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29 Apr

AT&T Plans To Push Satellite Internet

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Pushing Satellite Internet

Subscribers know that AT&T had acquired DirecTV in July 2015 for a whopping $49 billion. Since the second quarter of 2017, AT&T has been busy trying to be the fastest internet provider in the country. The best internet service provider had revealed strategies after withholding details regarding the DirecTV Now subscription. Analysts said that these are common occurrences in the telecom sector.

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“AT&T plans to more aggressively market DirecTV Now in Q2 as well as the unlimited wireless-video bundle,” said Michael McCormack an equity analyst of Bloomberg. Compared to equity, an independent analyst has a different take on strategy:

“DirecTV’s subscriber growth is holding up reasonably well, but only when one includes subscribers being added to their streaming service. But the economics of those subscribers are awful.” Craig Moffett an independent analyst working in MoffettNathanson said.

The fastest internet provider knows what it takes to provide the best internet via satellite, even as the telecom sector remains calm.

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There is a discrepancy in the past figures of best internet and the expert analysis. What the top brass of AT&T had accounted for the last quarter was 348, 000 wireless postpaid subscribers and not 275,000, as found by the calculations done by the analyst. Further, on AT&T earnings summit “management suggested new promotions and bundling efforts should improve trends going forward,” said UBS analyst John Hodulik in a report. Well, that explains the present strategies.

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It was only in March that subscribers got the freebies in live HBO, which was a Pay-TV exclusive until July 2015. The fastest internet provider now has increased wireless subscribers who access the internet through satellite. Bloomberg reported a 1.3 percent improvement in the telecom giant’s internet share in April. Since December, an increasing number of DirecTV subscribers have influenced this trend. After all, in telecom industry, the people accessing satellite knows best what it takes to access high speed internet.

The telecom giant had revealed their intentions clear and plans to pay more attention to marketing and service than other things.

27 Apr

The Expected Death Of Net Neutrality Rules Makes ISPs Happy

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Death Of Net Neutrality

Most of the leading mobile broadband and internet providers in the country claim that they are big fans of net neutrality. However, it seems that plenty of the ISPs are very happy with the recent FCC (Federal Communications Commission) announcement that they will be dismantling the net neutrality rules shortly.

In a statement, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said, “We continue to strongly support a free and open Internet and the preservation of modern, strong, and legally enforceable net neutrality protections. We don’t block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content delivered over the Internet, and we are committed to continuing to manage our business and network with the goal of providing the best consumer experience.”

The blocking of BitTorrent traffic by Comcast Corporation in the year 2007 resulted in a decade-long debate on how net neutrality should be enforced by the FCC. However, the net neutrality rules issued by the FCC in 2010 were shut down by a federal appeals court after Verizon filed a lawsuit.

The federal court stated that the FCC will not be enforcing their net neutrality rules against paid prioritization, throttling or blocking without reclassifying the internet providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. However, FCC made a decision to reinstate their net neutrality rules by reclassifying the internet service providers under Communications Act’s Title II. Most ISPs in the country currently supports the rules of net neutrality but they are completely against the use of the legal authority that allows the FCC to enforce these net neutrality rules.

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Roberts added, “We fully support reversal of Title II classification, a 1930s statute that is outdated and harms consumers by creating a cloud over broadband investment decisions and innovation.” He added that he needs “a fresh constructive dialogue,” but he did not give any idea on how the rules of net neutrality should be enforced.

The Deputy General Counsel of Verizon, Kathy Grillo also praised FCC’s decision to eliminate the Title II net neutrality rules. Grillo said, “Verizon supports net neutrality policies that protect an open Internet without discouraging competition and slowing job-generating investments. We continue to believe that the right answer is for Congress to move forward on legislation that once and for all adopts clear, enforceable, and strong net neutrality protections.”

25 Apr

What Is Trending On Dish Network

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Dominant satellite providers are waging on acquiring airwaves in the recently concluded federal communications commission auction. Dish network has made its intentions clear spending a whopping $6.2 billion and filing for 5G permits with the FCC in March. Let us discuss what has prompted this move, and what is in store for the other dominant players.

Dish Network Teeing Off with Dominant Cable Providers

With this move, one would suppose homegrown consumers aspirations of acquiring cable service with better signal are on the grasp. What is in store for them and the industry at large is a tee off between T-Mobile, Verizon, and Comcast. Industry trade analysts say acquisitions and mergers are on the cards involving the three best internet providers.

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Word has it, that Dish network has been on the shortlist of dominant players being a kingpin of big moves. Their repute of satellite cable in itself poses a big threat to the low-frequency spectrum clocked at 600MHz speed. This merger trend also determines the loud rumors in the Internet of Things/ cyberspace as the following ones for instance.

Verizon Interested in Low-Band Entertainment

Verizon Inc has made it clear that its top brass is interested in a proposed 5G network, which provides high frequency cable. This is unsurprising for two of Verizon’s competitors, DirecTV Now and Comcast. Would Verizon go for the big move by acquiring Dish Network Sling TV streaming service?

Comcast Has Its Eyes Set On Dish Network Spectrums

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Dominant Satellite Providers

There are factions in the industry who think that Verizon and Comcast may merge with each other to provide better satellite TV combined with wireless services. However, it all depends on how well the M&A responds on time alongside some of the standard cable and internet providers.

Dish Network may sell some of their best internet services to municipalities or to health care as a remote monitoring system in a bid to avoid M&A wars. The amount $6.2 Billion is worth a lot, more than rumor could bring in and certainly up there with the standard cable providers. Further, in its filing with the FCC, the spokesperson of Dish Network had said: “Exploring joint build partnerships that could reduce overall network deployment costs for Dish.”

25 Apr

AT&T Launches New Ad Campaign

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New Ad Campaign

One of the leading internet providers in the country, AT&T recently launched a new ad campaign that featured one of the famous faces from Hollywood, Mark Wahlberg. The officials from the telecom company hope that the new ad campaign, which pulls together the various exciting offers of AT&T, will help them win more customers.

In the ad, Mark Wahlberg stated that “the entertainment-loving people of America” must be able to access and watch their favorite TV shows and other programs whenever they want. The new ad campaign is called as “Terms & Conditions,” and it pitches AT&T’s wireless service, internet service, and DirecTV. The ad campaign further describes how subscribers will be able to stream TV shows and watch live TV by subscribing to the best internet service of AT&T.

In an ad, Wahlberg said, “We don’t want just some of our television on [the phone], we want all of it — all our favorite shows and live channels. Even C-SPAN.” He added, “A valuable and underappreciated public service.” The exec VP-marketing at AT&T Entertainment Group, Brad Bentley claimed that this is the first time the telecom company has brought all of their product lines collectively in a single ad campaign with the same message.

An analyst, Walter Piecyk stated that AT&T is currently focusing on an integrated strategy in order to “stem its customer losses.” He also added that the post-paid phone churn rate of the telecom company has seen significant improvement in the last few months while the post-paid phone churn rate of Verizon has worsened. Post-paid phone churn rate actually refers to the rate of subscribers leaving from a telecom company. He added, “Something must be working with bundling.”

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“Terms & Conditions”

AT&T’s latest ad campaign also features sports broadcaster Jay Glazer, actor James Marsden as his character in the fan favorite sci-fi thriller “Westworld” and actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. Reports indicate that these ads along with a parallel Spanish-language version, which features “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez will be running across print, TV and digital.

An analyst, Brian Wieser said, “I think they are trying to present themselves as friendly/helpful to consumers with their existing business portfolio. I think they may be mindful that this could help make them more appealing or less unappealing to regulators, but I don’t think it’s the only goal.”

22 Apr

Sling TV Will Be Available On LG’s Smart TV’s

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Sling TV In LG Smart TV’s

In a recent announcement, the officials from Dish Network’s online streaming platform, Sling TV claimed that their service is the first virtual MVPD that has become available on LG Electronics’ connected TVs. They also added that Sling TV service is currently available on most 2016 webOS 3.0 models. Reports indicate that Sling TV will be available on the 2017 webOS 3.0 models in a few weeks.

The LG models that are currently compatible with Dish Network’s Sling TV are UH5500, UH6090, UH6100, UH6150, UH6300, 70UH6350, UH6500, UH6550, 75UH6550, UH7500, UH7700, UH8500, UH9500, OLED B6, OLED C6, OLED E6, and OLED G6. Customers who use these television sets will be also able to use the Sling TV app.

The chief product officer of Sling TV Ben Weinberger said in a recent announcement, “Even with today’s ‘always on-the-go’ lifestyle, we know watching TV from the living room is still as important to our customers as ever. Offering Sling TV on LG’s award-winning, top-of-the-line smart TVs gives viewers more control over how they watch Sling TV, so they can view their favorite programs without the need for additional devices or unnecessary input switching.”

Matt Durgin, LG Electronics USA director of content innovation said, “Joining forces with Sling TV to include their robust slate of live TV and on-demand content further expands the offerings in our webOS 3.5 and 3.0 Smart TVs. The addition of Sling TV to our strong lineup of premium content apps on our webOS platform gives consumers an incredibly wide range of content options to enjoy on our critically acclaimed LG Smart TVs led by LG OLED and LG Super UHD.”

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If you have a supported LG smart TV at your home, then you will be able to see Sling TV in the LG Launcher Bar of your device when you turn it on. If you are unable to see Sling TV in the Launcher bar, go to LG Content Store and search for “Sling.” Customers who have not yet subscribed to Sling TV have the option to sign up for the service from their TV.

The parent company of Sling TV, Dish Network is one of the leading internet providers in the country. This telecom giant has also been offering some of the best internet deals to their customers over the past few years.

22 Apr

Cox Displays Smart Home With Fifty Five Connected Devices

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Smart Home Concept

Cox Communications recently displayed a smart home in downtown Phoenix. This was to demonstrate how their fast and best internet service enables fifty-five connected devices to work without any interruption or other issues in the smart home. From smart flowerpots, smart toothbrush, and smart slow cookers to video game systems, virtual reality goggles, and 3D printers, the apartment at Mark-Taylor’s Capital Place complex was swarming with connected technology devices.

Experts say that by the end of 2020, the average number of connected devices in a home will be fifty-five. This is the why the gigabyte speed internet and Panoramic WiFi service from Cox, that is debuting in July, has become more important. “Consumption of bandwidth is doubling every two years,” said Susan Anable, who is the vice president of public affairs for Cox southwest region.

Besides the non-Cox branded products, Cox displayed many of their home and business services as well. For one, Cox Homelife offers professional monitoring, smart control system, and live HD video for homes. “This system makes any home a smart home,” said Leslie Benner, who is the product-marketing manager for Cox Homelife. “You can set rules to have devices work together, like your doors locking everyday at 9 p.m. and your lights turning on when you enter the home. I even have a chime on my back door so I know when it’s open for safety reasons with my pool and my daughter. This makes it super simple to control everything from an app.”

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Panoramic WiFi Service

Cox Contour provides a voice remote that makes use of their best internet service to find television content, answer questions, or buy movies. These features are provided together with a six tuner DVR that offer 2 TB of storage space. “Contour is an aggregator of content you can look at while watching TV,” Bruce Berkinshaw, director of product operations said. “You can ask questions through the remote to help with school work or find the latest sports stats, or you can buy and rent movies, all through your TV.”

The Panoramic Wi-Fi service from Cox is a new service that is aimed to optimize the internet experience in homes by offering wall-to wall coverage at very fast speeds. “You can get the same internet experience throughout your entire home through our modems and wireless extenders,” said Matt Severson, product-marketing manager for the internet and phone. “It’s a different approach to optimizing your internet, while also using the My Wi-Fi app to see your connected devices and data usage, control your kid’s Wi-Fi and reset your modem.”

21 Apr

14 Local Fox Stations Added To DirecTV Now Service

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14 Local Fox Stations

AT&T and Fox Networks Group have reached a new deal, and as per the deal, 14 Fox affiliated stations will be added to the DirecTV Now streaming service. With this latest deal, the number of Fox affiliates that are available on the DirecTV Now service has reached to 31. This agreement covers the Tribune Media owned stations in the markets like San Diego, Denver, and Seattle. Local stations were made available in these markets and other markets recently to join the 17 Fox owned and operated stations that were already available on the DirecTV Now service.

Fox Network has made much advancement in their negotiations with the providers of the “skinny bundles” – the TV packages that are delivered through broadband internet connections rather than the traditional cable or satellite TV systems. These bundles need the best internet connection to work efficiently. Negotiations with the providers have allowed Fox to make deals that their affiliates can opt for. With affiliate meetings scheduled for the imminent National Association of Broadcaster Show in Las Vegas, Fox is emphasizing on ensuring that their programming are available on all the latest internet based platforms. With the skinny bundles, providers also aim to improve sales of their best internet packages.

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DirecTV Now Service

Local television has been an important provider for the various skinny bundle packages that were released recently as competitor to the traditional multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD). Google had limited the launch of their YouTube TV initiative to the cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, where they have secured the rights to air the channels like local ABC, Fox, CBS, and NBC. Sling TV service from Dish Network released a new device called AirTV which will help the users to add local stations to their channel guide, making use of an over the air antenna.

“We’re excited about the power of DirecTV Now to expand the premium TV marketplace and provide greater access to our programming nationwide,” said Mike Biard, who is the president of distribution for Fox Networks Group. “Today’s addition of 14 Fox-affiliated stations, and the others that will be launching soon, together with our portfolio of national and regional cable networks, will allow DirecTV Now to deliver the full experience of our industry-leading news, entertainment and sports brands, while affording consumers the convenience and flexibility to watch whenever and wherever they want.”

Commenting on that, the chief content officer for AT&T, Dan York said, “Significantly more customers now have access to local programing on DirecTV Now through Fox affiliates in cities across America. We are continuing to expand our lineup of local, regional and national programming on DirecTV Now so our customers have access to an impressive lineup at a great value.”

19 Apr

Fox Channels Will Go Dark On Charter Spectrum Customers

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Charter Spectrum cable TV subscribers might not be able to access some Fox channels due to a new dispute between Charter Communications and Fox Networks Group over retransmission fees. In a recent statement, the officials from Fox Networks indicated that National Geographic, FX, and more than a few regional sports channels would go dark in markets outside of New York.

A website that was created by Fox Networks stated that the blackout would happen on April 11. However, the website had earlier declared that the stations would go dark on April 10, 2017, although it didn’t happen, fortunately.

Charter Communications, which is the parent company of Charter Spectrum, stated that, “Fox is trying to gouge our customers using the increasingly common tactic of threats and removal of programming. They are attempting to extort Charter for hundreds of millions of dollars. We will continue to work towards a fair agreement.”

Reports from several reliable sources indicate that the stations, which carry Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, or Fox, are not currently involved in the dispute between both the parties. In addition to that, reports also claimed that both the parties are continuing negotiations in order to prevent the blackout of the stations.

Fox launched a website a few weeks ago with the main purpose of informing Charter Spectrum cable TV customers that popular TV shows such as the “Fargo”, “The Americans”, and many more will not be broadcasted in the Rochester area. The season premiere of the highly critically acclaimed show, “Fargo” will air on Fox on April 19, but Rochester subscribers will not be able to view the channel.

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Fox said, “Fox and Charter have an agreement to carry the Fox networks that Charter has chosen to ignore. Charter’s tactics could result in its subscribers missing our popular programming. We’re disappointed that despite our best efforts to reach a resolution, Charter Spectrum subscribers could lose access to multiple Fox sports and entertainment networks on April 11.”

Disputes between stations and cable service providers have become a quite common scenario in the TV landscape these days. For instance, Hearst Television stations were removed from Dish Network a few weeks ago, where many other are renegotiating their terms now. However, customers will still be able to watch their favorite programs if they have the best internet connection at their home, as many of the major players offer their TV programming on streaming platforms as well.

18 Apr

AT&T And Tribeca Enters Into A Multi-Tier Multi-Year Alliance

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Multi-Tier Multi-Year Alliance

One of the leading internet providers in the country, AT&T, recently announced their plans to team up with Tribeca to launch a new film initiative named “AT&T Presents: Untold Stories”. Reports indicate that the telecom giant will be offering a funding of $1 million to a talented filmmaker in order to create a film while Tribeca will give mentorship to him/her from seasoned professionals in the industry.

In addition to that, the winning film will also be distributed by the telecom company across plenty of their own video platforms, which includes DirecTV Now. The latest film initiative between the parties is actually a multi-tier, multi-year alliance and it will begin with the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, which is scheduled to start on April 19 in New York City. Being one of the best internet service providers in the US, AT&T will be also serving as the presenting sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival for the fourth consecutive year.

Fiona Carter, AT&T Chief Brand Officer said, “AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is about pushing the boundaries of storytelling, connecting our customers to new and exclusive content and celebrating diversity. At AT&T, we’re passionate about innovation, culture and community – the same values that drive the Tribeca Film Festival. By launching this program with Tribeca, we are helping to give underrepresented filmmakers in the industry opportunities they have not had before.”

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Jane Rosenthal, who is the co-founder and Executive Chair of the Tribeca Film Festival as well as the co-founder and co-chair of the Tribeca Film Institute, said that, “As a champion of supporting underrepresented filmmakers for over a decade, Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute are proud to collaborate with AT&T on AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, a significant and essential program that goes beyond the generous funding. To be able to say to a filmmaker that we are not only going to help get your important story made, but we will provide the mentoring, guidance and guaranteed distribution so it will get seen, is an incredible feeling.”

The Executive Director of Tribeca Film Institute, Amy Hobby said, “We are excited to collaborate with AT&T on this timely and critical new initiative, AT&T Presents: Untold Stories. This program fits squarely within our year-round work at TFI – to bring stories from underrepresented filmmakers to audiences around the world – and we look forward to providing guidance to all of the talented pitch participants to help fully realize these amazing projects.”

13 Apr

AT&T Consolidates Their Internet Offerings To Just Three

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AT&T is planning to offer their fiber broadband and copper VDSL2 customers an easy to understand view of their different plans and offerings. They are planning to do this by trimming down their offerings. AT&T now offer three broadband speed plans under the latest structure. These plans are explained below. Each of the plans will need a contract of at least one year.

Internet 50

Customers who opt for this plan can get up to 50 Mbps of speed for just thirty dollars per month as part of the bundled services. If they need the service as a standalone connection, they will need to pay forty dollars.

Internet 75 And Internet 100

Best internet plans from AT&T that has speeds ranging from 75 Mbps to 100 Mbps are offered at fifty dollars per month when the user buys another qualifying service from AT&T with one year agreement and combined billing. If the user just needs the internet plan, he or she will need to pay a sum of sixty dollars per month for the service, with a 12 months contract.

Internet 1000

This plan is for those eligible customers who live in an AT&T FTTH-enabled market. The plan offers 1 Gbps internet speed for seventy dollars when subscribed as part of a bundle. If the service is needed on a standalone basis, the user will need to pay eighty dollars.

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One of the best selling points of these latest offerings from AT&T is that they are planning to waive off the cost of the associated Wi-Fi gateways and modem. Cheryl Choy, who is the Vice President of wired voice and broadband products from AT&T, said that the latest plans offer their customers an easy to understand options. “AT&T has been working hard over the years to continue to drive clarity with our customers and deliver more simplified internet plans,” she said.

The new plan offerings from AT&T are also in conjunction with their plans to shut down their U-Verse broadband and voice offerings. AT&T announced in 2016 about their plans to phase out their U-verse services. From now on, customers who have subscribed to a 45 Mbps broadband plan from AT&T will see their service referred to as “AT&T Internet” and the tier will be referred to as “AT&T Internet 45.” AT&T has also renamed their voice service as “AT&T Phone.”

AT&T believes that by consolidating their internet speed tiers to just three, users can easily understand their service options. Reports say that AT&T is targeting the tiers to new customers in order to become the fastest internet providers in the US.

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