Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen today said a merger between his company and DIRECTV is “inevitable.” Speaking to financial analysts following Dish’s release of its fourth quarter report, Ergen noted that the pay TV industry has lost millions of subscribers in the last few years due to rising subscriber fees caused by escalating programming costs. “The
Q. Do you think AT&T TV, the so-called DIRECTV replacement, is the answer for AT&T? Do you think it will be a successful replacement for DIRECTV? And what does it offer that’s any better than DIRECTV if I was going to replace one with the other? — Abbie, Abilene, Texas. Abbie, as you may know,
Q. I read your story about how DIRECTV isn’t giving price cuts to current subscribers because many of them are in two year contracts. My question is why do people sign two year contracts? Does DIRECTV require them? If so, with all the TV services available now, why would anyone sign a contract for TV?
Q. I am so mad right now. I read your post about DIRECTV cutting prices for new customers, but what about us, the people who have had DIRECTV for years. When will we ever get a break? I am so fed up with these people!! — Stacey, Laurel, Maryland. Stacey, you’re right. AT&T, which owns
AT&T, which lost roughly four million TV subscribers in 2019, has quietly dropped the price for new subscribers to its two leading TV services, DIRECTV and U-verse. New subscribers to DIRECTV can now pay $49.99 a month for the first year of its Select plan (155 channels), compared to $59.99 previously; $59.99 a month for
Q. I’ve been reading your stories on DIRECTV and AT&T and how they are losing subscribers. Thank you for writing them. I have found it interesting that many customers are complaining about DIRECTV’s customer service team being unable to speak English very well. I have found that to be the case, too. It seems like
DIRECTV has joined the list of pay TV providers that will offer this week’s annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 4K HDR. The satcaster will offer 4K coverage of the best doggos in the world on its channel 105. Comcast, FuboTV, and Altice previously announced they would show the event in the new picture
AT&T’s DIRECTV has lost more than four million subscribers since the telco giant purchased the satcaster in 2015. (The TV service had 20.2 million at the time of the takeover, but now is around 16 million.) In the last week, I have written two stories detailing some of the issues causing the defections, and laying
Q. I live in Henderson, Nevada (next to Las Vegas) and have purchased the MLB package (from DIRECTV) for years. I moved here from Chicago and brought the Cubs with me via DirecTV. I know that the Cubs will now only broadcast on the Marquee Sports Network, and your article indicated an arrangement had been reached with DirecTV
Q. I read your article about AT&T losing so many DIRECTV customers. What do you think they should do to make the service better? Or they should just get rid of it and move on? What do you think AT&T should do with DIRECTV? — Monica, Reno, Nevada. Monica, what a great question that is!
Q. I got a DIRECTV dish installed this year because I wanted to watch the NFL Sunday Ticket that I heard so much about. But we just got some snow and sleet and DIRECTV suddenly won’t work. I keep getting a signal out message on my screen. Is this normal? — Gina, Denver. Gina, both
For the second straight year, DIRECTV will not raise the price of the NFL Sunday Ticket in 2020 despite a company acknowledgement this week that the costs of offering the package is rising. The satcaster is again including the package of out-of-market games for free for new subscribers who agree to a two-year contract, and