AT&T Plans to End Their Satellite DIRECTV & Focus on Streaming

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  1. brejust

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    hmmm
    weird. people in areas where they have no dish service or cable or slow internet will be screwed over.
    they can read a book.

    This week during their annual analysts meeting, AT&T announced plans to put an end to their satellite TV service. “We’ve launched our last satellite,” John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, said during the meeting.
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    Seems pretty normal to me.:D
     
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    I don't believe there are many places in the US where the DTV sats are viewable and the Dish sats aren't.
     
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    Would they sell those sats to Dish?
     
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    ATT never cared about maintaining Directv as a satellite service. I see this as an opportunity for Dish. There will be a market for satellite TV service for years to come, unless the LEO sats miraculously supply broadband to all the currently underserved areas.
     
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    They've launched their last satellite, so they've only got another 20 or 30 years left to sell satellite service?\\

    Your link is to create a thread.
     
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    I think AT&T gave a 2-3 year time table
     
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    Remember when the Feds made a bunch of grant money available for building out internet connectivity to the unserved and underserved (mostly rural)? I do. We were neck deep into it here in Illinois. I’ll give you the readers digest version.

    I worked for the State of Illinois. The state as a whole was supplied Internet by mostly ATT. Call that the Enterprise side. Our little division worked with providers trying to get faster internet to the schools. Call that the Education side. We tried and tried and ATT said it was not cost effective to build out to the rural area. When the Feds offered up the grants for rural buildout, we applied and WON a grant for several million $$. ATT did NOT apply. After winning, they did everything possible to get the grant rescinded including going to our legislators crying foul. Didn’t work because they had the same opportunity as we did just didn’t do it.
    Fast forward, we got fiber put in the ground, connected to multiple tier 1 providers for redundancy, and had 100G backbone from StLouis to Springfield to Chicago. All in a 3 year period! Just NUTS as a timeframe, but it was accomplished. ATT finally started working with us mainly because we started discussions with the other tier 1 providers for service opportunities.

    What I learned by being involved in this is legislative people know very little technically; the rural community is very, very unserved/underserved in the connectivity world. This goes for schools, hospitals, homes, businesses, etc; and lastly, the large ATT type providers mostly care about $$, and less about customer service.

    So this possible move with DTV, doesn’t surprise me in the least. Call me a pessimist, but I’ve worked with them and seen their moves firsthand.
     
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    I think they never really wanted a satellite business, just the video customers. And to be honest, I don't blame large companies for not wanting to build out for underserved rural areas. It's a lot of capital investment for potentially very little ROI. I think LEO is our only hope!

    One more point with regards to underserved rural areas- about 10 years ago Verizon participated in a program called Broadband in Rural America which brought high speed cellular data to many small towns including mine. I live in a town of 926 people and I'm willing to bet most of us are now Verizon customers because of it. So sometimes a network build-out can be good for a business.
     
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    Well, I can get LOS to EA birds easily enough, but WA and D* birds are obstructed by a large, government-owned forest. I'd have to put up a 40 foot tower to get those, so I can imagine the same would be true for others.
     
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    Being a Dish tech in the same area (Central Illinois), it's not often I'm out in the country and I don't mention in passing that the one thing keeping me in the city is fast internet. Run 1GB/s Fiber to the country and I'm living in the woods ASAP.
     
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    I wish there was a way for small town customers to band together to bring fiber to their area. I'd bet I could get enough support in my town of 926 to make it happen. Guarantee a certain number of initial subscribers, work with the city on franchise agreements, etc. Or at least somehow encourage the local telco (Consolidated) to upgrade their infrastructure some.
     
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    Rural America gets left behind yet again. The problem is, they are NOT improving wired connections any more. Its wireless or the highway, and we have yet to get Wireless internet here that is worth a hill of beans. I've been waiting ten years for DSL and i basically have been reading if it hasn't happened yet, it won't ever happen. They will continue the Small dish tv for a long time, but will start phasing out channels, or not allowing HD content and basically us rural people will get the left over scraps of TV.

    They should really mandate that all of America have Unlimited Highspeed Internet. Right now, my internet is limited to what i can get on my 4g cell phone which caps out after about 30 gigs, which is NO good for watching TV.
     
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    Who is "they?"
     
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    Government. If you can prove that you cannot get internet any other way, then you should be able to buy a reasonably priced cell unlimited data plan. Right now, there is NO such thing as unlimited. After about 25 gb or so (depending on carrier) they dump you to speed that cannot be utilized for video streaming. Some drop you to speeds that are only good for checking email.
     
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    One of my co-workers got Gigabit Fiber at his property in the NC Mountains. Now he works remotely most of the time. I am pretty jealous.
     
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    Good luck with that!
     

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