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Charter Has New Ad Saying AT&T Is Phasing Out UVerseTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by CraigerM, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. NashGuy

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    AT&T Eyes ‘Wireless-Centric’ Video Offering for 2018 | Multichannel

    The news today from AT&T's CEO is that they will begin beta testing next quarter a "wireless-centric direct-to-home video offering built off of DirecTV Now". Which sounds to me like a managed IPTV version of DirecTV (rather than OTT, like DirecTV Now) that will be delivered via AT&T's upcoming 5G fixed wireless broadband internet service. I imagine that, like traditional fuller-featured TV services, it will come with a dedicated (although maybe optional) STB and remote.

    All of AT&T's video services are moving toward the same new software-based cloud-virtualized back-end platform. I would bet this same upcoming managed IPTV platform eventually gets rolled out to AT&T's wired home broadband customers too (AT&T Fiber, AT&T Internet), replacing Uverse TV.
     
  2. slice1900

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    Saying it is "built off of Directv Now" makes it unclear what it really is. Is it "wireless centric" because it is using LTE or because it is targeted at mobile devices?

    The really puzzling statement in the article is the claim "the software based solution
    will be the platform on which AT&T delivers all video in the future because it delivers video efficiently and at a lower cost which can then be passed to the customer." Software based solution implies no STBs (at least not Directv provided ones) so then how is it different than Directv Now other than running over AT&T's private network?

    Satellite costs so little to deliver it is hard to see room for anything else to be "lower cost" to a degree that matters for a customer's bill....well, other than the installer visit when you sign up. Maybe he's talking about the STBs which add $7/month/TV to a customer's bill, but much of that is AT&T profit so they could reduce the cost to customers today if they really wanted.

    Could be he's comparing to AT&T's very high cost of delivering Uverse - AT&T said they were paying providers $14 per customer more for Uverse rights than Directv was for the same content. That's why they've been so aggressive in pushing new customers to Directv even if they are eligible for Uverse.
     
  3. JoeTheDragon

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    and what about the sports bar that needs 8-16 feeds let cable HSI do that? UNCAPED cell with no more then $100+/mo just for the internet part of the bill.
     
  4. slice1900

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    Regardless of whatever wording AT&T's CEO uses, Directv satellite is not going away for a LONG time. Regardless of other reasons one can give, they are in the process of building two new satellites, which they certainly wouldn't be doing if they were planning on going to a "software based solution" in a few years!

    But this will provide additional fodder for people who claim Directv is dropping satellite. That CEO needs to have someone vet the wording he uses so he doesn't keep making it sound like satellite is going away :rolleyes: Sports bars will keep using satellite like they always have.
     
  5. James Long

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    It is easy to misread even the clearest statements when one wants to misread those statements.
     
  6. NashGuy

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    I'm sure AT&T won't be dropping satellite for many more years -- there are just too many people (especially in rural areas) without the necessary broadband connection to support IPTV or OTT.

    But I do expect that they will deprecate satellite, from a marketing perspective, in the next year or two. AT&T has a unified master plan for TV delivery and it's all internet-based, which allows for more lucrative targeted ads as well as the ability to serve any screen, anywhere. Satellite customers will be served by that platform inasmuch as they use the DirecTV mobile app on their phones but I don't see how the platform can work via satellite with the Genie boxes on their TVs. So while folks will still be able to have a dish installed on their roof and start new DirecTV satellite service for years to come, that won't be something you see AT&T pushing in their ads or their stores. In cities and suburbs especially, those rooftop dishes will slowly fade away...
     
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  7. slice1900

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    Directv will always get the most reliable service from satellite. Sure, there's rain fade, but many people have much longer internet outages - my local cable company goes offline for hours on early Thursday AM every month or two for "maintenance". That's the problem with a streaming service, if you don't control the network you don't control the experience but people will still blame Directv if they have streaming problems and say "I never have any problems on Youtube".

    For networks AT&T controls that's not as much of an issue, but we'll have to see how big of a thing fixed wireless is - especially in more populated areas where the towers would need to be a lot more plentiful and closer together than cell towers are today.
     
  8. NashGuy

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    My home internet service from both Comcast and AT&T Uverse (I've switched between the two a few times the last several years) has overall been much more dependable for me -- and therefore OTT streaming from Netflix, etc. has been more dependable for me -- than either DirecTV or DISH satellite were. I had bad rain fade with both. It was better with DirecTV than DISH but I'd still lose at least half my channels every time it rained (or any time rained approached from the south/west, since the channels would go out before the rain even arrived at my house). I remember having a buddy over and we started to watch a movie I'd recorded on DirecTV only for it to crap out after the first few minutes, due to rain fade I'm sure.

    But then, that's just my experience. Some folks with satellite never seem to have issues with it.

    As for how fixed wireless turns out, I'm hopeful, but yeah, we'll see whether it's as reliable as wired broadband. And yes, there will be a ton (hundreds of thousands) of small 5G cells installed around the country in the coming decade.
     
  9. Rich

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    I wanted a dish on my roof for years, finally got it in 2002. Thrilled to leave cable, I was. Now I can't wait to take the dish down...evolution.

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