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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    AT&T will offer HBO, Cinemax and the Time Warner movie and TV library for between $16-17/month. It will debut in Beta mode later this year and go live sometime next year.

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Vue is increasing by $5...

    but I just got BeIn Sports, and will be getting NHL and ACC Networks. That means I would now get USMNT road games and WJC and IIHF Worlds.

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Try keeping these names straight.

    AT&T kills DirecTV Now brand name as TV subscribers leave in droves
    DirecTV Now becomes "AT&T TV Now" as AT&T plans confusing array of TV services.


    AT&T is eliminating the DirecTV Now brand name it uses for its struggling Internet-based TV service. DirecTV Now will become "AT&T TV Now" later this summer, AT&T announced today. DirecTV Now (the future "AT&T TV Now") offers a bundle of linear TV channels, similar to traditional cable or satellite services, and AT&T said its core offering won't be changed.

    AT&T's 2015 purchase of DirecTV, the nation's largest satellite TV network, doesn't seem to be paying off as AT&T hoped. AT&T launched DirecTV Now—a stripped-down, online-only version of DirecTV—in 2016, and it was immediately plagued by multiple outages, unexpected blackouts of live local sports games, and missing channels.
    Also...

    Yesterday we learned a lot about the new AT&T live TV streaming service AT&T TV. Part of the news that came out was that if you want to use AT&T TV on your home TV you will need an AT&T branded Android TV streaming player. This likely means you will need an AT&T TV streaming player for each TV in your house. Also during the AT&T earning call last week AT&T’s executives repeatedly talked about AT&T TV using a cheap set-top box.

    This also lines up with what Variety reported saying “AT&T TV service, which will use a “thin client” internet set-top box. On the company’s Q2 earnings call on July 24, CEO Randall Stephenson said AT&T TV will slash customer-acquisition costs by 50% compared with the legacy DirecTV satellite service.”

    Cnet also supports this recently saying in their story “the new offering will allow users to stream content to the AT&T TV app on mobile devices and through a box on TVs.”

    Update: AT&T did respond to our emails only to say that they will be able to share more about AT&T TV customer experience closer to launch.
    It appears that if you go with AT&T TV you will need an AT&T branded streaming device for each TV, with a maximum of three streams (sorry families). I can't wait to see how much they charge to rent these devices. And they seem mystified that almost a million people canceled last quarter...

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Essentially what they’re doing is swapping a billion-dollar satellite and 50 million set top boxes with fifty million set top boxes. Satellite as a medium dies, moves to streaming, and passes savings on to consumers passes savings off to shareholders and charges consumers more for a “modern” medium.

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    LOL, No. Satellite remains untouched.

    Their new "thin client" is an AppleTV/RoKu/FireStick device that only gets their future "AT&T TV" channel programming.

    They still will offer a non-box streaming only option named AT&T TV Now.

    And they will still (currently) provide their own stream of AT&T Watch TV.

    (Yes, they're going to have three completely separate yet practically identical named streaming services.)

    Your DirecTV satellite dish remains DirecTV and is unaffected by this fiasco.

    And the suits who drempt up and created this convoluted sh*tshow should be hogtied with HDMI cables and left out in an unmarked Texas desert.
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    HBO Max and BBC team up

    Ahead of its launch, up-and-coming streaming service HBO Max has secured a key partnership with BBC Studios. The exclusive partnership sees BBC joining a bevy of WarnerMedia networks — including HBO, Warner Bros., CNN, TNT, TBS — who will all provide content to the streamer.

    Per a press release, the BBC deal means HBO Max is going to add hit series like Doctor Who, The Office starring Ricky Gervais, and Luther to its library of TV shows and movies. The HBO Max-BBC deal is a formidable one, giving U.S. viewers a new level of access to beloved UK offerings that have been a bit cumbersome or had a limited ability to access in the past. Now, fans and curious newcomers can happily stream these shows and more from BBC to their heart’s content when HBO launches.

    The press release notes that all 11 seasons, including the Season 11 premiere, of Doctor Who will be made available when the streamer is launched in spring 2020. Additionally, HBO Max will have exclusive SVOD rights to all future Doctor Who seasons, including Season 12 after it wraps up on BBC America. As if that bit of news isn’t thoroughly delightful on its own, this deal between HBO Max and BBC means the streamer has licensed over 700 episodes of prime UK material, including the aforementioned original Office series featuring Gervais and Luther as well as the Maggie Gyllenhaal-led nine-part miniseries The Honourable Woman and Top Gear. In addition to securing established series for their library, HBO Max will be the exclusive home of forthcoming series from BBC, including Pure, Trigonometry, Stath Lets Flats, Home, and Ghosts. All of the shows will be available upon launch.

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    I wish to f-ck they would show Dr. Who all the way from the beginning. The 00's reboot is an anodyne snooze but the 60s and 70s shows are wonderful. I don't think I ever saw an 80s version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    I wish to f-ck they would show Dr Who all the way from the beginning. The 00's reboot is an anodyne snooze but the 60s and 70s shows are wonderful. I don't think I ever saw an 80s version.
    The only old ones I saw were a few Tom Baker episodes which aired on PBS when I was a little kid. I had no idea what was going on. The classic episodes are on Brit Box (available through Amazon Prime for $7/month)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticapnews View Post
    The only old ones I saw were a few Tom Baker episodes which aired on PBS when I was a little kid. I had no idea what was going on. The classic episodes are on Brit Box (available through Amazon Prime for $7/month)
    There are stragglers on line but the quality is sh-tty.

    The Beeb destroyed many of the early episodes because F-CKING STUPID.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    I wish to f-ck they would show Do Who all the way from the beginning. The 00's reboot is an anodyne snooze but the 60s and 70s shows are wonderful. I don't think I ever saw an 80s version.
    Most original seasons dont exist. BBC like many Broadcasters at that time erased and reused tapes.

    So anything before 80s is pretty unlikely, unless its just a single episode that randomly survived.

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Didn’t someone a few years ago uncover a bunch of VCR tapes of some of the oldest episodes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    I wish to f-ck they would show Dr. Who all the way from the beginning. The 00's reboot is an anodyne snooze but the 60s and 70s shows are wonderful. I don't think I ever saw an 80s version.
    So no recommendation for the Tennant run? I do plan to catch up on the current batch with his Broadchurch co-star the first female Dr. Who.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slap Shot View Post
    So no recommendation for the Tennant run? I do plan to catch up on the current batch with his Broadchurch co-star the first female Dr. Who.
    Maybe he got bored with Eccleston and missed Tennant? Tennant was my favorite incarnation of the doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slap Shot View Post
    So no recommendation for the Tennant run? I do plan to catch up on the current batch with his Broadchurch co-star the first female Dr. Who.
    I really enjoyed the Tennant run (they're showing his last episode in theaters next week since it's been 10 years since it aired), I'm looking forward to rewatching them in preparation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slap Shot View Post
    So no recommendation for the Tennant run? I do plan to catch up on the current batch with his Broadchurch co-star the first female Dr. Who.
    The modern Doctor Who is good. Kep is being his normal snobbish old man self. Tennant was great. Matt Smith was ok. The old guy was good and the current woman is very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unofan View Post
    The modern Doctor Who is good. Kep is being his normal snobbish old man self. Tennant was great. Matt Smith was ok. The old guy was good and the current woman is very good.
    No love for Eccleston kicking off the whole reboot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    No love for Eccleston kicking off the whole reboot?
    Honestly, no. He was only one season and was written off for a reason. None of his episodes really stand out to me. When I think of the Doctor I envision Tennant, Smith or even Tom Baker. Capaldi was good too. He has the best scene - entering a Medieval arena through a fog, riding a tank and playing electric guitar. That was awesome. Eccelston is near the bottom of my list of Doctors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    No love for Eccleston kicking off the whole reboot?
    He was fine. Liked him more than Smith, but only 1 season makes it tough to fully grade.

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    Eccleston end of the universe episode was good. Introduced the last human.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unofan View Post
    The modern Doctor Who is good. Kep is being his normal snobbish old man self. Tennant was great. Matt Smith was ok. The old guy was good and the current woman is very good.
    No, this one time I wasn't snobbing out. I wasn't saying the older Doctor Who was better television... I was saying it was way worse and that's what made it interesting to me.

    DW was never strong on plot or character or, really, anything but its awkward, funky lofi production values, so taking those away made it (IMO) just another show.

    However I haven't seen either of the last 2 doctors so for all I know it's the greatest thing on TV now.
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