You are stating that DirecTV has a better track record with respect to dropping HD channels than UVerse and I would just like to understand what that claim is based on.
Since U-Verse has only been operating for 3 years, any comparison with years prior to 2007 would not really be fair. As far as I recall, (but I could be wrong), DirecTV has dropped 1 station since then, which is G4. They also had several retransmission agreement negotiations that cause e.g. Versus to be not available for 6 months (just like HGTV and Food Network were dropped from U-verse for almost a month because of negotiations). With the dropping of ESPN 3D, the count for dropped channels is 1 versus 1 since 2007.
As far as "number of stations carried", U-verse might beat DirecTV.... if you don't count NFL, NHL, MLS, NASCAR and NBA. And 2011 is the first year they actually carried MLB Extra Innings.
U-Verse has much, much worse issues how ever: The picture quality is absolutely horrible, you can only have 3 HD streams (and 1 SD) to your house, which means if you are recording 2 HD shows in the living room, only ONE other TV in your house can actually watch HD. And if you also have U-verse internet..... your available bandwidth for internet applications will go down when you watch HD stations. Yeah that sort of depends on what Internet you have, but if you have 24/3 internet like me, you would only be able to watch (or record) ONE SINGLE HD station (on the maximum 32/5 profile) before it starts eating away on your internet bandwidth.
Plus, their packaging system is a straight ripoff. I have been an HBO fan since the Sex and the City days when I first subscribed to it, and I also am a big baseball fan. If I want the MLB Network, I must buy U300 (and thus pay for Showtime, but not getting HBO), and if I want to add HBO to that.... it is extra, I can't replace Showtime with HBO. Sure, I can get U450, which by the way is also the only way of getting NHL network, my second big sports, but then I pay for Starz, Cinemax I don't necesarily want. Getting MLB Network AND HBO, would have cost me about $20 more with U-verse then with DirecTV, and the difference in other channels is just not worth that much more a month.
As far as technology goes....the system they use was already outdated when they started implementing it in 2007. But their investors were/are happy, as they didn't have to invest in fiber.
I much rather watch 100 HD stations in perfectly clear quality on all TV's in the house, then have a 120 HD stations and be limited to sub-par quality, and be limited to how many TV's I can actually watch those HD stations on.
No thanks. I have U-Verse voice (2 lines), U-Verse Internet..... and DirecTV. Best combo I have had so far with Internet and Television services. U-Verse television with amateurHD is not entering my house.