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TV Provider price comparison

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

  1. Mike Bertelson

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

    Jan 24, 2007
    The website in our area shows the same thing but when I try to order it I get a message saying my order is incomplete. After I called AT&T I found out I have to order the minimum TV package in order to get internet.

    I've read about people getting the TV package and canceling but they have to come in to do the install. I just don't want them messing with my system.

  2. Glen_D

    Glen_D Legend

    Oct 21, 2006
    I'm not aware of a self-install option for U-verse, even if all you want is internet. Before SBC became AT&T, they used to make a DSL self-install kit available for their POTS customers, but I don't know if DSL self-installs are still an option.

    You can run your own cabling for U-verse, and have the technicians make the terminations, but they have to enter your premises to make the proper connections at your NID (or replace the NID if it is not up to current standards). They also have to verify SYNC, verify grounding continuity of the electrical outlet your gateway will be plugged into, and authorize your gateway. The gateway and set-top boxes remain property of AT&T.

    The only additional work performed if you are getting U-verse TV service is to place a set-top box at each TV that you want to have service, and connect a cable from that box to the gateway.
  3. dtvrillo

    dtvrillo Mentor

    Jan 5, 2007
    U-verse has BBC HD
    Top Gear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. kovach

    kovach Mentor

    Feb 22, 2010
    The savings with U-verse seem to come on the U-verse Voice side...basically VOIP. Unlimited long distance and just about every option known to man for $30/mo.

    But they've had some significant issues with Voice in homes with alarms.
  5. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    The thing to consider with U-Verse is how much you value PQ. If you aren't too picky, it may be the best deal.
  6. Mike Bertelson

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

    Jan 24, 2007
    My friends PQ is pretty dang good.

    Although, I have read that there can be a big difference from region to region.

  7. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    I'm not surprised. With the advances in compression algorithms over the past couple of years, the differences in HD PQ at normal viewing distances these days are often more theoretical than practical, IMHO. That said, I understand from what others are posting that AT&T PQ is not consistent across the country. I guess in areas where they lack sufficient bandwidth, they're upping the compression to compensate.

    E.g., I have a calibrated 65" 1080p plasma, and when I critically compare 1080p PPV to standard 720p or 1080i HD sitting 10' away, I honestly don't see any difference, even though I want to. Unless I plan to sit a foot away from the screen, I think 1080p is more marketing hype than anything else, and generally a waste of the extra bandwidth it consumes. Just my .02.
  8. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    I wonder how the folks with U-Verse are enjoying The Hallmark Channel lately? Oops, I guess they aren't since A T & T is having a dispute with the program provider and yanked those channels last week.

    Of course, they lowered the package price due to this, right? :D
  9. Mike Bertelson

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

    Jan 24, 2007
    Umm...Yeah. :rolleyes:

    My biggest problem with UVerse is when I try to price it out they refuse to give me a hardware configuration similar to what I have now. They will only give me a whole home DVR with 65 hours of HD space. They will not give me more than one DVR...only two standalone boxes connected to the DVR for the additional TVs. Plus, they want $7/mo for each of those boxes. :nono:

    IMHO, a very limited configuration; it may be easy to support but not very flexible. When I told the guy that I have six tuners with about 400 hours and want the same, he told me there was no way I will get that from UVerse. :shrug:

    It’s not even any cheaper for me after the six month intro rate and I also loose a lot of capability. There's no real way to compare apples to apples with UVerse. :shrug:

  10. Eskimo

    Eskimo AllStar

    Aug 2, 2010
    Having just switched from Dish to DTV, I can say without a doubt that from 10' distance on 50" plasma (calibrated), the PQ is definitively better with DTV, both SD and HD.

    The only time I would expect to see a difference between 1080i and 1080p is with fast-panning scenes.

    I agree with you though - someone who rents a 1080p movie thinking they're going to get Blu-Ray quality will be quite let down.
  11. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Ya. If Dish is still broadcasting any channels in MPEG-2 "HD Lite", like DirecTV used to, I agree with you on that. I was thinking about channels that are strictly AVC/MPEG-4. I find SD is another kettle of fish and PQ is variable depending on the network.
  12. photostudent

    photostudent Godfather

    Nov 8, 2007
    They are heading my way with Uverse. I already have D* so from spreadsheet I would save a bit for the first year with Uverse otherwise pricing is about the same. I wouldn't jump for that unless I got a better combo price with internet or D* fails to catch up on core HD channels this year. Of course this is all a moot point to the hardcore sports guys. You have to spot D* sports dominance.
  13. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    DirecTV has Top Gear in HD too actually.
  14. Justin85

    Justin85 Legend

    Jun 16, 2010
    The HD Quality in the Indianapolis region for AT&T is terrible. I didn't realize how bad it was until DirecTV was installed... it's night and day. Sports programing is where it is most noticeable. I have a 50" Panasonic Plasma, at a normal viewing distance, and my wife mentioned that D* looks much crisper and more vivid (her words). Their is no comparison... for new customers D* wins in price, and quality.
  15. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Ya. Yours is the second post I've read that indicates that AT&T is not sending the same signal to all customers across the U-verse footprint. I guess they're short on bandwidth in certain areas and are compensating with more compression.
  16. SteveHas

    SteveHas Hall of Fame

    Feb 6, 2007
    nice work,
    I have forwarded your handiwork to some family and friends

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