FCC Grants Approval of AT&T-DIRECTV Transaction - Acquisition Completed

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    @ http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-grants-approval-att-directv-transactionhttps://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-grants-approval-att-directv-transaction

    WASHINGTON, July 24, 2015 – Today, the Federal Communications Commission grants – with
    conditions – approval of the transfer of control of licenses and authorizations from DIRECTV to
    AT&T Inc. (AT&T). The approval will allow AT&T to acquire DIRECTV and merge the two
    companies into one combined entity. An Order detailing the Commission’s reasoning and the
    conditions will be issued shortly.

     
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    harsh

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    Now the business of stirring DIRECTV into the AT&T soup can begin in earnest.
     
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    WestDC

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    Based on AT&T past Experience- They will bleed D* dry and move on
     
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    Full press release at: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-grants-approval-att-directv-transaction

    Commentary at DSLReports: http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FCC-Formally-Approves-ATT-DirecTV-Merger-With-Weak-Conditions-134611
     
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    Make my day. I am looking for an excuse to quit TV.

    Ps see thread on TV and Alzheimer's.
     
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    Diana C

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    All of the conditions, including this one (which is rendered nearly moot by the new Net Neutrality push), are effectively toothless. For example, ATT doesn't impose caps on Uverse and DSL accounts are being tossed overboard at a frantic rate (like most ILECs), so "non-competitive use of caps" is sort of pointless. The rest of the "conditions" are things ATT already promised to do, so it isn't like the FCC was being tough. This was the FCC throwing the industry a bone after a couple of quarters of tension.
     
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    Davenlr

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    Good luck DirecTv. Fastest U-verse speed here in the city limits of North Little Rock, is 756kb/s down, and 128kb/s up. U-verse TV where available in town, is abysmal. Hope they dont let DirecTv fall into the same pit. AT&T is the most incopetent company I have ever dealt with, and will never deal with them again for any reason.
     
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    Have had both U-Verse TV and DirecTV. U-Verse is a good product in that there's an excellent channel selection, with several channels that DirecTV doesn't carry (NHKWorld, MeTV national feed, more regional sports channels, at least in my area, EPIX, To name a few), and what seemed like even more in HD. Because it's internet-based, channels change instantly, and the picture in the guide changes instantly to any other channel to which you scroll so you can see whether it's on a commercial or if it's showing something you want to turn to at that moment. The DirecTV Genie is far superior to the U-verse DVR, though, and the onscreen graphics for DirecTV just look more professional and eye-appealing. And customer service for DirecTV is stellar, but not so much for U-Verse. Not to mention DirecTV's web site is far more user-friendly. ATT's is a confusing quagmire of pages as you try to sort through and separate the wireless from the internet to the TV portion of the service.

    My biggest question here is what the end TV product will look like when the dust from this acquisition settles. I love my DirecTV, and I hope that AT&T doesn't make a mess of a beloved American company with millions of loyal customers.
     
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    Fish_Stick

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    Looks like I'll be watching my bill like a hawk and working on cancelling my service. They're going to mess this one up big time just like every other merger they've had.
     
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    Wonder how the PAC 12 takes this:



     
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    Well... it did happen... :)
     
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    I am currently on TWC for my phone/internet service I wonder what kind of bundle the new merger will have


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    harsh

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    This particular condition was something that someone threatened to go to court over and I thought that was why it wouldn't be part of the conditions but it seems to be back.

    I'm not convinced that this aspect of streaming services would be covered by Net Neutrality because it is more about inbound bandwidth as opposed to download speed or QoS impacts.

    The issue may be less about toothless legislation and a whole lot more about thoughtless legislation.
     

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