Comments on news posted 2011-02-11 08:47:48: For as long as we've been in operation there have been several rumors that just never seem to die -- and AT&T's supposed interest in buying either DirecTV or Dish Network is one of them. ..
Is it just me or has there been a lot more mergers or rumored mergers going on in the past year. Makes me wonder if locked in 2 year agreements will be affected or possibly no more 24.99 the 1st year 39.99 the 2nd year on Dish subscription.
With companies sitting on billions in cash, it is burning a hole in their behinds. It is the fastest and easiest way to grow and stay competitive. If merged Dish will probably keep the current agreements, but will likely not keep its name.
Dish Network lasted three months in my home before I went back to Comcast because of their shady billing and horrible customer service. Their India based customer service can't even give a straight answer over pricing or billing. They even tried to claim I had a contract when their promotional material stated no commitment and they canceled it after I threatened legal action. I even had to attempt a credit card chargeback over one of their fees. They got sued by Attorney Generals in 46 states for unfair and deceptive acts relating to their service and entered into a settlement with those Attorney Generals. I had DirecTV and the experience was excellent but Comcast offered a better deal and DirecTV got to be too expensive. The only reason Dish Network stays in business is they lock their customers into commitments with hefty cancellation fees. At least Comcast (in my area) answers the phones stateside with English-speaking reps. Just Google "Dish Network Complaints" and I'm not the only one with a Dish Network horror story.
Dish Network since 2001. Left Comcast. Missed OnDemand for about a month and got over it in favor of better quality of service (in terms of reliability) and better Customer Support in the rare moments I had a problem - unlike when I was with Comcast and losing service no less than twice a month at bare minimal.
Verizon doesn't feel like finishing off their build-out per the terms of their franchise agreement so that's not presently an option (It has literally been stalled ONE block away for 3 years).
I'm frankly not going back to Comcast unless they offer their service for free because that's about all their crap is worth to me. I'm sure they'd find a way to hit me with some mystery charge anyway.
Dish has worked with me anytime I have a problem and their prices don't go up once every couple of seasons unlike our Comcast bill did. Even today, with America's Top 250 and GoldHD, my price is still lower than it was when I had Comcast after all their price hikes. Raising with inflation? Please.
Where I live in Ohio you have: Time warner [I have to have it for internet] At&T with Uverse. I have lived here for 6 years and still no dsl or Uverse. So a big F you to AT&T. Direct TV or Dish. We used Dish in GA [since the mid 90's] so we stayed with them. -- To All Real Dads. For All Real Moms Every Real Service.
Comcast has many issues as well but not to the extent of Dish Network. Like including local channels in my price package when they were (in 2005) not available in my area. I also try to avoid doing business with companies that offshore their call centers because it is very difficult to deal with them. I also had issues with the equipment and they sent me a so-called refurbished remote that looked like it came out of a dumpster. And the installer did a very poor job of installation, he just pulled the wires through the walls and did not use wall plates and did NOT even ground the connection which is a code requirement as per the National Electrical Code. And when I cancelled, they tried to get me to retrieve the LNBF off of the dish (like I am going to go up on a second story roof and retrieve a dish head) and some jurisdictions have codes that make anything screwed into the wood becomes part of the structure and and becomes the property of the building owner. When I had DirecTV they properly grounded the connection and they used wall plates. Comcast does the same (properly grounded and wall plates). When I set up a truck roll, I always ask for a Comcast technician and not a contractor. With Comcast, I have had many issues with the internet cutting out, but it seems to work better when I downgraded to the economy internet speed (1.5down/768up $26.99 per month) and I have the digital preferred with sports entertainment package (my mom likes Turner Classic Movies and Fox Movie Channel which is on the Sports Entertainment Package, why I don't know but it adds $7.95 to the bill) and I have two TiVo boxes and a pace rng 110rf. I liked DirecTV, but the price increases were insane.
These rumors were malarkey in 2007 and probably are once again. While at&t does have cash on hand for such an 'acquisition', I think many DISH customers would cancel the minute the deal closed.
Of course, such a deal would be subject to regulatory approval. Let's just put the 'new' at&t back thru anti-trust hearings and declare them a monopoly once again, to be broken up by the government. I'd sure enjoy that
DISH Network under the 'new' at&t would be about as great as iPhone service in New York City and San Francisco!
back in the 90s, the old AT&T purchased NCR, only to sell the asset. WHY? They knew, they'd have to change the company name to CR&P (Cash Registers & Phones)
MA-Bell has been dead for several years now. What is now AT&T is a former baby-bell.
It be nice before you criticize something you know what your talking about.
2011-Feb-11 11:27 am: ·
fiber_man Things Happen For A Reason Premium join:2001-01-27 Port Saint Lucie, FL
Re: Ma-Bell Has been Dead for Several Years Now
SBC destroyed AT&T AND BellSouth. They are concerned only with numbers. They DO NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR EMPLOYEES OR THEIR CUSTOMERS AT ALL. We are all just a number to management. Management fudges the numbers to make investors happy. Forget listening to your customers and meeting there concerns or demands. They are destroying employee moral to the point that they could care less about the company and is customers. Employees are just trying to make a number to save their job. -- GO NOLES!!
2011-Feb-11 5:51 pm: ·
IowaCowboy Iowa native Premium join:2010-10-16 Springfield, MA
I have had AT&T for six years with no issues. My current phone is iPhone and I have no intentions of switching to Verizon (although I have Verizon for Mobile Broadband because they have it cheaper). I just don't wan't AT&T to acquire Dish Network and their horrible customer service because AT&T answers the phones stateside and Dish answers them in India. I just don't wan't AT&T to consolidate call centers and send them all to India. It's hard with my cognitive disability and it makes it functionally impossible to communicate with someone who speaks broken english. That is why I try to do business with companies that answer their phones in North America (USA and Canada). I left Verizon in 2004 for cellular service because of poor reception in my area (Springfield, MA) but it has improved dramatically and that is why I have their mobile broadband and I choose it for cost $35/3GB VZW vs $60/5GB or $35/200MB on AT&T. AT&T has very good reception in this area as well and they do up in the Southern Maine area as well too, which is why I choose AT&T which was then Cingular.
No more value left in the Bell South merger.. time for AT&T to grab more companies and crunch them together. As I've said in other threads.. it would be just about as likely for AT&T to merge with a broadcast network so that when the shuffle comes around for cable-tv service negotiations-- they just might own some of the assets.
The other point is AT&T wants to have as good of a negotiating position as Verizon when it comes to dealing with content owners... but unfortunately, they decided on a piss poor DSL network as their "third world class" distribution of internet access, and not FTTP. Verizon can tell the content owners to go to hell... AT&T can't (right now). Even comcast has to put it's tail between it's legs when dealing with some of the major broadcast networks.. so they bought one.. thinking it's cheaper to marry instead.
Nevertheless, none of this is good for the consumer. I've yet to see a merger since 2005 that really makes sense sofar.
2011-Feb-11 4:28 pm: ·
dvd536 as Mr. Pink as they come Premium join:2001-04-27 Phoenix, AZ kudos:4