DirecTV Now Launch

The FCC thinks the best feature of AT&T’s new streaming TV plan is illegal

December 2nd at 5:04 PM

The FCC thinks the best feature of AT&T’s new streaming TV plan is illegal

Ever since AT&T announced that it was launching a $35 TV plan with unlimited mobile streaming for AT&T customers, the FCC has been all over the company’s case.

In a first letter, the FCC laid out its problems with AT&T’s “zero rating” policy and how it violates the principle of net neutrality. In a response, AT&T said (paraphrasing a little here) “nah, we thought about it, but it’s all good.” The FCC’s response? Not so fast.

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AT&T DirecTV Now: Release date

Everything you need to know about AT&T’s DirecTV Now internet TV service

November 28th at 4:45 PM

Everything you need to know about AT&T’s DirecTV Now internet TV service

AT&T announced on Monday afternoon during an event in New York City that the DirecTV Now video streaming service would launch on November 30th.

The service was originally unveiled back in October, but AT&T was holding its cards close to its vest, only revealing a few details about the price of the service and number of channels that would be available to subscribers at launch.

The walls came down at the launch event though, and now we know everything we ever wanted to know about AT&T’s internet TV service.

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AT&T DirecTV Now Live Stream

Watch live as AT&T unveils its DirecTV Now internet TV service

November 28th at 3:52 PM

Watch live as AT&T unveils its DirecTV Now internet TV service

After announcing the internet TV streaming service just weeks ago, AT&T will tell us everything we’ve been dying to know about DirecTV Now during a live event today in New York City. While the event is invitation-only, you can watch a live stream of the company announcing the details of DirecTV Now below.

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AT&T Black Friday 2016 Deals iPhone 7

AT&T’s free iPhone 7 deal for Black Friday comes with a big caveat

November 25th at 10:14 AM

AT&T’s free iPhone 7 deal for Black Friday comes with a big caveat

T-Mobile was the first US carrier to announce a massive iPhone 7 Black Friday promotion, and other carrier soon followed. Sprint and Verizon already announced promos meant to match T-Mobile’s offer, and AT&T finally unveiled its own Black Friday 2016 sales. The carrier will give you a free iPhone 7 as well, but with a huge caveat that many people aren’t going to like. More →

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AT&T DirecTV Now event

AT&T will tell us everything we need to know about DirecTV Now on November 28th

November 18th at 11:16 AM

AT&T will tell us everything we need to know about DirecTV Now on November 28th

On Friday morning, AT&T announced that it would hold a DirecTV Now event in New York City on November 28th. According to the invitation, the event will be “invitation-only” and will “celebrate the launch of DirecTV Now.”

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AT&T Stream Saver

AT&T now has a bad version of T-Mobile’s unlimited Netflix plan

November 14th at 8:30 PM

AT&T now has a bad version of T-Mobile’s unlimited Netflix plan

One of T-Mobile’s headline features in its self-titled “war on cell carriers” is the Binge On feature, which allows you unlimited video streaming from most services like Netflix and YouTube. The tradeoff is that the video only streams in standard definition, rather than HD.

AT&T has decided to copy Binge On with a new program called Stream Saver — only, it’s missing the most important (and alluring) part of the Binge On deal.

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DirecTV Now Launch

The best feature of AT&T’s new $35 TV subscription might be illegal

November 11th at 1:47 PM

The best feature of AT&T’s new $35 TV subscription might be illegal

AT&T is trying to change cable TV forever. Starting sometime this month, AT&T will offer an internet-only subscription TV package, with upwards of 100 channels for $35 per month. If the channel selection and pricing are as good as the company promises, it will be a hit.

But AT&T was banking on one other thing to really sell DirecTV Now: integration with AT&T’s cell network, which would let you stream TV channels on your smartphone without using up your data plan. It’s the kind of deal that only AT&T could pull off, as the owner of a national cell and cable network. But according to a letter from the Federal Communications Commission, doing so could be illegal.

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DirecTV Now Channel Lineup

Leak reveals 24 channels that will be included in AT&T’s web-only streaming TV service

November 8th at 2:23 PM

Leak reveals 24 channels that will be included in AT&T’s web-only streaming TV service

TV is changing… sort of. Sling TV was the first big service to offer a streaming-only option that would let cord cutters subscribe to live television that was streamed online instead of over cable or satellite. This way, people who only subscribe to internet can still access live television. Well, actually, anyone and everyone can get live network TV in full 1080p HD for free, but services like Sling TV add in other channels in an effort to sweeten the pot. In Sling’s case, subscribers get 25 channels for $20 each month, about 40 channels for $25 per month, or 50 channels including ESPN channels and the Disney Channel for $40 each month.

Details surrounding AT&T and DirecTV’s upcoming DirecTV Now TV streaming product haven’t yet been announced or even fully finalized, but a new leak has uncovered 24 of the channels headed to the service when it finally launches in the coming weeks. More →

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T-Mobile Unlimited Data

Don’t buy the crap T-Mobile (or anyone else) is selling

November 4th at 1:58 PM

Don’t buy the crap T-Mobile (or anyone else) is selling

T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to YouTube today to unleash one of his patented down-with-the-kids tirades against Verizon. The subject? Verizon’s recent ad campaign against T-Mobile, which Legere claims to be a bunch of misleading lies.

That may well be true, but T-Mobile is no better. In his four-minute rant, Legere manages to cherry-pick his way around a number of issues without actually telling the truth about his own company’s data plans.

It’s not his fault. Cell plans and mobile data are currently a twisted mess of half-truths and fudged definitions that are all supposed to hide the same fact: no carrier is actually pro-consumer, because no carrier offers actual unlimited data. Anyone saying otherwise — no matter how hip their hoodie — is lying.

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Netflix data usage

Netflix’s CEO is worried about what AT&T’s merger means for the internet

October 25th at 6:32 PM

Netflix’s CEO is worried about what AT&T’s merger means for the internet

Netflix and AT&T/Time Warner are set to go to war. Fresh from its $80 billion takeover of Time Warner, AT&T has announced an internet-only streaming service, DirecTV, that is aimed squarely at Netflix subscribers.

That would always be seen as a threat by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. But after AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner, the company now owns big-name content producers like HBO and CNN, and the internet pipes that deliver those to the consumer. That’s a dangerous combination.

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AT&T TV package

AT&T’s internet-only TV service will give you over 100 channels for $35 a month

October 25th at 2:15 PM

AT&T’s internet-only TV service will give you over 100 channels for $35 a month

AT&T just announced that DirecTV, the internet-only streaming service coming next month, will include upwards of 100 channels for $35 per month. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson made the announcement on stage at the WSJ.D Live conference.

Worryingly for Netflix (and the future of net neutrality), Stephenson also said that the $35 per month will include unlimited mobile data so you can watch any of your channels on the go.

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AT&T DirecTV package

AT&T’s internet-only, no-cable TV package will launch in weeks

October 24th at 2:52 PM

AT&T’s internet-only, no-cable TV package will launch in weeks

AT&T’s long-rumored DirecTV service is going to launch next month, the company has revealed. AT&T chief Randall Stephenson announced the news as part of a discussion surrounding AT&T’s $80 billion takeover of Time Warner. With the promise to provide a traditional cable viewing experience, but without needing a cable box and for a “radically lower” price, this could be a big move.

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AT&T Acquires Time Warner

AT&T announces it will acquire Time Warner for $85 billion

October 22nd at 8:34 PM

AT&T announces it will acquire Time Warner for $85 billion

Following numerous reports of an imminent deal, AT&T on Saturday night announced that it plans to acquire media giant Time Warner for $107.50 per share, or $85 billion. The deal, which represents a healthy premium over Time Warner’s $89.48 closing price on Friday, includes cash and stock and will be financed in part by a $40 billion loan. Should the deal be approved by regulators, AT&T will take control of HBO, CNN, TNT, Warner Bros. studio and the rest of Time Warner’s assets. More →

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