Comcast and NBCUniversal will distribute its 83 hours of delayed 4K Summer Olympics footage to satellite operators DirecTV and Dish Network.
A $100 million lawsuit filed by a small programmer that claims that AT&T broke promises made to the company in exchange for merger lobbying efforts will head to trial.
Today, if you want to, you can buy AT&T's DirecTV pay-TV and internet service from Verizon (AT&T's archrival). The DirecTV offer from Verizon is scheduled to end in October, and represents the tail-end of a long-term bundling agreement Verizon inked with DirecTV prior to AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV that closed almost exactly a year ago. Verizon's DirecTV bundle, strange as it is, represents just one of the many bundling attempts Verizon has tested over the years.
As AT&T readies the launch of its DirecTV Now streaming pay-TV service later this year, the company told investors Thursday that 5 million customers have already signed up for an offer that bundles DirecTV service with unlimited wireless data plans.
AT&T said 5 million customers have signed up for its bundled offering that packages DirecTV with unlimited wireless service-- which is an encouraging sign for a carrier preparing to leverage its $49 billion acquisition of the satellite TV company.
AT&T reported net domestic pay-TV customer losses of 49,000, with a strong gain of 342,000 DirecTV satellite subscribers being more than offset by losses of 391,000 U-verse TV users in the second quarter.
While its biggest rival, Verizon, openly touts its desire to compete with Google and Facebook in the realm of digital advertising, AT&T's intentions have been less clear.
DirecTV has been blacked out by Sunbeam stations in Boston and Miami after the two sides failed to come to terms on a new broadcast retransmission licensing agreement.
DirecTV and Sony have both announced that Saturday's UFC 200 pay-per-view event will be available for viewing in 4K.
The NFL's four biggest broadcast partners have been removed from a class-action suit targeting the league and DirecTV over the NFL Sunday Ticket games package.