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AIS TV to Drop Many Western Channels Like HBO Channels Effective March 2020

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14 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

The service doesn't have a name. It's provided via an individual who, as I wrote, sets the box up. I had to do nothing except plug it in and turn it on.

So how do you arrange it? Sounds illegal the way you describe it but I’m not going to care about legal if we lose our channels. I’ll use whatever good black market service they offer. But we’re not losing our service one way or the other. 

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On 2/5/2020 at 3:28 PM, Pib said:

Got a SMS today providing notification that AIS TV (officially known as AISPlay) will cancel 15 channels like all the HBO channels, Cinemax, SkyNews, FoxNews, FX, and other channels effective 13 March 2020.

 

Hey, you're getting Animal Planet instead... What are you complaining about???

 

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1 minute ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

According to AIS's most recent annual report, 94% of their core revenues came from mobile services... Another 3% came from their fixed broadband services.  It looks like their digital services revenue is smaller than their fixed broadband segment. However, they are the largest mobile operator in Thailand with a 48% of revenues market share.  They're not going to live or die over HBO et. al. on Playbox.

 

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And unless they continue to offer the only service that makes AIS what they are then people are going to get their phone and internet service from another company besides AIS as I already told them I’m going to do. People will not only drop play box people will drop ALL AIS services which like I said I already threatened to do. We have two iPhones, internet, and play box that’s 4 services I have through AIS and AIS will lose ALL 4 of my accounts if they take our service the way it is now.

 

And I assure you that I will not be the only one so this will put a huge dent in ALL of their business including phones. Because if I’m going to get my cable and internet service from one company I might as well get all 3 services including phone, internet, and cable. 😉

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2 hours ago, RoiEtDale said:

So AIS customers let’s work together here and fight for our great cable service.

I gave up with that years ago with True. Go for an IPTV service for a cheaper price and 1000's of channels. I have 8 different HBO channels (Signature, 2, East, Comedy, Zone etc etc) on my service at the moment and I never watch any of them, life's too short and prefer the Sky movies channels myself.

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1 hour ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Re all the western/EN language channels that AIS is dropping....

 

Are they going to end up ultimately being replaced by lots of Chinese channels, I wonder???  Or just more government controlled rubbish?  :tongue:

 

Another "sign of the times" indicator...

The replacement channels/products are shown in the opening post.

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4 hours ago, arkom said:

HBO is the only good thing about AIS Play.  Hopefully they will launch HBO GO as a stand alone streaming service like Netflix so we don't have keep switching providers.  They just launched in Singapore and the Philippines so maybe could happen. 

I doubt HBO GO will come back as a standalone package.  I figure if that was going to happen they would have negotiated to keep it versus it being one of the channels/services being dropped. 

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2 minutes ago, Pib said:

I doubt HBO GO will come back as a standalone package.  I figure if that was going to happen they would have negotiated to keep it versus it being one of the channels/services being dropped. 

They’re trying to switch to a cheaper contract probably because they don’t understand enough about western culture to know the full extent of the mistake they are truly making here. I was trying to explain to that to a supervisor earlier at AIS and I think she understood me and it actually worried her because it’s true. I was trying to explain how it might be a cheaper contract but it’s gonna cost them most of their customers especially for cable. But it’s going to effect all their business because who wants phone service with a different company as their cable and internet in this country? 

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14 minutes ago, MJKT2014 said:

I gave up with that years ago with True. Go for an IPTV service for a cheaper price and 1000's of channels. I have 8 different HBO channels (Signature, 2, East, Comedy, Zone etc etc) on my service at the moment and I never watch any of them, life's too short and prefer the Sky movies channels myself.

I probably will be looking into that for sure because I’m not switching back to True even if they do steal the contract back from AIS. 

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4 minutes ago, RoiEtDale said:

 So you better believe this will kill AIS eventually even if it takes a year or two. 

Naw....AIS makes the the great bulk of their business and profit from their mobile service...and they are the king of the hill for mobile in Thailand.  Having almost as much mobile market share as True and DTAC combined.

 

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1 minute ago, RoiEtDale said:

They’re trying to switch to a cheaper contract probably because they don’t understand enough about western culture to know the full extent of the mistake they are truly making here. I was trying to explain to that to a supervisor earlier at AIS and I think she understood me and it actually worried her because it’s true. I was trying to explain how it might be a cheaper contract but it’s gonna cost them most of their customers especially for cable. But it’s going to effect all their business because who wants phone service with a different company as their cable and internet in this country? 

Haven't seen anyone on here saying that they are willing to pay double the current price to keep HBO and the other channels

I think most people use the service provider that gives them the best signal quality and voice quality for the area that they live in and use a seperate service provider for their internet service Don't put all your eggs in one basket comes to mind

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I made it very clear to AIS as I will everyday when I call that if I have to drop AIS Playbox because of this then I’m also dropping both phone numbers we have with AIS and internet service. I told them I will discontinue all AIS services if this happens and that I will encourage other customers to do exactly the same. I also told them that they can forget about all of my AIS bills next month as well if they do this. I threatened to totally cut off AIS as in total boycott. 

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I made it very clear to AIS as I will everyday when I call that if I have to drop AIS Playbox because of this then I’m also dropping both phone numbers we have with AIS and internet service. I told them I will discontinue all AIS services if this happens and that I will encourage other customers to do exactly the same. I also told them that they can forget about all of my AIS bills next month as well if they do this. I threatened to totally cut off AIS as in total boycott. 

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6 minutes ago, vinny41 said:

Haven't seen anyone on here saying that they are willing to pay double the current price to keep HBO and the other channels

I think most people use the service provider that gives them the best signal quality and voice quality for the area that they live in and use a seperate service provider for their internet service Don't put all your eggs in one basket comes to mind

It has nothing to do with price it’s simply about keeping the current service as is. 

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10 minutes ago, Pib said:

Naw....AIS makes the the great bulk of their business and profit from their mobile service...and they are the king of the hill for mobile in Thailand.  Having almost as much mobile market share as True and DTAC combined.

 

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I know and losing this contract will kill that to. Who wants to get their phone internet and cable from all different companies in this country? Maybe in the US or Europe but people don’t like to do that here because it’s extremely inconvenient to use multiple companies for phone internet and cable in Thailand. True has not even fully recovered from it and they were a big company before the HBO contract but not AIS this contract made them what they are today before the contract AIS was just another company and if they lose that contract they will barely be as good as DTAC. 

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