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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #90 on: December 13, 2016, 07:39:28 AM »
Gee Jeff, just because it means that all current DTV dome dishes will no longer work, what's to get upset about?  ::) ;D
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #91 on: December 13, 2016, 10:56:49 AM »
Since I have no idea what that comment means so I'll ignore it. There's 5 pages of people going code3 over an unverified report of DTV shutting off sat service completely, that likely won't happen, but completely missing the flat statement that SD and all of your domes are 10-7 in 2 years.

You should be upset
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #92 on: December 13, 2016, 04:08:02 PM »
Ummmm, isn't that what I just said in different words? Heck, I'm agreeing with you!  ;)
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #93 on: December 13, 2016, 07:43:00 PM »
Oh goody. Maybe streaming will be fully functional by then.
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #94 on: December 15, 2016, 01:10:13 AM »
Oh goody. Maybe streaming will be fully functional by then.


Verizon will go absolutely nuts if I use our unlimited data plan to stream all our TV over VZW! We already use 30-40gb/mo while on the road during the summer.

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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #95 on: December 15, 2016, 10:31:52 AM »
Some of you that are using the service may already know this. For those of you that have not tried it yet, this is a must read...

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/12/atts-directv-now-plagued-with-outages-and-sports-blackouts/

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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #96 on: December 15, 2016, 10:35:34 AM »
We're at just over 98GB this month on our AT&T unlimited 4G/LTE hotspot, but I don't know how high it would go if we watched TV full time on it. We don't normally use this much data, but this month I've been deliberately loading the hotspot for a reliability stress test. I've just barely topped 20GB on our Verizon unlimited 3G Jetpack.
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #97 on: December 15, 2016, 03:53:55 PM »
DirecTV NOW update...........

I travel for business. Planes, Trains, Automobiles. My territory is everything east of the Mississippi.  In the last few weeks I've been to just about every state in New England, Ny, NJ, GA, FL,

I've used the DirecTV NOW with my phone (Iphone5s), Ipad Mini2 and MacBook Air connected to Sprint or Verizon HotSpots, and all of these devices connected to many free WiFi connections as McDonalds, Panera Bread, Xfinity, hotels etc.

At home I'm connected to Comcast / Xfinity cable modem with extreme high speed internet access. At home I've accessed it through my Amazon Fire Stick and Apple TV. Both work just as well as my direct connection modem.

So far so good. I've experienced very few drop outs or tiling events. Three times the system didn't "boot up" and I had to start the acquisition over. This only happened on initial start up, never during play and only on the Fire Stick.

Certainly, if the WiFi is weak, it is not a good experience. Hotels seem to have the most overloaded WiFi systems, especially at night or early AM when all business travelers are using it.

Tomorrow I fly to the west coast and I'll try it on Southwest airlines inflight WiFi. Should be interesting.

For $35 a month, I can say it is working out much better than I anticipated. Within the next few months I'm sure AT&T will have the BBS thing worked out and hopefully an agreement with the NFL.



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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #98 on: December 15, 2016, 04:04:33 PM »
Roy, I have to wonder why your selling this so hard. For others, be sure to read the link I posted so you can make an informed decision. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/12/atts-directv-now-plagued-with-outages-and-sports-blackouts/ , Chuck
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #99 on: December 23, 2016, 10:40:41 AM »
I just saw this article on yahoo news about brands that may disappear in 2017,  Here is an excerpt I found interesting:

7. AT&T U-Verse

AT&T U-verse is the brand of fiber-based triple-play telecommunications offerings from AT&T that includes broadband internet, telephone, and video services. After last year's acquisition of DirecTV, the largest satellite TV provider nationwide, AT&T has been phasing out its U-verse subscriptions and pushing customers towards DirecTV. The shift is part of a cost savings effort by AT&T and an attempt to capitalize on the DirecTV brand. Satellite TV has lower hardware and programing costs than fiber-based TV, so the more customers AT&T switches from U-verse to DirecTV, the more money the company will save. According to CFO John Stephens, content is roughly $17 more expensive to provide for U-verse customers than for DirecTV customers. To redirect customers, AT&T has stopped building U-verse set-top boxes, and is coaxing prospective customers towards satellite options.

The company's efforts to switch customers are reflected in its recent financial reports. In the second quarter of 2016, AT&T gained 342,000 new satellite TV subscribers and lost 391,000 U-verse TV subscribers. The transition is part of a larger effort by AT&T to combine its services into a single entertainment hub, with internet, satellite TV, and wireless in one home device.

Here is a link to the whole article.

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/brands-disappear-2017-110037272.html
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #100 on: December 23, 2016, 11:24:54 AM »
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Roy, I have to wonder why your selling this so hard.

Not pushing it at all.....No dog in the fight. I've just been searching for the last couple of years for a way to "Cut The Cable" at home and have Television entertainment on the road as I move to spending months at a time on the road.

In fact, switching from satellite set top boxes to a streaming service will VERY negatively impact my livelihood as my company manufactures and sells digital modulators that distribute satellite TV to MDUs (Multi Dwelling Units).

Paying for TV at home when no one is there and having to deal with a dish and expensive subscription on the road just doesn't work for me.

Streaming all these channels for XX$$ a month just seems like a no brainer.

And now that both AT&T and T Mobile are saying this streaming data does not affect your data limit.......I'm struggling to find a reason why not.
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #101 on: December 23, 2016, 11:48:42 AM »
I'll wait until the streaming services are carrying all the channels we want to watch. Until then, Dish is the right service for us.
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #102 on: December 23, 2016, 02:28:15 PM »
I'll wait until the streaming services are carrying all the channels we want to watch. Until then, Dish is the right service for us.

Us too.

A bit off topic but:

Until that happens, does anyone know why (DISH) programming Starts, or Ends late ? Or Early ? Is there a fix ? Seems like the DVR internal clock is OFF with GMT Real Time. Maybe the LNB ?  We've been thru 6 VIP612's (Remans) in the past 8 years. Replacement is Free, they work for awhile then don't.

Just thought I'd throw this out there.
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #103 on: December 23, 2016, 04:03:49 PM »
Our Hoppers, and I believe our previous 211K, allow setting the recording times to start up to a few minutes early and end a few minutes late as the default. It should be in your DVR settings somewhere.
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #104 on: December 23, 2016, 05:50:21 PM »
Our Hoppers, and I believe our previous 211K, allow setting the recording times to start up to a few minutes early and end a few minutes late as the default. It should be in your DVR settings somewhere.

The options are there BUT the options are in 1 minute increments. The DRV Starts recording about 40 Seconds Early, and will Stop about the same, it varies, but Never in the 1 minute increments.

And then.. if I set it up to record say @ 8:00, and another program a 9:00, on another channel.. you miss the Ending of the one @ 8:00  >:(

VERY frustrating.. We don't git to see the Bad Guy git his Come Up'ns. Or the Guy Git the Girl ? :(

We've compensated for that by recording back to back, on the same channel.. We can then Start the second recording... to watch the End of the first recording. Buncha Crap.

Local stations are Spot On.

It gets even more interesting, but I don't wana waste anymore time on it.

Whats even More frustrating is.. I've asked about an upgraded DVR. DISH wants Big Money for that. If I was a NEW customer it would be FREE, with Programming Perks.

Sign of the Times I guess.
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #105 on: December 23, 2016, 08:42:48 PM »
The options are there BUT the options are in 1 minute increments. The DRV Starts recording about 40 Seconds Early, and will Stop about the same, it varies, but Never in the 1 minute increments.

And then.. if I set it up to record say @ 8:00, and another program a 9:00, on another channel.. you miss the Ending of the one @ 8:00  >:(

VERY frustrating.. We don't git to see the Bad Guy git his Come Up'ns. Or the Guy Git the Girl ? :(

We've compensated for that by recording back to back, on the same channel.. We can then Start the second recording... to watch the End of the first recording. Buncha Crap.

Local stations are Spot On.

It gets even more interesting, but I don't wana waste anymore time on it.

Whats even More frustrating is.. I've asked about an upgraded DVR. DISH wants Big Money for that. If I was a NEW customer it would be FREE, with Programming Perks.

Sign of the Times I guess.
With our two (purchased) Hoppers, we have 6 sat tuners and two OTA tuners available for recording, so having programs start recording a minute early and end a minute late is seldom an issue with overlaps. The new Hopper 3 has 16 tuners though, so there should be even less contention.
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Re: AT&T looking toward eliminating Direct satellite TV by 2020
« Reply #106 on: December 23, 2016, 09:01:47 PM »
---snip---Tomorrow I fly to the west coast and I'll try it on Southwest airlines inflight WiFi. Should be interesting.
Good luck.. SWA WiFi is not only painfully slow just to load a website, they are blocking any streaming video unless Direct is hiding it on an obscure port. Either way I've never successfully run a speed test en-flight, but if you can I'll bet it's on par with dial-up
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