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(TV NewsCheck)   DirecTV Now drops channels and raises prices. Less for more, that's the AT&T way   (tvnewscheck.com) divider line
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2019-03-14 03:06:48 PM  
Why do we keep losing subscribers?

Damn piracy strikes again!
 
2019-03-14 03:08:56 PM  
When AT&T purchased Direct TV and Time Warner they claimed the consumer would benefit from lower costs.
 
2019-03-14 03:35:46 PM  

HempHead: When AT&T purchased Direct TV and Time Warner they claimed the consumer would benefit from lower costs.


and raised prices by $5 two weeks later.

Now $10 more and less channels.
 
2019-03-14 03:44:14 PM  
I think they're trying to move everyone to their "DirecTV without the satellite dish" streaming service (which is distinct from DirecTV Now, as well as AT&T's other new streaming service).  It actually costs the customer more than traditional dish service (provide own internet, routers, etc.) and saves them billions on equipment and labor costs, so what's not to love?  I mean, from their point of view.
 
2019-03-14 03:47:48 PM  
No Discovery? Time to discover alternatives.
 
2019-03-14 03:49:30 PM  

WelldeadLink: No Discovery? Time to discover alternatives.


YouTube TV + Philo's base plan = only $5 more than DTVNow (and includes more channels).
 
2019-03-14 03:56:21 PM  

pearls before swine: I think they're trying to move everyone to their "DirecTV without the satellite dish" streaming service (which is distinct from DirecTV Now, as well as AT&T's other new streaming service).  It actually costs the customer more than traditional dish service (provide own internet, routers, etc.) and saves them billions on equipment and labor costs, so what's not to love?  I mean, from their point of view.


AFAIK, "satellite-free DirecTV" is still in the development stages. Go to DirecTV's website, they're still trying to sell you satellite packages.

Only AT&T could make DirecTV look worse than Dish Network, and the latter already has a bad enough reputation.
 
2019-03-14 04:03:01 PM  

WelldeadLink: No Discovery? Time to discover alternatives.


I'd be more mad no Food Network. I usually fall asleep to Guy's Grocery Games, Chopped, or Beat Bobby Flay
 
2019-03-14 04:12:56 PM  
Everything AT&T touches dies...
 
2019-03-14 04:13:37 PM  
Wife and I had DirectTV now to watch Forensic Files and Unsolved Mysteries. Come to find out we were paying $30 for something we could get for free on Pluto.Tv. Those shows literally each have their own channel.
 
2019-03-14 04:20:39 PM  
Netflix + Sling = more passive entertainment than I need.
 
2019-03-14 04:22:27 PM  

Muta: Netflix + Sling = more passive entertainment than I need.


Sling is Dish Network. They are BEYOND awful, and don't know anything about networking (despite it being in their name). There are better options.
 
2019-03-14 04:27:38 PM  
Dropping Discovery networks? Bye Felicia.
I really don't give a sh*t about HBO... used to have it when it was movies... now it's all shows.
Kinda like when MTV was music. But some people gotta have their on demand Game of Thrones bullsh*t...
 
2019-03-14 04:33:56 PM  
I was an early adopter to DirectTV. It was are refreshing change from cable back int he 90s. It's indistinguishable now.
 
2019-03-14 04:51:36 PM  
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2019-03-14 05:07:26 PM  

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I already cut the cord.
Now we have to cut the cord cutters.
 
2019-03-14 05:21:34 PM  

DesertCoyote: Muta: Netflix + Sling = more passive entertainment than I need.

Sling is Dish Network. They are BEYOND awful, and don't know anything about networking (despite it being in their name). There are better options.


I pay Sling $10 a month for Willow and BeIn. Not great,but not terrible.
 
2019-03-14 05:25:23 PM  
Antenna for locals, 90cm dish for 103/97/91w, and I have more than enough to watch.
 
2019-03-14 05:38:08 PM  
On the other hand, it looks like T-Mobile is looking to get in the streaming game too. They're usually customer-minded (unlike AT&T), and John Legere seems to be the kinder, gentler version of Charlie Ergen. We'll see what they have in store.
 
2019-03-14 05:41:33 PM  
Nobody wants to be in the TV delivery bidness anymore, just internet.
 
2019-03-14 05:47:07 PM  
Checkout Locast if you want to stream local channels for free and not mess with an antenna.
 
2019-03-14 05:56:09 PM  
I have Playstation Vue for my TV service and have been mostly satisfied.  I miss out on some channels but seriously, who needs to watch Viacom networks for entertainment?
 
2019-03-14 06:05:25 PM  
The fam. recently signed up for DTVN, so getting a kick...
 
2019-03-14 06:35:43 PM  
YouTube TV's lack of simple Amazon Firestick/cube App is a pain in the butt.  DirectTV Now was okay - it had the best selection of channels but the fact that you couldn't pause live TV sucks balls.  Now that they're dropping channels?  I'm going to have to bail.
 
2019-03-14 08:07:08 PM  
Within ten years, every content owner is going to operate its own streaming network that only carries its own content, many people will want to subscribe to a large number of them to get all the content they want, and the total cost will be more than anyone is paying for cable TV now.
 
2019-03-14 08:10:58 PM  

HempHead: Checkout Locast if you want to stream local channels for free and not mess with an antenna.


Thanks for the tip!

Although I am curious, how are they doing that.. Basically seems like Aereo, except they got sued 3 ways from Sunday.
 
2019-03-14 09:12:21 PM  

DesertCoyote: Muta: Netflix + Sling = more passive entertainment than I need.

Sling is Dish Network. They are BEYOND awful, and don't know anything about networking (despite it being in their name). There are better options.


DISH is pretty much set up and forget in my book. Their latest whole house DVR is fantastic.
 
2019-03-14 09:13:59 PM  

pdieten: Within ten years, every content owner is going to operate its own streaming network that only carries its own content, many people will want to subscribe to a large number of them to get all the content they want, and the total cost will be more than anyone is paying for cable TV now.


Yes, this is exactly what we were told would happen, but I am certain there are smug people out there proud they are sticking it to their cable company.
 
2019-03-14 09:15:26 PM  

Harry_Seldon: DesertCoyote: Muta: Netflix + Sling = more passive entertainment than I need.

Sling is Dish Network. They are BEYOND awful, and don't know anything about networking (despite it being in their name). There are better options.

DISH is pretty much set up and forget in my book. Their latest whole house DVR is fantastic.


Good luck. They seem to get into a dispute with a content provider every other month. Plus they treat their employees like shiat.
 
2019-03-14 10:59:09 PM  

HempHead: Checkout Locast if you want to stream local channels for free and not mess with an antenna.


I've heard they injected their own ads and crap into it, even if you 'donate',...making it not so great anymore. What a shame, as I was trying to convince my folks to use that and ditch the cable (Antennas only work for some channels where they live without making constant adjustments).
 
2019-03-15 12:31:47 AM  
Funny thing is if you look at the last quarterly report, the only part of AT&T video that gained subscribers was U-verse.  Think maybe they ought to be pushing and growing that instead? I can't tell you the last time I saw an ad for u-verse, yet it still gained.

I good  friend worked for AT&T but got laid off.  He said they are gutting the u-verse side of the house.  I can't understand why.  I had it before I moved to where I live know it was my favorite TV service I have ever had.

Wait...what am I thinking? Of course AT&T wants to gut it, they contractually bound to step on their own dicks.
 
2019-03-15 12:57:50 AM  

RyansPrivates: Funny thing is if you look at the last quarterly report, the only part of AT&T video that gained subscribers was U-verse.  Think maybe they ought to be pushing and growing that instead? I can't tell you the last time I saw an ad for u-verse, yet it still gained.

I good  friend worked for AT&T but got laid off.  He said they are gutting the u-verse side of the house.  I can't understand why.  I had it before I moved to where I live know it was my favorite TV service I have ever had.

Wait...what am I thinking? Of course AT&T wants to gut it, they contractually bound to step on their own dicks.


Same with CenturyLink and their Prism TV product. Then they bought Level 3 and decided they wanted to focus on being a tier-1 backbone provider instead of a residential telco/broadband provider.
 
2019-03-15 10:30:51 AM  
We're sticking with DTVN for now, as they aren't removing the channels from our package that they are from the new packages.  I can't imagine why anyone would pay $50 for that limited set of channels they're offering now.  And the $70 package seems like little more than sports channels.

We're keeping it in large part because we don't have to watch commercials if we don't want (unless watch live, of course).  We can DVR and skip.  It seems the other services all force you to watch commercials, one way or the other.

Or am I missing something?
 
6 days ago  

pearls before swine: We're sticking with DTVN for now, as they aren't removing the channels from our package that they are from the new packages.  I can't imagine why anyone would pay $50 for that limited set of channels they're offering now.  And the $70 package seems like little more than sports channels.

We're keeping it in large part because we don't have to watch commercials if we don't want (unless watch live, of course).  We can DVR and skip.  It seems the other services all force you to watch commercials, one way or the other.

Or am I missing something?


YouTube TV has the "closest to a normal TV experience" features than any other streaming service I've tried (DTV Now, Sling, PS Vue). I can live without the Discovery, A&E, and Viacom channels for now, but if I ever want those, I can get Philo for a month.
 
6 days ago  

DesertCoyote: pearls before swine: We're sticking with DTVN for now, as they aren't removing the channels from our package that they are from the new packages.  I can't imagine why anyone would pay $50 for that limited set of channels they're offering now.  And the $70 package seems like little more than sports channels.

We're keeping it in large part because we don't have to watch commercials if we don't want (unless watch live, of course).  We can DVR and skip.  It seems the other services all force you to watch commercials, one way or the other.

Or am I missing something?

YouTube TV has the "closest to a normal TV experience" features than any other streaming service I've tried (DTV Now, Sling, PS Vue). I can live without the Discovery, A&E, and Viacom channels for now, but if I ever want those, I can get Philo for a month.


I was under the impression that their "DVR" actually usually plays on-demand streams, including mandatory commercials.  Is this not true?
 
6 days ago  

pearls before swine: DesertCoyote: pearls before swine: We're sticking with DTVN for now, as they aren't removing the channels from our package that they are from the new packages.  I can't imagine why anyone would pay $50 for that limited set of channels they're offering now.  And the $70 package seems like little more than sports channels.

We're keeping it in large part because we don't have to watch commercials if we don't want (unless watch live, of course).  We can DVR and skip.  It seems the other services all force you to watch commercials, one way or the other.

Or am I missing something?

YouTube TV has the "closest to a normal TV experience" features than any other streaming service I've tried (DTV Now, Sling, PS Vue). I can live without the Discovery, A&E, and Viacom channels for now, but if I ever want those, I can get Philo for a month.

I was under the impression that their "DVR" actually usually plays on-demand streams, including mandatory commercials.  Is this not true?


It defaults to the on demand, but there is a way to watch the recorded content too under "recording options."
 
6 days ago  

DesertCoyote: pearls before swine: DesertCoyote: pearls before swine: We're sticking with DTVN for now, as they aren't removing the channels from our package that they are from the new packages.  I can't imagine why anyone would pay $50 for that limited set of channels they're offering now.  And the $70 package seems like little more than sports channels.

We're keeping it in large part because we don't have to watch commercials if we don't want (unless watch live, of course).  We can DVR and skip.  It seems the other services all force you to watch commercials, one way or the other.

Or am I missing something?

YouTube TV has the "closest to a normal TV experience" features than any other streaming service I've tried (DTV Now, Sling, PS Vue). I can live without the Discovery, A&E, and Viacom channels for now, but if I ever want those, I can get Philo for a month.

I was under the impression that their "DVR" actually usually plays on-demand streams, including mandatory commercials.  Is this not true?

It defaults to the on demand, but there is a way to watch the recorded content too under "recording options."


Thanks.  My current DTVN subscription is $40 and covers a few more channels, but I may try out YTTV side by side for a while, assuming AT&T is going to raise the price again before too long.
 
6 days ago  

Harry_Seldon: pdieten: Within ten years, every content owner is going to operate its own streaming network that only carries its own content, many people will want to subscribe to a large number of them to get all the content they want, and the total cost will be more than anyone is paying for cable TV now.

Yes, this is exactly what we were told would happen, but I am certain there are smug people out there proud they are sticking it to their cable company.


Yes when a wife beater smacks around his woman for not having his dinner hot (after he intentionally cut the power) he also falls back on "this is what I said would happen."
 
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