AT&T talks merger with DirecTV

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  1. StevesWeb

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    As in should have done 50 years ago.
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    That's expensive, and in some towns impossible depending on the political landscape. Using the dish for TV and the VDSL for internet is the only way they can compete cheaply.
     
  3. MikeAndrews

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    In 1965? :eek:
     
  4. tarheelblue32

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    If they want to do it on the cheap, then as a customer I expect a better price. If Google Fiber will give you 1Gbps and great quality HD channels for $120/month, then I expect 12Mbps and crappy quality HD channels from U-verse for $25/month.
     
  5. Dan203

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    Well with the DirecTV/ATT combo they can offer DirecTV TV channels, which have decent quality, and 40Mbps VDSL and compete mostly with the local cable MSO. Google is a whole other beast. They seem to force the cable and telco MSOs to really innovate in the areas they pop up in. Hopefully some day they'll make it everywhere, but for now ATT only need to worry about them in a handful of areas. In most places they're just competing with the cable MSO, so their needs are a bit more modest.
     
  6. MikeekiM

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    I would gladly welcome a double or triple play that had DirecTV satellite television, combined with UVerse broadband...

    DirecTV satellite has never let me down.

    I switched to Comcast 2 months ago, and I have been disappointed in the service outages that I get every so often...today I had a three hour service outage for both television and internet (that was actually estimated to be 5 hours, but they were able to bring it in by 2 hours).

    This sort of outage never plagued me with AT&T or DirecTV.
     
  7. StevesWeb

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    OK, 30 years ago.
     
  8. slowbiscuit

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    One of the interesting things about this merger is that the FCC won't allow them to exclude new IP based TV delivery from caps like Comcast has been able to do after the NBCU merger.

    We'll see if that's actually enforced and whether that means the Comcast deal will be revisited (they weren't supposed to be able to favor stuff like their upcoming Stream service over Sling etc. either).
     
  9. Scooter Scott

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    My local company is doing FTTH...they're rolling it out to all of their customers.
     
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    JosephB

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    AT&T has stated publicly and in FCC filings that they do not plan to drop U-Verse distribution (meaning, TV signals over VDSL). They have said that they plan to standardize on the DirecTV "platform" meaning they will eventually drop the Microsoft/Ericsson Mediaroom set tops, and all AT&T TV customers, whether they get their signals from outer space or a copper pair will have DirecTV-developed software. Long term U-Verse will be FTTH instead of FTTN anyway so bandwidth will not be a problem.

    They've also said they're working on revamping the DirecTV platform, so I would suspect the DirecTiVo days are numbered yet again.
     
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    tarheelblue32

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    Very wishful thinking. Some U-Verse will be converted to FTTH, but almost certainly not all, at least not in my lifetime.
     
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    Dan203

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    If they go FTTH I'd definitely look at switching for internet. But I doubt they will. They just installed Uverse in my neighborhood and it's the standard fiber to the curb and then VDSL to the home.
     
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    JosephB

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    Those that don't get FTTH will eventually be abandoned and off-loaded to wireless.
     
  14. Aug 3, 2015 #214 of 214
    Chuck_IV

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    Or sold off to companies like Frontier(like what happened here in CT).
     

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