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posted by martyb on Wednesday December 06 2017, @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: 3, Informative) by Sulla on Wednesday December 06 2017, @04:13PM (2 children)

    by Sulla (5173) on Wednesday December 06 2017, @04:13PM (#606179) Journal

    This may be off-topic as it is a comment about DirectTV's TV services, but others might find it useful. DirectTV allows you to build channel collections by going through and selecting just the channels you want to have on your tv, example would be to bring in all sports channels and nothing else (not even those QVC shopping channels or the scam movie channels). When someone is channel surfing it only goes to the ones in this collection. This is great if you have a kid you don't want accessing channels outside of this group or if you have someone with dementia/Alzheimers who gets lost while trying to find something to watch. This compares to Comcast where you get stuck in no-mans land getting a message telling you to subscribe if you want a channel and to push "ok" and then surf down and repeat for 400+ channels. Comcast has no acceptable solution for this, they told me it would be less of a problem if i just subscribed to all of the channels. Really appreciate that DirectTV allows this.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @05:24PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @05:24PM (#606219)

    wow i must have been spoiled as a kid, because our 25" CRT tube TV had the same thing (along with both antenna and coaxial in, for using either one, or both, with the picture-in-picture feature, although we hooked the antenna to the VCR and used the VCR for that feature so we could change channels on the VCR and watch it in a little window--or record one thing while watching another).

    Anyway for the channel elimination, I believe they called it a 'parental lock' back then. You could press channel-up and the unwanted channel was not in the line-up. You could even type in the channel number and it was as if it never existed.

    It wasn't a "v-chip" or something--it was built into the TV that you could configure it to never display specific channels ever, and then if the cable company screwed up the channel numbers as they occasionally did, the TV didn't know the difference and it'd need to be reconfigured.

    I guess it is not surprising that with smart tvs comes the requirement to subscribe to a different service in order to do what used to be built into the dumb tvs.

    • (Score: 1) by Sulla on Wednesday December 06 2017, @07:12PM

      by Sulla (5173) on Wednesday December 06 2017, @07:12PM (#606290) Journal

      Parental lock on comcast still gives the option to log in with a pin, so the channel still exists in the lineup.

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