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 says it's on track to extend its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to over 2 million locations by the end of 2016, nearly doubling the reach of its fiber network as fulfills FCC requirements related to its DirecTV deal.
AT&T's strategy of focusing on high-revenue wireless customers continued to provide mixed results in the second quarter, boosting margins but causing the carrier to sacrifice share of the lucrative postpaid smartphone market in the U.S.
AT&T may be one of the largest telco broadband players, but in the second quarter the service provider saw total broadband subscriber additions drop significantly-- a factor it says is related to seasonality.
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.
AT&T has requested the FCC's permission to shutter its fractional DS1 service provided by affiliates in 12 states, part of an ongoing effort to offload unused legacy services as its customers transition to IP.
The connected home of tomorrow provides a vast number of opportunities for developers, device manufacturers and service providers. But how much opportunity will exist for mobile network operators is still unclear.
A CenturyLink-led coalition of six service providers has called for a peer review of the FCC's notice of proposed further rulemaking on its special access reform proposal, citing what they say is a flawed analysis of the market.