E Should Cable TV Fear AT&T DirecTV Now?

You can get lots of channels with DirecTV and the cost ranges from 35 to 70 dollars per month, while cable channels go for north of $150 minus a discount for bundled service of around $25. 

I am old enough to remember roaming and unexpected charges. Things have gotten a lot better since those days of chaos. But more work needs to be done by these large conglomerates. 

So far, cable is fighting hard to stop people from switching to DirecTV. Perhaps the DISH is still a disease but recent toxic cable pricing is making too many of us feel a little sick. 

Cable is and will continue to entire the streaming wars kicking and fighting all the way. Comcast has a skinny streaming package. The kicking and fighting against this change is expected because it will undermine their main business, big money off of cable TV. Ultimately, streaming will win and cable will win a little, but only if it adapts. Oh, the humanity! 

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Alex Sandro 1 year ago Member's comment

AT & T Direct TV is good in services but you need devices to get the stream and also along with time it comes with some bugs. Spectrum in Kansas City gives you high quality video streaming without any contracts or hidden fees as compare to AT & T Direct TV.

Bruce Powers 1 year ago Member's comment

#Netflix is the real threat. $NFLX

Gary Anderson 1 year ago Author's comment

If the major cable companies like Charter offer alternatives they will prosper. If they don't, at a competitive price, their decline will continue. Direc TV is a viable alternative, still. I am rooting for the cable cimpanies as well, because competition and innovation are good things.

Frank Underwood 2 years ago Member's comment

I think cable should be more concerned with streaming services like #Netflix or #Amazon. But yes, I think #DirecTV could hurt them as well. $NFLX $AMZN

Danny Straus 2 years ago Member's comment

I tried #DirecTV Now. Wasn't bad, but yes, a bit buggy. Like if I stopped watching an on-demand program, and tried to pick up where I left off the next day, it would not remember and make me start from the beginning. PLUS since they do NOT let you fast forward, I'd have to sit through the entire program again to catch up. I understand not letting people fast forward through the commercials, but I should be able to fast fwd through the programs themselves!

Ayelet Wolf 2 years ago Member's comment

I had the same issue. Plus it was the same commercials over and over and over again. I was literally going batty. You really can't binge watch on #DirectTvNow the way you can on Netflix $NFLX.

Gary Anderson 2 years ago Author's comment

Some people find Netflix by itself far too limiting.

Duanne Johnson 2 years ago Member's comment

That's a good point, but many people also have #Hulu or #Amazon's Instant Video. With Amazon in particular you can purchase additional subscriptions al a carte, like #HBO.

#DTV along with these options are going to kill the cable companies unless they adopt a similar streaming model that's more affordable.

Alexa Graham 2 years ago Member's comment

Gary Anderson and Duanne Johnson are right in that the cable TV packages will bleed customers. But it won't kill the cable companies... they are the ones who make streaming possible by selling us internet access. They'll just charge us more.

Gary Anderson 2 years ago Author's comment

Interesting point. At what point will cable companies just stop offering channels, like they want to choose which websites get to download faster as they oppose net neutrality. However, this would be risky for cable, who stand to alienate millions upon millions of Americans if they ever try to limit channels by price.