What AT&T-DirecTV deal means for consumers

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Registered: 01-20-2004
What AT&T-DirecTV deal means for consumers
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 11:26am

"If approved by regulators, AT&T's $49 billion bid for DirecTV would be the fourth-biggest telecommunications merger in history. So everybody has an opinion about it.

Sunday's deal announcement stirred enthusiasm, opposition and above all else curiosity about what the combination of AT&T (T, Fortune 500) and DirecTV (DTV, Fortune 500) could look like. The House Judiciary Committee immediately said that it would hold a hearing to scrutinize the deal.

In the short term, the deal is unlikely to affect either company's customers. But the long term is another story.

AT&T -- like its rivals Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) and Comcast (CMCSA, Fortune 500) -- clearly wants to sell bundles of broadband and television that deliver on the promise of anything/anytime/anywhere programming."

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Do you have either of these companies? What do you think?

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Registered: 08-25-2013
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 11:39am

I have ATT. I wonder if I will get some sort of discount on my DirectTV.

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Registered: 06-07-2004
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 12:23pm

I used to have DirecTV. I only gave it up because I was bundling CentuiryLink DSL with it and the DSL started acting up and the dumb asses could not figure out how to fix it. So I bundled with Comcast.

I can see the advantages of being able to offer a customer multiple services, bundling, like I was seeking. ATT could offer TV, cellular, landline, and DSL. They could offer a good bundle price for all 4. Also maybe offer some sort of home security/automation services with auto door locks, alarms, cameras, etc.

It certainly makes them very competative and offer good bundling savings for the consumer in the short run but maybe in the long run it would squeeze out other companies and be worse for consumers.  Already I'm thinking would CenturyLink still be able to bundle with DirecTV or would ATT yank that deal.

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Tue, 05-20-2014 - 11:59am

I have a bundling with ATT and DISH. I'm very curious as to what this means for my bundle.


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Registered: 05-25-1999
Wed, 05-28-2014 - 4:56pm

I think that the only way "bundles" work is if you are the American Pickers........lol.....I have a Tracfone smart phone Del has a regular Tracfone. We have dumped our landline and near as we can tell because we are not and never have been big phone users we are saving over $1000 a year and have better coverage than a lot of our friends who pay for brand company plans......Saving money is a good thing because for Directv alone no internet on that we pay a lot I think. We don't purchase any premium channels......every time they have the free movie weekends we look be never find even 1 to watch for free let alone pay for movies. That said to have to pay over $100 a month for tv with HD is just a  lot of money. But then it is our main entertainment. But in my opiniion HD should be agiven not an add on......

LOL, I know some people that say that Dish and Directv is just one company anyway.....

After The Weather Channel screw up last winter I found that I really like just weather without the Hollywood news etc......Weather Nation is 24-7 weather that has weather for all the us not just one part of the country.

I would hope that the new company would lower our bill......Well we can hope can't we?