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DIRECTV Offers Heist Comedy “The Trust” Before It Hits Theaters

“Bad cops make the best criminals.” At least, that’s according to the poster for the new crime comedy “The Trust,” directed by Alex and Benjamin Brewer. While the film initially premiered at the 2016 SXSW Festival, DIRECTV customers can see it before it hits the big screen.

Starring Academy Award winner Nicholas Cage and Emmy Award Winner Elijah Wood, “The Trust” follows two low-level administrative cops bored with their lives and meager wages. Initially, they make a little extra on the side selling stolen Civil Service Exams to other officers. When Stone (Cage) hears about a heroin dealer who managed to quickly make an exorbitantly high bail, he convinces Waters (Wood) that this is their big chance. The pair pick up a trail that leads them to a mysterious vault hidden in the back of a grocery store which they believe holds their payday. They soon find out, however, that getting out may be harder than getting in.

This dark comedy premieres in theaters on May 13th. DIRECTV customers can see it before then with exclusive access through DIRECTV CINEMA. The film is available for 72-hour rental in either 1080p HD or standard-definition (SD).1 With DIRECTV CINEMA viewers can access tons of new releases as well as thousands of other titles through DIRECTV On Demand.2 Skip the lines at the theater and see “The Trust” first with DIRECTV CINEMA.



Play Ball: DIRECTV Offers MLB Network Games in 4K Ultra HD This Season


DIRECTV, AT&T’s satellite TV service, is bringing the heat this baseball season with a deal to broadcast certain games on the MLB Network in 4K Ultra HD (UHD).1 This is the first time that Major League Baseball games have been broadcast in UHD in the U.S.

The April 15 MLB Network Showcase between the L.A. Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants marked the first 4K game in baseball history. Up to 25 other MLB Network games will be shown in 4K UHD throughout the 2016 regular season on DIRECTV, giving fans a better baseball experience.

4K UHD, the next evolution in HD programming, offers around four times the resolution of 1080p HD for sharper images, vibrant colors and a more realistic picture. AT&T and DIRECTV started offering live 4K sports earlier this year with coverage of Amen Corner from the Masters Tournament in April. This was also the inaugural live event for DIRECTV’s dedicated 4K channel.

With 4K growing in popularity, expect to see even more sports and live events offered in UHD in the future. For now, fans with access to DIRECTV 4K programming can feel like they’re at the ballpark from home and experience America’s pastime like never before.




NFL SUNDAY TICKET Package Launches New Streaming Feature

Customers can now stream all out-of-market games during the 2016-2017 NFL season starting September 11


DIRECTV and the NFL announced big news for football fans across the nation. Exclusive to DIRECTV, NFL SUNDAY TICKET will now offer live streaming for all out-of-market games during the regular 2016-2017 football season. Customers no longer need to upgrade to NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX to stream these games on smartphones, tablets, laptops and other web-enabled devices. Regular season games will continue to be available through the satellite TV service.

“Streaming of NFL SUNDAY TICKET exploded last year— up 35%. This further proves customers want to watch their favorite team wherever they are,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Entertainment Group. “That will grow more this year, now that every customer can enjoy live games on a second screen or on-the-go without having to pay more.”

NFL SUNDAY TICKET also includes Game Mix and Player Tracker. Game Mix displays up to eight live games on one screen. Its ticker feature provides live updates on game scores, possession and field position. Player Tracker lets fans follow up to 20 of their favorite players to see stats, highlights and keep track of big plays.

Customers can upgrade to NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX for features like RED ZONE CHANNEL® which shows the final yards of every scoring drive. It also comes with DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE™ Channel that lets you track your fantasy football team

Live games on NFL SUNDAY TICKET begin September 11, 2016. For more information, visit directv.com/NFL.



Sling TV: Cutting the Cord, Cutting Back on Content

Can Dish Network’s online service compete with pay-TV packages that offer more?

DIRECT.TV is not affiliated with Dish and is operated by DirectStarTV, a DIRECTV authorized dealer. Sling TV information sourced from Dish.com, Forbes, and The New York Times on 1/8/15.

Ironically enough, the latest product targeting traditional subscription TV comes from none other than a noted provider of traditional subscription TV.

Dish Network chose the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show as the venue to introduce Sling TV, an Internet-only service aimed at cord-cutting millennials. A satellite TV company offering an alternative to satellite TV? Dish’s CEO insists that the new, cheaper product won’t cannibalize the company’s satellite subscription business because those packages don’t appeal to the 18-to-35 demographic.

For $20 per month, Sling TV subscribers get programming delivered online to their TVs, computers or devices. However, the more important consideration might be the things that Sling TV subscribers don’t get.

Less Bang for the Buck

Although the selection is expected to expand over time, the current core package for Sling TV offers just 12 channels (add-on packages cost extra). Now compare the new Dish product to a typical satellite subscription package. With 130+ channels for $19.99 a month (SELECT™ Package. For 12 months with 24 mo. agreement. Plus add’l fees) – essentially the same price as Sling TV – the DIRECTV SELECT™ package offers more than 10 times as many channels.

Sling TV

Cost per channel = About $1.67


Cost per channel = About 15¢

No Broadcast or Local Programming

It’s not just a matter of programming quantity. The Sling TV lineup has CNN, Disney Channel, TBS and other familiar names, but it doesn’t include the broadcast networks that deliver some of TV’s most popular shows. And if you rely on ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC affiliates for local news and sports coverage, including your hometown NFL team, Sling TV would leave you with another gap in programming.

The DIRECTV SELECT™ package does offer these broadcast channels, as well as Bravo, MTV and other channels not included in Sling TV’s current core package.

Less Flexibility for Viewers

Recording is another area of comparison that doesn’t favor the Dish online service – namely because Sling TV doesn’t offer it.

With a programming package like The DIRECTV SELECT™ package, you can get HD DVR service (for an additional cost) that allows you to record programs and play them back at your leisure. That capability isn’t available with Sling TV, which substitutes an on-demand feature instead.

Alternative, But Not Earth-Shaking

Many business ventures succeed by offering more for less, but offering less for less seems like a dubious proposition. Despite being marketed as an alternative to traditional pay-TV services, Sling TV doesn’t appear to be a weapon capable of bringing down giants.

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