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FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

This week the FCC sent letters to both AT&T and Verizon, stating that zero-rated data — plans and services that don't count against users' monthly allotment — is a violation of net neutrality rules. For AT&T, this applies to their new DirecTV Now streaming video service, and for Verizon it's their own Go90 video service. The FCC's wireless communications chief Jon Wilkins wrote that the telecoms' practices "inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet."

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AT&T will raise DirecTV prices from January 2017

AT&T will raise DirecTV prices from January 2017

While all eyes were on DirecTV NOW's launch this week, AT&T quietly slipped out that it would be hiking prices for DirecTV in January. The satellite TV service will go up between $2 and $6 per month depending on plan, unless you're currently subscribed to DirecTV Family service. AT&T is blaming "higher costs of programming" for the change.

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DirecTV NOW mobile apps land in time for service launch

DirecTV NOW mobile apps land in time for service launch

Earlier this week, AT&T unveiled its most ambitious expansion yet, going beyond your conventional ideas of wireless service providers. DirecTV NOW is its not so subtle attempt to corner the live TV streaming arena were the likes of Sling and PlayStation Vue dish it out. But while almost everything was in place, there are still a few bits missing, noticeably the apps that would enable DirecTV NOW’s mobile presence. Well, wonder no more as both iOS and Android apps have appeared, and just in the nick of time as well.

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DirecTV NOW: 7 reasons to beware

DirecTV NOW: 7 reasons to beware

DirecTV NOW is open for business, and cord-cutters with a taste for live television have another option for their home entertainment. AT&T's play for Millennials - and indeed anyone who wants to trim their monthly spend on huge TV channel bundles from traditional cable TV providers - launches with a tempting $35 per month promotion and plenty of fanfare, but is it really the PS Vue and Sling TV eclipsing, Netflix replacing, Amazon Prime Video burying super-service DirecTV NOW would have you believe? Read on for the drawbacks and small-print.

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Five things you should know about DirecTV NOW

Five things you should know about DirecTV NOW

AT&T has officially unveiled its own live streaming television service: DirecTV NOW. The anticipated TV service is set to take on Dish Network's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue when it goes live on November 30, but it may not be adequate enough to replace those services at launch. There are a few things you should know about DirecTV NOW before making the switch, including details about DVR, channel lineup, and more.

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DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

AT&T has introduced DirecTV NOW, a “completely new platform” that enables subscribers to stream live television over the Internet. The service allows users to stream up to two streams at once, and while it doesn’t support 4K (for now, at least), it does target most of the features users want, with the pricing starting at $35/month for at least 60 channels. DirecTV NOW offers nearly all the big networks, including Viacom, Turner, AMC channels, and more.

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AT&T will detail DirecTV Now on Nov 28: 4 things to know now

AT&T will detail DirecTV Now on Nov 28: 4 things to know now

AT&T's DirecTV Now streaming service, with which the cable company is hoping to persuade cord-cutters to keep sending them at least a little money every month, will be officially detailed before the end of the month. Exactly what will be included for the $35-per-month subscription fee will be confirmed at an event in New York City on November 28, AT&T has confirmed this morning. According to the company, DirecTV Now will be "a new way to stream live TV", even though it certainly isn't the first option.

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Amazon Echo will soon be able to send texts for AT&T subscribers

Amazon Echo will soon be able to send texts for AT&T subscribers

Starting tomorrow, the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot will be able to send text messages on the behalf of AT&T subscribers, making the entire texting process hands-free. AT&T plans to launch the Alexa skill on Friday, calling it the AT&T Send Message skill. According to the carrier, it is the first of its kind to let Alexa device owners send a text from their phone number to someone in their contacts using one of the Echo models.

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AT&T GoPhone offers users more LTE data for the same money

AT&T GoPhone offers users more LTE data for the same money

AT&T has announced a special deal that kicks off Friday for GoPhone customers. AT&T wants to celebrate the holidays by offering GoPhone subscribers who renew their current $40 and $55 monthly plans get more data without the use needing to do anything. The $55 monthly plan after AutoPay discount will now get 8GB of high-speed data. The $40 monthly plan with AutoPay will now get 4GB of LTE data. Both of those numbers are 33% increases compared to previous data allotments.

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AT&T Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge: here’s when you can get it

AT&T Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge: here’s when you can get it

With the Galaxy Note 7 out of the running, Samsung has focused its resources and marketing strategy on the Galaxy S7 and especially the Galaxy S7 edge. Just last week, it announced a variant of the curved smartphone in Singapore that bore a distinctive Blue Coral sheen. Although a Samsung representative did confirm that such a color would be coming to the US as well, it wasn’t clear when that would actually happen. AT&T, however, has just let us know that it’s all taking place next week.

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AT&T to lure DirecTV Now subs with free Apple TV or Fire TV Stick

AT&T to lure DirecTV Now subs with free Apple TV or Fire TV Stick

AT&T plans to use a free Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick to turn consumers weary of sky-high cable bills into DirecTV Now subscribers, documents inadvertently leaked by the company have confirmed. The service, which AT&T confirmed back in October will be priced at just $35 per month, is expected to offer both live and on-demand streaming. With it, the company hopes to get a bite of the growing cord-cutter market.

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Google’s RCS push will never work without Verizon

Google’s RCS push will never work without Verizon

While Google announces they've begun working with the first US mobile carrier to release RCS to replace SMS and MMS, Verizon is absent from the scene. RCS is also known as Rich Communication Service, and it's aimed at turning text messaging into a much more function-full service. At this time quite a few mobile groups have joined the call to make RCS a standard for all - but Verizon isn't amongst them.

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