Simplifying Broadband for Today's Consumer

AT&T U-verse vs DirecTV

DirecTV’s main appeal is its wide availability. That being said, AT&T U-verse uses an advanced vDSL-powered system is already deployed in many major markets. Because of At&T's large footprint U-verse and compares very favorably with DirecTV in nearly every way including availablity. DirecTV does not bundle digital cable, digital telephone, and broadband in-house, but instead outsources some of these operations to other companies, which ultimately lowers their ability to compete effectively. With nearly 400 channels on tap, AT&T handily out-classes DirecTV’s nearly 200 channels, but the two are nearly neck and neck when it comes to HD offerings. Premium packages and additional receives are too close to call, though DirecTV does offer more digital music channels. AT&T’s U-verse does offer unique features such as the ability to pause and transfer live programming from one STB (Set Top Box) to another, while DirecTV uses satellites to deliver programming and broadband. Satellites are very useful for those on the go, but are limited by weather and overall performance.

AT&T U-verse

DirecTV

April 2014: discount offer No offer available.

Lowest Triple Play Price

  • $79/Mo for 24 months.
  • Internet: up to 6 Mbps download
  • TV: up to 130 channels
  • Phone: 250 minutes.

Lowest Triple Play Price

No Triple Play Offered Through DirecTV.
For triple play packages that include Directv service check AT&T DSL and Verizon High Speed Internet

Television Service

  • Standard Channels: Up to 400 Channels
  • HD Channels: Up to 120 Channels
  • Music: 48 Music Channels
  • HBO Cost: $16/Mo
  • DVR Cost: $15/Mo (incl in most plans)
  • Additional Receiver Cost: $8/Mo
  • Video on Demand: Yes, Visit Website

Television Service

  • Standard Channels:  280+ Channels
  • HD Channels: 105+ Channels  
  • Music: 67+ Channels
  • HBO Cost: $14.99/Mo
  • DVR Cost: $7/Mo
  • Additional Receiver Cost: $99 Up front - $5/Mo after
  • Video on Demand: Yes, View Website

Internet Service

  • Max Turbo: up to 24 Mbps - $71/Mo
  • Max Plus: up to 18 Mbps - $61/Mo
  • Max: up to 12 Mbps - $56/Mo
  • Elite: up to 6 Mbps - $51/Mo
  • Pro: up to 3 Mbps - $46/Mo

Internet Service

Internet Services Provided through a partnership with WildBlue.
  • 512Kbps Down / 128Kbps Up - $49.95/Mo

Phone Service

  • Unlimited Calls - $35/Mo
  • Additional Line - $15/Mo

Phone Service

No Phone Service Provided by DirecTV

Additional Information

  • Contract Length:  None (some promotions require 1 year term)
  • Technology: Internet Protocol Television, Fiber Optics
  • Additional Fees: HD Services require $10/mo additional fee

Additional Information

  • Contract Length:  Varies / Yearly
  • Technology: Satellite
  • Additional Fees: HD Service $10/Mo

Data based on zip code 78704 as of Feb 2014

Data collected Oct 2010 for 78704 zip code.