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CenturyLink Wants to Team Up With DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, or Others

Three happy young men watching football game and keeping arms raised while sitting on sofaFor months now we have heard that CenturyLink and DIRECTV NOW had been in talks to let CenturyLink resell DIRECTV NOW. When CenturyLink ended up launching its own live TV streaming service with Cloud DVR and local channels many assumed that these plans had come to an end.

Now it looks as though CenturyLink is still interested in the idea and is not only talking with AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW.

On Wednesday CenturyLink’s CEO Glen Post said that it is talking with several live TV streaming services.

“Matter of fact, we continually talk with some of these other providers, look at the best ways we can bring that service and also other ways in working with them to reduce our content cost,” Post said during the earnings call. “It does not have to be our product.”

Most likely CenturyLink is talking with services such as fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and maybe even Sling TV. Recently it was announced that both fuboTV and PlayStation Vue had teamed up with smaller cable companies to become their streaming service. It is possible they could do the same with CenturyLink.

According to CenturyLink it lost about 21,000 Prism TV customers continuing a slow decline in its pay-TV service. When talking about the future of CenturyLink’s TV service Post said it is “deemphasize[ing] that product because of the margin issue of the higher content cost.”

So the question now maybe how long until CenturyLink does away with its Prism TV. Maybe not soon but it seems to be moving in that direction.

Source: MultiChannel News 

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4 Responses to CenturyLink Wants to Team Up With DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, or Others

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    Jimmy Sterling August 6, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    This could be great Dtv Now is by far the best streaming servive I’ve been with them since it launched I had vue 4 a week and hated it… Keep up the great work dtv now

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      Carl Collie August 6, 2017 at 9:21 am #

      Why did you hate Vue, just curious as in my trials I have found it to be the best overall, but lacking a few channels? I found DTV to be the least favorable.

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    Vegas Steve August 6, 2017 at 9:18 am #

    It really seems like CenturyLink doesn’t have a clue as to what it wants to do. First they get into Prism w/o the fiber infrastructure to handle it, so now they are gonna bail. Then they do their own (weak) streaming service, which isn’t even established yet and now talk of linking with some other streaming service. Who would ever go with them for streaming with that unknown? I have CenturyLink fiber internet and it’s great. I hope they don’t screw that up.

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    TexMarque August 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    This absolutely makes sense. Because content providers charge higher rates to smaller operators such as CenturyLink or Frontier, CenturyLink would find it advantageous to team up with a large streamer. AT&T bought Direct TV and immediately started trying to move U-verse TV subscribers to Direct TV because of the high content costs and then renegotiated all content costs. Also, one can stream on 6 Mbps connections if only one stream at a time is needed, 12 Mbps if 2 streams needed, etc. This way, CenturyLink doesn’t need to install high bandwidth to compete against cable; but rather just provide enough bandwidth for what people actually want.