Is Satellite TV Going Away?

It’s the beginning of the end of satellite TV in the US

“We’ve launched our last satellite,” John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, said in a meeting with analysts on Nov.


The AT&T executive effectively declared the end of the satellite-TV era with that statement.

Will satellite TV become obsolete?

This means that Sky customers will soon be able to ditch their unsightly satellite dishes from their property facades. The plan is to roll out this broadband-based Sky service in Austria and Italy this year, followed by Britain in 2019. Satellite TV reception is not dead yet, however.

How long is satellite TV around?

The short answer is, quite some time. The last satellites to join the fleet, DirecTV-14 and DirecTV-15, went up in 2014 and 2015 respectively. With a nominal lifespan of 15 years, these two satellites should still be functioning into the 2030’s assuming nothing goes wrong.

Will DirecTV take down a dish?

DirecTV Dish Removal

Most satellite providers do not uninstall the dish, especially after the service is no longer active. Removing a dish is possible with basic tools like a crescent and socket wrench. The main point of importance is safety, as the dish is often mounted up high.

Are satellite dishes still used?

Sky signals the end of the satellite dish. Sky plans to make all its channels and content available online, giving customers the option of doing away with a satellite dish. The move will allow customers who cannot have a dish or do not want one to get Sky, a spokesperson said. A Sky box will still be required.

Is DirecTV getting rid of satellite?

Currently, DirecTV offers the package to its satellite customers only and not through streaming DirecTV Now. But the NFL can opt out of its exclusive contract with DirecTV at the end of 2019, Forbes reported this week.

Can you get satellite TV for free?

There is a free satellite TV solution for consumers who want a variety of television channels without paying ongoing subscription fees. Free to Air satellite television channels are unencrypted and legally available to the public for no charge.