Bye Bye DirecTV…Hello Streaming!

Cutting the DirecTV cord was probably one of the hardest decisions I have made since I gave up alcohol and Teddy Grahams last year for lent. After the first 10 months all the fun discounts fell off.  My bill soared from 80 bucks a month to whopping 130.

Under contract they made it pretty difficult (in the most the polite way) for me to reduce my monthly bill. Faced with the option of spending $130 bucks forever or paying a fee to cancel I chose the latter.  DirecTV for their part has good customer service. In the year I had them, they emailed me to death about all of their fine products and features.

What made this really easy was the cost of the alternatives. I have had Netflix, and  Hulu Plus for the last year and they’re pretty inexpensive.  SlingTV , a new streaming service that offers a la cart  cable channels like CNN,  Disney,  ESPN and AMC just popped up. It’s 20 bucks a month. Next month HBO releases it’s stand alone product HBONow.

Netflix, Hulu, Sling and HBONow will cost me a total of $54.00.  Nearly 80 dollars in savings a month is worth it. You can see why it wasn’t very difficult to cancel.  Plus,  I have a Roku3 and it streams everything in HD (1080P) I prefer it over Roku3 because I can use Amazon Instant and Google Play.

Neither of those are available on AppleTV yet.  Although, I have heard rumors that Apple was going to be updating the streaming box for the first time since 2012 later this year.

I thought I would feel anxious missing out on the fluff channels.  However, most networks have an app where you can watch their programming on any device. I watched #EmpireonFox this way earlier.

If you’re thinking about cutting the cord try it.  You have nothing to lose but terrible local programming.

Author Issen Alibris

Digital marketing strategist, blogger and Black business owner based in Los Angeles, CA. I like startups, traveling, being a foodie, tech gadgets, fashion and HBO.

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