Will I be able watch Al Jazeera America on Aug 20th and beyond?

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Will I be able watch Al Jazeera America on Aug 20th and beyond?

I know that current tv is no more, and al jazzera america to go live. The question is will I be able to enjoy it. I have been looking forward to this adtion of news channels. In my view ABC* CNN* FOX* *NBC* is not enough.

I am hoping this channel goes live. Maybe some day I will get my wish in see BBCnews as well. I want  more news and less news entertainment.

 

Not that I want any of the other channels to go away. I just want more options. I like uverse dearly. I am still waiting the 1000's of channels everyone was dreaming about years ago.

 

 

I am still kind of irritated., and so is my family that although we enjoy our UVERSE TV. It is still does not live up to the ideal. Kids channels are great. The educational channels are still lacking. Dreaming of the day that we have something equivalant of BBC 4 here.

 

 

 

 

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I must admit that I was hyped up to see what Al Jazeera America was all about.  I have heard some good things about Al Jazeera's new coverage compared to the coverage provided by US news networks.  I'm disappointed that U-verse could not come to an agreement to carry that channel.

 

From what I have read Al Jazeera wants to expand carriage of the network in the US, and is not focused on making a profit at this point.  If true, I could not imagine them asking for an outlandish carriage fee for the channel.  I wonder if there were other factors that came into play with U-verse's decision not to carry.

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SomeJoe7777 wrote:

dwinth wrote:

If you owned a business. would you want your customers running your business instead of you running it yourself? Large or small business, the owners have the last say.


 

Not true.  At some point, if the corporation doesn't do what the customers want, they lose sales and eventually go bankrupt.  The final say is in the hands of the customers.

 

 


The final say is in the hands of the people running the corporation. However, I do agree with you that they can be and are greatly influenced by what their customers say and wish. The final contracts, business decisions, etc are made by the people running the corporation.

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I still think not carrying this is somehow related to BeIN Sport, even though some think that is an unsubstantiated rumor. That is my firm opinion on why we don't see Al Jazera today. But it is just that, an OPINION. But I think I have some idea of the way AT&T operates. But maybe since Al Jazera wants to spread their programming across America and money is not their main goal right now people might be able to access Al Jazera America over the Internet like you can Al Jazera English. You might even be able to stream AJA to TV with Roku (like you can AJE now). There are often ways to get around the hardheadedness of AT&T if you look for them.
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Look what happened to Hallmark, Hallmark Movies and Free Speech TV. AT&T, always looking out for their customer. Pfft. They don't listen. They are going to do what any big corporation wants to do, what they want to. The care has been removed from customer care, we're just customer's for as long as we put up with their shenanigans.
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changenthemidst wrote:
Look what happened to Hallmark, Hallmark Movies and Free Speech TV. AT&T, always looking out for their customer. Pfft. They don't listen. They are going to do what any big corporation wants to do, what they want to. The care has been removed from customer care, we're just customer's for as long as we put up with their shenanigans.

When was Free Speech TV on U-verse?

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Can you be more specific about your answer "provided value for our customers and our business"? This is extremely dissapointing. AT&T is doing a disservice to our community by not airing Al Jazeera America. You are depriving your customers of high quality news, which is an asset more valuable than regular programming. The are no alternatives to  CNN, FOX, and MSNBC for a 24/7 news channel. AT&T has a moral obligation to broadcast the news so that the American people can stay informed about the crucial issues of our time. 

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For the amount of money I'm paying each month for U-Verse, they should be carrying this channel.

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Same here, randy, same here.

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WHAT? ATT will not carry Al Jazeera America?

 

Al Jazeera America is the biggest development in cable news programming in more than a decade and ATT is opting out? Your value-proposition just slipped about 20% in my opinion. You should be looking (investing) in FRESH programming options. YAWN at you ATT and this lame brain move.

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AT&T is clearly in the wrong here. They need to do the right thing and offer their subscribers access to Al Jazera America and beIN. They are being stupid and childish.

 

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Oh I can switch to another provider and watch them if I want to. Don't tell me what not to plan on! It is not like I am forced to use U-Verse.
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codycooper864 wrote:
Oh I can switch to another provider and watch them if I want to. Don't tell me what not to plan on! It is not like I am forced to use U-Verse.

Why would you switch providers just because of one channel that was not even a factor in the U-Verse lineup until it was announced that Current TV was selling out to Al Jazeera? What you get with another provider may not be perfect or even less perfect for your needs either.


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Got home tonight expecting to tune into Al Jazeera and found out that AT&T U-verse is not carrying it. I just switched to U-verse from Comcast thinking I was getting improved services and stations. Very upset also because I feel that I was mislead. Asked before switching if I would be able to get Al Jazeera and was told yes. Had I known, I would have thought twice about the switch at this time. I hope that whatever the issue is that has blocked the channel from being included will be resolved. I feel like a blade of grass between two fighting elephants. And..I'm paying to be in the middle. This sucks!

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I did not say I WOULD switch. I said I COULD! I do not like being told what to plan on because I make my own plans buddy boy! I am waiting to see what they do about the Pac-12 Network before deciding what I wish to do anyway.
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I was really looking forward to being able to watch Al Jazeera America.  I have followed the Al Jazeera English web site for a long time and have been impressed with their unbiased news coverage at a time where all of the U.S. based news seems slanted.  AT&T's decision today was very disappointing.

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