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I am very disapointed to hear that I cannot view The Hallmark Channel on AT&T Uverse. Is this a permanent decision??
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Message 1 of 18
ACE - Professor

Re: Hallmark Channel

The Hallmark channels have been gone from the U-verse lineup since September 1, 2010, due to the fact that Crown Media, the owner of the Hallmark channels, was asking too high of a carriage fee in comparison to what the viewership of the Hallmark channels actually was at that time.

 

The latest word is that AT&T made an offer to Crown Media months ago which has never been answered by Crown Media.

 

I do not know how long you have been a subscriber to U-verse, but you should have checked to see if the Hallmark channels were part of the U-verse lineup before you signed up.

 

There was no need to start another Hallmark thread. The amount of threads about this subject will not have any influence upon AT&T concerning this matter.

 

There is a main thread of 762 posts that you could have used.

 

https://forums.att.com/t5/Features-and-How-To/Where-is-the-Hallmark-Channel/m-p/4045686#M112897

 

(edited to remove link to deactivated website)

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Message 2 of 18
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Re: Hallmark Channel

U-Verse just came available in my neighborhood and unfortunately I won't be getting U-Verse until the Hallmark channel is back being offered by U-Verse. 

 

For us that is a show stopper in getting U-Verse,  I am ready to leave comcast but I won't get something cheaper when I can't get the Hallmark channel on U-Verse.   I have talked to a lot of neighbors and when I mention Hallmark channel not being available on U-Verse they tell me the same thing.  I guess like you I won't be getting U-Verse.  That is a shame that one Channel can hold up so many folks from switching from their current cable provider to U-Verse.

Message 3 of 18
ACE - Professor

Re: Hallmark Channel


@Redwing91 wrote:

U-Verse just came available in my neighborhood and unfortunately I won't be getting U-Verse until the Hallmark channel is back being offered by U-Verse. 

 

For us that is a show stopper in getting U-Verse,  I am ready to leave comcast but I won't get something cheaper when I can't get the Hallmark channel on U-Verse.   I have talked to a lot of neighbors and when I mention Hallmark channel not being available on U-Verse they tell me the same thing.  I guess like you I won't be getting U-Verse.  That is a shame that one Channel can hold up so many folks from switching from their current cable provider to U-Verse.


Since the Hallmark channels left the U-verse lineup on September 1, 2010, I have never met or talked to anyone personally who said they would not get or leave U-verse due to the absence of the Hallmark channels.

 

I cannot believe there are that many people out there who really care. I talk to a lot of people about U-verse, and I have never met any who care about Hallmark.

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Message 4 of 18
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Re: Hallmark Channel

Well, my experience is quite different. Everyone I know watches Hallmark. We signed up with Uverse because we were told Hallmark would be available towards the end of the year because ATT was combining with Dish and Direct. We'll see if they lie.

Message 5 of 18
ACE - Professor

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@Pati2400 wrote:

Well, my experience is quite different. Everyone I know watches Hallmark. We signed up with Uverse because we were told Hallmark would be available towards the end of the year because ATT was combining with Dish and Direct. We'll see if they lie.


Who told you that Hallmark would be available on U-verse towards the end of the year? From what I have heard, the door-to-door salespeople, who are NOT directly employees of AT&T, will say almost anything to get a sale. I would guess that cold call sales people do the same thing.

 

I have also found, by asking them, that there are a lot of employees at the AT&T stores who do not know that U-verse does  not have the Hallmark channels in their lineup.

 

You should have verified before signing up with U-verse.

 

As far as AT&T combining with other carriers, the proposed merger is only with DirectTV, not Dish. Between now and the end of the year, anything can happen to interfere or delay the merger.

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Message 6 of 18
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Direct is a reciprocal partner of AT&T now. It was verified (not by the Salesperson) that the Direct/AT&T alliance will likely expand the channel availability by the end of the year. Yes, as you stated, anything can happen between now and then, so we?ll see. Meanwhile, there is (unofficial) chatter that Hallmark is developing it?s own streaming service such as Amazon and Netflix so it could become a moot point. Then it can generate far larger profit without having to bargain. That is the current direction HBO has been promoting, so it makes sense. If that becomes reality, premier channels will be distancing themselves restrictive contracts with providers. Soon, AT&T as well as most cable providers will become irrelevant. Happy Me!

Message 7 of 18
ACE - Expert

Re: Hallmark Channel

Hallmark already has its own streaming service.  See felln.com

 

However, unicast streaming over the public Internet still has a long way to go before it catches up to the quality of multicast IPTV over a private network.

 

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Message 8 of 18
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Maybe. That?s an argument I don?t much care about. I?m for the best programming options I can get and hopefully, The Hallmark Channel will be available soon either as a premium channel, or a streaming network or U450 choice. It?s worth it to many subscribers present and potentially future who enjoy their quality of programs and family based viewing.

Message 9 of 18
Mentor

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The problem is it is not up to AT&T to offer Hallmark asa "premium" channel. Hallmark / Crown Media wants to maximize the income they receive by wanting it part of the basic package, being able to charge a fee for every Uverse customer. The income from those willing to pay an additional fee for Hallmark as a "premium" channel would pale in comparison.

Message 10 of 18
ACE - Professor

Re: Hallmark Channel


@Pati2400 wrote:
Maybe. That?s an argument I don?t much care about. I?m for the best programming options I can get and hopefully, The Hallmark Channel will be available soon either as a premium channel, or a streaming network or U450 choice. It?s worth it to many subscribers present and potentially future who enjoy their quality of programs and family based viewing.


AT&T and DirectTV have been reciprocal partners for years in that AT&T sells DirectTV where U-verse is not available. Previous to that, AT&T and Dish had the same arrangement.

 

Where are you getting your inside information about the future availability of the Hallmark channels on U-verse? You seem to have a foot in the door about getting such information.

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Message 11 of 18
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According to a post in FORBES today regarding the ATT/Direct TV merger it recounts a white paper that says in part: ?79% of pay-TV subscribers usually watch only 1 to 10 channels. This raises the question as to why the subscriber would pay $80-100 a month for effectively consuming only 10 channels. This question is partly responsible for the emergence of multiple streaming services. These services have been designed in order to cater to the specific preferences of the end user so that they do not feel like they are paying extra. All these observations state the obvious fact that large factions in the general public are unhappy with the current state of the pay-TV services. It will be interesting to see how the DirecTV-AT&T combo will go about combating the saturation in pay-TV market and the looming threat of streaming services in the coming years.?
I know more people ?cutting the cord? than subscribing to ATT/Dish or Cable. Combinations of Amazon, Roku, Chrome, Sling TV etc... are maximizing the specialized market over broadcast bundles. Sadly, my opinion, this is not all good news. It means more polarization of people to specific interest groups instead of shared content which, though not perfect, keeps us able to share broader ideas and views. That?s a whole ?nuther subject. It makes sense for the Direct/ATT merger to broaden the base while minimizing the ?outrageous fees? Hallmark and such may demand if they are part of the Direct merger deal. Just my humble opinion shared by others more knowledgeable than I that I?ve talked to that made me more comfortable in switching to UVERSE.....no ? conspiracy of info? here. Sorry.


Message 12 of 18

Re: Hallmark Channel

It is hard for me to take Pati2400 seriously when her(?) grammar and spelling are so poor. I also don't think she is considering LIVE SPORTS. That will keep TV providers like U-Verse relevant for quite a while. Many people are interested in watching sports, even if many women like to say they are not. I am not trying to sound like a male chauvinist, but I'd bet most U-Verse subs (and Charter subs, and DISH, etc.) are still in the name of men, and those men probably enjoy watching at least one sport. Plus, many people still cannot rely on Internet streaming for television because they're not able to get a fast enough Internet connection to get good quality straming video. So U-Verse and other cable and satellite TV providers will still be around for a while. Not everyone is in a good position to "cut the cord". I know that as long as U-Verse carries a ton of live sports like it does now that I will be their customer. On the subject of Hallmark, I do agree that Hallmark will probably come back to U-Verse receivers once the DirecTV merger is complete. I look for Pop TV to possibly appear soon as part of a new deal with CBS. I think that time has come for that to happen. But we will see.
Message 13 of 18
Tutor

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I do apologize for my spelling and grammar... when I apply quote marks , somehow it creates a question mark. Bummer! I'm sure if I were a professional poster I?d be much more credible. However, I'm not interested in gotcha diatribe so I?ll pass on the drama.
Frankly, I just like Hallmark?s programs, as do many on the forum, hence the post in the first place. I knew I was making the choice to lose the channels but was assured there was the likelihood of getting them soon. I truly hope UVERSE catches up with their customers needs and follows what people like so they can serve their customers the best products. Maybe they won?t, but I was told the merger will make it likely.
You may be surprised to know not everyone needs or craves Sports all the time, but there are those who do ...so I'm sure you understand the problem those who crave broader wholesome family entertainment as well. I received a great plan with ATT and I had sufficient indications they would be providing options within the year to please me. I really can?t complain about ATTs service so far?they?ve been very accommodating and their reps and techs have been spot on. If they become less than what they promised, I will return to cable. No Biggie.
Frankly, I'm not here to enlighten anyone or critique other people?s choices. I was asked questions and am trying my best to answer to my best ability?limited though it is. I've no agenda, so take me seriously or not. I filled in the form to request the Hallmark Channel as indicated... they?ll do what they are able or not. I try to research the best I can to see if I?m making an informed choice ad believe I have made a good decision based on what I learned. You might keep an eye on the business news as well if you are interested in developments . Its fluid stuff, so be prepared for changes. Meanwhile, this forum is very interesting and I'm glad I found it. Another facet of entertainment. It wasn't identified in my package!
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