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Direct TV Satellite vs. Comcast Cable: The Pros and Cons

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By Matt Goldstein

Get the exclusive breakdown of the two of the biggest television options, cable or satellite.  With Direct TV and Comcast Cable’s advertising campaigns, it’s very difficult to understand what’s real and what’s straight up pontificating BS.  Who has the most channels, who has the most HD, On Demand and how can I save money?  From lowering your bill to getting the best entertainment available, check out the grudge match breakdown between two TV giants, Comcast Cable vs. Direct TV: the Pros and Cons.

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The HD Picture

 

The HD Picture

The HD Picture on Direct TV is the best possible picture you can get period.  The digital signal directly from the satteilite destroys Comtcast Cable, Verizon Fios and any other cable.  The only other picture that can rival Direct TV are other sattelites.  Win   The Comcast Cable HD Picture is not a bad picture, it’s just not the best.  Loss   

The Price

 

The Price

This is not even close.  Right now we’re getting every single channel and every single premium channel for $78 per  month.  Win   For the amount of Direct TV channels we are getting right now, it would be 2.5 times the price.  This is not even close.  Comcast is very expensive and they will not be lowering prices, just offering more services.  Loss  

Weather & Technical Issues

 

Weather & Technical Issues

While we haven’t had any weather related issues yet, we’ve heard the horror stories.  Snow on the dish, rain and even overcast can cause problems.  The bigger dish for Direct TV might have solved some of these problems but we’ve had very slow load times and DVR recording getting cut off multiple times.  Loss   While Comcast has it’s outages, just like any cable or internet company would, it’s nearly not as many problems as you would get with a sattelite.  Win   

On Demand

 

On Demand

Well, there is no On Demand for Direct TV unless you hook your TV up to the internet.  Weak!  Loss   Comcast On Demand is pretty god damn awesome.  There’s nothing better than having HBO series and documentaires at the touch of a button.  Win

DVR

 

DVR

The Direct TV DVR is running the show right now and is more than 5 times the size and memory of Comcast.  You  should see the amount of HD movies we have saved right now.  We’ve had some technical issues with a few recordings but Direct TV said they will be fixing the issues.  We will give them a chance and re-edit this post.  Win   The Comcast DVR?  Meh.  Comcast gets crushed in this department but Direct TV is making up for the lack of On Demand.  Loss

Amount of HD Channels

 

Amount of HD Channels

Direct TV seems to have twice the HD channels as Comcast and their not just BS channels, their premium channels too.  All of HBO, Showtime, & Cinemax and multiple Stars & TMC channels are in HD.  Win   Only one of each premium channel in HD?  Is this a joke?  Comcast must step up their game here.  Loss

Premium Channels

 

Premium Channels

Direct TV has way more premium channels available period.  HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, and TMC all come with more premium channels and again, their all in HD.  Win   Loss.

National & International Sports Coverage

 

National & International Sports Coverage

Direct TV originated ther NFL Sunday Ticket and they offer the same kind of coverage with all kinds of sports.  Premium and basic, the amount of sports available are insane and you can watch 8 games on the same screen.  Win   Loss
     

Local Sports & Comcast Sportsnet

 

Local Sports & Comcast Sportsnet

With Direct TV in Philadelphia, Comcast has blacked out the local Comcast Sportsnet meaning, we won’t be able to watch about 95% of Phillies & Sixers games.  Ouch!  We do get about 3-4 Comcast Sportnets for other cities.  Loss   Local Comcast Sportsnet offers almost every single Phillies, Flyers and Sixers games as well as pre game and post game breakdown for all 4 local sports teams including the Eagles.  Win 

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9 comments to Direct TV Satellite vs. Comcast Cable: The Pros and Cons

  • David

    The amazing DVR functionality more than makes up for the VERY few moments Directv is out. Cable has such a top heavy infrastructure they can’t afford to compete with Direct TV in any meaningful way.

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  • Beth Linn

    What do you mean DIRECTV doesn’t have ON DEMAND? I’m switching to DIRECTV and on the list of Channels is DIRECTV “On Demand” 1000-1890 HD … I’VE JUST NOTICED THE SPELLING IN YOUR COMPARISON ARTICLE AND IT’S SPELLING DIRECT TV SEPARATING THE TV. IS THERE ANOTHER COMPANY THAT USES THE TITLE DIRECT TV? I’m worried now… I did a lot of comparisons between DIRECTV and Comcast talking to both companies the cost comparisons goes hands down to DIRECTV. I started out with Comcast Cable at $90.00 for Phone, Web, and TV and I’m at $210.00 now and I don’t have a DVR…I’ve been quoted at $120 for DIRECTV for a “lifetime”. Is this just good ‘ole’ BS

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  • Jeff

    DirecTV does not nor has future plans to carry the PAC-12 Network. Big mistake, college sports fans on the west coast are fleeing from DirecTV. I have been a DirecTV customer since 2005 but I am now switching to Comcast or DISH. Cheers!

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  • Jim U

    I had Direct constantly had problem of if locking up. Customer support is very bad. DVR to much delay. As soon as my contract was up I went back to xfinity

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  • howard brown

    Has any of the above information changed as of 2/1/14..Is Direct TV still an issue during rain/snow?

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  • The main differences between Direct TV and Comcast is reception and cost.
    While Comcast provides good reception during inclement weather, Direct TV will probably fail during these times.
    The economy really sucks right now, so if you want to save some money on vanity, like TV viewing, then go with Direct TV.
    Either go out and get a good paying job, or like the rest of the nation, deal with the bad weather and bad TV, and spend some time with your loved ones while the freaking TV won’t come in, and spend the money you save on a dinner with the family, or bowling.

    Comcast should work with the customers during this economic recession and give the people a good deal. The rewards would be staggering in the future, but they push them out more and more to Direct TV.

    Have hope my friends, soon the will be another choice.

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  • john r. parker

    why cant direct hold a signal? i cant watch a program when it rains just keeps going out when i had cable the only time i lost service was when the electric went out im getting fed up with this crap thinking seriously about going back to cable and im tired of hearing all your great service lies

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  • Ed Birch

    I am trying to decide if I should switch to Direct TV. Your information has been a big help. Thank you — Ed Birch

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