Should You Choose AT&T U-verse or 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 availability. 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 300 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.

Head to Head Comparison

AT&T U-verse

DirecTV

October 2014: discount offer No offer available.

Lowest Triple Play Price

  • $89/Mo for 24 months.
  • Internet: up to 6 Mbps download
  • TV: up to 140 channels
  • Phone: 200 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: 510+ Channels
  • HD Channels: 210+ Channels
  • Music: 48 Music Channels
  • HBO Cost: $16.00/month
  • DVR Cost: $8/mo
  • Additional Receiver Cost: One-time fee of $49 and monthly fee of $8 per receiver
  • Video on Demand: Yes, Visit Website

Television Service

  • Standard Channels: 285+ Channels
  • HD Channels: 195+ Channels
  • Music: Unknown
  • HBO Cost: $17.99 per month -- Free for 3 months
  • DVR Cost: $199.00
  • Additional Receiver Cost: $99
  • Video on Demand: Yes, View Website

Internet Service

  • Power: 45 Mbps - $81.00/mo
  • Max Turbo: 24 Mbps - $54.95/mo
  • Max Plus: 18 Mbps - $44.95/mo
  • Max: 12 Mbps - $56.00/mo
  • Elite Internet: 6 Mbps - $34 .95/mo
  • Pro Internet: 3 Mbps - $29 .95/mo

Internet Service

DIRECTV partners with the top names in the Internet service from AT&T, CenturyLink, Exede, Cincinnati Bell, HughesNet, Windstream, Verizon and Mediacom.

Satellite internet are also provided through a partnership with WildBlue.

Phone Service

  • AT&T U-verse Voice 200 - $25/mo
  • AT&T U-verse Voice Unlimited - $35/mo
  • AT&T U-verse Voice International & Mexico - $40 /mo
  • Additional Line - $15.00/Mo

Phone Service

No Phone Service Provided by DirecTV

Additional Information

  • Contract Length:  Annual
  • Technology: Internet Protocol Television, Fiber Optics
  • Additional Fees: HD Services require $10/mo additional fee
  • Channel Line Up: Visit Website

Additional Information

  • Contract Length:  24-Month Agreement
  • Technology: Satellite
  • Additional Fees: HD Service $4.99/Mo

Data based on zip code 78704 as of October 2014

Data collected October 2014 for 78704 zip code.

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