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DIRECTV has partnered with satellite broadband providers ViaSat and Hughes to offer a new video/Internet bundle called the Exede

DIRECTV is now offering U.S. customers a video and high-speed Internet services bundle through new partnerships with satellite broadband providers.

DIRECTV has partnered with satellite broadband providers ViaSat and Hughes to offer a new video/Internet bundle called the Exede. Exede was created by ViaSat and Hughes' HughesNet Gen4 next-generation services.

Exede will offer speeds of over 10 Mbps as well as special offers that haven't been detailed yet. Customers can also take advantage of triple-play bundles with AT&T, Verizon, and Century Link, which are already available. This means bundled pricing for customers living anywhere in the U.S.

"We look forward to offering every single DIRECTV customer access to fast, affordable broadband options through DIRECTV, no matter where they live," said Oswin Eleonora, senior vice president of Emerging Markets for DIRECTV. "With greatly improved capacity and speeds, satellite broadband services provided by ViaSat and Hughes will fully support our customers' connected home experience, enabling them to access a host of features like YouTube, Pandora, social TV apps, and more than 7,000 VOD titles."

DIRECTV said the service mainly aimed to provide bundle services to those living in rural areas, but will be available to anyone living in the U.S.

Source: Yahoo

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By cashkennedy on 5/17/2012 1:50:26 PM , Rating: 3
Now if only satelite didnt have a 3 seconds latency...

RE: latency
By Arsynic on 5/17/12, Rating: -1
RE: latency
By mcnabney on 5/17/12, Rating: 0
RE: latency
By kleinma on 5/17/2012 2:13:12 PM , Rating: 3
LTE coverage is spotty still in a lot of suburban, heavily populated areas. I am sure it is much worse in the rural areas still.

Maybe in a few years when LTE 4G is done being rolled out, but right now its not a valid option for LOTS and LOTS of people.

RE: latency
By jnemesh on 5/17/2012 4:00:54 PM , Rating: 5
Enjoy that 5GB/month data cap! Call me when they have a reasonable price for their service with AT LEAST 250GB/mo!

RE: latency
By spamreader1 on 5/21/2012 11:05:51 AM , Rating: 2
uhhh, most satalite feeds have either a daily 100ishMB cap, or a monthly 4-5GB cap...

RE: latency
By kleinma on 5/17/2012 2:11:35 PM , Rating: 2
While I am graced with the ability to choose between 2 different actual high speed providers (Cable and Verizon Fios), there are a lot of places where satellite or DSL are the only options. I think Verizon was even partering for a time with DirectTV for people where Verizon had not run FIOS service. You would get directTV, but verizon phone and DSL internet.

So if you could actually get somewhere around a 10MBit connection via satellite, and you live out in the sticks, this could actually be a lot better than DSL or dialup.

RE: latency
By Motoman on 5/17/2012 4:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
It's actually ~800ms...but point taken. You have no hope of gaming on satellite connections - none at all.

They are infinitely better than dialup for actual download speed...and other than gaming, the latency probably doesn't matter.

RE: latency
By johnsonx on 5/18/2012 12:17:22 AM , Rating: 2
~800ms is as much a best-case scenario as ~3s is a worst- case scenario. the truth is somewhere in between.
either way though, that kind of latency really limits the usefulness for many applications.

By zlandar on 5/17/2012 3:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
Satellite broadband is an oxymoron.

RE: Lol
By ritualm on 5/19/2012 1:35:37 AM , Rating: 3
Hah, what choices do you have when you live in far-away rural areas? LTE doesn't work out there and the closest cable/fiber drop is miles away.

Think satellite hookups suck? In many places it's either satellite or no internet. You decide.

If only...
By slim142 on 5/17/2012 3:24:56 PM , Rating: 2
If only AT&T had a 12Mbps package, I would be on it already.

Im really tired of been stuck at 6Mbps for the past three years.

Cable is not an option in my area for some dumb reason. 1 block away from Collins (FL) avenue and I cant get cable internet. How retarded...

RE: If only...
By JediJeb on 5/18/2012 5:11:00 PM , Rating: 2
I have 1.5Mbps with AT&T and I wish I could get more. I just got it a couple years ago, before that it was all dialup where I live. I am probably within a few yards of being at the limit from the DSLAM to get what I am getting and I live only 5 miles from a town of 18k people. My parents live 20 miles from the nearest town of about 2k people and they just got 2Mbps DSL from their phone company(Brandenburg Telephone Company, a small independent telcom that has been in that area since even before AT&T was in the rural areas). If some small company can push DSL out that far, why can't AT&T? This is a place that nearly every time it rains the power goes out because all utilities lines are run miles through the woods up and down hills where the crews can hardly get to them. AT&T charges twice as much for phone and internet and still can't provide good coverage of high speed internet even in easy to get to places.

We definitely need more small service oriented companies in the telcom business instead of bloated stock holder oriented ones.

By thurston2 on 5/17/2012 3:43:36 PM , Rating: 2
I just dumped HughesNet for DSL. They oversell their bandwidth, no way people will see 10 Mb in the evening. I was luck to get dialup speed during peak usage times.

RE: HughesNet
By semiconshawn on 5/18/2012 3:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
"UP TO" Is possibly the worst disclaimer of all time in tech right up there with "UNLIMITED"....

Up to = Not a chance
Unlimited = well we all know what bs this is don't we?

Please no Sprint unlimited arguments. You poor people are throttled by that network the second you connect to it....

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