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If AT&T buys DirectTV,
it could go head-to-head
with Comcast-Time Warner Cable

Washington Post, by Brian Fung

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 5/1/2014 5:25:37 PM

AT&T may be getting more involved in the pay-TV business with a bid for DirecTV, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. If that´s true, it could have major implications for the U.S. TV market. Merging with one of the nation´s biggest satellite TV providers would put Ma Bell on strong footing to compete against an expanded Comcast (if the cable company successfully buys Time Warner Cable). AT&T has about 5.7 million TV customers on its U-verse service, while DirecTV boasts about 20 million subscribers. A combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable would control about 30 million customers. The mergers

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This will mean higher cable bill at some point and usually lower service because of less competition. Do we have any say, or is it a done deal either way?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 5/1/2014 5:26:56 PM     (No. 9832895)

I´d be happy to pay double the base rate if they´d offer an a-la-carte menu.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 5/1/2014 5:28:31 PM     (No. 9832897)

@#1: I`d be happy to pay less for a-la-carte.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mother of AL, 5/1/2014 5:50:12 PM     (No. 9832928)

I love, love, love Directv. Because I live in WA state with 80 ft pine trees all around house, can´t get it however, and I am stuck with Comcast for tv and internet. I start EVERY call to them with "I loathe Comcast" I had one repairman tell me on a visit that Comcast spends most of its $$ on Internet, so their TV isn´t very good, and won´t be. Trying now to type this reply and having major interruptions, etc. I LOATHE COMCAST

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ersatzluci, 5/1/2014 5:58:54 PM     (No. 9832935)

AT&T and DirecTV already have some kind of mutual deal going on because I have both and they offered me $5.00 off my bill if I would merge my monthly statements with them. After 3 months it was a disaster (wrong amounts, wrong carry forwards, wrong credits) and required a phone call to a human every month to "fix" it. I cancelled and went back to separate bills and they are both OK now.

I have no problem with DirecTV quality or service or with AT&T ditto.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mc squared, 5/1/2014 6:41:08 PM     (No. 9832975)

Author doesn´t know Ma Bell has been dead for 25 years. If only she had survived.

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