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"AT&T Raises Prices After Saying Merger Would Make Things Cheaper For Consumers"

By HEYYOU following x   2018 Jul 4, 2:42pm 784 views   7 comments   watch   nsfw   quote     share    

Stupid is as Stupid believes!

"Other online streaming services have recently increased their prices, including Dish Network’s Sling TV (which is hiking its Sling Orange package from $5 to $25 per month) and YouTube TV (which went from $5 to $40 per month in March), according to the Washington Post."

Free Market Capitalism, Assholes!
Trump couldn't tax(tariff) individual Americans so he allows this?


Gerald Celente:
"When people lose everything & have nothing left to lose,they lose it."
1   steverbeaver   ignore (1)   2018 Jul 4, 3:10pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

These sound like their normal prices after the introductory period expires. Corroborate this story from a less slanted source and I will believe it.
3   everything   ignore (1)   2018 Jul 5, 11:21pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I just cancelled netflix. Now, every other website wants you to sign up to pay for news. Everyone wants to get us on the pay/subscriber plans. Not going for it. Regular bills are enough. Once theirs enough of these jokers, I'll just bounce between introductory offers through the winter, summertime, nature, gardening, garage sales, nice walks, music, bike rides, don't need the entertainment otherwise.
4   HeadSet   ignore (1)   2018 Jul 6, 6:23am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Free Market Capitalism, Assholes!
Trump couldn't tax(tariff) individual Americans so he allows this?

If you live near a city, you can put up an antenna and pick up 30 or so 1080i digital channels for free. That includes ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, and subchannels that include classic TV programs, local news and weather, and even some foreign stuff like BBC and that French channel. You can even record over-the-air broadcasts with a $39 dollar device from Walmart (and watch on big screen or take to work on thumb drive and watch on a computer). If you are a real tech guy, build a DVR from a Raspberry Pi.

Do not blame "capitalism" because you are willing to pay big bucks just because the package includes "Game of Thrones," and you feel somehow that the entertainment industry owes you shows for cheap. Maybe you should cry about actor pay, since actors in a popular series can demand hundreds of thousands per episode (Big Bang Theory cast gets a cool million per episode). Although Big Bang Theory is on a major network and is supported by high priced ads, those cable networks do not have the mass distribution and must pay for the content and delivery somehow.
5   anonymous   ignore (null)   2019 Mar 12, 12:47pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        


AT&T raises DirecTV Now price—again—after promising lower post-merger bills. Customers can keep plan and pay $10 more or buy new package with fewer channels.

AT&T is reportedly raising the price of DirecTV Now by $10 a month and notifying current subscribers that they will pay the new, higher price starting in April.

DirecTV Now packages today cost $40 to $75 a month before add-ons such as HBO, and current customers will reportedly pay $10 a month more regardless of which package they subscribe to, making the prices $50 to $85. News reports say AT&T is also reconfiguring its channel packages for new subscribers, adding HBO to basic packages while eliminating dozens of channels that aren't part of the AT&T-owned Time Warner Inc. New customers will reportedly be able to choose from two slimmer plans costing $50 or $70 a month.

The price hike and channel reduction are happening despite AT&T promising that its acquisition of Time Warner would lower prices for customers. When the Department of Justice tried to stop the merger, AT&T told a judge in a May 2018 court filing that the merger "will enable the merged company to reduce prices."

But AT&T raised the base price of its DirecTV Now streaming service by $5 per month in July 2018, just weeks after completing the merger. Now AT&T is imposing an even bigger price increase.

DirecTV Now is the online-only version of DirecTV, delivered without a satellite hookup. AT&T had 1.6 million DirecTV Now subscribers as of December 31, 2018 after losing 267,000 subscribers in the quarter, an AT&T earnings report said. AT&T said that many subscribers on heavily discounted plans didn't keep the service when they had to pay full price.

Current DirecTV Now subscribers will be alerted to the $10 increase in email notifications today and will pay the new price on or after April 12, Cord Cutters News reported. AT&T employees provided documents with this information to Cord Cutters News, the article said.

The new prices for existing customers will be as follows, according to Variety: "Current DirecTV Now customers will see their monthly rates increase $10, while they will continue to receive the same channel lineup. Those are Live a Little (65+ channels), rising to $50/month; Just Right (85+ channels), going up to $65/month; Go Big (105+ channels), which increases to $75/month; Gotta Have It (125+ channels), going to $85/month; and Spanish-language package Todo y Más (90+ channels), increasing to $55/month." For current customers, HBO is a $5-per-month add-on.

The new package information was briefly posted on DirecTV Now's website but was then taken offline, Variety wrote.

Smaller channel lineup in new plans
While current subscribers will reportedly continue receiving the same packages with 65+ to 125+ channels, the packages for new subscribers or people who switch to the new plans will have just 40+ to 50+ channels.

"The new packages are DirecTV Now Plus ($50 per month for 40-plus channels) and DirecTV Now Max ($70 per month for 50-plus channels including regional sports networks and other sports channels), both of which will include HBO," Variety wrote. These new packages will "not include any networks from A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery or Viacom," though "both include channels from AT&T-owned Turner and HBO."

Cord Cutters News published a list of all the channels that will be in the Plus and Max packages. The loss of networks will remove channels such as Comedy Central and BBC America from the basic packages.

Channels that aren't in the new DirecTV Now packages may become available in a new, streaming version of DirecTV, but at higher prices than customers pay for DirecTV Now. It's not clear why AT&T would unveil another streaming version of DirecTV that's separate from DirecTV Now. But here's what Cord Cutters News says about the forthcoming option:

You will now have the option to get DirecTV packages as a streaming package, but the pricing will reportedly be the same as the satellite version.

According to our sources, AT&T will be selling a 65+ channel streaming version of DIRECTV for $93 a month, an 85+ version of DIRECTV for $110 a month, a 105+ channel version of DirecTV for $124, and a 125+ channel version of DirecTV for $135 a month streaming online.

The DirecTV satellite service lost 1.24 million subscribers in 2018, ending the year with 19.2 million subscribers.

We've asked AT&T for details on the various price and channel changes and will update this story if we get any new information.

AT&T and other pay-TV providers have generally blamed TV price increases on rising programming costs. In online streaming, big companies such as AT&T have found that it's expensive to compete against Netflix, according to a Bloomberg report this week.

DirecTV already raised prices for satellite customers in January. AT&T also made it more expensive to cancel DirecTV with a new policy to charge customers for the full month after they cancel service, instead of providing a prorated credit for the final month.

6   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2019 Mar 12, 2:29pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Who the fuck pays $40/month for YouTube????
7   FortWayneIndiana   ignore (3)   2019 Mar 12, 5:05pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Liberals do all the sucking for and in America.

Rest of us just work.

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