How many of you would like AT&T or Verizon to purchase Directv?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mkdtv21, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    3,957
    1
    Dec 19, 2006
    Outside...
    I agree, but I can't picture ANY company doing a massive receiver swap out like that. It would cost them WAY too much money. Even Directv doesn't want to do it at this point, and they'd like everybody on MPEG-4.
     
  2. espnjason

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    529
    2
    Sep 30, 2008
    The reason why I support the price increases and D*'s M.O. to begin with is because I want D* to continue its share buyback program. I firmly believe D* as an eventual private company would be a hell of a lot easier to deal with from a consumer perspective as opposed to almost all publicly traded companies such as the telcos and cable companies.
     
  3. mattnboise

    mattnboise Cool Member

    11
    0
    Mar 7, 2006
    Worst idea of the year thread.
     
  4. awblackmon

    awblackmon Legend

    183
    1
    May 20, 2009
    IF they ever did, would the installers be able to get better pay with unionization or just plain better pay scales. like the phone installers? Sat installers make less now than 10 years ago.
     
  5. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,532
    104
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    Not the same service. Instead of POTS, it is VOIP and it is regulated differently than POTS. That is why they do it.
     
  6. StLBluesFan

    StLBluesFan New Member

    3
    0
    Dec 28, 2007
    Verizon and AT&T tv service have limited footprints and their growth will continue to be pretty slow, for numerous reasons. You do know AT&T has a newer reciprocal contract for cross-selling products, right? That AT&T bundles D* now? Both Verizon and AT&T would love to acquire Dish or DirecTV, that's hardly a secret.

    Yes, Dish is more ripe for the pickings, but needing 'less help' doesn't make a company immune from a purchase deal.
     
  7. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    42,754
    380
    Dec 9, 2006
    No, I do have POTS
     
  8. jahgreen

    jahgreen Godfather

    438
    0
    Dec 15, 2006
    Maybe, maybe not, but they are potential competitors and even potential competition is good.
     
  9. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,532
    104
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    Do you have UVerse Internet?
     
  10. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    3,905
    13
    Aug 2, 2008
    I have AT&T DSL and Pots and though their support isn't great, I haven't really had any major issues. Being able to get a bundled tv/internet/phone package would be the reason I would want a merger. Although, I already receive a discount for bundling, so I don't see any benefit that a buyout would bring.
     
  11. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    42,754
    380
    Dec 9, 2006
    I do and had to change my AT&T DSL to U-verse, with the same speed, but even with a "deal" it's $10/month more.
    I also know I have POTS, as they didn't connect it during the install, so I didn't have a phone for a few days, and all my calls to get it working had them tell me it was, regardless of me telling them there was no dial tone.
    When the "phone tech" finally got out here, I had figured they left the wire off and that's exactly what he found at the B box. "They" had been testing the data line.
    10 mins later, it was working.
    Every call I make to AT&T goes to U-verse CSRs, even for my phone, and I have two bills and two addresses to send them to:
    1 for the phone
    2 for my internet

    "Believe me"
    AT&T and U-verse aren't the same company, and I'm stuck going through U-verse to fix/deal with my POTS.
     
  12. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    16,656
    195
    Aug 5, 2002
    Dripping...
    I thought you were supposed to be able to get a bundle deal with AT&T and DIRECTV, at least that's what White has said on the financial calls.
     
  13. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    42,754
    380
    Dec 9, 2006
    You are, or still can, even when you live in a U-verse area. ;)

    My DirecTV account/package is so old, I'm not too quick to screw things up with the bundling though.
     
  14. duffytoo

    duffytoo Mentor

    49
    0
    Mar 13, 2005
    Similar crap with me. Verizon cell phone service wouldn't work at at my house (rural Texas hill country). Even worse they sold me a used cell phone as a new one but forgot to remove the previous owner's greeting message. I told their customer service this when I cancelled at the local Verizon office. Same crap ...... they turned me into a collection bureau. It's the only bad thing I've ever had so I said BS .... it can stay on report forever ..... who cares?
     
  15. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,532
    104
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    That's unusual. They want you over on a VOIP line which is free from state pricing regulation.
     
  16. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    7,394
    65
    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    VOS
    As you you know I am a tech for said company. It is the same company, you are just now filed into a different category. The percentage of non-voip Uverse to the complete package is very low. That is why they are sending the category of techs you get. The old line testing they used can't even be applied to you because the system reroutes it. Eventually they will hand the trouble off to a cable repairman.

    They are even sending out emails to regular DSL customers to inform them that they may be switched to voip at any time.
    They want the whole network off copper tariff'ed lines.

    As for my vote. I hope to the gods that At&T does not lay its sticky fingers on Directv. It will be a very sad day for all of us.
     
  17. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    3,905
    13
    Aug 2, 2008
    Yes, I do get an AT&T/DIRECTV bundle discount, that's why I said "Although, I already receive a discount for bundling, so I don't see any benefit that a buyout would bring."
     
  18. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    16,656
    195
    Aug 5, 2002
    Dripping...
    OK then if AT&T and DIRECTV already do have a bundle the why did you say bundling would be a reason for a merger?
     
  19. fireponcoal

    fireponcoal Icon

    783
    20
    Sep 26, 2009
    I'd like to see Comcast purchase the Direct TV.
     
  20. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    15,541
    617
    Dec 2, 2010
    Monterey...
    [MacEnroe] "You CANNOT be serious!!" [/MacEnroe]

    Then your handle should be: "Fire upon gasoline". :D
     

Share This Page

spam firewall

Advertisements