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

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @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.

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

    by Sulla (5173) on Wednesday December 06, @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.