Ok then, show us your $100 DTV bill. Don't have one of those, eh? That's because while the $100 DTV bill does exist (without all the year 1 discounts), you get nothing but a bunch of channels you don't want to watch, no DVR functionality, no HD, and only 1 receiver.
Here's my father in law's bill that is the basic equivalent of the Choice package today. No premiums. None. Zero. Nada.
Once you get past the 1st year discounts and are locked into your 24 months contract, DTV is outrageously expensive for what you get.
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$171.11 for 160 channels on 1 TV. You want seem to want to go volume regardless of quality of content. Ok, I get nearly as many channels off of my HD antenna as DTV provides for $171.11 for exactly $0. I mean, why not, the volume is there and who cares if I only ever watch 5 or 6 of those channels? I could
watch the tens of dozens for the full-service experience. At least I pay nothing for that privilege.
Ok, so you want the Ultimate package and have 3 TVs, welcome to a $250 bill that gets you all those channels you just have to have.
But sure, you want to cringe at 250 channels for $250, fine. 160 channels for $171.11 is right in front of you and still more than 3x my streaming bill.
Well geez James, if you want to completely ignore the $50 in services I layed out in very fine detail, well so be it, but I provided you the exact $50 service package a la carte. Outside of NST that soon you will NOT be able to get on DTV, what can't you get via streaming? Name it. I'm sure there is something you can scrape up. Go ahead, I'll wait. There's a hitch though, there is a lot more you can't access without streaming. NO service provides 100% of everything no matter what you pay. Again, it is about what you watch, not about what you don't watch.
Amazon, Netfilx, and Hulu have 100s of shows that are only available via their service and only available by streaming. Even the DTV exclusive content doesn't stay exclusive. I'm a King fan and wanted to watch Mr. Mercedes. Welp, I watched it for free on Peacock. Name a single Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu original that has shown up on DTV service.
A la carte is the renaissance for TV. No longer do you need Nielsen ratings to try to figure out what shows bring in the viewers and which ones don't. The customer streams it or they don't. You know EXACTLY who watched it, when they watched it, and if they watched it again. You know what that means? Ad revenue and LOTS of it that can be targeted to the exact viewers they want to have it. Providers aren't suffering, they're getting record profits by not sharing with the carrier. Any provider that has a ****e lineup will start dropping subscribers like flies trapped in your Oldsmobile during August. This has and will drive providers to seek out and deliver quality content or go out of business.
Now you're beginning to get it!
The channel mind-set. Pheww. Who cares about channels? Channels are a 1920s concept, it's all about content in the 2020s. I don't stream channels, I stream CONTENT! I have no idea what channel something is on, nor do I care. There are no channels unless I'm watching OTA live and I never do that. I DVR it and again just watch the content. I just say the words for my content and it starts playing.
Content doesn't go away when a channel dies, it is sold to another content provider and continues on if it is content worth watching.
Streaming is the largest growing segment while Satellite and Cable continue to lose subscribers. The MAJORITY of people in the US subscribe to a streaming service now.
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You don't think the content providers moving to provide streaming services are making money? They sure are. When I pay $15/month for HBOMax, HBO gets it all and doesn't have to share with a carrier. Same with every other direct service subscription.
AT&T, who owns HBO, is cannibalizing it's own DTV division's profits by introducing the direct streaming service. Why? Because they're making boatloads of money doing it.
13.1 Million net
additional subscribers year over year! At an average revenue of of $11.15 per new subscriber, that's an extra $1.75 Billion in extra revenue per year. Why would content providers ever think of walking away from additional revenue streams like that?
In fact, the next time DTV decides to get into a pissing match with their content provider over the carrier contract and pulls their "channel" of off the service, the content provider may just say. "Cool man, you do you, we won't allow you to put our content back ever." Then what will you do to watch your Designing Women reruns? Well, you'll just have to stream them on Hulu.
And, oh my gosh, what if it is NFL Sunday Ticket that will no longer be on DTV and you have to stream it instead? That could never happen, right?