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AT&T – free of satellites, embracing SVoD, fiber, machine learning

The headline catching comment that came out of AT&T’s discussion with financial analysts this week, was all about the company and DirecTV in particular, not planning to launch satellites any more. It came out of the Q&A at the end, when John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, joked, that “There will be no more satellites anymore” because his boss Randall Stephenson, who fielded him the question, “has just said so.” But the get together was one of the most far reaching assessments of where AT&T is its transition from Communications behemoth to Communications and Media behemoth, after the acquisition of both DirecTV and Time Warner, taking in how the two businesses interact, and dragging in Brian Lesser, the CEO of…

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