Mid Monday morning, AT&T announced that it will be buying a company called Straight Path for $1.6 Billion Dollars. The purchase is part of the company’s quest to help build their soon to be available 5G wireless network. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved 28 and 39 gigahertz frequencies for 5G wireless use, and Straight Path is one of the largest holders of that spectrum. The purchase could give AT&T, which was the original exclusive partner for Apple’s iPhone, a leg up on its wireless competitors— chiefly Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Straight Path was motivated to sell after a settlement Click Here to Read more
AT&T’s DirecTV Now customers who have an Apple TV were notified that for their ‘continued commitment’ to the service, that the company is throwing in free HBO for an entire year for customers who subscribed to the “Go Big” or “Gotta Have It” monthly plans, or $5.00 off for the monthly tier plans. Announced through AT&T’s DirecTV Now forum, the discounts are automatically applied to customer accounts that were active on Mar. 6. Subscribers who recently cancelled DirecTV Now, or whose accounts were pending cancellation as of Mar. 6, are not eligible for the promotion. While the reward is accessible to Click Here to Read more
AT&T will launch two more unlimited data plans available to Apple iPhone owners, Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Choice, hoping to steer people away from similar plans recently offered by its rivals. The first of the plans, Unlimited Plus, costs $90 per month for a single line. By default streaming video is scaled back to 480p resolution, but HD can be turned back on through the myAT&T app or Web portal. The plan also includes 10 gigabytes of full-speed hotspot data, after which it’s throttled back to 128 kilobits per second. The plan as a whole may be throttled after the 22-gigabyte mark. A multi-line Click Here to Read more
The New AT&T Unlimited Plan is Available to All Postpaid Wireless Customers Starting tomorrow, AT&T1 will launch a new AT&T Unlimited plan. The plan will be available to all consumer and business postpaid AT&T wireless customers. Whether you love to stream your favorite shows, play games, video chat or simply surf the web, the AT&T Unlimited Plan provides access to what matters most to you. “We’re offering unlimited entertainment on the nation’s best data network where and when you want to enjoy more of what you love,” said David Christopher, Chief Marketing Officer of the AT&T Entertainment Group. The new AT&T Click Here to Read more
AT&T announced that it will launch DIRECTV NOW, a new live over-the-top (OTT) streaming service, which will be available in the first quarter of 2017 on Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S. DIRECTV NOW subscriptions will range between $35 – $70 per month and will offer 60 – 120+ live streaming television channels from your favorite TV networks, delivered with more choice and flexibility than ever. No satellite set-top-boxes, satellite dishes, annual contracts or credit checks required – perfect for anyone in the U.S. who has dropped cable or is flirting with cutting the cord. To learn more visit www.directvnow.com and stay tuned Click Here to Read more
By: Dan Uff, Senior Editor / Owner Unlike other reviewers that reviewed the DirecTV Now Service on the day that it came out, I took my time and took advantage of the 7 day free trail period so I could give you a true, comprehensive review of the service. I will also focus on the technical end of the service (setup, streaming, etc.) instead of throwing out the rates and prices. I think you’re intelligent enough to read and consider which pricing option is best for you and your budget. Overview: DirecTV Now is a service that’s Internet only which Click Here to Read more
At least initially, cord cutters are flocking to the new DirecTV Now Service, according to AT&T’s Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, claiming that the service hit its December goals for new Subscribers on its first day of being available. The comments offer shine a bit of light on the foray into mobile video by the Dallas telecommunications giant. AT&T has made a massive bet on delivering content, first through its $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, and now with its pending deal to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion. AT&T launched DirecTV Now on November 30 and has been pushing a promotional rate of Click Here to Read more
With reports of Distractive Driving being in the news, and a report of 431,000 are killed each year because of it (according to the latest safety stats from the 2012 AAA Foundation), AT&T has launched a new campaign called It Can Wait. The campaign makes aware about how this is becoming a problem not only in the United States, but around the world. The website shows a collage of people holding up their right hand with the words It Can Wait on their palm. It also asks that the user takes a pledge to never “text and drive.” For more information, click here.
Speaking at a telecommunications and media conference, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves hinted that DirecTV Now will be able to add his network’s programming to the slate, eventually. “I’m assuming we’ll be able to make a deal with them,” Moonves said at the UBS Global Media and Communications conference, regarding the AT&T-owned DirecTV Now service. “As they said in The Godfather, ‘We are not unreasonable people here.’” CBS remains the only broadcast network hold-out that has no programming on DirecTV Now. “[DirecTV Now] is obviously something they’re going to lose money on initially,” said Moonves. “There’s no way it can Click Here to Read more
DIRECTV NOW, FreeVIEW and Fullscreen Available Nov. 30 The future of TV is NOW. On Nov. 30, AT&T1 begins offering 3 video streaming services – DIRECTV NOW, FreeVIEW and Fullscreen. It’s your favorite TV networks and made-for-digital video content delivered with more choice and flexibility than ever. This is rules-free TV for anyone in the U.S. who wants to stream shows and movies anytime, anywhere. For the more than 20 million U.S. households who have dropped cable or are flirting with cutting the cord, we’re now delivering video over a technology platform that will have multiple product capabilities, the first of which Click Here to Read more
DirecTV has announced (via their Twitter Feed) that they will be holding a special presentation via Periscope at 4pm Eastern / 3pm Central on Monday, November 28th about their new service DirecTV Now. Look for information about the service on this web site as we learn more. For more information, click here.
“AT&T is prepared to go all out on behalf of its new DirecTV Now service: The company is looking to give away Apple TV and Fire TV Stick devices to consumers who sign up for its TV streaming service, according to customer-support documents Variety discovered after they were inadvertently released by the company online,” Janko Roettgers reports for Variety. “The documents also shed light on which channels are part of the service that they haven’t yet announced, as well as further details about its VOD library and other key features,” Roettgers reports. “The leaked documents detail that consumers who are willing to Click Here to Read more
According to a web site called The Proud Conservative, DirecTV for some unknown reason has blocked the Fox News Channel from its services for 3 days, and many of its subscribers don’t think it is a coincidence since it is just days before the November 8th Election. When customers turn on the channel, they are greeted with a message which says: “We are experiencing temporary technical difficulties. Please stand by. We apologize for the inconvenience,” The popular morning show “Fox and Friends” mentioned the blackout after some of its viewers alerted them to the problem. Countless DirecTV customers took to Twitter Click Here to Read more
AT&T is going to be offering its own Internet TV Streaming Service for as little as $35.00 a month. The service, called DirecTV Now, will offer up to 100 + channels, plus other perks. The service will be available sometime in November. According to AT&T CEO Randall Stevenson, AT&T envisions DirecTV Now as service that will eventually operate now just over landline internet connection but across 5G wireless connections, which it plans to deploy by 2018 and expand in 2019 and 2020.
(CNBC.COM): AT&T CEO: No competitors taken out of marketplace. Time Warner was trading at about an 18 percent discount to AT&T’s offer price, an unusually wide spread for a just-announced merger as investors have big doubts over whether regulators will approve the $85.4 billion combination of the wireless and content companies. Under the terms of the deal, Time Warner shareholders will receive $53.75 per share in cash and $53.75 per share in AT&T stock for a total deal price of $107.50. Time Warner’s stock was set to open actually lower from Friday’s close at between $88 and $89 a share, according to Click Here to Read more