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SlideshowWhy AT&T May Dump Home Security Biz

mendyk 8/23/2017 | 9:25:32 AM
Re: That sign Unlocked doors and windows -- this may be another reason that smart homes will be important to shelter the dumb people who live in them.
Joe Stanganelli 8/22/2017 | 6:27:25 PM
Re: That sign @mendy: It may also have a perverse backfire effect.

Consider: A colleague of mine lives in a neighborhood of an especially well-to-do suburb that has suffered a spate off break-ins of late -- despite the fact that everybody in the neighborhood has state-of-the-art "smart" security systems.

...probably because almost nobody in the neighborhood actually bothers to lock their home or car doors.

Colleague tells me about the big neighborhood meeting the residents have to discuss the problem.

The resolution? More state-of-the-art video security and other security systems. Nobody brings up the idea of locking doors.

Joe Stanganelli 8/22/2017 | 6:25:02 PM
Re: That sign @mendyk: I wouldn't mind having that "enfeedbled Shih Tzu" sign, myself... #business idea
mendyk 8/22/2017 | 3:58:34 PM
Re: That sign It doesn't exactly scream "THIS HOME PROTECTED BY A STATE-OF-THE-ART ALARM SYSTEM, SO STAY AWAY IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DO SOME SERIOUS HARD TIME!" to me. The purpose of those signs is to deter potential intruders -- and the signs probably work better than the actual detection system. But this one looks more like an invitation to a cookies-and-milk party than a warning.
jbtombes 8/22/2017 | 3:48:05 PM
Killer app The perils of this market remind me again of the old quip from a cable exec. Home security is a killer app: it's killed everyone who's tried it. (Looking at you, Steve Craddock.) The irony is that that, as Mari notes, Comcast seems to be doing pretty well at it. Don't know what the margins are, but 2Q YoY sub growth (security and automation) was 47%.
jbtombes 8/22/2017 | 3:41:00 PM
Re: That sign So the "shield" design didn't do it for you.
avillezm 8/22/2017 | 3:05:24 PM
Interesting Pivot. . . Very interesting, I wonder if the (usually very smart) folks at AT&T don't see much synergies between IoT in the home and what seems to be their booming IoT business on the mobile network side.  Maybe a case where they are calling it quits in a fight that they are already losing (broadband to the home). . . may be that they believe the play is through video to the home rather than home automation. . . Definitely an interesting move. . . I wonder what it is going to mean for theur wholesaler relationships. . . I belive other carriers have launched the solution under their own brands outside the US. . .
mendyk 8/22/2017 | 10:25:16 AM
That sign The AT&T Digital Life "warning" sign looks about as threatening as a "This house guarded by an enfeebled Shih Tzu" sign.
KBode 8/21/2017 | 6:01:22 PM
Home automation... AT&T's been ringing the bell on home automation and security since BellSouth days. Interesting to see it dump the idea. Wonder what other areas AT&T intends to divest to reduce overall debt load?
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