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No More Satellites

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by msglsmo, Dec 2, 2018.

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  1. msglsmo

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    It’s the beginning of the end of satellite TV in the US

    “He’s not going to launch more satellites,” AT&T’s top boss, chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, said of Donovan. "We’re kind of done.”
     
  2. WestDC

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    Based on The Current Life Time of those in Place - and The Volume of Customer Churn -That may be a Good Business thought
     
  3. KyL416

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    Except for that pesky litle fact that they just filed with the FCC for their next satellite T16/D16, and they put out another statement debunking all of this, and by the time the current fleet gets closer to end of life a decade from now who knows what management team will be in place or if AT&T would still even own DirecTV considering how many times it's been sold to different owners in the past 24 years... But please media, keep on spreading this false sky is falling narrative...
     
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  4. msglsmo

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    There is a big difference between not launching anymore satellites for domestic DirecTV service and not discontinuing satellite TV. Looks like they aren’t interested in continuing to invest capital on a declining business.
     
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    Except for that they ARE launching another satellite for domestic DirecTV service...
     
  6. msglsmo

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    The filing date to the FCC was in October and the recent comments were just made a few days ago.

    Perhaps something has changed?
     
  7. KyL416

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    Nope, nothing has changed, the filing is still active. This is replacing D10 since D15 ended up moving to 101 to replace D8.

    After this the remaining fleet will have a decade before they reach end of life. And by then who know's where the industry will be. There's so many variables, and not just what management team will be in charge of DirecTV by then. i.e. a change in net neutrality/ISP rules could cripple the entire OTT industry and send people back to cable/sat, or the OTT bubble could burst with everyone wanting to launch their own dedicated services and price hikes for all those services put them on par with a traditional TV service when you add them together. i.e. To replicate the massive movie and TV library that you used to get with Netflix streaming less than a decade ago, you will also need Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, DC Universe, HBO Now, Showtime, Starz, AT&T's future Warner Media streaming service for their WB movie and TV library, a potential Comcast streaming service for their Universal Studios library, etc.

    While on the other hand, if enough states that regulate these things stand up to the telcos and no longer say 1 Mbps DSL service counts as meeting their High Speed Internet obligations like it currently does in Pennsylvania and some other states, and start mandating 100 Mbps speeds across their franchise area, it would increase competition and improve the situation so less people and businesses don't have satellite as their only option to watch content on more than 2 TVs at the same time. (i.e. locally every time Blue Ridge hikes their prices and tweaks their caps and people complain about them having a monopoly in the newspaper, they put out the same old boilerplate statement that expects us to believe Verizon's DSL that's limited to 3 Mbps for most of the local area and low cap/high latency satellite internet is competition in 2018. If Verizon didn't weasle their way out of the original agreement that mandated fiber across their entire franchise area in this state there would be actual competition here.)
     
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    Really another thread on this. Satellite TV isn’t going anywhere for a decade or more.
     
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