DIRECTV is Laying Off 700 Installers as Cord Cutting Grows




Channel Surfing ManCord Cutting is slowly taking bigger and bigger bites out of traditional pay TV. Now we have learned that AT&T is laying off 700 DIRECTV installers.

“We’re adding people in many areas where we’re seeing increased customer demand for products and services, and we’re adjusting our workforce in some other areas as we continue to align our workforce with the changing needs of the business. This includes some premises technicians jobs,” an AT&T spokesman told Fierce in an email this morning.

”We’ll work to find other AT&T jobs for as many affected employees as possible and hope that many will stay with us,” the statement added. “We adjust our workforce based on changing market dynamics, which vary from region to region. In some regions we are hiring these same resources and many of the affected employees have the opportunity to transfer to those locations. Those who are unable to find another job with the company will receive severance benefits.”

AT&T did add that they still have thousands of more installers than they did before the DIRECTV NOW merger two years ago.

Overall the move makes sense for AT&T. With more Americans, streaming content means fewer installers are needed. The dish is responding by using their installers for other services from fixing your phone to installing an antenna. AT&T seems to be responding by moving as many staff as they can to other projects as they can.

Source: New York Post

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