DIRECTV & DISH May Merge & Be Run By AT&T According To a New Report

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  1. mjwagner

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    What’s the big draw with HBO? I suppose GoT (I was never a fan but I understand that it was huge) but that’s over now. Anybody that was into it already finished it. It’s probably just me but I can honestly say that I have never had any reason to subscribe to it. It’s certainly not anything close to Netflix or even Prime (but I consider Prime basically a freebie for anyone who shops on Amazon). Maybe I’m missing something but I sure hope AT&T isn’t hanging their streaming hat on HBO.
     
  2. ejbvt

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    Who wants to flip back and forth between all those apps just to see what's available to watch? It would drive me nuts within 1 day and that's not something you can get used to. No streaming service is good for sports.

    If this magic Dish-Directv merger happened would we get Pac 12? Would they get YES, MSG, HBO? Would I keep my HR44? These are the important things to worry about. We know that satellite TV is declining. So what? So are newspapers and they're still around.
     
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    I think you have it backwards - sports are the ratings machine. SOME people don't want sports. You could get rid of all the E! and Oxygen! garbage channels and most people wouldn't even notice.
     
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    People that stream are doing the flipping around and don’t see it as a big deal. Note that streaming is growing, cable/sat is on the decline.

    If a dish-direct merger of one sort or another happens I suspect there won’t be a big shift in the hardware. As to which channels would be available, well that’s a very good question. Long term I think you’ll see the sports channels move out of some of the subscription levels. Then those that want lots of sports can pay for those. And at some point in time you’ll see sports better covered than it is now with streaming.

    I have to wonder though, how many would pay for sports if they knew the true cost of those channels. Now the price is buried in the overall subscription price.


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  5. Athlon646464

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    Me. HBO/Prime/Netflix/Tablo/YouTube mostly.

    And we generally know what we're going to watch before we sit down in front of our TV, so there isn't a ton of 'flipping' going on here.

    Who isn't flipping between apps on at least one of their devices? Why would you think folks wouldn't be used to doing that - especially as time goes on?
     
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    Yeah, I hate all that "flipping" crap too. I hate it as much as opening up that burger box I got and finding it looks NOTHING like what the picture did in that TV commercial! (Sorry Rich, I had to reuse that one!)

    I hate flipping around between all those apps, remotes and even inputs just to see what's on. It has driven me crazy for years now and in this day and age of technological marvels, I couldn't believe there wasn't an easier way to do all this.

    I hated putting down the D* remote, picking up the smart TV remote, navigating to the Netflix app, search around and find nothing interesting so I switched to the Prime app, then Vudu, then back to Netflix then switch the input back to D*, put down the TV remote, pick up the D* remote and search some more. And don't get me started when we have two different TV's in two different rooms with different TV remotes and different UI's. It would put anyone on that "crazy train" and it almost made me want to quit watching TV altogether.

    Then I found FireTV and their Recast DVR. Integrated UI, one input, one voice remote, a 2 week "live" tv channel guide that includes ALL of my live channels from the antenna as well as PS Vue and Philo that has every sports and "cable" channel we ever wanted. A home page UI that integrates Netflix, Prime, Movies Anywhere, and everything else I have along side of my live channels. We have better HD picture quality than we ever did with D* and now have the same setup on all 4 TV's in our house with the same remote.

    Our sanity has returned and best of all, NO MORE FLIPPING!
     
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  7. lparsons21

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    Or you could just use a universal remote. I use a Harmony Elite, the only downside is loss of voice control/search which I never used anyway.
     
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    Same.
     
  9. TheRatPatrol

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    I use the good ole Harmony 650 (LR) and 700 (MBR). :)
     
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  10. lparsons21

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    Currently I use a Tivo Bolt for cable and sometimes streaming. It has universal search for cable, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Vudu. Makes it pretty handy. If I change to streaming/OTA I’ll use my Bolt for OTA and the same search works there also. And the changeover doesn’t lose recordings I’ve made from cable.

    The other main unit I use is an AppleTV 4K. It has some universal search also, but not for all streaming services. So far I haven’t found anyone with that. Those that have universal search do so for some providers but not others.

    I also have an Xbox One, FireTV Cube and Blu-ray player, all of which are controlled via the Harmony Elite.


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  11. Rich

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    We sub to it once in a while. We've seen most of the programming and it doesn't take long to go thru the new shows. If you haven't seen many of the HBO original series you might want to check them out. Lots of good stuff there.

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    I've been listening to that stuff for some time now. I see no "flipping around" problems and streaming is just about all we do.

    Count me in as one of those who would happily pay for the sports I want. Sports are the only reason we stay with D*. And D* is the best platform for sports, I think.

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    Have you read about the new Cube? More processing power, twice as much as the first gen Cubes. Maybe they put out PQ that's as good as we get with the ATVs? I gotta get one and try it. This is what drive me up the wall about Amazon: They make some really interesting devices, I buy them on sale then they announce the next generation of that device and it's a whole lot better. I'm in the process of giving away all the original Dots I bought because the next gen of Dots is so much better. So much better I can't resist them. I see room for a lot of improvements in the first gen Cubes, can't wait for the Black Friday sales. Gonna get one of the new, huge Echos too.

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  14. lparsons21

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    I’ve read about the new Cube but probably won’t get one. I use the current one only a little bit. I prefer the ATV.


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    I prefer the ATV too. But if the new Cube puts out PQ that's close that might change. I like the way the Cubes handle TV sets and sound systems, they do a lot more than an ATV can do in that regard. Amazon fixed the remotes on the new devices but the remotes still aren't as good as an ATV's. I think. I'll get one and see how it works. I don't think I'll replace all four of my first gen Cubes in any event.

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    Wife and I are watching 'The Wire' now. Great show - can't believe we waited this long to binge it.
     
  17. lparsons21

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    I mostly use the Cube for XUMO, a free ad-supported streamer. There is no app for it on the ATV. I could actually switch to just using one of them if either supported all I want. And since the UI’s on both aren’t all that good, that would be a wash.

    For ATV I would need XUMO.
    For Cube I would need AppleTV app

    I suspect neither of those things will happen though. :(


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  18. lparsons21

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    I recently dropped HBO and all premiums. I will sub to them for a month maybe twice a year and binge watch some series. For HBO, Watchmen and Westworld are the biggies I’m waiting for. I’ll wait until the season is up on both and sub. Similarly for the others too.

    One exception might turn out to be Epix. They’ve got some good stuff and at $6/month is cheap enough. They have tons of movies and some pretty good series too.


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  19. Rich

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    Yes, that's one of the best series ever made. I think. Don't tell my you haven't seen Oz?

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    Yup, that's never gonna happen. I use both the Cubes and the ATVs. The ATVs for viewing programming and the Cubes to control the TVs and sound systems. Makes life a bit simpler. Anything I can do to keep from picking up a remote is a plus.

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