For some time AT&T has talked about offering a streaming version of DIRECTV. This would be the same packages, contracts, and terms of DIRECTV satellite version but streamed over the internet. When asked about this new version, John Stephens said:
“It’s a device that allows us to, instead of rolling a truck to the home, we roll a UPS or FedEx truck to the home and deliver a self-install box. This allows the customer to use their own broadband. We certainly hope it’s our own fiber but it could be on anybody’s broadband. And they get the full-service premium package that we would normally deliver off satellite or over our IP-based U-verse service.”
Why would you want to offer a service like this? It is cheaper for AT&T. There is no need to drive a truck to your house to set up your TV service. Having all that staff and equipment in every major town can really add up. Also, someday this could mean there won’t be a need for an expensive satellite in space.
According to all reports, this new streaming version of DIRECTV won’t replace DIRECTV NOW. This new version just takes the current DIRECTV packages and offers them in a streaming version. The main goal is to cut costs on the AT&T side. Hopefully, that may mean a small savings for the end user.
Stephens went on to say the new streaming version of DIRECTV should roll out in 2019 but stopped short of even hinting at when in 2019 the service will roll out.
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