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(Computerworld)   AT&T looks to buy DirecTV for $48 billion, streamlining operations so your calls and TV signal will drop simultaneously   (computerworld.com) divider line 117
    More: Followup, Direct TV, AT&T, Inc., U-verse, Time Warner Cable, Comcast  
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2014-05-18 07:43:14 PM  
DirecTV subscriber here...

AT&T: just take my money and don't screw up something that just works.
 
2014-05-18 07:51:41 PM  
This isn't going to be good.
 
2014-05-18 08:26:26 PM  
This probably explains the $2.00 increase in my AT&T phone bill recently...
 
2014-05-18 08:48:53 PM  
I've never had a problem with AT&T. Guess I'm one of the lucky ones. Heck, I still have their unlimited plan.
 
2014-05-18 08:51:25 PM  
Does that mean the iPhone 6 will have NFL Sunday Ticket?
 
2014-05-18 08:52:32 PM  
We **just** got rid of AT&T cell and home phone.... decided to go to DirecTV for internet as AT&T only offered DIAL UP where I live.....


/sigh
 
2014-05-18 08:53:49 PM  
AT&T looks to buy DirectTV for $48 billion

They should just pay by the month, like the rest of us.
 
2014-05-18 08:57:55 PM  
Not end well, lucky to live thru it, etc.
 
2014-05-18 08:59:59 PM  
"Through the acquisition, AT&T will have a stronger hand in shaping the future of television distribution and consumption."

...Perfect

(Quote from CNN article)
 
2014-05-18 09:00:32 PM  
Awesome, I can't wait for the exceptional customer service that AT&T brings.  I love getting three separate letters that all say the same thing, usually on the same day.  And I love spending 3 hours on the phone trying to sort out why they STILL CAN'T GET MY FARKING EMAIL ADDRESS RIGHT so I can change access my account and pay my bill.
 
2014-05-18 09:01:25 PM  
Well at least we're not letting companies get too big to stiffle competition.
 
2014-05-18 09:03:39 PM  
Meh. I give it about a -300% chance that it clears regulatory approval.
 
2014-05-18 09:06:33 PM  
ATT farked up my DSL install so bad I fired them. SO it was with trepidation that I tried their Uverse service when they came to my neighborhood  when existing area monopoly  Comcrap couldn't be bothered.  Uverse has worked out great for me and the 4-at a time DVR has been miraculous, completely changed the way we use television, for the better. Got the 3-way deal with voice and internet too.  I didn't opt for the higher bandwidth service for cost reasons but except for not getting NASATV  in my tier, I've been happy... and it was cheaper than comcrap plus the phone company plus AOL on a dedicated dial-up
 
2014-05-18 09:08:22 PM  
In a sane country with sane anti-trust laws, corporate mergers would be banned.
 
2014-05-18 09:08:35 PM  

downstairs: DirecTV subscriber here...

AT&T: just take my money and don't screw up something that just works.


I had DirecTV for 8 years then I attempted to upgrade in which they:

a) wouldn't allow me to install the new dish by myself (as I've done a half dozen times before)
b) scheduled a time three weeks in the future, in which I had to take the day off, sat home alone the entire day, and then they didn't bother showing up

I called and complained and they said they showed up and I wasn't home.  And then said they the next possible installation time was three weeks away.

I cancelled on the spot.  They didn't care.  And never signed up for cable or directv again.

Fark AT&T.  Fark DirecTV.  A marriage made in hell.
 
2014-05-18 09:09:40 PM  
Remember a few months ago when Sprint and Dish tried to merge? NeuroticRocker remembers. That would have been interesting in lieu of this.
 
2014-05-18 09:10:04 PM  
Good.  Maybe they'll finally look at their records and realize that when I moved (had phone, internet, DirecTV through them as a bundle) they didn't cancel my DirecTV when they set me up with UVerse (DirecTV unavailable here).

Still have the server and satellite units...just waiting for them to fix their accounting issues.
 
2014-05-18 09:11:31 PM  

Any Pie Left: ATT farked up my DSL install so bad I fired them. SO it was with trepidation that I tried their Uverse service when they came to my neighborhood  when existing area monopoly  Comcrap couldn't be bothered.  Uverse has worked out great for me and the 4-at a time DVR has been miraculous, completely changed the way we use television, for the better. Got the 3-way deal with voice and internet too.  I didn't opt for the higher bandwidth service for cost reasons but except for not getting NASATV  in my tier, I've been happy... and it was cheaper than comcrap plus the phone company plus AOL on a dedicated dial-up


You could go the crazy person route and put up a big dish in your yard. NASA HD is available unencrypted. Then you can start pointing the dish at other satellites and get even more channels not on Uverse. It's a good supplement (not replacement) for pay tv.
 
2014-05-18 09:11:48 PM  
I heard a DirecTV salesman going on about "after the Comcast Time-Warner merger they're going to jack up prices $20 to $40". He was saying this to someone at Sam's Club, and I just had to call him full of liabelous shiat. I pointed out that he was making statments that couldn't be anymore than speculation. The baby got mad and stomped off to complain to the store manager. Yes, a contractor was going to ask for a club member to be ejected for calling him full of shiat. I mic dropped him with "if you don't want to get called for spewing shiat get a different job".

There haven't been any DirecTV salesmen at Sam's recently, but I try to go at odd times.
 
2014-05-18 09:13:50 PM  

downstairs: DirecTV subscriber here...

AT&T: just take my money and don't screw up something that just works.


Seconded.

They won't though. Goodbye annual phone call discount. Goodbye Sunday Ticket. GOODBYE INDUSTRY LEADING TECHNOLOGY AND HARDWARE.

fark YOU ATT.
 
2014-05-18 09:15:27 PM  
Getting DirectTV is a way they can give you a full 50megs(or 100 with pair bonding) if you're in a  Uverse area.
/Plus that NFL thing Direct TV have
 
2014-05-18 09:16:32 PM  
corporate capitalism absolutely sucks and all you farking losers who equate capitalism with democracy/freedom not only suck too, but you are farking stupid.
 
2014-05-18 09:17:08 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: I've never had a problem with AT&T. Guess I'm one of the lucky ones. Heck, I still have their unlimited plan.

)
Yep, unlimited data, text. And I got a discount from them through my work. (I don't work for AT&T)
 
2014-05-18 09:21:30 PM  

Any Pie Left: ATT farked up my DSL install so bad I fired them. SO it was with trepidation that I tried their Uverse service when they came to my neighborhood  when existing area monopoly  Comcrap couldn't be bothered.  Uverse has worked out great for me and the 4-at a time DVR has been miraculous, completely changed the way we use television, for the better. Got the 3-way deal with voice and internet too.  I didn't opt for the higher bandwidth service for cost reasons but except for not getting NASATV  in my tier, I've been happy... and it was cheaper than comcrap plus the phone company plus AOL on a dedicated dial-up


You can get NASA TV on Roku,

Or you can just go to their website.
 
2014-05-18 09:29:45 PM  
So does this mean AT&T is going to end their UVerse Cable service and migrate all their customers over to Satellite, or are they going to remain separate?
 
2014-05-18 09:31:45 PM  
AT&T, why innovate when you can buy competition?

/Still glad AT&T&T-Mo didn't happen.
 
2014-05-18 09:33:15 PM  
I had both for a few years.  Their customer service wasn't very good, but they weren't terrible.  I wasn't impressed with the number of outages I had from DirecTV, and quite a few dead zones from AT&T, but it was about ten years ago when cable and cell phones just weren't very reliable anyway.

I never had any problem with AT&T's DSL at client sites though.  It was slower than cable at the time (by a wide margin), but very reliable and a bit cheaper.  I never had them at home, but their business service was pretty decent.
 
2014-05-18 09:33:43 PM  

kittyhas1000legs: Any Pie Left: ATT farked up my DSL install so bad I fired them. SO it was with trepidation that I tried their Uverse service when they came to my neighborhood  when existing area monopoly  Comcrap couldn't be bothered.  Uverse has worked out great for me and the 4-at a time DVR has been miraculous, completely changed the way we use television, for the better. Got the 3-way deal with voice and internet too.  I didn't opt for the higher bandwidth service for cost reasons but except for not getting NASATV  in my tier, I've been happy... and it was cheaper than comcrap plus the phone company plus AOL on a dedicated dial-up

You could go the crazy person route and put up a big dish in your yard. NASA HD is available unencrypted. Then you can start pointing the dish at other satellites and get even more channels not on Uverse. It's a good supplement (not replacement) for pay tv.


http://www.sadoun.com/ is a ton of fun.  When I lived in KS I bought three different systems from them.  Can't do it in FL due to Condo Commandos.  Plus.. beach.  But it is neat stuff.
 
2014-05-18 09:34:53 PM  
You:
i.imgur.com

Them:
i.imgur.com

Yay America.
 
2014-05-18 09:35:07 PM  

spman: So does this mean AT&T is going to end their UVerse Cable service and migrate all their customers over to Satellite, or are they going to remain separate?


Why not keep both of them running as redundant infrastructure?  They'll get better negotiating rights by having the combined subscriber bases, and they can serve people who can't get sat service (lots of people) as well as people who they can't reach with cable (again, lots.)
 
2014-05-18 09:40:15 PM  
FARK AT&T!!  Dont screw up my dish you malignant pieces of shiat!
 
2014-05-18 09:44:43 PM  
I hate AT&T. I've had to deal with them so often on the corporate and the personal side that I finally snapped and canceled every AT&T item I had. I was tired of the abuse, the lies, the screwed up bills, the false charges showing up randomly, the service blinking out, you name it. I will never use AT&T and I am using every bit of my pull to push any and every company I deal with away from AT&T. I hope they die in a fire then rot in hell.

AT&T is the only company I've ever dealt with that made me say "FARK THIS.. I'LL JUST CALL THE CABLE COMPANY INSTEAD"
 
2014-05-18 09:46:50 PM  
But, if you think about it, don't AT&T and DirectTV pretty much deserve each other?
 
2014-05-18 09:48:50 PM  
I have AT&T for home internet and cell and DirecTV for satellite...and you know what, I'm kind of OK with this.  A hiccup here and there but overall I've been quite happy with my service from both companies.
 
2014-05-18 09:52:33 PM  
I'm a Comcast/T-Mobile kind of guy, so....SUCK IT!!!!
 
2014-05-18 09:54:12 PM  

DigitalCoffee: But, if you think about it, don't AT&T and DirectTV pretty much deserve each other?


It's a match-made in stupid heaven.
 
2014-05-18 09:54:16 PM  
$95 a share and AT&T stock?  What does that mean?  DTV closed at ... $86 on Friday I believe...  So it should go up to around $95 tomorrow, right? Anyone know how this plays out?
 
2014-05-18 09:57:26 PM  

davidphogan: spman: So does this mean AT&T is going to end their UVerse Cable service and migrate all their customers over to Satellite, or are they going to remain separate?

Why not keep both of them running as redundant infrastructure?  They'll get better negotiating rights by having the combined subscriber bases, and they can serve people who can't get sat service (lots of people) as well as people who they can't reach with cable (again, lots.)


AT&T has probably sold more direct tv units than Direct Tv itself, all the Bells used to triple play with Direct before they offered Uverse, and AT&T still sells Direct TV, and Direct TV has sold AT&T internet forever.  This is a more formal arrangement.

I started out working at BellSouth Mobility, then it changed to Cingular, and I went to BellSouth Business, now I am back in wireless.

I predict that it sells off the Uverse business to local carriers, goes to satellite for TV, as well as wireless for TV and cell.  They have already sold off uverse in Connecticut.
 
2014-05-18 10:04:14 PM  

spman: So does this mean AT&T is going to end their UVerse Cable service and migrate all their customers over to Satellite, or are they going to remain separate?


I recently moved and originally had the DirecTV bundles with the internet and phone because UVerse was not available in Poway.  I recently moved and now I cannot get DirecTV (I guess HOA doesn't allow it) so the switched me to UVerse, which was available.

I think there will be markets for both.
 
2014-05-18 10:09:05 PM  

spman: So does this mean AT&T is going to end their UVerse Cable service and migrate all their customers over to Satellite, or are they going to remain separate?


I hope the fark not.
 
2014-05-18 10:12:46 PM  
In another 25 years, there will be only one media and distribution company.
 
2014-05-18 10:14:02 PM  

WhoGAS: spman: So does this mean AT&T is going to end their UVerse Cable service and migrate all their customers over to Satellite, or are they going to remain separate?

I recently moved and originally had the DirecTV bundles with the internet and phone because UVerse was not available in Poway.  I recently moved and now I cannot get DirecTV (I guess HOA doesn't allow it) so the switched me to UVerse, which was available.

I think there will be markets for both.


Read this, and then tell your HOA to piss off if you want to put up a small dish. They can't do shiat about it.
 
2014-05-18 10:14:46 PM  

theflatline: I predict that it sells off the Uverse business to local carriers, goes to satellite for TV, as well as wireless for TV and cell. They have already sold off uverse in Connecticut.


Only if the FCC decides to make the Internet a utility, and we're a bit far from that currently.

I see ATT just meshing DirectV's satellites into their existing infrastructure and using it to roll out Uverse TV.  Satellite can do a lot of things.  But for television, it has a few flaws.
 
2014-05-18 10:14:53 PM  

theflatline: davidphogan: spman: So does this mean AT&T is going to end their UVerse Cable service and migrate all their customers over to Satellite, or are they going to remain separate?

Why not keep both of them running as redundant infrastructure?  They'll get better negotiating rights by having the combined subscriber bases, and they can serve people who can't get sat service (lots of people) as well as people who they can't reach with cable (again, lots.)

AT&T has probably sold more direct tv units than Direct Tv itself, all the Bells used to triple play with Direct before they offered Uverse, and AT&T still sells Direct TV, and Direct TV has sold AT&T internet forever.  This is a more formal arrangement.

I started out working at BellSouth Mobility, then it changed to Cingular, and I went to BellSouth Business, now I am back in wireless.

I predict that it sells off the Uverse business to local carriers, goes to satellite for TV, as well as wireless for TV and cell.  They have already sold off uverse in Connecticut.


I work for AT&T on the landline side. Uverse and wireless are where the company is going. You also have Digital Life that is being highly invested in and it works off Uverse. It was the landline in CT that was sold off.
 
2014-05-18 10:20:22 PM  

ILoveBurritos: AT&T, why innovate when you can buy competition?

/Still glad AT&T&T-Mo didn't happen.


The funny/sad part is before they were broken up, they were kicking ass on innovation: the transistor, Unix among other things.
 
2014-05-18 10:25:05 PM  

theflatline: davidphogan: spman: So does this mean AT&T is going to end their UVerse Cable service and migrate all their customers over to Satellite, or are they going to remain separate?

Why not keep both of them running as redundant infrastructure?  They'll get better negotiating rights by having the combined subscriber bases, and they can serve people who can't get sat service (lots of people) as well as people who they can't reach with cable (again, lots.)

AT&T has probably sold more direct tv units than Direct Tv itself, all the Bells used to triple play with Direct before they offered Uverse, and AT&T still sells Direct TV, and Direct TV has sold AT&T internet forever.  This is a more formal arrangement.

I started out working at BellSouth Mobility, then it changed to Cingular, and I went to BellSouth Business, now I am back in wireless.

I predict that it sells off the Uverse business to local carriers, goes to satellite for TV, as well as wireless for TV and cell.  They have already sold off uverse in Connecticut.


The SNET stuff in Connecticut is, and has been, a special exception. That user base is also a fraction of a percent of the total U-Verse subscriber base.

That being said, I'm not psyched about migrating those customers.  It won't be fun.
 
2014-05-18 10:29:04 PM  

dj_bigbird: ILoveBurritos: AT&T, why innovate when you can buy competition?

/Still glad AT&T&T-Mo didn't happen.

The funny/sad part is before they were broken up, they were kicking ass on innovation: the transistor, Unix among other things.


That was Bell Labs. They also invented the laser, fiber optics, 32-bit processors, C and C++. Computers and communications would not be where it is today without them.

AT&T was 'The Phone Company'. You could not own a telephone, you had to rent one from them (until 1968). They controlled everything about the telephone network in the US. If you wanted to make a phone call in the US, you had to use AT&T. They were a true monopoly until their breakup in 1982.
 
2014-05-18 10:31:56 PM  
I've got nothing to add except I just canceled DirecTV and will just use an OTA antenna and Roku.

It just got too expensive for hundreds of channels of crap.
 
2014-05-18 10:32:34 PM  

Nix Nightbird: In another 25 years, there will be only one media and distribution company.


McDisneySoft.
 
2014-05-18 10:41:48 PM  

buzzcut73: WhoGAS: spman: So does this mean AT&T is going to end their UVerse Cable service and migrate all their customers over to Satellite, or are they going to remain separate?

I recently moved and originally had the DirecTV bundles with the internet and phone because UVerse was not available in Poway.  I recently moved and now I cannot get DirecTV (I guess HOA doesn't allow it) so the switched me to UVerse, which was available.

I think there will be markets for both.

Read this, and then tell your HOA to piss off if you want to put up a small dish. They can't do shiat about it.


Yes, very much this. The most they can do is tell you to put it on the back of the roof so it can't be seen from the road (and even then, if that messes with line-of-site, too bad for them). The HOA in my mother's neighborhood is dickish, but there's still one guy with three dishes on his roof. So long as it's a dish below one meter, they can't say shiat.

Put up Direct/Dish, and add another motorized for free unencrypted stuff. Watch your hundreds of channels while listening to their blood boil.
 
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