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356 clicks; posted to Business » on 27 Feb 2021 at 6:46 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-02-27 2:26:43 PM  
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2021-02-27 2:37:37 PM  
I've had direct for 4 years.  I'll take it over comcst any day.
 
2021-02-27 2:40:13 PM  
I've had DirecTV since 1997.  It's a shame what AT&T has done to it.
 
2021-02-27 3:19:33 PM  
There's really no such thing as competition anymore
 
2021-02-27 5:06:02 PM  
If they don't stop this one then we're obviously through even *pretending* to care about monopolies.  When seeming nutjobs complain about there actually just being one ruling class party, and Democrats vs Republicans is just a show for the rubes, this is the stuff that lends them fodder for that claim.
 
2021-02-27 5:35:23 PM  
If nothing else, it will cut down the amount of "Special Deal for BBC anew Customers" junk mail I get!
 
2021-02-27 5:58:20 PM  
I'm not sure there was any other choice?  Satellite TV is getting killed by streaming - competing within the satellite space just makes sure absolutely nobody makes enough money to stay in business
 
2021-02-27 6:50:12 PM  
DirecTV has a better DVR system than Dish but ...

labman: It's a shame what AT&T has done to it.

 
2021-02-27 6:55:48 PM  

mr_a: If nothing else, it will cut down the amount of "Special Deal for BBC anew Customers" junk mail I get!


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2021-02-27 6:58:33 PM  
Satellite TV is getting absolutely murdered by streaming.

AT&T bought DirecTV for $67B barely over 5 years ago and is spinning it off (and including AT&T Now and uVerse with it) for a paltry $16B.

This is less about creating a satellite TV monopoly and more about clinging to relevancy.
 
2021-02-27 6:58:39 PM  
When I moved into my new place in 1994 I got Primestar. The tech who installed it told me then that when DirectTV took over in 1999 I would lose my line of sight to the DirectTV satellite.

This has been in the works for a long time.
 
2021-02-27 7:39:41 PM  
Sat tv is still the cheapest way to provide entertainment to rural areas with crappy internet. Too bad the people who own the sat companies don't seem to understand that is their only asset left.  I expect there are people at the tops of other division inside AT&T that do understand that.

I'm surprised that some of the content networks don't rent channels on sats to push content to rural ISPs that don't have good upstream bandwidth.

There is still an awful lot of very bad internet connections around.
 
2021-02-27 7:45:40 PM  
Sat tv is all but dead.  Between HBO/Hulu/Netflix/Showtime and the free OTA streaming services, I don't see how Sat tv can really survive beyond 2035. Keep in mind the aggressive rollout of Starlink as well.
 
2021-02-27 7:53:28 PM  

Sgygus: DirecTV has a better DVR system than Dish but ...

labman: It's a shame what AT&T has done to it.


It's really slow now.  It used to be responsive, but now there can be a 5 second or more delay when hitting stop or play or even fast forward.  It's aggravating.

As soon as starlink gets to my area I'm saying FU to DirecTV.
 
2021-02-27 7:59:16 PM  
A whole lot of rural communities have zero cable service and internet speed is so slow as to prohibit decent streaming.

Sometimes satellite is the only choice you've got.
 
2021-02-27 8:04:18 PM  
Is this the thread where I can say fark Charlie Ergen and his cheapskate ways. He'll never have market dominance as long as he runs Dish as his personal bank account.
 
2021-02-27 8:25:05 PM  

Madcaplaff: A whole lot of rural communities have zero cable service and internet speed is so slow as to prohibit decent streaming.

Sometimes satellite is the only choice you've got.


I know several of these people, and to most people and companies it's as if they're don't exist.
 
2021-02-27 8:26:03 PM  

Naido: Madcaplaff: A whole lot of rural communities have zero cable service and internet speed is so slow as to prohibit decent streaming.

Sometimes satellite is the only choice you've got.

I know several of these people, and to most people and companies it's as if they're don't exist.


Posted too soon.  Meant to add: there's a decent sized market there that someone could still make money from.
 
2021-02-27 8:29:04 PM  
Starlink FTW. Fark Dish, Direct, AT&T, Centurylink, Comcast...
 
2021-02-27 11:53:10 PM  
Can I just get my live NFL on literally anything else pls.
 
2021-02-28 12:28:07 AM  

DON.MAC: Sat tv is still the cheapest way to provide entertainment to rural areas with crappy internet. Too bad the people who own the sat companies don't seem to understand that is their only asset left.  I expect there are people at the tops of other division inside AT&T that do understand that.

I'm surprised that some of the content networks don't rent channels on sats to push content to rural ISPs that don't have good upstream bandwidth.

There is still an awful lot of very bad internet connections around.


That may be getting fixed really soon.

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2021-02-28 12:57:55 AM  
I got out of our dish contact when they cancelled voom. Been cord free ever since.

When I stay in hotels and see what they offer I am reminded why it's so bad. It's all fear and anger porn along with not really reality shows with commercials every 3 minutes.

Bah. fark that.
 
2021-02-28 1:24:56 AM  

Mad_Radhu: That may be getting fixed really soon.


Each of the Starlink sats has about as much capacity as a single google Fiberhood hut.  They needed something like 200 for KC.  The current price is also way too high for far too many people who now have sat tv.   I don't know what Starlink will cost once it is past the beta stage but right now it will be too much for way too many people.
 
2021-02-28 4:16:42 AM  
Kill your tv
 
2021-02-28 4:33:43 AM  

The Big H: Kill your tv


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2021-02-28 10:35:17 AM  

labman: I've had DirecTV since 1997.  It's a shame what AT&T has done to it.


1999 here but same.

And its still the best option
 
2021-02-28 4:19:22 PM  
Because one single dominant force in anything is good for the public.

You know, kinda like our government.

(If you think that's good, please stop getting your news from Facebook and Fark)
 
2021-02-28 5:26:35 PM  

zgrizz: Because one single dominant force in anything is good for the public.

You know, kinda like our government.

(If you think that's good, please stop getting your news from Facebook and Fark)


How dominant do you consider SiriusXM?
 
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