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DIRECTV Keeps Fox In Local Channel Fight

AT&T has reached a multi-year deal with Fox to allow DIRECTV to offer the network’s programming in approximately 12 rural markets where the satcaster does not provide local channels. For roughly 25 years, DIRECTV subscribers have been eligible under the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act to receive the signals of network affiliates outside their

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MLB TV: How to Get a Refund

Q. I don’t believe baseball is coming back this season so why doesn’t MLB TV give us refunds. I paid last February and I could use that money now with the Coronavirus shutdown. — Roger, St. Louis.  Roger, Major League Baseball is still committed to holding a 2020 season, albeit a shortened one. In fact,

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Will AT&T Soon Sell DIRECTV?

Bankers say AT&T needs to sell DIRECTV due to the Coronavirus outbreak and accumulating company debt, according to a Fox Business report. The report does not name the bankers, nor say how many are offering this opinion. It also does not say if the bankers are communicating this position with AT&T, or if AT&T is 

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Did DIRECTV Drop One America News Network?

Q. I read on the Twitter that DIRECTV dropped the OANN channel, the One America News Network. And I couldn’t find it my lineup. What the hell is this? Is it because AT&T hates the president? I know that’s it!!! — Bonnie, East Lansing, Michigan.  Bonnie, you are not alone in your frustration. Social media

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Coronavirus: Will You Get a Sports Channel Refund?

Q. I’ve been reading that there will be refunds for our sports channel fees because there’s no sports on now with the Coronavirus. What is the status of that? When will we get our refunds? — Mark, Evanston, Illinois.  Mark, the answer is probably never. Let me explain. National sports channels, such as ESPN and

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Why Some DIRECTV Subs Could Lose Network TV Channels

Q. I just got a message from DIRECTV saying I will no longer get out-of-market network channels on June 1. What the Hell?! Is this AT&T’s doing again? What’s going on with this? — Ivan, Leonardtown, Maryland.  DIRECTV, which is owned by AT&T, is now notifying some customers that they could lose their network TV

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Coronavirus: Best Buy Resumes In-Home Service

Best Buy has announced that it will resume home visits for electronics installations and repairs, more than one month after it stopped the practice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. In an e-mail yesterday to Best Buy customers, company CEO Corie Barry said the decision to stop in-home visits was driven by a desire to protect

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Coronavirus: It’s the Last Week For Free HBO

If you haven’t taken advantage of HBO’s free programming offer for Coronavirus shut-ins, it will end this Friday. The premium channel this month began offering 500 free hours of programming including such HBO original shows as The Sopranos, The Wire, Veep, True Blood, Six Feet Under, Ballers, Barry, Silicon Valley, and Succession (pictured). The free

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DIRECTV Sub Losses: Who’s to Blame? Coronavirus Or AT&T?

Q. I read your story last week about DIRECTV losing subs again. Do you think it’s because of the Coronavirus? Everyone’s business, including mine, is taking a big hit because of the virus, right? — Hugh, Jacksonville, Florida.  Hugh, AT&T last week reported that DIRECTV and U-verse combined for a net loss of 897,000 subscribers

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MLB TV Refunds: The Customers Speak Out!

Major League Baseball began taking orders for MLB.TV, its online package of out-of-market games, on February 4. The cost was $121.99, which was a mere $3 more than the previous season so undoubtedly thousands, if not scores of thousands, began ordering. However, five weeks later, the league announced that it was suspending play for the

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