AT&T to its DIRECTV subscribers: Drop dead, eventually. (h/t)
What this country needs is somebody sincere about enforcing antitrust laws.
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FWIW: I’ve had the directtv now streaming for the past couple of years and I’ve really liked the change.
We’re moving in a couple of months. Going to use that as an oppty to tell dtv to F off.
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It’s a bit of an adjustment, but once you adjust it’s awesome. Currently I have Youtube tv, and it’s very similar to cable.
This is all well and good for people in areas with good quality broadband. Screws over anybody living in an area without cable and using DSL running on outdated phone lines.
That’s what I’m thinking. It’s awesome in North Fulton, but what about people in Hahira? I’m sure someone will continue meeting that demand, but we all know the product will stagnate.
Not to mention the bandwidth limits. We’re on AT&T DSL, no other options, and we only get 150 gb a month. If we go over, it’s $10 for another 50 gb. Granted, that’s not a lot of money, but we’d use a hell of a lot more than that if we were streaming all of our programming. Maybe by the time DTV goes tits up on the satellite front, we’ll have decent cable internet or fiber coverage here. (Here being South Carolina)
5G for the win.
Yep, can’t blame them. If 5G is what they say it is, then there will be no need. Problem is my mobile services sucks complete ass where I am.
I’m not sure they are putting any focus on their streaming platform. Was out thanksgiving until about 3 and all Friday night of the pac 12 game.
Tailgating will never be the same. We tried streaming at the Ga-Fla game. It worked fine until about 10:00 when too many people showed up and were using the airwaves. I guess it will be back to the future with rabbit ears.
For Jax, over the air CBS all day long, better quality etc…same close in in most metro areas…
It’ll be “less expensive.” For AT&T. You’ll keep paying too much!
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“What this country needs is somebody sincere about enforcing antitrust laws.”
I am dealing with my second long-term internet outage with Windstream here in North GA in four months. The kicker is my connection completely went out during the SEC Championship game right before the Rodrigo missed FG. I rely on Internet to stream TV and don’t have any cell reception in my area at all.
Windstream has the worst service of any company I’ve ever dealt with, but they are the only game in town.
It is absolutely infuriating.
You live in the boonies, you take your chances..plug your address into antennaweb.org and see if anything comes up for OTA.
I don’t even really live in the boonies, though. I am in Dahlonega not that far away from 400. I am definitely too far away for OTA.
You mean the same kind of sincere fools who denied the merger between EchoStar(Dish) and DirectTV in 2001? The folly of antitrust is that it requires the regulators to be disinterested angels with flawless clairvoyance.
Went to Hulu four months ago. Isn’t perfect, but I don’t need perfection when I am saving $150.00 a month. Get’s the job done and I have everything I had with DirectTV.
Is that good for sports?
Yes. I haven’t had any problems with live sports.In fact, Hulu with Live TV has DVR functionality, so I have been able to record every game this year. A big plus for me.
YoutubeTV seems to be the best sports steaming service.
We definitely need someone to enforce our anti-trust laws. Bring back the capitalistic idea of competition. Way too many businesses view regulation as a way to avoid competition.
Question to you, Randall….
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Funny story about DirecTV – my dad has been a loyal customer for many, many years, while I’ve always had Comcast. He’s always sworn by them. Over the past few years after they were bought by AT&T, he’s gotten more and more frustrated with them over the service, product, etc. My parents recently moved and he had DirecTV installed at their new house. All kinds of problems, not just with the installation but then tons of service issues. A DirecTV technician was at their house to fix the issues and my dad was like “man, what’s going on at DTV? You guys used to be awesome, why so many problems?” Technician says “hell, I have Dish at my house – it’s far superior”. Sure enough, my dad made the switch to them about a month ago and absolutely loves it. Anyway, for those of you who have DirecTV and are frustrated, you should seriously considering going to Dish.
Dish is great until you can’t watch the World Series because they opt to just drop a network from your package because of their ongoing contract disputes with the provider. This happens all the time with Dish and is why most people switch away from them.
Happened to some people for the SECCG this year who had Direct TV. All cable providers do this during negotiations.
We’re on DISH in rural Southwest GA and it was sticker-shock moving back to my hometown after living in Raleigh for 25 yrs. We’re quite limited in our choices: 1x local community cable provider, DISH, DirectTV, maybe HughesNet … and that’s it. We use the cable tv provider for internet b/c there’s no bandwidth limit. I can live with the tv options, it’s the death-draggingly slow internet that is so painful. We can’t stream much of anything if more than 2 people are online. Can’t afford to pay the per-GB data packages from the satellite options and I’m not sure their speeds would be much better. Not trying to cry the blues to everyone, just making an observation that I probably would have never noted had I not actually experienced it myself. These small, rural communities are really underserved and there’s not much they can do about it.
Threw a BBQ when I turned off my home phone line with AT&T. Was so excited to be done with those assholes…then they bought DirecTV. I can’t seem to escape them.
As a guy who watched Sony’s winning Rose Bowl TD on my phone because the ESPN stream was buffering. I hope they’re fixing the bandwidth issue.
I am a SATCOM expert. Satellite television has basically reached its peak. The capital expenditure required be competitive with cable or over the top services is prohibitive. I’ll be happy to explain the technical problems if people are interested. Satellite TV will stick around, but it is going to a 2nd tier service focused only on rural areas that lack quality ISPs.
I cut the cord with Directv Now but they were still beta testing the DVR so I looked around. I watch sports but my wife loves HGTV etc. We ended up using Youtube TV and Philo. They have almost no overlap. The only thing she misses is the Weather Channel and her guy Jim C. I still have Comcast for WIFI and now they are going into streaming too. The only thing you save with Xfinity is the monthly equipment charges. Youtube TV + Philo = $56/mo.
Funny how Comcast had to create Xfinity to try and change consumer perception of them.
Supposedly 5G will let you stream wirelessly so you can cut Comcast out completely.
Serious question… how does this violate antitrust laws? I don’t see how leaving the satellite tv model violates it, and there are plenty of streaming options out there.
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