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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bailorg wrote:

trparky wrote:

Someone posted some information about this channel and some of the news anchors that will be featured on this channel.  I then did the appropriate research into these people and I simply rolled my eyes.

 

This channel isn't anything like what some people think that this channel is going to be.  If they think that this channel is going to provide a different viewpoint than say, MSNBC, CBS, or ABC News I've got some bottom land to sell you.  I just won't tell you what it's at the bottom of.

 

OK, so let's name off some of the news anchors that will be featured on Al Jazeera America.

 

One of the evening news shows features John Seigenthaler.  Where did he come from?  MSNBC.

Oh, and here's another known news person.  Joie Chenex CNN & CBS anchor.  Oh, and lookie here... Antonio Mora, ex ABC anchor.

 

Don't think for one second they aren't bringing their own bias to the news channel and the news programs that they host on it.  Same old news hacks that we see on American news outlets.


Or maybe there just is a huge desire for people to leave the major "news" outlets so that they can do real journalism instead of the lowest common denominator garbage that most American networks have devolved into.


It's probably about the $$$$ more than anything.  Al Jazeera probably wanted some anchors that people recognized and offered them more money than their prior network.

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
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Are we going to get this network or not? It couldn't cost that much. They said they wanted 12 cents per subscriber, they might even go less. That's nothing. You're paying over $5 for ESPN alone. TNT is $1.21 and Fox News is 82 cents and CNN and HLN is 52 cents if you want to compare. 

 

For those who want The Blaze (I believe that's Glenn Beck's own network) how much does that cost? Who else carries it? Does it stream online? 

 

I seriously want to watch AJAM. Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network among others didn't drop it over contract disputes, why did AT&T? Obviously there's some interest and it's not that expensive. It might even become $0.00 because they want that kind of coverage. NASA TV has no carriage fees. Costs us nothing. 

 

Is this some sort of personal agenda? It sure seems like it. 

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A possible scenario...
ATT offers to AJAM on u450 packages at 1M subs @ .12 month is $120,000 per month or $1.44 million per year.
Those that wish for the one channel would have to subscribe to all channels.

AjAM wants all tiers 5M subs @ .12 month for $600,000 per month or $7.2 million per year

Response
We dropped the Current TV channel, and will not carry Al Jazeera America, on U-verse due to contract disputes. We could not reach an agreement with the owner that we believe provided value for our customers and our business.

Please note this is just a story
The facts are Current TV was only on u300, u450 packages previously and only SD ch 189 with max viewers listed at 42,000
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jeremy1069fm wrote:

Are we going to get this network or not? It couldn't cost that much. They said they wanted 12 cents per subscriber, they might even go less. That's nothing. You're paying over $5 for ESPN alone. TNT is $1.21 and Fox News is 82 cents and CNN and HLN is 52 cents if you want to compare. 

 

Big difference, those networks (ESPN and TNT) actually have MILLIONS of viewers every day.

 

For those who want The Blaze (I believe that's Glenn Beck's own network) how much does that cost? Who else carries it? Does it stream online? 

 

Blaze network is only available on Dish.

 

I seriously want to watch AJAM. Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network among others didn't drop it over contract disputes, why did AT&T? Obviously there's some interest and it's not that expensive. It might even become $0.00 because they want that kind of coverage. NASA TV has no carriage fees. Costs us nothing. 

 

NASA costs you, just not via your provider, you pay through your taxes.

 

Is this some sort of personal agenda? It sure seems like it. 


 

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
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In San Antonio, TX there is no more U-verse TV channel 189, so no Al Jazeera America for this city.  I'm not sure why.  So now I'm having to stream Bill Press and Stephanie Miller on my computer.  I think if people would push them to add Free Speech TV to the line-up we could get at least one progressive (and non-establishment) news source on TV.

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lilyf wrote:

In San Antonio, TX there is no more U-verse TV channel 189, so no Al Jazeera America for this city.  I'm not sure why.  So now I'm having to stream Bill Press and Stephanie Miller on my computer.  I think if people would push them to add Free Speech TV to the line-up we could get at least one progressive (and non-establishment) news source on TV.


Uverse is not carrying Al Jazeera America any where, any time, any how.  Smiley Frustrated

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Looks like Al Jazeera is having troubles finding national companies to advertise.  They claim to only have 6 min per hour of commercials so they can focus on the news, however many of those commericials are for their own network.  

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
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I concur. It is disappointing, indeed. Missing BBC, too.
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sdekleva wrote:
I concur. It is disappointing, indeed. Missing BBC, too.

You can still watch BBC America on Channel 188 in standard definition.

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I think ATT boasts over 600 channels.  How many of those channels are religous and shopping?  How many are duplicates (HD and non-HD)?  I probably watch 20 channels.  Let us have true cafeteria selections and we can pick Al Jazeera for ourselves.

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moontalker wrote:

I think ATT boasts over 600 channels.  How many of those channels are religous and shopping?  How many are duplicates (HD and non-HD)?  I probably watch 20 channels.  Let us have true cafeteria selections and we can pick Al Jazeera for ourselves.


 

The religious and shopping channels pay AT&T to be on.

 

The problems with paying for any channel by itself are that they have deals with other providers to be carried on various tiers. This would be unfair for the other providers who charge all subscribers to a tier a low price to carry it. In addition, they'd probably charge $12-15 per individual subscriber, similar to HBO, Cinemax, FOX Soccer Plus,  etc. Because of that high price, few people would subscribe...the higher the price, the fewer people pay.

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moontalker wrote:

I think ATT boasts over 600 channels.  How many of those channels are religous and shopping?  How many are duplicates (HD and non-HD)?  I probably watch 20 channels.  Let us have true cafeteria selections and we can pick Al Jazeera for ourselves.



I will say that we are closer to ala carte pricing than we were five years ago but the channels will not go for that any more than providers will.  In fact, Al Jazeera used to be a free selection on Roku but no more.  That was AJA's call.   If you want AJA, you may have to find a provider that carries it and that is not as simple as it sounds, anywhere.

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DirecTV and Dish carry AJAM. Here in Austin, Time Warner Cable carries it. Pretty easy here to find it unless you have Uverse.

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spanheim wrote:

DirecTV and Dish carry AJAM. Here in Austin, Time Warner Cable carries it. Pretty easy here to find it unless you have Uverse.


Well, shut my mouth (literally), I stand corrected.  AJA is on more than just a few networks.  It is on Comcast, TWC, Brighthouse, FiOS, both DBS and even Google Fiber!  I do not see Charter, Cox, and a few other major players.  It's not everywhere but close.........

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That's a lot more than I thought...

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