Back in November 2016, I was pretty much fed up with DIRECTV. Having been a subscriber to the satellite service for over 14 years, I’d finally come to the Rubicon moment in my relationship with Pay TV. The tipping point was when I my bill reached $150 a month, a full $60 more than the previous month’s “negotiated 6 month rate”.
How do you get a negotiated rate? About 6 months earlier I started seriously thinking about jumping to Sling TV and its online streaming package. At just $20 with a core group of popular channels that I could live with, I decided I was paying way too much for TV. So I picked up the phone and called DIRECTV customer support.
I informed them I wanted to cancel the service and I was immediately transferred to the “customer retention” department.
After some introduction and background, I steered the conversation to the cost I was paying vs just dropping them and going with Sling TV. I figured that the cost I’d payed them over 14 years could pay for a lifetime of Sling TV and have enough left over to spring for Netflix, HBO and a Bodacious wallpaper TV thrown in for good measure.
After some negotiation, I was granted a 6 month reduced cost contract down to $90 a month. But by November 2016, the rate had expired. It was time to pay the piper again.
So, here I was. At the end of my grace period and facing a $150 monthly bill for TV.
It was about this same time I heard about DIRECTV NOW.
They were set to launch the service in a few days with an almost “to good to be true” deal offering of a free Apple TV in exchange for a 3 month prepay. I’d also be given special promotional pricing on their “Go Big” package for as long as I was a subscriber.
I signed up for DIRECTV NOW online and a few days later I received a brand new Apple TV in the mail.
I terminated my satellite contract with DIRECTV that same day.
At the end of this month, it will be exactly one year since I decided to “cut the cord” and take the plunge into the world of streaming TV.
It hasn’t been an entirely smooth ride.
They’ve also just added our local ABC and NBC networks , so things are definitely on the right path.
To address the local TV access issue, I’ve been using an “over the air” antenna. I’m only about 3 miles from the downtown TV towers but I’m also just on the other side of a mountain, so the signals aren’t always 100% reliable.
For time shifting, I’ve subscribed to Hulu’s commercial free package. I basically use this as a cloud DVR for network TV. Hulu offers “day after air” showings of just about every show on network television. So, anything I miss with my antenna live (or with my Channels DVR service), I can get with Hulu the next day.
I started this site to share my experiences with others who I expect, like me, have become fed up with the overpriced racket that is traditional Pay TV. I hope that I can help others to enjoy the savings I’ve found and smooth out the process of transitioning from linear costly contracts to affordable streaming TV.