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AT&T Announces Plans for Wireless DIRECTV NOW to the Home

Yesterday AT&T’s CEO spoke at Goldman Sachs 26th Annual Communacopia Conference and gave us a look into the future of DIRECTV NOW and AT&T’s 5G wireless home Internet plans.

“This is how we move down market into some of the less affluent demographics of the marketplace,” the CEO says. “There’s more to come. After we close the Time Warner deal, it’s going to be very interesting for that end of the market.”

“Traditional linear TV is in decline,” Stephenson told the gathering. With the conventional pay-TV bundle costing $100 or more each month, “it’s a price issue. …People are opting out of the cable bundle”—especially millennials.

It seems that AT&T wants to do away with the expensive lines running to every home. Not only does it cost a lot to install but it also is time consuming to roll out. When AT&T wants to improve its service in a town to fiber, for example, it needs to run wire to every house. That can take months or years depending on the size of the town.

Starting next year AT&T will roll out its new wireless TV and home Internet service. This wireless service will allow it to offer gigabyte speeds and DIRECTV NOW to millions of Americans who struggle with slow speeds.

All of this in a fraction of the time that it would take to run new fiber lines to millions of American homes.

“That is going to be the platform for how we deliver video in the future,” the CEO said. “It will not require a satellite dish on the roof or even a big set top box.”

AT&T is not alone in its plans to stream TV over the air to your home. Verizon has also been pushing hard to bring TV streamed into your home. Both services have announced 2018 as a goal to start rolling out the service.

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6 Responses to AT&T Announces Plans for Wireless DIRECTV NOW to the Home

  1. Marc Shaffer September 13, 2017 at 8:01 am #

    Must have for me. I’m stuck with slow DSL as my only option currently. This would be great.

  2. pawdog September 13, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    They can’t even deliver usable cell phone service in our area. These big pronouncements mean nothing to us outside of the big cities.

    • Carol September 13, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

      I couldn’t have said it better

  3. Greg S September 13, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    Looking forward to faster internet. However, I see DirecTV now and Sling TV and the like just becoming cable/satellite 2.0. Prices will creep, blackouts will occur, etc. Hopefully contracts won’t make a reappearance.

  4. Daniel Richards September 13, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    it would be great to have a gigabit internet option, but with AT&T’s track record it will spend most of it’s time running to slow to maintain a single stream of DTVNow and have a data cap, which i’d rather not have or it would be even more money then i’m paying now, unless you can do sub 50 dollar gigabit with no data caps and be reliable (something i’ve never seen from AT&T) i’m out, DTVNow has permanently soured me on ever giving AT&T ANY more of my money

  5. Sam September 18, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Is this part of their AirGig project?