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AT&T Wants to Offer Sunday Ticket to Wireless Customers
by Karl Bode 08:34AM Monday Jun 09 2014
AT&T is suggesting that the company will offer AT&T Wireless customers the ability to get NFL Sunday Ticket games if their $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV is approved. AT&T "is looking to use the Sunday Ticket content over mobile devices and expects that it can be a differentiator over the long run to gain incremental market share in both mobile and broadband," Barclays said in a research note sent to investors last week. Though as the Wall Street Journal notes, DirecTV's current deal doesn't include wireless, and won't magically include wireless once AT&T shells out $49 billion for the company. It may come to consumers down the road eventually, but it's not something that would be available immediately.

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desarollo

join:2011-10-01
Monroe, MI

Not Enough Spectrum Eh?

Not enough spectrum so I can use my smartphone with Waze, a bit of streaming music and other apps as I wish without a cap, but there's more than enough to provide the NFL to wireless customers.

I like football, but I'm seriously getting tired of having the NFL strapped to an ever increasing list of products and services I buy. It just adds to the cost.

Kuro

@75.151.50.x

Of course

Did anyone not see this coming?

aaronwt
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Woodbridge, VA

I thought Verizon....

currently has wireless streaming rights with the NFL?

shimonmor
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Sedro Woolley, WA

Re: I thought Verizon....

said by aaronwt:

currently has wireless streaming rights with the NFL?

AT&T will be buying Verizon next.

spewak
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Re: I thought Verizon....

AT&T will be buying the NFL next...
smcallah

join:2004-08-05
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Verizon doesn't have NFL Sunday Ticket. DirecTV has it exclusively.

clock

join:2007-05-02
Roslindale, MA
said by aaronwt:

currently has wireless streaming rights with the NFL?

Verizon currently has exclusive mobile streaming rights from the NFL, and they paid a pretty penny for it.

»nflcommunications.com/2013/06/04···tension/

I would imagine if AT&T then offered it, they would have to pay the NFL even more than Verizon did. AT&T can probably find an extra $100 Mil by collecting the spare change from underneath the couch.

chip89
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join:2012-07-05
Independence, OH
They do. Sprint had it before that I believe.

IPPlanMan
Holy Cable Modem Batman

join:2000-09-20
Washington, DC
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Couldn't sustain unlimited my @$$...

Hey AT&T,

I always knew you were lying about capacity. You have plenty.

JephMan

@69.241.35.x

Re: Couldn't sustain unlimited my @$$...

Could be limited to wifi access only

IPPlanMan
Holy Cable Modem Batman

join:2000-09-20
Washington, DC
kudos:1

Re: Couldn't sustain unlimited my @$$...

If it isn't limited to WIFI only, then it only further confirms that this was about monetizing usage and not about preventing congestion.
openbox9
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Germany
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Re: Couldn't sustain unlimited my @$$...

Everyone knows that.

Jim_in_VA

join:2004-07-11
Cobbs Creek, VA
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yeah?

How many games per month can you watch on a capped wireless service?
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IPPlanMan
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join:2000-09-20
Washington, DC
kudos:1

1 recommendation

Re: yeah?

The first quarter... of one.

Camelot One
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Greenwood, IN
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said by Jim_in_VA:

How many games per month can you watch on a capped wireless service?

Its not capped, it is sold per Gb. And they are quite happy to sell you more. I could even see them offering the NFL streams for "Free", provided you pay for the bandwidth to view them. (which would cost more than the DirecTV subscription)

IPPlanMan
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join:2000-09-20
Washington, DC
kudos:1

Re: yeah?

But but but.... Congestion!
smcallah

join:2004-08-05
Home

Re: yeah?

If they had unlimited plans still, then they would worry about congestion. Congestion is not a problem when people are paying by the megabyte after they go over their allotted GB plan.

IPPlanMan
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Washington, DC
kudos:1

Re: yeah?

I see...

So the network can't handle more than a couple GB of use per person per month without jacking them for $15/GB in overages.
LowRider

join:2006-06-23
Douglasville, GA

Re: yeah?

Correction, it's $10/gb if you go over your plan

IPPlanMan
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join:2000-09-20
Washington, DC
kudos:1

Re: yeah?

Um no... It's $15/GB for overages.
GLIMMER

join:2004-01-17
Fisher, IL

if directv get a contract to renew nfl sunday ticket.

there is a provision in the contract if Dtv does not get sunday ticket renewed then att can back away from the deal.

I hope they dont get sunday ticket
Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

may not need wireless just some kind of added screen or some kind of sling

may not need wireless just some kind of added screen / room or some kind of sling setup with an box at home.
smcallah

join:2004-08-05
Home

Re: may not need wireless just some kind of added screen or some kind of sling

How would that be selling NFL Sunday Ticket to WIRELESS customers?

FreedomThink

@166.137.101.x

TV Contracts ruined sports

I had a good ole g-sat satellite in the late 80s. I could watch lots of NFL games without any commercials for free with my satellite subscription. No seperate package was needed.

The Sunday ticket rolled out in 94 and was still relatively ad free.

To keep my rant short skip to today where they have TV timeouts and you pay a yearly fee to watch a smaller percentage of live football and are forced to listen to government propaganda injected into sports (bob costas gun control push, forced draft of Michael Sam, and son on) the consumer is now paying to ruin the content they enjoy.

Sorry but the average consumer is a sucker and as long as consumers act like suckers we are going to be treated as such. I cancelled my direct tv in 08 and haven't had the Sunday ticket since. I don't miss it one bit. I won't watch the NFL like I used to until it returns to being a real sport not corrupted by $$ and corporate and government greed.

I just wish there were enough people like me to put there money where their mouth is to fight back against these corrupt goverment monopolized corporations.

aaronwt
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Woodbridge, VA

Re: TV Contracts ruined sports

said by FreedomThink :

I had a good ole g-sat satellite in the late 80s. I could watch lots of NFL games without any commercials for free with my satellite subscription. No seperate package was needed.

The Sunday ticket rolled out in 94 and was still relatively ad free.

To keep my rant short skip to today where they have TV timeouts and you pay a yearly fee to watch a smaller percentage of live football and are forced to listen to government propaganda injected into sports (bob costas gun control push, forced draft of Michael Sam, and son on) the consumer is now paying to ruin the content they enjoy.

Sorry but the average consumer is a sucker and as long as consumers act like suckers we are going to be treated as such. I cancelled my direct tv in 08 and haven't had the Sunday ticket since. I don't miss it one bit. I won't watch the NFL like I used to until it returns to being a real sport not corrupted by $$ and corporate and government greed.

I just wish there were enough people like me to put there money where their mouth is to fight back against these corrupt goverment monopolized corporations.

They had TV timeouts back in the 70's. It is not new. Not sure when they started. I only know they had them during the Redskin games I went to back around the late 70's.
OwlSaver
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Berwyn, PA

This is why AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast should be dumb pipes

All the broadband and wireless providers should be regulated to be dumb pipes. They can deliver bits to and from you but they cannot deliver the content. You engage in one or more other companies for the content. This would spur innovation. Currently innovation is stifled because they use deals like this NFL one get exorbitant fees. If they just delivered the bits, content companies would flourish with creative ways to entertain us. As it is, I have 500 channels and very little worth watching.
smcallah

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Home

Re: This is why AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast should be dumb pipes

What reason would the dumb pipe owners have to upgrade their dumb pipes then?

jmn1207
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Ashburn, VA
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Re: This is why AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast should be dumb pipes

said by smcallah:

What reason would the dumb pipe owners have to upgrade their dumb pipes then?

Perhaps the dumb pipe should not be a profitable business, but a service that any business can utilize fairly to make potential profits? The internet infrastructure is going to eventually have to be similar to how roads are currently managed/maintained for all the folks that currently make use of them. In fact, in many places, when new roads are built or expanded, oftentimes utilities are dropped in at the same time. It only makes sense.
biochemistry
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Dumb

I already watch Sunday ticket on my phone utilising my unlimited Verizon plan. Exactly what is the point in approving an at&t merger so that I can get what I already get?
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