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Posted May 19, 2014 - 05:09 AM

BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Someone please explain how this creates MORE choices for consumers like AT&T is saying?
And I'm sure the announcement will be followed by 20,000+ layoffs for consolidation reasons.

​And I guarantee costs start to rise and contract terms become more stringent.

 

 

AT&T agreed Sunday to buy DirecTV for about $48.5 billion in yet another mammoth deal in the pay-TV space this year that would immediately boost the telecom giant's customer base at a time of confounding industry challenges.

The merger, which both boards approved Sunday, is the latest evidence of TV-industry consolidation, one born of telecommunications companies' desire to amass customers and control content and delivery. With streaming and wireless technology upending the industry, cable and satellite service providers are rushing to add product options while boosting revenue per customer to please shareholders

http://www.usatoday....irectv/9247795/

 


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 05:36 AM

hmm, will be interesting to see where this goes


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 07:51 AM

very, So does the AT&T Center becomes the DirectTv Center  :cool2:


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Posted May 19, 2014 - 08:10 AM

They wanted it to compete with Comcast. Look for DTV prices to rise as well. 



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Posted May 20, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Looks like I'll finally be ditching TV then.

 

Been on the fence for a while, this confirms it.  AT & T is a terrible company in all respects.



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Posted May 20, 2014 - 07:01 AM

If DTV doesn't renew their NFL deal, that'll probably be a deal breaker.

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Posted May 20, 2014 - 08:23 AM

Is it me or Fido really negative? 


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 10:12 AM

Is it me or Fido really negative? 



At & t is a horrible company with bad customer support.

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Posted May 20, 2014 - 10:16 AM

At & t is a horrible company with bad customer support.

 

 

I'm not talking about this instance particular 


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 12:58 PM

[expletive] direcTv... I'm cancelling soon.

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Posted May 20, 2014 - 08:05 PM

Looks like I'll finally be ditching TV then.

 

You won't be missing out. I gave up on TV about a decade ago and have not looked back. I personally feel that it is obsolete. Not watching visuals on screens, but the cable and satellite services.

 

I'm not talking about this instance particular 

 

No need to bring it up in this thread then, friend. Keep that to PMs at the very most.


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Posted May 21, 2014 - 05:11 PM

Not negative - honest and truthful.  I don't sugarcoat things in order to get people to agree or like me.  My opinion is mine.  If you don't like it, fine, if you do, fine.  Either way, I like or dislike whatever I choose despite popular or public opinion.  I don't like a lot of things that everyone else likes, it doesn't mean I'm a negative person.

 

Anyway...


AT & T is an absolutely awful company.  We had our phones and internet with them here at home and at my former job and had nothing but serious billing and connectivity issues with them.  And I'm not alone, several of my friends also had the same problems.  Me, and most everyone I know has run from them like the plague.  Since leaving them,m I've had zero problems with the same services from elsewhere.

 

On the contrary, I've had nothing but a great experience with DirecTV for well over 15 years now.  As far as having TV at all goes, I watch maybe 3 hours of TV a week.  I am a movie guy and broadcast TV holds no interest for me.  I f I want  to watch a show, or someone else in the house does, we download it or get it from Hulu or Netflix.  Both together cost us under $25 a month.  TV is costing near $100 and I have no premium channels whatsoever.  Times are tight financially and there's no reason to incur an expense for something me (and my wife) just don't use enough to justify the cost.  So ditching TV entirely is not a big loss.

 

Now that AT & T owns one of the few problem-free services we've had here at home - I'm out.



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Posted May 21, 2014 - 06:41 PM

I loved having DTV(2008-2014). Great customer service. Have a complaint or concern? BOOM! 2 free months of HBO. Feel like your bill is too expensive? $30 off every month for a year and free HD.

We have U-Verse now, and so far so good too.

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Posted May 21, 2014 - 07:28 PM

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Posted May 21, 2014 - 11:19 PM

Years ago, I think about 25, the Feds forced AT & T to break up because of a possible monopoly.

I guess that doesn't matter any more.

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Posted May 23, 2014 - 09:26 AM

Years ago, I think about 25, the Feds forced AT & T to break up because of a possible monopoly.

I guess that doesn't matter any more.


Interesting, but considering direct tv and AT&T make up 2 of the top 3 tv providers, at least that's my guess

Isn't that essentially destroying the television market which is the whole point of preventing monopoly
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Posted May 24, 2014 - 04:51 PM

I think it goes Comcast, Time Warner, then DTV, Dish, ATT


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