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AT&T’s first DIRECTV move: all in one plan for TV and data

AT&T’s first DIRECTV move: all in one plan for TV and data

No surprises here. Hot on the heels of the FCC approving AT&T's takeover of DIRECTV, the US carrier announces its first ever subscription plans that combines the wealth of content from broadcast television with the wealth of content from the Internet. Yes, a bundle that combines and TV and wireless, all under one provider, all with one bill. This "first-ever nationwide" bundle practically makes AT&T not world's largest Internet service provider but the world's largest pay TV operator, which is to sure to send some rivals and regulators trembling.

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FTC charges DirecTV with fraud for misleading customers

FTC charges DirecTV with fraud for misleading customers

DirecTV has been charged by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading customers. The advertising in question was DirecTV's 12-month discount package. The plan was advertised as costing only $19.95, but obscured from customers was the fact that a 2-year contract was needed to get deal. Even more astounding is that the FTC alleges that DirecTV charged customers for premium channels after a 3-month trial period, and DirecTV never told customers that they needed to cancel these channels in order to avoid being charged automatically.

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DirecTV deal brings Disney content to your tablet

DirecTV deal brings Disney content to your tablet

While competitor Dish Network has been busy battling it out with various networks (and suffering more than a couple blackouts), DirecTV has been quietly working on its own deal, one announced just ahead of the holidays this week: a multi-year distribution deal with Disney that gives subscribers access to Disney Channel, ABC, and ESPN content on any Internet-connected device. This is part of Disney's TV Everywhere service, and was part of a renewal on a contract that was set to expire the end of this month.

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FCC asks AT&T to prove why they’re stalling on fiber

FCC asks AT&T to prove why they’re stalling on fiber

In response to the net neutrality kerfuffle currently being debated and discussed, the FCC is all ears to all sides. They are not, however, open to tactical positioning. In response to the yet-unresolved condition of reclassification for ISPs, which would provide the FCC with additional oversight, AT&T announced they would hold off on investing domestically, including their rollout of fiber-optic cable. Now, the FCC wants to know why AT&T is being pragmatic, and wants them to prove their point.

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DirecTV-ready Samsung TVs will get 4K content

DirecTV-ready Samsung TVs will get 4K content

DirecTV has started pushing their 4K content out, and it probably looks amazing. All those pixels flying around ont he screen, we’re sure it’s phenomenal. Your favorite movies streamed to you at four-times the resolution of 1080p? It is likely the coolest thing you’d ever see. Unfortunately, you probably won’t get to see that content, even if you’re a DirecTV subscriber. The 4K content is meant for Samsung TV owners. More specifically, those who own a 2014 Samsung Ultra HD TV that’s “DirecTV-ready”.

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AT&T DirecTV buy confirmed

AT&T DirecTV buy confirmed

AT&T has inked a deal to buy DirectTV, the carrier has confirmed, spending $48.5bn to grab the pay TV service in what it says will be an unprecedented evolution in on-demand video. The agreement, a mixture of cash and stock, will be used to push non-cable broadband into new areas, as well as deliver premium TV content for whose who don't necessarily want traditional service.

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