Streaming TV is about to get very expensive

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  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I think their goal is to transition their live TV to a 5G cellular network rather than continuing to maintain an expensive fleet of satellites. It will obviously take several years to fully transition, but I think that's the plan.
     
  2. Steveknj

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    I agree. The guys over at DBS tell me I'm crazy, but that's what I'm thinking and from what their CEO keeps saying, it sounds like that. But, again, as a SAT customer now, i don't see what incentive I have to move to the new system? The price seems like it won't be any cheaper, I still have to sign up for 2 years, and if I did that now, the service might be bad and I'm stuck.
     
  3. lparsons21

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    While that may be part of their desire, I for one don’t think 5G will be a real thing outside of a few cities by the end of next year. Last I looked the spec for it isn’t even set in stone yet.


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  4. That Don Guy

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    I have a feeling that, at least in the short term, the goal is not to get rid of DirecTV, but to get rid of U-Verse TV, which is pretty much just a glorified streaming service anyway.
     
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  5. aaronwt

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    Wow!! That pricing seems a little outrageous. $93 a month for the second year? For just the low end package?
    Even the FiOS Ultimate HD tier didn't cost me that much.
     
  6. hapster85

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    AT&T apparently missed the memo about why people started cord-cutting in the first place. Why would anyone sign up for this?
     
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  7. lparsons21

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    Aye, that’s the rub. AT&T likes this as it saves them money in customer acquisition costs which puts money in their pocket. And it is a little cheaper than satellite because of equipment fee differences.

    For the consumer I see little to make this attractive. It is similarly priced to satellite TV but with significant downsides. Like less channels no gift card like sat tv offers for new customers, and no NFLST either. And with a potential to make your internet service costs go up.


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  8. cheesesteak

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    A cord-cutter’s guide to all the big new streaming services

    Looks like Disney+ is going to be a a definite pick up for me in the first week it's available. Superheroes and Star Wars? I'm in.

    DC Universe is on the fence for me right now. I'm currently subscribing to it but it just doesn't have enough new content. I may drop it by the end of the year and maybe try it again after a year so that it can build up a catalog.

    Netflix ain't exactly thrilling me right now either. The bell might be tolling for them soon too.

    I like Amazon. Their original shows are good but I love their extensive documentaries catalog.
     
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  9. aaronwt

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    Disney+ is the only one of those new four services that is a must have for me. Along with Netflix and Amazon. The other three new services, I will just subscribe to as needed.
     
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  11. jr461

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    One thing nobody...nobody at all...mentions when discussing streaming services is whether the audio will be 5.1 surround or not and, if so, on which platforms that is supported. So far only Netflix and Prime have been universally supported in 5.1 on the platforms I've tried (Roku, Firestick, Sony Android TV, Samsung TV). Probably no chance they will mention whether anything will be in 4K.

    As far as the services, HBO Max seems worthwhile if one is already paying monthly (like I am :D). I wonder if I switch to subbing outside of cable if a discounted rate may be more available when it launches (as the article alluded to).

    Apple TV+ looks like it may be OK for original programming (certainly getting name actors) but subscribing will solely depend on the price for the few shows that may interest me, unless they have something else to draw the viewer in.

    The Disney service has no appeal to me whatsoever. The full bundle at $13 including Hulu interested me for a second until it said it was the commercial version. For the extra $2 I would consider switching for the commercial free Hulu.
     
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    Disney Deploys 4K And HDR In Its Assault On Netflix And Apple

     
  13. Steveknj

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    At under $4 a month when paying for three years upfront, Disney+ is a steal. For me they have a bunch of new content I want to watch. Plus they have a bunch of existing content I will watch. And they will have Atmos and Dolby Vision available.

    I was planning on signing up yearly for the $70. But with the current deal for three years at only $140, it's a no brainers for me. I pay more than that a month for some services I rarely use. Like XM radio.

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  15. type_g

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    Off Topic but still worth a mention in this thread. Crazy Deal alert for those who are going to subscribe to Disney+. 3 year Disney + subscription for $141 is floating around right now. That makes it $47 a year or $3.92 a month!!!
     
  16. pkscout

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    Looks like you have to be a D23 member to get this deal, and the D23 site is down right now due to technical difficulties. The offer ends September 2, and it apparently takes 36 hours for a new member to get setup. So if you're not a member yet it might be too late (unless they get the site up and running again soon).

    D23 members get 33% off a three-year subscription to Disney+
     
  17. type_g

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    yeah and you can signup for a free D23 membershi option to. Hopefully site is back up soon.
     
  18. aaronwt

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    It's probably down because so many people have been going to the site. I would expect there to be huge interest in getting Disney+ for under $3.90 a month.

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  19. hapster85

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    I'd say that's right on topic.

    Anyway, it's an interesting deal, to be sure.

    If they offer a deal to Hulu Live customers, similar to the Hulu, Disney, ESPN deal already announced, I'd definitely consider subscribing long-term. Otherwise, I'm thinking no.
     
  20. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I signed up for D23 yesterday and the offer is available to me. The fine print says you have to be a D23 member by Sept. 1 to be eligible for the offer.
     

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