DirecTV on water, the future is clear as mud

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

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  1. Robert says:

    I did a little back of the napkin math. My current streaming options via cellular hotspot + CBS ALL Access + Netflix, totals up to about $100 / month. Divide that into 10,000 to buy a new dish, plus installation, nets me about 8+ years of service. That’s before you even factor in the cost of the DirecTV service itself.

    I have no idea what the prevailing technology will look like in 8+ years, but I’m betting it won’t include Satellite TV.

    Now granted I don’t get any sport packages, but then I’m not paying for them either. I’m also not paying for a bazillion home shopping channels.

    For those that cruise within cellular coverage areas, the DirecTV math simply does not work.

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:


      You’re right. The math at $10,000 doesn’t work. But, I think the people who are making the decision to purchase a Ka dish are doing so because of a desire for convenience and for the same experience at home. After all, we’re all boaters, if we were making good financial decisions we probably wouldn’t buy a boat!

      Incidentally, I suspect you would subscribe to Netflix even if you had DirecTV so the return math might be even worse.


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