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Wed, May 7, 2014 6:25 PM

Any News on Meger

Been any updates on the Uverse/ Directv deal .  

That Don Guy

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8年前

This is the most recent thing I have seen about it.

 

Keep in mind that even if both companies agree, it has to go through the FCC and the Department of Justice (to make sure TV and broadband don't turn into monopolies).  Then again, Bell Telephone was forced to break up into something like seven separate regional companies, but at least two of them (Southwest Bell & Pacific Bell) are now owned by AT&T...

 

JefferMC

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8年前


@That Don Guy wrote:

... Then again, Bell Telephone was forced to break up into something like seven separate regional companies, but at least two of them (Southwest Bell & Pacific Bell) are now owned by AT&T...

 


More than two:

 

SouthWestern Bell (which is really the basis of what is now called AT&T), PacBell, BellSouth, Ameritech, and LD service.  It's probably at least a third of the original AT&T.

 

 

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8年前

According to this story AT&T will buy directv for $50 billion. Offical announcement could come within the next two weeks.

 

https://tv.yahoo.com/news/t-offer-100-share-directv-bloomberg-213823239--sector.html

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8年前

If the deal goes through, that means that AT&T will shut down its U-verse service and rely solely on DirecTV's satellite service.  AT&T could use its soon-to-be former U-verse service to increase Internet bandwidth instead.

 

Does that mean that networks currently on U-verse that are not on DirecTV could be dropped?  Pac-12 and BBC World News are two of many examples.

 

If that happened, that would kill my reason for returning to U-verse early next year.

dwinth

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8年前


@CostaMesaCAGuy wrote:

If the deal goes through, that means that AT&T will shut down its U-verse service and rely solely on DirecTV's satellite service.  AT&T could use its soon-to-be former U-verse service to increase Internet bandwidth instead.

 

Does that mean that networks currently on U-verse that are not on DirecTV could be dropped?  Pac-12 and BBC World News are two of many examples.

 

If that happened, that would kill my reason for returning to U-verse early next year.


Please show us your source for this information. Do you have a link?

 

It looks like there is going to be a merger. Skeeterintexas found this link, and posted it on another thread.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/05/17/att-directv-sunday-announcement/9215735/

 

 

 


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8年前

Looks like this is going to be a long haul process according to Bloomberg
ATT to acquire Direct

 

 

"Under the plan being discussed, management of DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, will continue to run the company as a unit of AT&T

 

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8年前


@CostaMesaCAGuy wrote:

If the deal goes through, that means that AT&T will shut down its U-verse service and rely solely on DirecTV's satellite service.  AT&T could use its soon-to-be former U-verse service to increase Internet bandwidth instead.

 

Does that mean that networks currently on U-verse that are not on DirecTV could be dropped?  Pac-12 and BBC World News are two of many examples.

 

If that happened, that would kill my reason for returning to U-verse early next year.


The day that happens is the day I will drop UVerse like a hot potatoe. I've had both Dish and Direct and will never again have a satellite tv provider.  Too many variables and the weather in Texas can get too severe for me NOT to have a reliable TV service.

rt123

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411 Messages

8年前

If Uverse goes to satilite only that would be a deal breaker for me because my house has to many trees aroundi it can't support satilite dish .

rt123

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411 Messages

8年前

I don't think Uverse is going to give up its wireless reciever serivce Directv just wants help with internet and phone service IMO .

shewjr

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8年前

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rt123

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8年前

The positive i see in this is Uverse could have upper hand in contract TV deals maybe see Hallmark channels return and maybe NHL network . 

bill4002

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8年前

If the deal is approved, there is no doubt in my mind that the nhl network will soon return as direct tv is known for its extensive sports coverage. My question is, would uverse still exist for tv viewing, as I live in an apt. complex and am unable to put up a dish, and since direct tv is the only one that carries NFL Sunday Ticket, would the sunday ticket be available for uverse customers?

dwinth

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8年前

I hope that I am misinterpreting this sentence, but it sounds like that if the merger goes through, it will be the end of U-Verse as we know it. We will all have to switch to satellite.

 

 

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2014/05/att_agrees_to_buy_directv_what.html

 

 

"AT&T currently offers a high-speed Internet plan in a bundle with DirecTV television service. The acquisition would help it further reap the benefits of that alliance. AT&T could also use the deal to improve its Internet service by pushing its existing U-verse TV subscribers into DirecTV's video-over-satellite service, freeing up bandwidth on its telecommunications network."

 

If this sentence is saying what I think it is saying, it looks like i will be a Charter subscriber which i do not want to do.

 


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jhy1978

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8年前

http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/18/att-buys-directv/

 

"DirecTV has the exclusive rights to NFL Sunday Ticket and other premium programming, so there's a chance that much of its content could reach U-verse and other AT&T offerings."

 

I don't think that will happen, right now U-verse is going very profitable for the company and I don't see them abandoning that. They said Directv will continue to run independantly for at least 3 years after the merger. If anything I could see NFL Sunday Ticket, MB Extra Innings, etc. coming to U-Verse. But keep in mind the deal wont close for around 12 months and thats if it is approved by the FCC. If anything it should enhance the U-verse TV service and not kill it, but maybe I'm wishfully thinking lol

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