AT&T is making the switch from U-verse to DirectTV. In 2005 when U-verse was first launched, it was hoped to be a strong competitor to cable TV. U-verse gave AT&T an opportunity to offer new plans that offered television service along with their AT&T home Internet services at a bundled rate. AT&T Wireless services were not able to be bundles. It was heralded as groundbreaking technology as Internet providers were making their way into DSL or digital subscriber line service. With DSL, providers were able to send both television programs and broadband access to customers. With the new addition of DirectTV, AT&T plans to move all U-verse customers over the DirectTV when they're ready. Through DirectTV customers can watch their favorite television shows on their AT&T mobile phones and devices wherever they go.

One of the reasons for the move from U-verse to DirectTV is that DirectTV is available nationally as the U-verse system was only available in 21 states. U-verse stayed away from the Northeast mostly because Verizon has a massive FiOS presence. AT&T plans to let current customers keep their U-verse services if they would like to, but any new customers will be signed up for DirectTV through their bundling plans. While their pricing bundles don't include an option to add AT&T Wireless into your bill, they do offer some pretty good deals for TV, Internet and a home phone line for $89.99 a month. You can, however, enjoy watching DirectTV on your AT&T mobile phone if you download the DirectTV app from your app store.

It really seems to be a good situation for both companies and customers old and new. AT&T gets to have the nationally recognized name of DirectTV associated with them, and DirectTV will benefit from AT&T's share in the marketplace. Not only that, but the DirectTV offerings are going to cost consumers less per month in order to have the high speed options they want. They are also going to be selling a better product. They way they had it set up is that the television programming and Internet service were all coming in on the same lines. Now, if they're able to successfully move more customers off of the U-verse programming and onto satellite, they're able to use the space that has been freed up in order to be able to market faster Internet speeds. This could mean more potential profit for AT&T & DirectTV and better products at what may be a lower price for consumers. Everyone wins here.

While U-verse may have been ahead of its time in some areas, customers regularly commented that the picture quality through the U-verse service left something to be desired. While the load speed for the programming was lightening fast and they offered more HD channels than satellite, customers complained that the picture quality just wasn't what they were expecting. This may have been due to the fact that AT&T spent the money to run fiber optic cables to the neighborhoods, but the decided to hook onto the existing copper lines to go into individual homes. This was a great idea in order to help save customers money, but if you're looking for the best quality and fastest speeds, copper might not have been the best move.

Part of the switch is also due to the fact that in the fourth quarter of 2015 AT&T lost 240,000 U-verse subscribers. During that same quarter, though, they were able to add approximately 214,000 DirectTV subscribers. And even though they seem to be losing U-verse customers, they still want to give the customer whatever option is best for them. There are some areas where U-verse is just going to be the better option, whereas the same is true where DirectTV may be a better option for other customers.

The main thing you need to do is research each product and try to decide what is right for you. If you have neighbors that each have a different service, talk to each of the neighbors and see what they like and dislike from all their options. Try to find out what AT&T plans you need to be aware of, as well. Eventually, AT&T would like to be able to bundle all of their plans to include Internet, TV and their AT&T Wireless customers. They are investing into GigaPower, a home connection that is direct to fiber. The initial plan for GigaPower was to be in 38 different cities in 20 states, but AT&T also realizes that not all homes will be able to get fiber service, so they're building their own hub to help those customers out. If AT&T mobile services can find a way to join forces with their wireless and television services, they may be able to look forward to highly profitable quarters for a long time. As they move to the future, AT&T seems to have their customers' interests in mind and are rapidly working to try to figure out what the best options are in order to be able to reach everyone.