I’m resigned to the fact that I will eventually ween off of DirecTV and “cut the cord”. However, I’m waiting as long as I can, so that whatever choice I select will be as “user friendly” as possible. I understand that there are options now to get the programming that I wish to see - but most of them involve switching back and forth between various input devices or services, and/or limited DVR options (compared to the super setup I have now). I monitor threads like this, and see that there has been a lot of positive movement towards consumer ease of use in even the past year or two. I’m thinking in 3 or 4 years I’ll make the move.
That is, so long as I can keep my DirecTV costs “liveable”. I’ve been on a cycle of renegotiating my monthly costs annually - usually in August. This year, I’ve got the best deal yet.
I bundle my ATT internet service (relatively slow at a max or 30 mbps, but works fine for the things I do) - which I had before the ATT acquisition of DirecTV - so that helps. Currently, my DirecTV service includes two HD DVR’s (HR34-700 in LR; not sure of model in BR) that are networked so I can watch shows recorded on either on both TV’s. I have the “XTRA” package, which includes all but a very few specialty networks (that I never would watch anyway), HBO, the “Sports Pak” which gets all of the FOX Regional sports channels around the country, every imaginable sports channel (All ESPN and FOX sports channels, The SEC Network, The Golf Channel, NFL Network, MLB, etc.). Plus - I got them to throw in the NFL Sunday Ticket for nothing. I choose to not pay for Showtime, and although I hear of a show or two I’d like to check out there from time to time, I have so many things I watch with my current configuration (I also have Netflix, and I watch a lot of movies and original programing of theirs) that I really don’t have time for anything else. I can record (I believe) up to 4 (may be more) shows at a time, and I’ve got all of my favorites set to record - so, I watch them when I want to - not when they are shown. It’s a fabulous set up.
Oh - and my son (out of state) can use my log on credentials to watch the NFL Sunday ticket as well.
All of this - including my internet - I now get for $111 a month.
I might could get by for a little less than that if I cut the cable - but, considering that $30 of that is for internet (which I’d still have to pay for in an alternate solution), not much. And I just can’t beat either the quality of options and picture quality.
So, for now, I’m staying put. But I will continue to read the experiences of others who are making the move.