Thread regarding AT&T layoffs

10 brands likely to disappear in 2017- AT&T Uverse. Hint- not the place to transfer into.

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  1. AT&T U-Verse

AT&T U-verse is the brand of fiber-based triple-play telecommunications offerings from AT&T that includes broadband internet, telephone, and video services. After last year's acquisition of DirecTV, the largest satellite TV provider nationwide, AT&T has been phasing out its U-verse subscriptions and pushing customers towards DirecTV. The shift is part of a cost savings effort by AT&T and an attempt to capitalize on the DirecTV brand. Satellite TV has lower hardware and programing costs than fiber-based TV, so the more customers AT&T switches from U-verse to DirecTV, the more money the company will save. According to CFO John Stephens, content is roughly $17 more expensive to provide for U-verse customers than for DirecTV customers. To redirect customers, AT&T has stopped building U-verse set-top boxes, and is coaxing prospective customers towards satellite options.

The company's efforts to switch customers are reflected in its recent financial reports. In the second quarter of 2016, AT&T gained 342,000 new satellite TV subscribers and lost 391,000 U-verse TV subscribers. The transition is part of a larger effort by AT&T to combine its services into a single entertainment hub, with internet, satellite TV, and wireless in one home device.

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If U-verse goes away and they want you to buy DirecTV I will switch to Comcast I had satellite TV for When AT&T was pushing dish and it was a pain in the neck if it snowed we had to get the ladder out sweep the snow off we had to trim the trees if it was too cloudy it didn't work $200 a month and couldn't watch TV half the time

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Had DTV for decades, hated ever minute of it, will never go back. U-verse is the most reliable service out there, not one outage at my home in the last five (5) years. To destroy this brand is one of the most idiotic decisions I have have ever seen. On par with the one made by IBM in the late 80's when through very similar logic and analysis destroyed their No. 1 ranking as the leading PC manufacture.

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Direct TV is old Technology soon to go by the wayside....only bought for the programing rights to save the T more money. No one wants that big ugly thing on their new home and wires running all over the place

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Dumping uverse TV in the toilet is the smart move. Despite any personal feelings, the truth is that DIRECTV has been the pay-TV leader in customer satisfaction, service, and performance for years. It's why Randy bought the company. Uverse has always been lagging in terms of all those numbers, and even if the merger never happened, the poor performance and lack of subscribers would have meant that T probably would have killed the service anyway. So why on earth would T keep it on life support when it was such a loser?

Buying DIRECTV didn't kill uverse, it just made it happen faster.

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Same here. Never lost service in Florida.

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I have DTV in Ohio and NEVER lot service. Where are you from losing service.

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The CWA only cares about dues and anyone who thinks they will work to save U-Verse jobs is drinking the kool aid big time. Sadly ATT will soon drop all wire line in favor of wireless services. The company is installing services in selected areas to test TV, Phone and Internet via cell service. So far people like it and once the company locks it in to a larger segment the price will go up. Verizon is doing the same thing and has dumped it's FIOS service in many states in favor of wireless. DTV is all contractor with very limited exceptions in areas where they use Prem technicians due to low work.

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Not to mention you lose satellite signal hence no TV in any kind of weather (rain, snow, hail, wind, clouds, etc.). Had no problems when I had Uverse but since switching to DTV for $10 a month I regret the change. And yes I have an ugly satellite dish mounted on my roof that will soon be obsolete equipment.

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Every day people ask me in the field why they can't keep uverse tv.... I think it's about giving the customer what they want? Not trying to force Direct TV down everybody's throat's because it adds to the billions AT&T already makes! Not everyone wants that ugly dish bolted to the house and wires running everywhere on the outside of their house. Especially in a nice neighborhood with FTTP fiber they doubt want a Dish uverse is great in fiber!

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FTTP fiber to the prem blows direct tv out of the water!...fiber is the future

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Millennials love the new T service in their parents basement

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Stupid to drop Uverse tv services...a lot of people don't want direct tv! Big Mistake

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"Satellite TV has lower hardware and programing costs than fiber-based TV, so the more customers AT&T switches from U-verse to DirecTV, the more money the company will save. According to CFO John Stephens,"

That is some tasty kool-aid you have there John. I bet that's what they tell themselves every morning as they wake up in a cold sweat lol.

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CWA numb about that, yet, they are still cheering the DTV merger, since their going after new membership dues life is good for the fat cats

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