Clearly, as your post indicates, DIRECTV Now is not a good solution for everyone, but it works great for my family. I'll take the $960 per year savings we have with DIRECTV Now over what we were paying for traditional DIRECTV and do something else with that money. All the channels we watch regularly are in crystal clear 1080p. I know -- I tested it side-by-side with the traditional DIRECTV service before I cancelled the traditional DIRECTV service and there was zero difference in picture quality as far as I could tell. I'll grant you that the channels are a little less clear for about two seconds when you first tune to a channel (almost like 480p quality). I assume it's analyzing the connection throughput during those few seconds. Once that's done, the picture quality is most definitely 1080p on most channels. The only exceptions I've found so far are the C-SPAN channels. Their picture quality is abysmal -- and the image is shrunken down to a tiny square on the TV. It's laughable. Thankfully, I don't watch C-SPAN more than a few times a year for a few minutes at a time. I can live with it.