After months of rumors, AT&T officially unveiled its Direc TV Now internet TV streaming service this afternoon at an event in New York City.The product, which starts at per month, is meant to compete with traditional cable providers and a wave of web TV offerings including Dish’s Sling TV, Sony Play Station Vue, and upcoming services from Hulu and You Tube.Since Iran agreed on a nuclear deal and economic sanctions were lifted about a year ago, the country has emerged as an attractive proposition on the international stage – not only for trade but also for science.
(The normal $35 base package is limited to “60 channels.”) If you sign up in time, the offer will remain valid each month until you cancel.
But that $35 rate is AT&T has signed programming agreements with nearly all major networks with the exception of CBS and Showtime; negotiations with those companies remain ongoing.
Further economic restrictions over the last decade meant Iran couldn’t capitalize on its oil and gas reserves.
As a result, the country invested in its human capital and promoted science and research – a unique approach in the region, and one that led to a surge in scientific activity.
Live streaming from the major networks (ABC, Fox, NBC) is also a mixed bag: you’ll be able to watch live programming in major cities where the networks themselves own the local station.
But where affiliates are involved, most users will have access to day-after on demand replays of primetime shows.
First stop was the Sharif University of Technology, where the foundation met with 10 professors. A sign above one entrance featured cartoon cavemen with the slogan, “Don’t reinvent the wheel!
” Yet, for a long time, Iranian scientists could do little else because international sanctions made high tech imports so difficult.
— to help boost Direc TV Now against its competition.