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

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  1. Jul 25, 2015 #41 of 321

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    I don't know that much about AT&T, but from what some of you are saying it may not be something to look forward to. I guess only time will tell.

  2. Jul 25, 2015 #42 of 321

    Mariah2014 Breaking the mold

    Apr 21, 2006
    Phoenix Metro
    It's not. I remember when we were with TCI and AT&T came along. They did with it as they pleased and then sold the wasteland off to Comcast.
  3. Jul 25, 2015 #43 of 321
    James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
    Acquisition - "AT&T now is the largest pay TV provider in the U.S. and the world ..."

    I do not expect DirecTV to die a quick death ... or even a death of 10,000 cuts. It will be interesting to see what becomes of the satellite service now that it is a part of a bigger brand name company. DirecTV has had many owners ... but this one seems different.
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  4. Jul 25, 2015 #44 of 321

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Same here. We were Bell South Mobility customers, then they were bought out by by Cingular, and Cingular was bought out by AT&T. Haven't had any issues with any of the 3 companies.Just looking forward to some package discounts that might come our way, with the merger.
  5. Jul 25, 2015 #45 of 321

    grover517 AllStar

    Sep 29, 2007
    I also have a bad feeling about this solely based on my past experiences with ATT. From dialup, to DSL, to landline service, to mobile service they have provided subpar services at a premium price and sadly I suspect that this merger is more about sucking the pond dry vs leveraging their position in the market to up their game. I have refused to even consider Uverse because of this history plus everytime I get a sales person at my door touting ATT's "benefits", I catch then in lie after lie.

    Think I will stay out of contract a while and see how things shake out over the next few months.
  6. Jul 25, 2015 #46 of 321

    markfp Legend

    Mar 9, 2010
    Likely we'll be getting a bundling offer within a couple of months. I'm in the same situation. We've had DirecTV for 16 year but had to stick with T-W for internet and phone. Give us a good deal and and I'll switch in the blink of an eye. I HATE T-W!
  7. Jul 25, 2015 #47 of 321

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    This is not like any merger they have ever had before. Not at all. They can't fold multiple call centers into one at this time. It'll be years. They do not have the infrastructure at all in place, much less the manpower.

    I bet if you just sit back and wait till something actually happens you'll be better off. And frankly, unless you call all the time anyway, nothing is really going to change. It's csr roulette and always has been with any company. DIRECTV is usually better at it than others though... But they won't be changing what DIRECTV offers. If anything uveres will head towards DIRECTV, based on Filings and also logic. Uveres doesn't exists in Mexico etc, DIRECTV does, it's so much more massive, and they use the same equipment down there.... This is something att is going to want to screw with. What they want it to add all the mobile and such devices. Not to destroy what is already there.
  8. Jul 25, 2015 #48 of 321

    CraigerM Well-Known Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    St. Louis
    How soon before we see the ATT logo on guide?
  9. Jul 25, 2015 #49 of 321

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Maybe never...


    Couldn't resist. I think it depends on how they decide to brand everything going forward. I am guessing we will hear about this within two months...
  10. Jul 25, 2015 #50 of 321

    CraigerM Well-Known Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    St. Louis
    I think the first change will be billing, its listed in AT&T's FAQ. One question was about when bundling discounts would happen if a person already has DTV and AT&T products. They said stay tuned that they would have more info in the coming weeks on that.
  11. Jul 25, 2015 #51 of 321

    thelucky1 Icon

    Feb 23, 2009
    As a long time Directv subscriber I'm not excited about this merger at all!
    Hope it's for the best, but not holding my breath on that!

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  12. Jul 25, 2015 #52 of 321

    Fish_Stick Member

    Apr 8, 2015
    Exactly, that's why they are going to mess this up so bad. What's going to change right away though is AT&T is going to get my money which I said a long time ago they weren't going to anymore.
  13. Jul 25, 2015 #53 of 321

    meldar_b Mentor

    May 16, 2006
    I think I'm going to be sick now!

    I dislike ATT time to switch to another provider.

    I got screwed on the Sirius XM merger.

    Now going to get it again :-(

    Its a sad sad day
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  14. Jul 26, 2015 #54 of 321

    daniloni Active Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    Perhaps the reason that Cingular didn't change is because Cingular bought AT&T Wireless, not the other way around, despite the fact that it went by AT&T Wireless after the acquisition.
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  15. Jul 26, 2015 #55 of 321

    mrro82 Legend

    Sep 11, 2012
    Cordova, TN
    First day of the death of DirecTV. AT&T will run it into the ground and ditch it.
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  16. Jul 26, 2015 #56 of 321

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006

    But I pointed out why the things you are afraid of are not going to happen, at least not anytime soon. Not sure how you think I said anything different...

    The second part, well sounds like you had an individual beef with att in particular and will scorch the earth to avoid them. That's up to you, but is it worth losing Directv? I think that depends on you other options and such...
  17. Jul 26, 2015 #57 of 321

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    AT&T as an ISP was terrible. I haven't heard of any turn-a-round, so expect it will be bottomline first and customer service dead last.
  18. Jul 26, 2015 #58 of 321

    Fish_Stick Member

    Apr 8, 2015
    From my experience with AT&T they can't leave things along that are working. That's my biggest fear with the merger is that in their "improvements" they are going to destroy everything that we enjoy at DTV.

    I will certainly admit the second part and even though I enjoy DTV, yeah I'll cancel just so AT&T doesn't get my money.
  19. Jul 26, 2015 #59 of 321

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Well, everything that has been said, they will move their control of uverse tv to directv people.. Albeit the top guy will be form att, but since dtv is far more successful (I believe) than ATT on the tv side (money, which is what Directv wants), they will likely defer to their people and let them show them how to make it more like DIrectv, and less like ATT.

    At least that's kinda what I am hoping anyway.
  20. Jul 26, 2015 #60 of 321

    lipcrkr Legend

    Apr 27, 2012
    I think it won't be too bad. I love DTV but i also have TW Internet for $14.99. I get the same speed at $14.99 as a was when i was paying $34.99. I believe the cheapest with AT&T is $29.
    So if you have a combo of DTV and TWC Internet, all is well, at least for me.

    I wonder if the PAC-12 and Dodgers will have a fair agreement with DTV/AT&T/TWC now involved?

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