT/Root Sports
    Beauty iQ (Paid)
    BYU (P/I)
    Cartoon Network West
    CASH (Paid)
    Celebrity Shopping Network (Paid)
    Cowboy Channel
    CTN (P/I)
    Daystar (P/I)
    Disney Channel West
    Evine (Paid)
    EWTN (P/I)
    FETV (Paid)
    Free Speech (P/I)
    GEB America (P/I)
    Gem Shopping Network (Paid)
    GOD TV (P/I)
    Great American Country
    Hillsong (P/I)
    Hope Channel (P/I)
    HSN (Paid)
    Impact (P/I)
    INC TV (P/I)
    Ion East
    Ion West
    JBS (P/I)
    Jewelry Television (Paid)
    Jewish Life TV (P/I)
    Link TV (P/I)
    MHz Worldview (P/I)
    Music Choice
    NASA (P/I)
    Newsmax (Paid)
    Nick West
    NRB (P/I)
    Oferta (Paid)
    Pursuit (Paid)
    QVC (Paid)
    QVC2 (Paid)
    RT America (Paid)
    SBN (Paid)
    Scientology (Paid)
    Shop LC (Paid)
    Spectrum Sportsnet
    TBN (P/I)
    TCT Network (P/I)
    Uplift (P/I)
    WGN America
    WHT (P/I)
    HBO West
    HBO2 West
    HBO Signature
    HBO Family West
    HBO Comedy
    HBO Zone
    Cinemax West
    Starz West
    Starz Edge
    Starz InBlack
    Starz Cinema
    Starz Comedy
    Showtime West
    Showtime 2
    Showtime Extreme
    Showtime Beyond
    Showtime Next
    Showtime Women
    The Movie Channel
    The Movie Channel West
    The Movie Channel Xtra
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
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  7. b4pjoe

    b4pjoe New Member

    Nov 19, 2010
    Oh I see. Most of those Spanish channels are in the America Plus which has a check mark under the Ultimate satellite package. If you expand the list those channels show as optional. It isn't easy trying to figure out what is in the satellite packages the way they list them on the AT&T website.

  8. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    Don't go by the lineup on AT&T's site, it barely works. Basically they tried to port the data for DirecTV's channel lineup and packages to a web page that was only designed to display U-Verse's packages, so variations that don't apply to U-Verse, like the multiple Spanish addons that divide channels by Mexico and the rest of Latin America, breaks it.
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  9. DirectMan

    DirectMan AllStar

    Jul 14, 2007
    There were no conditions to be met because the government opposed the acquisition but lost in court (the Warner acquisition).
  10. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    Or less tin-hat wearing conspiracy theory: Existing contracts have package requirements, they can't cherry pick channels to add to the new slim packages from those owners until their contracts come up for renewal, so they're still only available in the packages that match the satellite packages. (i.e. AT&T's contracts for Viacom and AETN are coming up real soon, while AMC's and Discovery's deals are also older, it's not a coincidence that their channels are missing from the Plus and Max packages, while channels who had their contracts renewed more recently like Fox, NBCU and CBS are included)

    Just ask Verizon how well the lawsuits went for them when they tried to include certain channels in their custom TV packages and omit others before things were up for renewal.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
  11. b4pjoe

    b4pjoe New Member

    Nov 19, 2010
    At the DirecTV Now website they have a Promo code for a free one month trial. I tried to apply it to the Ultimate Package but it wouldn't take it so I tried on the MAX package and it accepted it there. So I have my free one month trial going now for a DirecTV Now package...not for one of the satellite packages unfortunately. And their DVR is underwhelming with 20 GB of data and recorded shows expire after 30 days.

    Also only includes 2 streams at a time. For a 3rd stream it will cost you $5.00 per month.
  12. compnurd

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2007
    Evans City PA
    Yeh the fine print says the month free is only on the two new ones. The other ones are a week free
  13. NashGuy

    NashGuy Active Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    Very interesting. So it appears that all this talk yesterday and today about "streaming versions of the satellite packages" is much ado about nothing! If your analysis is correct, then AT&T just renamed their original 5 DTVN packages with the names of the 5 closest DTV satellite packages.

    But why rename them and invite confusion rather than retain the original names (Live a Little, etc.)? Confusing the consumer here is a feature, not a bug. They don't want it to be evident just how much those packages' prices have increased, I would imagine. Here are the price changes:

    Live a Little $40 --> Entertainment $93 (133% increase)
    Just Right $55 --> Choice $110 (100% increase)
    Go Big $65 --> Xtra $124 (91% increase)
    Gotta Have it $75 --> Ultimate $135 (80% increase)

    And that's not to mention that the HBO add-on for those packages increased from $5 to $15, a 200% price increase, while other premium add-ons saw smaller increases.
  14. codespy

    codespy The Pack is getting sacked!! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 29, 2006
    Yea, that crap wouldn't fly in our household That's like the old SD-DVR40 (without the 30 day limit) wife would kill me or start drawing up divorce papers if I even thought about considering this service!
  15. TV_Guy

    TV_Guy New Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    When I saw the free month offer I was thinking it might be worth a shot next week when my YouTube TV trial ends. Then I remembered they no longer offer MLB Network or SNY for Mets games in the NYC metro area. If Game of Thrones was back I might have been tempted. You know the lineup is bad if you don't want to do a month long free trial.
  16. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    The FCC operates on complaints. If you believe that they have violated the merger agreement find a copy of the agreement, note what was violate and notify the FCC. Basing your complaint on media reports and rumors ("I thought" or "according to sources") isn't going to fly. Find something official to back up your complaint. Complaining on social media isn't going to get the FCC to look at any complaint. They have their own filing process.

    Don't expect someone at the FCC to notice and crack down the first day anyone violates some agreement (assuming there is one to violate). The FCC is process based.
  17. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    So this really is not DIRECTV via IP ... it is just a branding change to match the package names with the satellite service. And a price increase.
    (The old names remind me of Coldstone Creamery "Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It" sizing.)

    If the channel packages are not expanded to match (or be closer to) the satellite offerings I would not expect the change to be accepted by subscribers.
  18. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
  19. SledgeHammer

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    Dec 28, 2007
    My typical weekday usage barring any movies or big downloads is about 1Gig. Watched Triple Frontier last night and checked my usage today and yesterday was 17GB. It was a 2 hr movie. It wasn't 4K, but it did have Dolby Vision and 5.1.

    So 20 hrs a month = about 170GB. 20+ hrs of streaming sounds like a lot to me, but I still mostly watch the shows that are on the cable channels. I don't think I could find 10 2 hr movies to watch in a month.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2019
  20. SledgeHammer

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    Dec 28, 2007

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