Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: North Bay Area, CA
I finally took the plunge and ditched Direct TV last week. I was just tired of paying through the nose for a service I didn't use.
I only had Direct TV because they bought out Prime Star. I got Prime Star back in the day because they were the only company that provided access to Speed Vision. You know, back when it was all about motorcycles?
Well, Direct TV bought out Prime Star. Speed Vision became Speed, the all NASCAR all the time channel. Then finally disappeared all together. Fox Sports 2 took over what was left of Speed's programming. The entire reason I had for even keeping Direct TV was no longer.
Truth be told, I don't know why I didn't ditch it sooner. Direct TV hadn't approached what I kept it for in the last several years. I should have ditched them at the first opportunity simply to protest the loss of programming. Needless to say, that's $159.99 a month I no longer spend.
Instead, we got an Amazon 4K fire stick. That was only around $39 or so. With it, we got access to NetFlix but more importantly, to HULU. All I gotta say is, this is the way TV should be. I get all the channels I watched on Direct TV plus some stuff that I'd not even considered.
I'm not a big TV watcher. I normally don't have a great deal of time to watch anyway. There are like 2 or maybe 3 shows I watch on a regular basis over the course of a week. I can't recommend the combination enough.
The Fire Stick also has a web browser so I can access MotoGP and WSBK official sites and watch the races on my big screen without having to string an HDMI cable from my Surface to the TV. Also, the 4K resolution is just superb. Clearer than anything I ever got over Direct TV or through my Surface.
I also got an email from MotoAmerica and they are going to have a subscription package this year too. I'm going to fork out for that too so I'll have all the races available to me this year for the the first time since the early 2000s.
The bottom line is, I now get all the programming I want, and none that I don't for way less money that I was paying Direct TV. Hulu is something like $40 a month. NetFlix is like $10 a month. MotoGP is around $120 a year. WSBK is about $75 a year. MotoAmerica is about $50 a year. So, all of it for around $75 a month, or less than half of my Direct TV bill. Why didn't I do this sooner?..........sean
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My garage: 2000.5 Aprilia Mille R, 2000 Ducati 996, 1994 EX500 basket case, 1993 Ducati 900 SS, 2004 Suzuki GSXR600, 1992 GSXR750 oil boiler, 1983 Suzuki XN-85 Turbo