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TV Provider price comparison

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Justin85, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Justin85

    Justin85 Legend

    Jun 16, 2010
    So I have a friend at work who I was talking about switching to U-Verse, I tried talking him into DTV instead of it based on you can't have 2+ DVRs, or lack of HD pic quality. But his main argument was that "in the end" U-Verse TV was cheaper. (He has Comcast now btw)

    It was a slow day at work (I'm a Firefighter) so I threw together this quick Excel sheet.

    Some info about it, First, he is WANTING Two HDDVR's, Second, He has AAA, so I added the AAA Discount to DTV, couldn't find any such discount for the other providers. Third, in our area, we have DTV, DishNet, Comcast, and AT&T, so only they are listed. All promo's listed are for the Indianapolis Market, zip 46113.

    I figured I would post this here, because it turns out over a two year period (life of contract) DTV is cheaper even after up front lease fees, plus he would get that 2nd. HDDVR that he can't get on U-Verse.

    If even one person finds this useful besides him, I guess I didn't completely waste my time!
  2. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Nice spreadsheet. :)

    I found it hard to do a comparison with UVerse for my setup. They are very limited in hardware configurations. I couldn’t get three DVRs and they could come close to matching my storage capacity.

  3. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Too bad he can't get the AAA discount and the referral discount. If your spreadsheet convinces him to go with DirecTV you deserve the referral.
  4. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    I did a similar spreadsheet about 6 months ago and DirecTV was the least expensive on my wallet as well, in the St. Louis area. No UVerse available here though...but again, for the things I had and the addition of an HD receiver (for $99.00) the whole thing would have been nearly $100 less expensive for a two year commitment. :)
  5. nevea2be

    nevea2be Legend

    Sep 4, 2007
    Here the Digital Preferred from Comcast cost's 78.40 a month and the cost for each HD-DVR is 14.95 a month and 8.70 a month for an HD receiver. Plus all the wonderful tax's. So here it would cost 108+ a month after the promotion period for Preferred and two HD-DVR's. Preferred only offers a 100+ digital channels.
  6. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    Whole Home DVR comcast does have lighter ver of that rolling out now.

    U-200 is way less then Choice Ultimate and it's less then choice extra.

    to get near choice extra you need U-300 + sports (U-300 forces you to get movies Starz + movie channel + Showtime) and even then NO MLB network.

    U-300 has and U-200 does not
    CNNI (CNN International)
    Fox Business Network
    CNBC World
    Investigation Discovery
    PBS Kids Sprout
    Planet Green
    fit tv
    ION Life
    MTV Tr3s
    MTV Jams
    BET Gospel
    VH1 Soul
    CMT Pure Country

    need sports for

    NHL Network
    CBS College Sports Network
    Sportsman Channel
    The Tennis Channel
    TVG Network
    Outdoor Channel
  7. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Nice work on the spreadsheet. Even without the AAA discount, DirecTV is cheapest by at least $100 over two years. That pays for at least 33 months of MRV! :)
  8. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    Night want to check ATT for directv discounts also, at least here Directv is available through ATT with a discount
  9. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007

    Yep. If you're friend already has AT&T phone service, he can get another $5/month off DirecTV. OTOH, U-verse has about 30 more HD channels than DirecTV ATM, if that makes a difference. I plan to jump on U-verse as soon as possible for that very reason.
  10. GoPokes43

    GoPokes43 Mentor

    Sep 13, 2007
    Cool. Do you just need to add the upfront cost of the DTV box to the first month?
  11. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    and in Chicago land you need to add sports pack to get fox movie channle and speed (parts of the area)
  12. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    they are giving out a free HDDVR and HD box now.
  13. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    doubt if I ever will, small drive on their dvr, no chance of external drive, limited HD streams (1HD/3SD, 2HD/2SD or in rare cases 3HD/1SD), 1 DVR allowed per hoursehold just will not work. Have 5 HD tv's already in use. A total of 4 streams at one time will not work either. Might d the due diligence on the Uverse system real close, the number of HD streams depends on how far you are from the vrad
  14. BruceG

    BruceG Cool Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    The uVerse figures are the same, with the same promos here in San Francisco Bay Area. By ordering online it's pretty common to get $150 rebate when ordering uVerse 200 package. If it's combined with their internet it's a $250 rebate.
  15. Manctech

    Manctech Icon

    Jul 5, 2010
    I have uverse and it's great for apartments and crappy televisions. For the HD/DVR/MRV with uverse it is cheaper than D* without the contract.

    And if you don't have a great tv who cares about PQ.
  16. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    Thanks for the heads up, but none of those are factors for me in my 1 DVR / 1 HDTV household with 80% free space most of the time. 2HD/2SD streams will suffice. I'm just tired of watching my favorite shows in D*'s lousy SD. So I'd rather have more HD channels and the nice snappy HD GUI. HD PQ isn't as good as D*, but it's close enough and much, much better than cable. D* has been lagging behind in HD choices for far too long.
  17. CTJon

    CTJon Godfather

    Feb 5, 2007
    Having HAD to go to uverse from DirecTV - forget about costs - DirecTV is a significantly better product in every way that I can think of. Making it cheaper in the long run is an even better deal. I wouldn't recommend anyone doing UVerse.
  18. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    I just can’t understand the limitations on their equipment. I could not get the person over the phone to give me an identical setup to what I have now. It’s as if they a base configuration that they add on to and that’s it. I understand that it’s probably great from a tech support standpoint, but the configuration is very inflexible.

    Here in Norwich we actually had a guy going door to door pushing UVerse when it became available. Now you’d thing someone whose sole job is to sell a single product would have a clue. Apparently not. :rolleyes:

    All he had was a script he that was actually reading off of and a check list to determine what hardware I could get. I showed him what I had and he couldn’t even come close. At the time the max recording space he could give me was 65 hours.

    From what I’ve seen, it’s decent for a basic setup...probably for the majority of people. Especially considering the bundling. But, I agree whole heartedly with you on this. Even if they were less money, I would be getting less capability for the dollar.

    What really annoys me is I can’t get UVerse internet without getting TV. :shrug:

    BTW, the door to door guy had DirecTV through AT&T. !rolling

  19. sarcasmo

    sarcasmo New Member

    Aug 18, 2010
    Thanks for the spreadsheet! Using it now to compare my current Comcast setup to DirecTV and U-Verse. On the fence about U-Verse. They are finally available here, but limitations seem to big. Not a lot of space on that single DVR. We have three today and I imagine we would fill it up in no time.

    FYI, U-Verse is offering $150-$350 back in my area (depending on your bundle) that I think you should include in your decision.
  20. Glen_D

    Glen_D Legend

    Oct 21, 2006
    Maybe it will just be a matter of time in your area. AT&T actually offers U-verse standalone internet service in my area. Their website shows monthy pricing from $35-$65, depending on speed.

    Previously, I heard of people getting the internet/TV bundle, getting the rebate, then cancelling the TV portion only, in order to get standalone U-verse internet.

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