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Sprint tempts DirecTV customers from AT&T with free year of service

08/28, 8:37am

Free wireless service, contract buyout offered by Sprint to DirecTV subscribers

Sprint is attacking AT&T and "celebrating" its competitor's merger with DirecTV, by offering existing DirecTV customers free service for a year if they switch carriers to Sprint. Starting from today and running until September 30, existing customers of the satellite TV service can activate new lines on Sprint and get 12 months of service with no monthly fee, including unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 2GB of data per line per month.


Briefly: AT&T offers $500 switching bounty, This Is My Jam closing

08/11, 6:54am

AT&T offers DirecTV subscribers up to $500 for switching carriers

After recently completing its acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T is already attempting to capitalize on the relationship between the two companies by tempting DirecTV subscribers to switch phone services. Under the promotion, Forbes reports DirecTV customers can receive $300 in bill credit per line ported with a new smartphone purchased under AT&T Next, as well as a $200 credit for eligible smartphone trade-ins. Subscribers of U-verse, AT&T's existing TV service, can also take advantage of the same offer.


AT&T, DirecTV launch first combined wireless, television plans

08/03, 8:46am

Low end of offerings begin at $200 a month, without home broadband

Following its very recent acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T has rolled out the first of its combined nationwide package of TV and wireless services from a single provider on one bill beginning August 10. The low-end offer includes HD and DVR service for up to four TV receivers, unlimited talk and text for four wireless lines, and 10GB of shareable wireless data for $200 a month.


The MacNN Podcast, episode 25: My Stupid Cat's Fault

07/27, 1:27pm

PCs outsold by iOS devices, AT&T/DirecTV merger, AAPL vs AMZN and more

Another interesting week at MacNN brings us plenty to talk about on Episode 25 of The MacNN Podcast, ranging from the FCC approval of the AT&T/DirecTV deal for no clear reason (but with a bunch of conditions), to our new column "My Stupid Fault." We also include a full report on Apple's fiscal Q3 and the uncalled-for drop in the stock, the results of our testing of Apple's new third-party SSD Trim support, and more.


US FCC approves AT&T and DirecTV merger, with significant conditions

07/24, 3:18pm

Company must grow FTTP, provide low-income broadband, among others

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has conditionally granted approval of the transfer of control of licenses and authorizations from DirecTV to AT&T. The approval will allow AT&T to acquire DirecTV, and merge the two companies into one combined entity. However, the FCC has put numerous conditions on the deal, requiring AT&T to change many of its more anti-consumer practices and policies.


DirecTV launches new satellite to aid in 4K broadcasts in US

06/01, 11:30am

New satellite quadruples 4K bandwidth over entirety of North America

DirecTV has expanded its satellite fleet in both the US and Latin America with the dual launch of new spacecraft that will significantly increase HD capacity. One of the satellite launches, DIRECTV-15, will pave the way to future 4K UltraHD programming on the service, and backup DirecTV's existing satellite fleet.


DirecTV users get access to Fox Now, FX Now, Nat Geo app content

12/19, 3:39pm

Platforms include iOS, Apple TV, Android, Windows

DirecTV has announced a partnership with Fox Networks, giving subscribers to the satellite-based TV service access to all the content in the Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on multiple platforms. This includes iOS, Apple TV, Android, and Windows devices. In effect, the change means that the apps have simply added DirecTV as a service authentication option, joining other TV providers such as cable operators.


FCC restarts clock for Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV merger review

12/04, 4:00pm

Replies in Comcast-TWC merger due December 23, AT&T-DirecTV by January 7, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced December 3 that it is restarting the informal "shot clocks" in the review of the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable and $48.5 billion AT&T-DirecTV proposed mergers. As the FCC is now allowing parties to review confidential information once again, it restarted the pleading cycles with new deadlines for each merger.


DirecTV launching 4K video on demand service for Samsung TV owners

11/14, 10:26am

Move makes DirecTV the first video provider with 4k

This weekend, satellite television provider DirecTV will become the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming direct to customers. At launch, the company will begin offering 19 movies and documentaries from both Paramount Pictures and Havoc, with more titles to be announced soon. Customers will need an Internet-connected Genie HD DVR model HR34 and above, and a Samsung UHD TV that is DirecTV 4K ready. Pricing for 4K movies will range from $4 to $16, and will be on a per-movie basis.


FCC freezes clock on merger reviews of Comcast/TWC, AT&T/DirecTV

10/22, 5:33pm

Confidential programming agreements requested in early October source of the delay

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has stopped its "180-day informal time clock" in the review of the merger proposals for Comcast and Time Warner Cable, as well as AT&T and DirectTV. The reason for the stoppage involves the modified joint protective orders that the FCC created at the beginning of October, which content companies are now using to bar outside sources from reading confidential programming agreements.


FCC sets media agreement, contract review protections in mergers

10/08, 7:22pm

Procedures created to protect public interest, alleviate media firm confidentiality concerns

In the review of the proposed mergers between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, or the proposed AT&T-DirecTV deal, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) believes that reviewing the contracts and agreements made by the merger applicants and media companies is important. Last month, the FCC requested that media firms turn over information about deals with Comcast, something that the provider and media companies fought back on. However, the FCC now has plans in place to address some of their concerns in both mergers.


DirecTV reveals digital-only NFL Sunday Ticket subscriptions

07/16, 3:26pm

Reduces obstacles to cord-cutting

Satellite TV provider DirecTV has announced its first digital-only subscription plans for NFL Sunday Ticket. Subscribers will have to wait until September 7th for the first games, and will only be able to watch out-of-market events, but will have access to them on phones, tablets, computers, and/or consoles without also having to have a satellite or cable package. Costs begin at $200 for a subscription covering phones, tablets, and computers. A separate console-only plan is $240; the $330 Max plan covers all devices, and further includes access to the Red Zone channel and DirecTV's new Fantasy Zone.


AT&T spells out savings, customer benefits in DirectTV buy SEC filing

06/04, 1:16pm

None of the savings likely to be passed to customers, will fund expansions

In the controversial process of merging with DirecTV, AT&T will have to file a great deal of regulatory paperwork with the federal government. One such document to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has revealed that AT&T believes it can save 20 percent on the cost of acquiring programming for its users. These savings are unlikely to be passed to the customer, and instead will be intended to fund rural broadband programs and other expansions planned by the mega-corporation, should the merger be approved.


Senator Al Franken speaks out against AT&T's purchase of DirecTV

05/19, 5:40pm

Senator is 'skeptical' of the deal that will lead to higher prices, less choice for consumers

Appearing on CNN's New Day, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) voiced his concerns regarding the recent deal that would see AT&T purchasing DirecTV for $48.5 billion. Asked about the mega-merger, Franken pointed out that the deal would likely raise prices further for consumers, and likely treads on antitrust grounds.


AT&T outlines $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV

05/18, 6:40pm

Boards of both companies agree unanimously to the deal for $95 per share

Today, AT&T and DirecTV reached an agreement over the acquisition of the satellite provider by one of the nation's largest cellular carriers. The details of the deal, which will come to a total of $49 billion, will see AT&T conducting a stock-and-cash transaction based on the closing value of AT&T's stock on Friday. The deal was agreed upon unanimously by board members on both sides.


AT&T close to DirecTV buyout offer, could come as early as Sunday

05/17, 2:38pm

Deal's specifics not yet known, rumored to be near $50 billion

AT&T is reportedly ready to announce a deal for satellite communications company DirecTV on Sunday. Allegedly, DirecTV CEO Mike White has told senior executives that the deal with AT&T is finalized, and details are ready to be released to the public. The buyout, rumored to approach $50 billion, will give the combined broadcast entity over 26 million subscribers, rivaling that of Comcast and Time Warner's accumulated subscriber base.


AT&T offer for DirecTV said to be worth up to $50 billion

05/13, 11:57am

Two sources claim between $95 - $100 per share for DirecTV

Discussions between AT&T and DirecTV are heating up, according to sources familiar with the matter. Reportedly, AT&T is looking at offering $48 billion for the satellite communications company in the next few weeks. Still to be negotiated are a "break-up" fee if regulators or other forces nix the deal, and the ultimate fate of DirecTV's CEO Mike White after the merger.


Wall Street Journal: AT&T pursuing buyout of DirecTV

05/01, 9:05am

Combined company would be nearly the size of Comcast and Time Warner Cable

AT&T has reportedly contacted DirecTV about purchasing the satellite television provider, according to sources familiar with the matter. The deal, if ever pursued to completion, would generate a 26 million user-strong television network, rivaling the size of the combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable giant. A timetable for an offer is unknown.


First round of bidding for Hulu ends this week, four bids rumored

05/24, 4:20am

DirecTV, Time Warner Cable interested in streaming TV service

Four parties have allegedly placed bids to purchase streaming service Hulu, with the first round of bidding apparently due to end this week. Guggenheim Digital Media, DirecTV, and Time Warner Cable are said to be interested in the company, following a bid from former News Corp president Peter Chernin for a reported $500 million.


DirecTV, ViaSat satellite broadband service Exede launches

11/21, 9:17am

Exede service boasts 12Mbps connection speed, capless periods

DirecTV has announced the packages for its satellite broadband service it has created with ViaSat. Dubbed Exede, the 12Mbps satellite connection is being aimed towards rural customers that lack cable or fiber broadband access, and is offering a $10 monthly discount and a refunded installation fee to initial sign-ups.


Viacom ends ban on Daily Show, Colbert Report online streams

07/17, 11:10am

Company still in conflict with DirecTV

Viacom has finally returned The Daily Show and Colbert Report content to the web for online streaming. Both shows had been pulled from the company's various websites as part of an ongoing dispute with satellite television provider DirecTV, as both companies continue to disagree over contract terms in a battle that has made its way into the public view.


TiVo countersues Cisco over DVR patent infringements

06/05, 11:00am

TiVo protects rights to patents by using them to countersue DVR maker Cisco

Very soon after Cisco sued TiVo to challenge TiVo's claims to patents used in DVRs, TiVo has gone ahead and sued Cisco back. According to a Tuesday report, there are four patents in contention and TiVo is involved in several lawsuits against a number of companies that bought the allegedly offending DVRs from Cisco. Cisco's Scientific Atlanta arm sells boxes to cable providers that include AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon Communications.


DirecTV app gets live streaming on Android

04/26, 8:55pm

App update brings streaming, social features

Today's update to the official DirecTV Android app enables subscribers to stream content to enabled devices. The update also adds social networking aspects to the service, allowing users to find out what shows are popular.


DirecTV iPad app gains support for 3G/4G streaming

03/21, 3:10pm

Still limited to on-demand video

DirecTV has released a new version of its iPad app, v1.5.0. Users can now watch movies and TV shows over a 3G or 4G connection instead of just Wi-Fi. While live TV is still restricted to Wi-Fi, apps from other TV networks often block cellular support completely.


FCC, Verizon asked for full disclosure in AWS buy

03/06, 2:45pm

Letter urges FCC to reveal all data in AWS buy

The deal for AWS spectrum between Verizon and a number of cable companies is facing more troubles as several rivals not keen on the deal have written a letter to the FCC (PDF) asking for full disclosure. Authored by T-Mobile USA, DirecTV, and eight others, the petition asks for redacted evidence that will give them the ability to argue that the deal is anti-competitive. They argue against the parties involved in the deal with Verizon who say access to all the documents isn't in the public's interest.


TiVo HD DVR finally available from DirecTV in all of US

02/09, 10:45am

DirecTV ships TiVo HD DVR nationwide

The long-awaited and promised TiVo-enabled HD DVR from DirecTV is finally available nationwide. Previously, the set-top was only available in 10 markets. The box is unique in combining the TiVo interface and peanut remote control with DirecTV's HD content lineup.


Samsung TVs to provide DirecTV interface without extra boxes

01/10, 2:15pm

Samsung ties with DirecTV for cloud interface

Samsung in a post-event update revealed that all its 2012 Internet-aware TVs will have DirecTV intergration. Americans with the satellite TV service will only need one set-top box in the home for everyone to get access to the same content. A combination of the recent RVU standard and DLNA media sharing replicate DirecTV's interface on every Samsung set in the local network, letting them control the DVR and otherwise get the same access they would as if they were directly connected.


DirecTV finally offers TiVo DVRs on December 8

12/06, 4:20pm

DirecTV TiVo DVRs delays over, due December 8

The much-delayed arrival of TiVo DVRs at DirecTV is finally slotted for a launch date of December 8, according to the satellite provider's forums. The TiVo HD DVR from DirecTV (THR22-100) The release is limited to just ten major US cities, however, with an expansion still being evaluated.


DirecTV for iPad adds live TV viewing

10/27, 2:25pm

Users must already be DirecTV subscribers

DirecTV has posted a new version of its iPad app, v1.3.1. The app is normally intended to be used as a guide and remote control. The v1.3.1 update, though, introduces support for in-app viewing of live TV. Users must be DirecTV subscribers, and on the same Wi-Fi network as a compatible DirecTV HD DVR.


Time Warner Cable loses 128K viewers, denies cord-cutting

10/27, 1:25pm

Time Warner Cable 3Q results show 128K TV loss

Time Warner Cable just posted its third-quarter subscriber numbers, which reveal there are 128,000 less subscribers to its video services this quarter. The total number of subscribers lost is just 16,000, though, thanks to the addition of 89,000 residential web subscribers. While the cord-cutting syndrome, which involves users getting rid of cable subscriptions in favor of web ones and accessing all multimedia content from the web and streaming video services or others, there are some arguments against this trend, AllThingsD argues.


Hulu decides against selling itself off

10/13, 8:15pm

Hulu says studios see it as too valuable

Hulu in a brief note said it had decided to stop its attempted selloff. The statement, which had the support of Disney, investor Providence Equity Partners, and Fox's parent company News Corp., claimed that each of the owners though there was too much of a "unique and compelling strategic value" for each of them to sell. It would instead center on existing plans.


DirecTV's Nomad box shares recordings with mobile devices

10/11, 7:15pm

Nomad costs $150, carries no monthly fees

DirecTV has introduced the Nomad device, which will let users send DVR recordings to mobile devices as well as PCs. Doing so requires a special app for desktop PCs or iPhone (free, App Store), with iPad, Mac and Android apps due out soon. The device can store as many as 20 hours of DVR content and connect to external hard drives for more.


DirecTV five-tuner HR34 DVR gets detailed

10/10, 5:50pm

DirecTV HR34 DVR in limited release, detailed

A new DVR coming from DirecTV has been thoroughly detailed thanks to DBSTalk. The five-tuner HR34 got an exclusive first look from the source (PDF), which reveals its technical specs. The DVR will have a 1TB hard drive that can store about 232 hours of MPEG4 HD recordings. The HR34 should be fully compatible with DirecTV's Whole Home DVR service, letting other connected set-tops access its recordings.


Rumors: Apple has iPad video app, no Jobs at Oct. 4 event

10/03, 10:30am

Jobs not expected to show at October 4

Possible content for the October 4 iPhone event came Monday through a late-breaking claim. Rackspace' social media presence Robert Scoble understood from unnamed sources that Apple was working on a presumably video-focused iPad app that "looks a lot like DirecTV without the dish." What it would involve wasn't said, but he linked it to the North Carolina datacenter's video hosting and that it would be "more expansive" than suspected.


US cable TV may unbundle to stem tide of Internet video

09/28, 12:30am

US cable TV wants channels unbundled

US cable and satellite providers signaled Tuesday that they wanted to unbundle their channel packages to stave off the incursion of Internet video and a tough economy. DirecTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and others are pushing the FCC and others to alter retransmission fee systems and let them sell access by the channel so that they can lower the actual cost of selling TV services. At costs as high as $4 per month just for ESPN and now with normally free-to-air networks charging for access, they argued to Reuters and others that they were forced to charge high prices.


Leak has DirecTV TiVo at last shipping in September

08/25, 7:30am

Leak tips DirecTV TiVo hybrid finally inbound

A leak has exposed what appears to be a training video pitched at the DirecTV sales force in order to get staff re-familiarized with the TiVo box and its functions. This and other details have emerged pointing to a September shipping date for the long delayed set-top-box DirecTV TiVo that promises to bring the best of satellite TV programming and combining it with a subscription service DVR. The only apparent downside for users is that the device will use older hardware, a legacy of its long gestation period, which started back in 2009.


Dish plans LTE Advanced network using satellite-land hybrid

08/23, 2:15pm

Dish asks FCC to grant hybrid network permission

Dish Network is asking the FCC to allow it to combine the S-Band spectrum licenses it acquired with its $1.38 billion purchase of TerreStar Networks and DBSD North America to offer terrestrial-only devices. This is part of a larger goal of offering a satellite-terrestrial 4G network that uses LTE-Advanced. Dish claims this hybrid network that will use the 40MHz spectrum under a subsidiary called Gamma will help meet the FCC's goal of expanding broadband access. Dish cited the conditional waiver the FCC gave to LightSquared as a reason it should get its request granted.


PS3 gets NFL Sunday Ticket live games with DirecTV help

08/17, 5:45pm

PS3 owners to get access to NFL games for $340

DirecTV and Sony have joined forces to offer NFL Sunday Ticket subscriptions to PS3 owners. The deal gives the game console's owners access to up to 14 out-of-market NFL games every Sunday as well as DirecTV's Red Zone Channel. The special subscription is priced at $340 for those who don't have DirecTV's satellite service.


First official bids on Hulu due late next week, to top $1.5b

08/11, 8:45pm

Hulu buyout offers to start in earnest by Aug 19

Sources revealed Thursday that bidding would start in earnest on Hulu's self-sale late next week. Potential buyers are expected to make first bids worth "at least" $1.5 billion for both Hulu itself and the content deals it has with three major TV networks. The AllThingsD tip warned the price could drop if Hulu's management doesn't want to reduce its stake or rise if a buyer wanted a longer license than what Hulu has today.


Netflix taking a pass on buying Hulu

07/10, 8:55pm

Netflix and Hulu mutually uninterested in deal

New tips Sunday ruled out Netflix as one of the candidates to buy Hulu. The movie streaming service hasn't been actively involved, sources for the WSJ said. Hulu also reportedly hasn't been actively interested, in part since it would create overlap and reduce the number of suppliers, not increase them.


DirecTV hints at $99 TiVo box

05/13, 1:35pm

HD-DVR shows up as shopping basket option

Zatznotfunny reports that a possible slip up on DirecTV's website gives some encouragement to DirecTV customers that a TiVo HD-DVR receiver may be available in the not to distant future. Screen shots from the DirecTV site show a TiVo receiver that can be added to a customer's shopping cart as a receiver option. The photo of the unit is marked "FPO" (for positioning only), indicating that the webpage is a placeholder for a future offering. Price is listed as $99.


DirecTV survey hints Netflix-like streaming plans

04/26, 4:55pm

Netflix-like streaming coming to DirecTV users?

DirecTV has issued a new web survey to its subscribers on Tuesday that is nearly entirely devoted to Netflix and users' experience with or knowledge thereof. The company openly said it was considering launching a similar service to existing satellite TV subscribers. Called a concept in the survey, it would only stream rather than mail physical DVDs.


Verizon revamps DSL plans

04/18, 5:05pm

Verizon gets rid of contracts for DSL services

Verizon on Monday announced significant changes to its cable Internet services. Chief among them is the elimination of contracts, along with related early termination fees. There are two tiers of service, with the first offering voice service at home for local and long-distance calls, along with web speeds of between 500Kbps and 1Mbps. It costs $35 per month.


Microsoft cites Amazon Appstore in Apple trademark spat

03/29, 6:40pm

Microsoft wields Amazon store vs Apple trademark

Microsoft in a response to the USPTO (below) on Tuesday cited the just launched Amazon Appstore as evidence that Apple couldn't maintain "app store" as a trademark. It used the launch last Tuesday as evidence that there was a "competitive need" from companies to use the concept of an app store generically. About 17 stores were already using it where Apple had claimed that use beyond its own shop was virtually non-existent, Microsoft said, and those that hadn't had primarily been intimidated into avoiding the name.


NPD: Netflix at 61% of digital video services, Apple just 4%

03/15, 9:40am

NPD gives Netflix 61pc of online movies

Netflix now has a dominant share of the online video on demand business, according to new NPD data. The subscription streaming service has 61 percent of all the movies downloaded or streamed in January and February. Apple, despite iTunes' reputation, was at just four percent and tied with both DirecTV and Time Warner Cable.


DirecTV hints at LTE testing with Verizon

03/02, 10:25am

May partner to offer fixed-location 4G service

At an industry conference in San Francisco, DirecTV chairman and CEO Mike White hinted that the company was interested in partnering with other telecoms as LTE service becomes more widespread. He may have been referring to an ongoing test with Verizon of fixed location LTE service in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Expanding that collaboration would enable Verizon to offer broadband service in rural areas without needing to hardwire new subscribers. DirecTV would bring its installation experience with roof-mounted hardware and would be able to offer customers high-speed internet service and additional support for on-demand programming .


DirecTV app for iPad now available at iTunes store

02/28, 11:50am

DirecTV app for iPad now out for free on iTunes

The promised DirecTV iPad app is now available (free, App Store) for download. The app will let users control their DirecTV services but not watch streamed content. They can browse sports games, view scores, use the iPad as a remote control and schedule DVR recordings or change channels.


DirecTV intros iPad app with controls for TV, DVR

02/23, 8:40pm

Utility coming soon to the App Store

DirecTV has announced plans to introduce an iPad app that integrates the company's range of satellite TV services. The utility allows users to organize favorite channels, browse sports games and view scores, tune into channels, or view additional information such as cast names or parental ratings. Playback controls and DVR management are also built into the interface.


First all-3D TV network to start February 13

02/10, 6:30pm

3net all 3D TV network launches this Saturday

A network fully dedicated to broadcasting 3D TV signals will launch on February 13. Called 3net, it will be offered by DirecTV on channel 107 and is a joint venture between Sony, Discovery Communications and IMAX. On the 13th, the channel will air two one-hour long, original programs in native 3D, China Revealed and Forgotten Planet. A longer movie, Into The Deep 3D, will make its TV debut afterwards.


DirecTV TiVo may finally ship in April or May

01/13, 3:00pm

DirecTV TiVo hardware to arrive this spring?

The planned DirecTV TiVo HD receiver that dates back to 2008 and has faced numerous delays may have been shown off to a select few at the CES show last week. The hardware may finally show up in April or May,sources speaking to Fudzilla said. Unofficial rumors also indicate the device will not contain all of TiVo's latest features.



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