Comcast vs. Dish Network vs. DirecTV: Reviewing the Top Three Television Providers
by, 09-13-2012 at 08:24 AM (93065 Views)
If you're looking for a new cable or satellite provider, chances are you're looking at the Big Three: Comcast, DirecTV and Dish Network. And chances are, you've been weighing the pros and cons for long enough that you're ready to just drop the subject and stick to Netflix. After my experience with both cable and satellite television providers, I wanted to write a little post explaining which company in my humble opinion is best...
After keeping Comcast for less than a year, I'd have to say that I'd rate the service as a so-so experience. The HD package that I had was $60/month, and although it did come with a lot of HD channels and DVR, I just wasn't happy with the picture quality of service overall. The poor picture quality had more to do with the DVR I think which seemed like it couldn't process the picture at times. I had Comcast out numerous times to correct the problem, but they never could figure it out. I cancelled service and went to DirecTV.
After my experience with Comcast, DirecTV was a step up. Their immediate and responsive customer service and wide range of channels make them my favorite cable company I've ever dealt with. I wound up going with another pay tv provider, but as far as the sheer range of channels goes, DirecTV had the most including HD channels. I would have kept the service had I not moved out to the country, which put me in a unique position where a DirecTV installer couldn't get a good signal. My monthly bill only came out to about $50 a month with a basic package, which isn't bad for what you get.
I eventually went with Dish Network as satellite was the only thing I could get so far out of town. Though I'm not the biggest fan of satellite, I was surprised to find that Dish Network actually sent a clear signal down even on the stormiest of nights. I'm not sure if the technology has finally advanced enough that satellite television now comes through crystal clear even through medium-rough weather, or if Dish Network has simply stepped up their game, but I was pleasantly surprised all the same. A bit pricier than DirecTV only because I have a better package with more movie channels, which is costing me roughly $80 a month, but well worth it and, in the long run, far less pricey than anything Comcast might have offered.
In this reviewer's humble opinion, you really can't lose with the big three. I feel that satellite TV offers more channels and better service than cable, but If cold weather is a factor, I would certainly choose cable as the satellite signal has a tendency to go down in the wintertime.
Dish Network is a very good provider with a wide range of channels, but at the end of the day, I would still be using DirectTV given a choice, so consider Dish a close runner-up.
What has your experience with cable or satellite TV been like?
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