Category: AT&T

DIRECTV Now Has Hit The Iceberg

News and Analysis DIRECTV Now suffered its fourth major outage on Friday. But in losing its signal, AT&T’s new error-riddled live streaming service may have lost the media as well. The telco launched DIRECTV Now with much fanfare on November 30, alluding that it would one day replace the company’s satellite edition of DIRECTV, which

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Updated: AT&T Denies Time Warner Merger Talk With Trump

AT&T executives, including CEO Randall Stephenson, met today with President-elect Donald Trump, presumably to discuss the proposed merger between the telco and Time Warner. Update: AT&T said after the Trump meeting that the Time Warner merger was not discussed, according to Bloomberg. However, there is no way to determine if that is true.  It’s unclear when

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CNN Just Killed the AT&T-Time Warner Merger

News Analysis I’ve been saying for weeks that President-elect Donald Trump could reverse his campaign position, and support the AT&T-Time Warner merger — IF he feels that CNN is being fair to him. (Time Warner owns CNN.) Bloomberg News confirmed my analysis in a January 5 article that said CNN’s coverage of Trump is key

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AT&T On DIRECTV Now: Doing Better Than Expected

A top AT&T executive says DIRECTV Now’s launch has gone better than he expected, according to Fierce Cable. Enrique Rodriguez, AT&T’s chief technology officer, told the web site yesterday in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show that “absolutely there were problems (but) the problems were not as big as I expected. I’m so proud

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Trump Opposes AT&T-Time Warner? Don’t Believe It

News and Analysis: Bloomberg News is reporting today that President-elect Donald Trump has told “a friend” that he still opposes the AT&T-Time Warner merger. The news sent media stocks down, particularly Time Warner. Trump said during the 2016 campaign that he opposes the deal because he thinks it will put too much power in the hands

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CES 2017: 6 Burning Questions For TV Tech

The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show will convene in Las Vegas this week with company press events beginning Wednesday and the exhibit halls opening Thursday and staying open until Sunday. (Although there may be more people at the nearby Vegas airport on Sunday than on the floor.) The convention, which draws up to 150,000 industry officials,

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Why Doesn’t DIRECTV Add More HD Channels?

Q. All I hear from DIRECTV is 4K, 4K, 4K, but what about HD? I, like most DIRECTV customers, have a High-Definition TV and we want more HD, not 4K! Why isn’t DIRECTV adding more channels in HD? — Neil, Orlando, Florida. Neil, to be fair to DIRECTV, the satcaster now offers around 200 HD

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Why Do Pay TV Services Require 2-Year Contracts?

Q. I am interested in DIRECTV’s new offer for new customers. It’s $50 a month for two years. Guaranteed! But I read that the deal requires me to sign a two-year contract and if I leave before the two years are up, I have to pay big. Why do TV services require these contracts? Seems

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Who’s That Woman In the AT&T Commercials?

Q. I am totally in love with the woman who’s in those AT&T ‘family plan’ commercials. But she looks familiar. Has she been on a TV show? Movie? Who is she?! — Tony, Las Vegas. Tony, I can’t tell you how many people have e-mailed me to ask this very question. The AT&T commercials, which

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