Is DirecTV planning to ditch the dish?

After 25 years as America’s most popular satellite TV service, DirecTV is preparing for a future in which its programming will be delivered not via satellite dish, but across the internet.

Telecom industry watchers have taken note of recent signals that parent AT&T, which purchased DirecTV in 2015 for $49 billion, wants to shift how DirecTV delivers its programming.

Last November, John Donovan, AT&T’s chief executive officer of AT&T Communications, told analysts that the company had “launched our last satellite” and will focus on expanding the company’s internet-delivered video services, according to

Earlier this month, AT&T expanded the number of programming bundles available through the DirecTV Now streaming service from the initial two introduced when DirecTV Now launched in November 2016. The five new bundles range in price from $86 to $135, and most of their names mirror names of bundles available to DirecTV’s satellite customers — Choice, Xtra, Ultimate and Entertainment.