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  (Source: gosatellite.com)
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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latency
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.


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