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Jeff Kagan
Plot Thickens With Dish's Interest in Sprint, T-Mobile Wireless
06/20/19 8:58 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 758 Words

Beyond the traditional wireless leaders, consider how Comcast acquired NBC Universal, or how AT&T acquired DirecTV and Time Warner , renaming it "WarnerMedia." Today, Comcast and AT&T are virtually tied for first place in pay-TV.

Pay-TV is changing, and wireless is playing...

Peter Suciu
Apple TV+ Is Much More Than a 'Netflix Killer'
03/29/19 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1796 Words

"There was some programming that was unique to particular platforms -- DirecTV's NFL package, for example -- but for the most part programming lineups were identical," noted Blum. "What distinguished them was bundling. Dish, for example, focused on low-cost packages and...

Richard Adhikari
YouTube TV Hits Screens Across Most of the US
01/24/19 9:06 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 966 Words

"With the availability of Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV and others, consumers have real choice in the market, and the numbers show they like it," he remarked. "It wasn't until the vMVPDs came along that cord-cutting became an...

Jeff Kagan
Cable One's Bright Sparklight Idea
12/21/18 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 866 Words

Pay TV Market Evolution
AT&T, DirecTV Now and Comcast Xfinity are the current leaders in the pay TV marketplace, which has seen a lot of change over the last decade.

The disruption started with AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

Peter Suciu
HBO Fires Back at Dish in Blackout Tussle
11/09/18 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1085 Words

AT&T's intention was to drive customers to Dish competitor DirecTV , which AT&T also owns.

The sticking point in the heated negotiations was HBO's insistence that Dish commit to paying for a minimum number of customers, even if far fewer actually...

Peter Suciu
Despite Emmys, Road Ahead Is Bumpy for Streaming Services
09/18/18 10:35 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1891 Words

"YouTube and Netflix may have enough money and influence to cut deals -- with, say, AT&T -- that keep them on a level playing field with DirecTV , but small companies won't," said Blum.

"That means greater market concentration, which in...

Jeff Kagan
The Wireless Industry's Two-Horse Race
05/30/18 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 669 Words

The Big 4 Wireless Players
It started when AT&T acquired DirecTV and created DirecTV NOW, wireless TV or mobile TV. It has been trying to acquire Time Warner as well, which would give it the ability to grow in many...

Jeff Kagan
Charter Spectrum May Want to Rethink Its Digital Pay-TV Service
05/14/18 11:11 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1326 Words

For example, AT&T acquired DirecTV . Since that time, it has created DirecTV NOW and mobile TV, or wireless TV. These options let users get all sorts of digital programming at home, at the office, or anywhere in the U.S. using their...

Peter Suciu
With 4K HDR, Olympics May Be More Colorful Than Ever
02/08/18 1:44 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1269 Words

Dish, DirecTV and Comcast customers who have compatible TV sets and subscriptions to the appropriate service, will be able to take in the 4K HDR coverage.

This year's games are not the first Olympics to be delivered in 4K -- NBC...

Mick Brady
Resist: Don't Sign That AT&T Contract
02/01/18 5:00 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 1165 Words

It's coming from someone who unwittingly walked into a virtual jail cell that was disguised as a DirecTV contract. I'll be behind bars for another 23 months, and I'm counting the days. Please don't take this as a rant or as an attempt...

Kristen Hanich
Top 5 Data-Driven Mobile Services for a Competitive Edge
01/12/18 12:37 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 870 Words

Mobile service providers have been taking advantage of this trend by offering unlimited data and video subscription bundles, such as AT&T's DirecTV bundle.

3. Streaming Music
Streaming music is more popular than streaming video, but it is not as data-intensive.

David Jones
Amazon Denies Rumored Plans for Ad-Supported Prime Video Service
11/14/17 11:31 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 645 Words

The competition among the new streaming video and video on-demand services is fierce, with a number of rival services from Netflix, SlingTV, YouTube, Hulu, DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue, among others.

"Amazon seems to be doing pretty well in terms of...

Brett Sappington
Evolution of the 4th Utility: Fixed Broadband
10/17/17 1:25 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1273 Words

AT&T acquired DirecTV and launched an online pay-TV service (DirecTV Now) that it bundles with broadband, satellite TV and mobile .

Charter acquired TWC and Bright House to become Spectrum, which serves roughly 30 percent of the U.S. residential fixed broadband market...

Jeff Kagan
Netflix Climbs the Growth Wave as Cable TV Slides
06/22/17 9:36 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 552 Words

Services like AT&T's DirecTV Now and mobile TV or wireless TV represent a transformative technology that customers love. People now can watch television on a smartphone or tablet anywhere in the U.S. using AT&T Mobility's wireless network . Pay-TV's Growth Wave Pay-TV technologies...

Richard Adhikari
Verizon Makes New Oath
06/19/17 2:40 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 651 Words

Verizon reportedly has been exploring the possibility of delivering a skinny bundle over the Internet, similar to DirecTV Now and Dish Network's Sling TV.

Verizon paid the U.S. National Football League $21 million for rights to the Sept. 24 regular-season game...

David Jones
Alphabet Jumps on the $1K-a-Share Train
06/05/17 4:00 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 660 Words

The launch a new streaming television platform is viewed as a potential revenue generator for YouTube, putting it in direct competition with DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue and Hulu Live.

Caution Warranted
The $1,000 milestone represents a nice round number,...

Jeff Kagan
Comcast Rolls the Dice With Xfinity Instant TV
05/24/17 2:29 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 583 Words

However, in recent years, new technologies -- like IPTV and wireless TV from new competitors like AT&T and DirecTV Now -- have been eating away at Comcast's growth. That's why Comcast not only has introduced Xfinity Mobile, which is its new wireless service,...

David Jones
Hulu Aims to Reinvent Live TV Experience
05/04/17 9:35 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 687 Words

... on Wednesday announced a new live-streaming television service for US$39.99 per month, which will place the company in direct competition with newly launched services from DirecTV Now, YouTube and other OTT (over-the-top) content providers. The Hulu with Live TV beta will offer...

Jeff Kagan
C Spire's Place Among Cable TV Challengers
04/27/17 12:26 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 653 Words

Since C Spire started out as a wireless company, it would be great if it could deliver this television service wirelessly over its own network, like AT&T does with its DirecTV mobile television offering. Will this be part of C Spire's offering?

Jeff Kagan
Verizon Wakes Up to Join Mobile TV Race
03/17/17 9:17 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 380 Words

AT&T's DirecTV started this ball rolling with its wireless TV, or mobile TV, offering. It forced all the major competitors -- Verizon, Comcast Xfinity and Charter Spectrum -- to strategize and pick up their pace. Comcast and Charter haven't unveiled any new plans...

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