ATT TV - a little review

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  1. James Long

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    The issues were in the Streaming Clarity article (focus on HBOMax, etc) not the Multichannel News article. :D
     
  2. NashGuy

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    No word on that. At this point, I really don't think we're going to hear anything about 4K until the service rebrands from AT&T TV to DIRECTV Stream. I'd like to see them cut the base price of their packages by $5 (e.g. Entertainment down to $65) and include 4K as part of the $10/mo cloud DVR upgrade. But that's just me talking. AFAIK, zero has leaked out about 4K coming to AT&T TV (other than some vague comments the last CEO made a couple years ago, which are fairly worthless at this point).

    As for YTTV's 4K upgrade (which also includes unlimited in-home streams plus DVR downloads), it's not supposed to rise to its regular price of $20 until next summer. It's free the first month (so everyone may as well add it for the Olympics), then $10 during its first year. I agree that $20 is kind of ridiculous and I doubt it ever actually hits that price point. I could see YTTV adding a few more channels and rising the base price by $5-10 next year and then just keeping the 4K upgrade package at $10.
     
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    Seemed more pronounced to me in the Multichannel News article, given that it was right there in the first sentence. (Not that it really matters.):

    The Federal Communications Commission has approved AT&T's spinoff of its traditional video distribution business as it moves toward streaming (HBO Max) as its video play of choice, citing the parties‘ undisputed claim that the New DirecTV company that will result would be stronger because it could focus on traditional video.

    I guess AT&T will remain focused on HBO Max as its "video play of choice" for several more months but after that it'll be gone just like their cable TV services.
     
  4. compnurd

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    Yeh thats been there for awhile
     
  5. Davenlr

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    Well, I signed up, it didnt work for the all star game here, so I canceled. Then they announced they had a glitch where some devices were unable to get 4K, but they had fixed it for golf. I was still on the one month free, so I checked golf and it was working. Since they had it fixed, I turned it back on, and it announced it would start charging me $21.95/mo. I chatted with them, and they said because I canceled during the free month, I was now not eligible for the $9.95 plan for the first year, and would have to pay full price.
    I was going to cancel the whole thing since I already pay for ad free YouTube, as well as YouTubeTV, so figured they could have at least let me pay the $10 fee, but I cannot find any other service except FUBO that has the channels I want as well as 4K, and FUBO lost the main channel I watch during the day (CNN), so they are out. Sling has the channels I watch for $35 but I believe they are on 720p, and I got rid of Comcast because of that, Im not paying for stripped down video. So unless DirecTV fixes their server I was using that locked me out every night, and adds 4K, I am stuck with Google without 4K.
    There are no options that have everything except DirecTv satellite, and it is WAY out of my price range.
    I am really tired of all these mega corporations, I really am.
     
  6. NashGuy

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    Well, Steveknj, I stumbled across something interesting on reddit recently with regard to those missing CW stations. Someone posted on the AT&T TV subreddit that last Friday 7/16, their local CW station, WYCW in Spartanburg, SC, suddenly disappeared from their AT&T TV lineup. They thought maybe it was due to a channel carriage dispute but confirmed with AT&T TV that there are no such disputes currently happening.

    Now, what's really weird here is that WYCW is owned by, you guessed it, Nexstar. Which means it probably should never have been available to that subscriber to begin with. AT&T probably just realized on Friday that they had been mistakenly streaming that station's feed for however long and then quietly yanked it to correct the situation. But the fact that they even had an upload in place for a Nexstar CW affiliate in the first place in interesting.

    Maybe this means that a carriage agreement has finally been struck to carry Nexstar's CW (and probably also My Network TV) affiliates around the country. Perhaps they've got all those stations now connected to their servers and they're just waiting to flip the switch and add them all. But they accidentally flipped the switch a bit early on WYCW, perhaps in the course of testing things. If that's the case, I'd say it's a good bet that we see those stations added as part of the pending DIRECTV Stream relaunch.

    P.S. Another recent reddit post suggests we may see AMC+ added soon too...
     
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    One other weird thing I saw this weekend on the Osprey is that on my DVR list, rather than showing the title of the show, it's showing the episode name in the list. It's just a bug, obviously, but it's weird to see and until I looked at the info did I realize what happened, because I didn't remember recording a show with that name.
     
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    This CNN article (for those with difficulties keeping sources straight) tries very hard to suggest a DIRECTV deal but it is really about wireless and how DISH wants access to AT&T's network and AT&T wants access to DISH's frequencies. The CDMA .vs. GSM issue certainly makes AT&T's fitness for the task questionable but I'd imagine the wireless industry wants CDMA to go away anyway sooner than later (certainly much sooner than Verizon's EOY 2022).

    There's another viewpoint that follows an old axiom from Sun Tzu: Keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer.
     
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    According to multiple articles including one from MarketWatch, this debt is actually being taken on by the DIRECTV Entertainment Holdings, LLC division, not the larger AT&T mother ship. I couldn't get my head around why AT&T proper would need financing for a sale as the MultiChannel (now NextTV) title implied.
     
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    It looks like it might be here. Sunday's Formula 1 race went over by 40 minutes. I watched both on line and on the box. It ran right to the end of the broadcast. Hopefully this extends to all live events.
     
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    If you (or anyone else) record NASCAR races (FS1, Fox, NBCSN, NBC), please let me know if you're seeing your cloud DVR recordings properly and consistently auto-extend. That will be a HUGE issue for my Dad if he switches to AT&T TV/DTV Stream. He records every race and they're notorious for running long due to weather delays, wrecks, etc. He always begins watching the recording while the race is in progress.
     
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    The problem in the past is that it's been available but very inconsistent. They might have gotten it right on this broadcast, but on some other, it might not have worked. For example, I regularly record NY Rangers hockey games (well all NHL games) and I do notice that often it records past it's allotted time (2hrs 30 min). But of course, the one time I wanted to watch a recording, it DIDN'T and it cut off at the scheduled time. I haven't tried it in awhile, so I'll experiment with a few baseball games over the next week and see what happens. With that said, I'd like to have the option to pad on my own, then I don't have to worry about these types of issues.
     
  16. Davenlr

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    YouTubeTV extends Nascar races on all their channels. Dont watch any of the others.
     
  17. NashGuy

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    Thanks. Although YTTV isn't an option for my parents for various reasons (lacking certain channels, confusing UI, no channel numbers, must use with a simple streaming remote as opposed to a full-fledged cable TV remote, etc.).
     
  18. Davenlr

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    Oh ok. Well, the only streaming service I know of with channel numbers is ATT TV, and I can guarantee you they do not extend Nascar races. I had to record whatever shows were on for two hours after each race.
     
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    Just because they weren't doing it back when you had AT&T TV doesn't mean they aren't now. Sounds like maybe the auto-extend feature is becoming more widely available. It was applied to a Formula 1 race on Sunday (see post above).
     
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  20. Steveknj

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    I experimented on last night's Yankees-Phillies game, which turned out to be a good example as the game was "scheduled" for a 3 hour record and ran almost 4 hours. And while it did auto-pad some, it crapped out at around 3:30, in the middle of the top of the 8th inning. Not good. Imagine sitting down to watch a game, assuming it auto-padded, and it didn't make it to the end. That would royally piss me off. So for now, I'll stick to recording the shows after as well.

    AT&T TV, how hard is is to include a manual padding feature? DirecTV has it, heck, Channels has it! Is it something to do with how cloud DVRs work? I don't know. This is a feature every sports fan wants, and AT&T TV should be catering to sports fans if they want it to be an alternative to cable or sat. I can't speak for YTTV and how their auto padding works, but I DID see a commercial last night touting that feature.
     
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