I Switched From Direct TV to YouTube TV
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Part of the reason why it took me this long was laziness. A bigger part of the reason was I struggled to find a replacement service that wasn't just as expensive or wouldn't result in me losing some of my favorite channels/shows.
When I saw an ad for YouTube TV, I was interested but, at the same time, skeptical. In all honesty, it sounded too good to be true. However, after taking advantage of the free trial, it only took me a matter of hours to decide to make the switch permanently. Three weeks later, I don't regret that choice.
There are a few reasons why this was a good fit for me:
First, it was more affordable. I'm sure there are other services out there that are cheaper. However, I was more than happy with the $60 discount over what I was paying with Direct TV. I also like the fact I could get that discount without having to sign a contract, making it easy to switch away from it if they decide to significantly increase my rates.
It wasn't just the base rate that was impressive. The various add-on channels, like HBO, Cinemax, etc. are also quite a bit cheaper than what I would have paid with Direct TV. I haven't taken advantage of that yet, but that might happen down the road.
The second thing I liked was not having to give up my favorite shows. OK, this isn't totally true. I did have to give up one show, Svengoolie, because that happened to be on the one local channel YouTube TV didn't offer. But, given the price break, I was willing to make that sacrifice, especially since most of the recent episodes were just sitting unwatched in my DVR anyway. Other than that show, I have managed to find every other one I would normally watch, plus some extras (more on that in a bit).
The third thing I found I liked about this are the unlimited (and free) DVR and access to various on-demand shows/movies. All I need to do is put a show (or movie) in my library and it will automatically record. I don't have to worry about using up my storage space and, unlike Direct TV, the show will still record even if there is a power outage.
The on-demand is a nice addition as well. I am finding all sorts of movies, especially classic films (always my favorite), I didn't have access to previously. That just adds value to the price.
My only real complaint about this service, so far, is I wasn't able to put the app on my (older) Smart TV and, instead, have to use my Playstation 4. Not a huge deal, it's just it would be slightly more convenient using the TV remote. But, with my savings, I haven't ruled out upgrading the TV after Christmas.
Final Opinion: If you are looking for a streaming service that offers live TV and local stations, this is one that is worth checking out. There might be more-affordable options, but I do think this offers plenty of value for your money. At minimum, it was a huge improvement over what I had before.