AT&T may drop DirecTV as satellite TV becomes irrelevant
Apparently, the carrier is searching for options that would allow it to salvage parts of the service. One of these options includes “a spin-off of DirecTV into a separate public company and a combination of DirecTV assets with Dish Network Corp, despite previous statements that a merging between the two is highly unlikely “from a regulatory perspective.”
The decision to shelve DirecTV, recently rebranded as AT&T TV Now may have been influenced by the terrible results reports earlier this year that confirm AT&T's TV services lost nearly 1 million subscribers just in Q1 2019.
From a consumer perspective, the disappearance of the DirecTV service won't be a major loss since AT&T offers a couple of alternatives that offer better experiences for similar or lower prices, including HBO Max and Watch TV.
AT&T hasn't made any comments regarding the recent report from WSJ, probably because no decision has been made yet, but we'll keep you up to date if anything major happens.