Will Directv Stop Taking New Customers?

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  1. CTJon

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    There are many areas of the country that don't have high speed internet and Sat TV is the only way they can get modern TV. That will obviously go down over time but at the moment I would think, among others, regulators would have issues with no Sat TV. I live in Maine and when you go into the country you see Sat Dishes on every roof. Maine isn't the only state.
    I heard recently that 30% of veterans can't get high speed internet
     
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    Then there are those of us who can't get reliable internet. I live in a very rural area but have access to SPECTRUM. I'm supposed to be getting 100 Mbps but there are times it dips to 25 Mbps or lower. The only alternative is HughesNet and that would be worse.
     
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    This is one of the reasons why I think YTTV is an interesting one in this space. I’m sure they are leveraging all the infrastructure they already have in place to support YT and of course Google has deep pockets. I’m only a few weeks into my use of YTTV as I transition over from PSVue but so far I like what I see. Still lots of room for improvements but they already have a lot right, at least for me.
     
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    It is definitely one of the key stumbling blocks of more widespread adoption of streaming. It will be interesting to see if any of the new technologies coming on-line or just over the horizon can change the game in the internet connectivity space.
     
  5. trh

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    And why is this relevant?
     
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  6. Rich

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    I wonder if that percentage is close to the percentage of people that can't get enough speed to stream?

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  7. JcT21

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    i hope they keep taking customers as well as keep the ones they got for a long time. here in rural eastern Kentucky our choices are limited. my area has only 1 cable provider imctv.com and they charge extortion prices for minimal services. their cable is truly awful and their internet is severely overpriced. not only is it more expensive than others they have data caps in which they charge for going over. streaming is really not an option, especially with several people in the home. I have 50mb service at $90 month. most of the time my speedtests are around 35-40. they offer speeds to up 750 but they require both your arms, a few toes and rights to your life insurance :mad:
     
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  8. trh

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    Pros and cons with living in rural areas v cities. We have several choices for internet. I currently pay $90 for 1GB fiber with no data cap.
     
  9. Tritron

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    . Urban areas make up only 3 percent of the entire land in US. Looks like 62 to 80 % of population lives in cities and i guess att only wants to support city dwellers.
     
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  10. wmb

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    For that, in addition to 1GB internet, I also get telephone and basic TV.

    Not long ago, I went to the phone company and asked if I could lower my bill if I dropped TV. Nope.


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  11. inkahauts

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    DIRECTV took what 12 years before it was truly ahead in the money department? Of course Netflix has been around longer than that... but they changed business strategies big time less than ten years ago so....

    There is a difference between making a quarterly profit like Netflix and being truly profitable like Apple... there’s nothing wrong with either way really as long as you have your eggs lined up correctly.
     
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  12. inkahauts

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    Nope guys an idiot. Or is he? Maybe he writes that kind of nonsense because he knows people will click on it and he gets money from clicks. Maybe that makes him brilliant for feeding people who buy into every doomsday scenario he can come up with.

    Premise is stupid...

    Uverse is still sold today... just not in markets where att tv a testing... which is logical since why would you want to offer to versions of the exact same thing that use different hardware.. you wouldn’t....

    But satelite is a different ball of wax and going no where any decade soon. Yes decade. I can’t believe the number of people who think it’ll be gone by 2030. I don’t see that happening. Likely never will go away. In fact I could see it someday making a comeback... all they have to do is figure out how to get sat signals on your phone.


    Hhhhmmmm. Mostly true with a crazy theory. Maybe I’m channeling my inner swami....
     
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  13. Tritron

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    I hope att learned that needs to lower prices of its directtv to bring more customers.
     
  14. Rich

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    Ever have a conversation with Phil? I have.

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    I’d say I trust his predictions quite a bit. He’s not as dumb as folks on this forum have made him out to be over the years. I’d say quite far from it. I also doubt D* would stop taking new customers but it’s an interesting thing to mull over I guess.


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  16. CTJon

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    Only relevant because the was the only statistic that they had and quoted. They were talking about lack of high speed internet and said, for instance, 30 of veterans don't have it.
    Back to topic - I just think there is a real need for Sat TV and can't see it going away for a while
     
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    I never go to that site. What did he predict for LAST year?
     
  18. SledgeHammer

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    I didn't say I consider them profitable lol, I said Wall Street does. Same way a person says they are well off but carries a 30k credit card balance lol.

    I don't think they'll go out of business any time soon, but the debt will eventually catch up to them since they seem to be ramping up spending to complete rather then trimming it down.

    Then again, we have $23 TRILLION in debt and we're doing just fine, so what do I know :D.
     
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    If they liquidated at the end of 3Q 2019 they would have had $6 billion ($30 billion in assets, $24 billion in liabilities including $12.4 billion in long term debt). Not bad.
     
  20. grover517

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    I would have to say "not anytime soon" after the phone call I got last night. I cancelled almost 4 months ago without a whimper at the time I cancelled or since. Yet last night, the "hard sell" was in full force with the call full of vague answers to my tough questions. I really felt bad for the guy, who obviously was in a call center room (but was actually US based) full of reps in the background. After about 5 minutes of him skirting my tough questions, I all but had to hang up on the guy to end the conversation. I thought I was talking to a used car salesman on the brink of bankruptcy towards the end of the call.
     

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