Sports really is better on a big screen

I know I’m dating myself with my next statement. When I first got excited about sports, there were no big TVs. At least, there weren’t any of them near me. I am sure that somewhere, someone had one of these fancy things:


I’m guessing this was about a 50″ screen and I am also guessing that it cost as much as a new Toyota at the time it was bought. The younger version of me would have marveled at it, while today’s version of me just rubs my forehead in amusement.

Digital TV to the rescue

It was the digital TV revolution of the ’00s that really gave us the TVs we have today. Practically everyone needed either a new TV in order to watch fancy new high-definition signals that were being introduced. This meant that manufacturers could evolve quickly knowing there was a built-in market for their products. The result was that a 37″ TV that cost $15,000 at the beginning of the decade was likely selling for about $900 by the end of the decade. By the end of the next decade, the same TV was under $200 if you could even find one that small.

While it was fun to watch sitcoms and crime dramas in high definition, the big winner was sports programming. Not only was there four times the amount of detail and much more clarity, but the move to digital broadcasting allowed for rapid evolution there too. At the beginning of the millennium there were barely any on-screen graphics. Pretty much all you got was the score. Today of course you have all sorts of things showing what’s going on.

Streaming is good but…

I want to say it was about 11 years ago that I watched my first live sporting event on my phone. Sure, it was amazing and novel. It was great that I didn’t have to miss the action just because I needed to pick up something at the store. But let’s be honest. Watching the game on a 4″ screen was a big step back.

It reminded me of the days when I used to hide a radio inside my jacket and snake a little earphone into one ear just so I could hear what was going on. Sure, I could kind of see things, but it wasn’t ideal.

That’s why it surprises me that so many folks try to watch sports on their phones. There’s a better way, you know there is.

Sit down and watch the game on TV. Seriously.

I know it’s out of fashion to think that you have to watch TV in one place. But honestly, it’s a better experience. Watching that game on the big screen lets you share it with friends, lets you keep your phone free for researching stats, and gives you a much better view of what’s going on.

It really does matter how you do it. You can buy streaming subscriptions to most sports, but streaming speeds can be affected by the things other people in your house are doing. If you really want to spend time enjoying the game, you need DIRECTV.

DIRECTV brings it all to the table

From the ability to watch nearly every game (subject to blackout rules but that’s not their fault) to special channels like Game Mix, Red Zone and Strike Zone, watching sports on DIRECTV is the way to do it. You can even get a man cave together with multiple TVs pretty easily, giving you your own sports bar without the overpriced drinks and the fear of sticking your hands into a bowl of peanuts touched by who-knows-who.

There’s always time to get started with DIRECTV. When you sign up, you will be able to start streaming live TV immediately. That’s right, most of what you can get on satellite is also available for free when you sign up with DIRECTV. That’s only a stopgap, though, because it won’t take long for that installer to come and bring the magic.

The best way to get DIRECTV Satellite

Bear with me on this one. I know that you’d think the best way to get satellite TV would be to call DIRECTV… directly. But here’s the secret: Do that and you’ll be sent to an overseas call center. The better way to do it is to work with a dealer based in the US who can really help. And who’s the unquestioned leader among national DIRECTV dealers? Why, Signal Connect of course.

When you call Signal Connect, you’ll get put in the phone with a real expert in our corporate offices outside of Detroit. No call centers, no scripts. Just someone who knows what they are talking about. You’ll be treated like royalty rather than being given the runaround.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself. Call us from anywhere at 888-233-7563 during East Coast business hours. We’ll get you set up with an expert you can call when you need. They’ll even give you their direct line and e-mail address. Try that with a big overseas call center!

So, what are you waiting for? Stop watching sports on your phone and get the experience you deserve!

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.