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What’s AT&T Stream Saver and how to turn it off?

Stream Saver is a new feature from AT&T that allows users to save cellular data by automatically streaming higher definition videos at a standard definition (480p). This feature has now officially been rolled out to all AT&T customers that are on a voice + data plan.

While Stream Saver can be a great feature if you’re on a limited data plan, it can also be overkill if you have a large data cap, or even an unlimited one. If you fall under that category and want to keep enjoying videos you stream in their full resolution, it may not be a bad idea to disable Stream Saver which has been turned on by default for all eligible AT&T customers.

AT&T announces new unlimited data plan: 4 lines for $180

AT&T on Thursday announced that it is expanding its unlimited data plan offering to all customers. Starting tomorrow, all customers will be able to get unlimited talk, text and data on 4 lines for $180.

The move follows a similar one by the carrier’s close competitor Verizon, who announced its own unlimited data plan earlier this week, and comes amidst strong pressure from both T-Mobile and Sprint.

Original iPhone no longer receiving cellular service on AT&T network

Your original iPhone won’t work on AT&T anymore, as first noted by The Verge. That’s because the carrier shut down its sluggish 2G network on January 1, 2017 which the handset relies on for phone calls and cellular data.

According to AT&T itself, they’ve decided to phase out the GSM 850/1900 MHz 2G network to free up resources and spectrum bandwidth for future rollouts of more advanced wireless solutions, like 5G.

AT&T’s new Call Protect system blocks spam calls

AT&T on Tuesday introduced a new service for automated fraud and spam call-blocking. They’re calling it Call Protect, and the system works like an email spam filter—identifying numbers believed to be associated with fraud and either blocking them or flagging them with a warning.

Also like other spam filters, users will be able to whitelist specific numbers to rectify any false positives, and even set temporary call blocking for unconfirmed spam calls. These more granular controls will be accessible from the Call Protect companion app on iOS and Android devices.

DirecTV NOW launches on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV

Two days ago, U.S. wireless carrier unveiled DirecTV NOW, its brand new Internet television streaming service that comes with a free fourth-generation Apple TV for those who would commit to at least three months of paid service.

Today, DirectTV apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV have gone live in the App Store.

Apple denies throttling LTE performance of Verizon iPhone 7

Bloomberg today shared research conducted by Twin Prime and Cellular Insights in a story suggestively headlined “Apple’s Chip Choices May Leave Some iPhone Users in Slow Lane” which asserts Apple may have throttled LTE performance of the Verizon iPhone 7 handsets to make them perform about as well as the AT&T iPhone 7 models.

Apple in a statement shot down the report and denied throttling, insisting there’s “no discernible difference” in wireless performance between various iPhone 7 models.

AT&T to throttle streaming video next year with new ‘Stream Saver’ feature

AT&T on Friday announced a new feature for its data plans called Stream Saver. The carrier calls it a “free and convenient, data-saving feature” that will cap most mobile video streams at DVD quality (or around 480p).

It sounds harmless at first, but customers who aren’t concerned with data may not like that the feature will be enabled by default. To watch hi-def video, you’ll have to opt out via the myAT&T app or the AT&T website.

CNBC: there’s no Time Warner bid coming from Apple “at this point”

U.S. wireless carrier AT&T recently announced it had agreed to buy Time Warner in a blockbuster deal valued at more than $85 billion.

Apple reportedly approached the media giant recently about a possible deal, but the discussions were only preliminary and didn’t move forward.

With the AT&T-Time Warner merger requiring regulatory approval that could take months, things could easily change so no wonder watchers have been keeping their fingers crossed for Apple to step in and make a rival bid for Time Warner.

However, “Apple is not interested in buying Time Warner at present,” people familiar with the thinking at the company told CNBC on Wednesday.

AT&T announces buying Time Warner as it looks to compete nationwide with cable companies

Following reports that AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, held talks regarding a possible acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T has now formally confirmed that it will be purchasing the entertainment conglomerate in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at $107.50 per share. The purchase price implies a total equity value of $85.4 billion and a total transaction value of $108.7 billion.

The agreement has been approved unanimously by the boards of directors of both companies. It gives AT&T access to Time Warner’s precious media properties like CNN, HBO, TNT and Warner Bros, as well as films like Harry Potter, Batman, Superman and next-generation super hero movies being developed by DC Comics.

The blockbuster merger, pending regulatory approval and closing before year-end 2017, will create a unique company that’ll “define the future of media and communications”.