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posted by martyb on Wednesday December 06, @03:40PM   Printer-friendly
from the or-about-2-million-eyes-have-it dept.

It took a little more than a year for AT&T's DirecTV Now streaming video service to reach its first million.

The Dallas telecommunications provider said Tuesday that more than 1 million consumers have subscribed to its service, which offers a mix of live television channels and on-demand content over the internet to your phone, tablet or TV box like a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick.

The figure marks solid progress for the upstart service, though it still lags behind Sling TV, which Comscore said in June had more than 2 million customers. DirecTV Now launched last November, while Sling TV launched in February of 2015.

Will AT&T be able to build a content pipeline that's robust enough?


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  • (Score: 2) by Sourcery42 on Wednesday December 06, @04:12PM (6 children)

    by Sourcery42 (6400) on Wednesday December 06, @04:12PM (#606177)

    I cancelled DirecTV about four years ago because it got way too expensive. Replaced it with an antenna on the roof for OTA network TV and Netflix. The whole family adapted and is just fine with the situation, except for the wife around the Holidays. She really missed those cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies they run continuously in November and December. I'd looked at Sling and Youtube TV in the past, but at the time never saw a good way to get Hallmark back without a costly cable bundle. Enter DirecTV Now - it has not one but two frickin' Hallmark channels. Candace Cameron is now on my TVs nonstop and the wife is happy. The service is still a little janky compared with Netflix, but mostly it gets the job done. I've turned on Monday night football a few times, and ABC once when it was super windy and my antenna was struggling. It's not at all worth the $35/month for my usage, but stopping the bitching about lack of Hallmark is priceless. Best thing is, there is no subscription or equipment, so if no one is using it come January I'll happily cancel it until next November.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @04:35PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @04:35PM (#606191)

    You're lucky. Mine is addicted to the "Murder Channel" (ID). I think I need to start taking notes about what mistakes to avoid during the shows.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @04:45PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @04:45PM (#606200)

      1. Keep your back to wall.
      2. Don't sleep.
      3. Dump and run.
      4. Kill first.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08, @11:11AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08, @11:11AM (#607153)

      I see, she likes to watch large groups of craws.

  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Wednesday December 06, @05:18PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Wednesday December 06, @05:18PM (#606216)

    > stopping the bitching about lack of Hallmark is priceless

    Half of your assets, typically.

  • (Score: 1) by Revek on Wednesday December 06, @05:52PM

    by Revek (5022) on Wednesday December 06, @05:52PM (#606235)

    Ah hallmark. The best in Canadian television.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Grishnakh on Wednesday December 06, @06:01PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday December 06, @06:01PM (#606242)

    My ex also likes that Hallmark crap, but she's told me that Hallmark now has put all their stuff on YouTube and you can just watch it there for free. I haven't verified this of course.