AT&T disappointed with offers for struggling DirecTV (6 Viewers)

Juan

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An over the top streaming service like Netflix. It's not AT&T TV.
Its part if the strategy to satisfy different needs for different customers..until someone figures out how to make online streaming profitable..you are going to see a bunch of different approaches
 

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Its part if the strategy to satisfy different needs for different customers..until someone figures out how to make online streaming profitable..you are going to see a bunch of different approaches
The problem is the networks. People want everything on demand when they want it. The networks still want you to watch on their time frame.
 

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Not sure if this is the right thread for this, but:

I personally think the govt should be funding / pushing Fiber only. Nothing for wireless and nothing for satellite. Concentrate on swapping all copper pots lines out for fiber nationwide. Make fiber a public utility that must be ran to every consumer who needs it just like how POTS was done in the golden age. Wireless is just a crutch and a waste of money, it will run out of bandwidth and get saturated in the long term. Fiber is the only long term solution. BTW, electric cars are a crutch too, fuel cell cars are the long term solution.
 

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StarLink is fast and has no caps. “Full” coverage after about 1,600 satellites. How many folks can use it when they have tens of thousands of satellites, and there are two other companies providing similar service? Get deployed a heck of a lot faster than landlines. And will cover national Parks and the back of beyond. 911 service almost everywhere.

Hydrogen is a dead end. There is no such thing as green hydrogen, nor will there ever be in quantity. Fuel cells are expensive and wear out.
 

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Hydrogen is a dead end. There is no such thing as green hydrogen, nor will there ever be in quantity. Fuel cells are expensive and wear out.

Hydrogen isn’t really an energy source. It’s more a storage option, essentially a battery. The energy to produce hydrogen needs to come from somewhere. You can use green electricity for hydrolysis, but what’s the point? Battery prices have dropped and energy density improved to where its competitive with fossil fuels when you consider thermodynamics of internal combustion engines.


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I personally think the govt should be funding / pushing Fiber only. Nothing for wireless and nothing for satellite. Concentrate on swapping all copper pots lines out for fiber nationwide. Make fiber a public utility that must be ran to every consumer who needs it just like how POTS was done in the golden age. Wireless is just a crutch and a waste of money, it will run out of bandwidth and get saturated in the long term. Fiber is the only long term solution. BTW, electric cars are a crutch too, fuel cell cars are the long term solution.
Wireless isn't going away, more people use their cell phones for internet than their home computer.
 

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Wireless isn't going away, more people use their cell phones for internet than their home computer.
According to this article, "80% of all U.S. mobile traffic was on Wi-Fi."


If they are at home, they are very likely using wifi on a wired broadband connection. If they are out and and about, the wifi they are using is almost certainly a wired internet connection. Cellular data usage dropped during the pandemic. More and more people need to work from home. 5G and Starlink will do in a pinch, but I can't even switch to cable internet because my wife is used to the low latency of fiber for her work. I know because we tried it.
 

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According to this article, "80% of all U.S. mobile traffic was on Wi-Fi."


If they are at home, they are very likely using wifi on a wired broadband connection. If they are out and and about, the wifi they are using is almost certainly a wired internet connection. Cellular data usage dropped during the pandemic. More and more people need to work from home. 5G and Starlink will do in a pinch, but I can't even switch to cable internet because my wife is used to the low latency of fiber for her work. I know because we tried it.
The backbone to any wireless network is always a hard wire. But the delivery is always wireless.
 
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According to this article, "80% of all U.S. mobile traffic was on Wi-Fi."


If they are at home, they are very likely using wifi on a wired broadband connection. If they are out and and about, the wifi they are using is almost certainly a wired internet connection. Cellular data usage dropped during the pandemic. More and more people need to work from home. 5G and Starlink will do in a pinch, but I can't even switch to cable internet because my wife is used to the low latency of fiber for her work. I know because we tried it.

5G is a huge waste of money IMO. Why? Because it's mostly being installed where it is not needed. Why the hell do I need a short range 5G radio installed on a pole near my house if I already have gig fiber internet and WiFi 6? Why does anyone need more than 100mbps on their cell phone? I get 400+ on my cell connected to my WiFi and the phone is no faster than when using 50mbps LTE.

StarLink is a joke IMO, user may be showing 100mbps now I can just imagine how slow it will be once it gets saturated and it's not like the customers will be evenly spaced across the multiple satellites. Customers will be clustered together in areas that do not have access to wired broadband so all those customers will be on the few satellites over that area. Do they have a way of coordinating extra satellites to cover areas of dense customer population?
 

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Nuclear fusion is fantasy, and will be for decades.

According to Wikipedia, lithium is the 25th most common element on earth.
 

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5G is a huge waste of money IMO. Why? Because it's mostly being installed where it is not needed. Why the hell do I need a short range 5G radio installed on a pole near my house if I already have gig fiber internet and WiFi 6? Why does anyone need more than 100mbps on their cell phone? I get 400+ on my cell connected to my WiFi and the phone is no faster than when using 50mbps LTE.

StarLink is a joke IMO, user may be showing 100mbps now I can just imagine how slow it will be once it gets saturated and it's not like the customers will be evenly spaced across the multiple satellites. Customers will be clustered together in areas that do not have access to wired broadband so all those customers will be on the few satellites over that area. Do they have a way of coordinating extra satellites to cover areas of dense customer population?
Its installed on poles to eliminate drop wires...which will eliminate maintenance calls...which will eliminate techs...which will increase profits
 
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Its installed on poles to eliminate drop wires...which will eliminate maintenance calls...which will eliminate techs...which will increase profits

I've seen 50 year old POTS drops still working just fine. The armored Fiber cable AT&T uses will last just as long.
 

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