This is a discussion on Is Direct tv worth it? within the DirecTV forums, part of the Cable and Satellite Providers category.
Even if you do get DirecTV you will probably want to get an antenna for local channels. In my area DirecTV only carries 6 of the 12 English language channels available in the Colorado Springs DMA and none of the channels I receive from the Denver DMA. And the "reception" from DirecTV for the locals is worse than what I get from my own antenna. For me personally there is nothing on DirecTV worth what they are asking.
What are you looking for? Sports? Value? Is HD important to you? what about internet, do you get it from the cable company, or who?
Tell us what you're looking for, and we can guide you to the best value for your buck.
One of DirecTV's interesting features is the ability to pause and rewind a maximum of 50 hours of live TV. Even with interruptions you can still watch your favorite show just by programming your remote. In addition, you can record two separate programs at the same time on different channels. With this feature, consumers can record and watch an entire season of their favorite TV show at their own pace and convenience.
However, Dish Network is CHEAPER. Dish Network could be a good value for you, if their entry level package has the networks that fit your viewing habits, do a side by side channel line-up comparison first. Both providers have a lot of channels in their line ups. If it offers, all you had hoped for then say hello to extra money in your budget every month.
1) When NBC is no longer available on Direct TV, (after Nov 1, 2011) I will be going to Comcast.
2) Even after a law was passed banning commercials from using volume higher than programming.... it still happens and I'm just about fed up and am ready to go to Comcast.
3) Recently, we had to really push to get an upgrade to HD even after I found out that our tenure qualified us for well over 3 years... just to find out that trees are in the way on a greenbelt and we can't get it.
4) Signal is OFTEN upset in not so terrible weather.
So, we will be cancelling soon because we have been ready for HD for a long time and we are sick and tired of losing signal with the defunct technology called satellite. Their customer service and quality of service has really fallen to the way side!
Don't get Direct TV.
OK...with everything (and you guys have to admit) EVEN OTA vs "the Satellites and Cable" there are PROS and CONS so I'll be constructive and try to offer a little of each....
DIRECTV (THE CONS): Here'e the lowdown from a (very recent) cord cutter of DirecTV.....although laced with very nice "new subscriber" benefits (usually the hook is FREE INSTALLATION, FREE EQUIPMENT, and a LUCRATIVE upfront programming package for a year. There's a few things to consider....after your new subscriber tenure is up....the cost of course increases. That 29.95 deal that lasts for 12 months becomes 60.99 (this mind u is DirecTV's LOWEST priced package NOW) plus 5.00 for any additional receiver, (we had two here) another 7.00 a month if u choose to include DVR service (this fee here is automatically charged regardless of your "term contract" too) (and some or your newer HD receivers AUTOMATICALLY COME WITH THIS) so it's 29.95 PLUS this right up from.....and another 7 dollars per receiver for the ROOM2ROOM DVR Feature which has become popular...that too is automatically tacked on from the start REGARDLESS of your contract tenure....plus if your HD right up front (and DON"T choose to provide a AUTOMATIC debit charge for all your services) it's another $10 dollars onto of that for HD services.......then there Sales Tax, your state might have a Satellite Access Fee and or other additional fees which is something else to thing about. For this household it had became a little too much.
DIRECTV (THE PROS): Excellent Selection, with DirecTV u pretty much get everything you'd care to watch in one base package and pretty decent customer service.. I personally never had a complaint about that myself. And I got alot of stuff I wanted to watch. The SELECTION and QUALITY weren't things I had problems with...JUST THE PRICE.
OTA (THE CONS): LOCATION...the ultimate downfall to my situation here (and something I immediately noticed upon the big "cord cutting" is that while OTA is FREE along comes with that is a lack of quality programming and(or) selection based on what's available in your area....for people that live in more metropolitan areas this isn't so much an issue...but those living in more URBAN settings (which is the situation here) the number of channels are very limited. Therefor increasing the need for a larger outdoor antenna and mast.
OTA (THE PROS): EXCELLENT QUALITY now if LOCATION isn't an issue then we'll talk QUALITY.....the other week upon my "cord cut" I noticed something I've probably never noticed prior to that was how much the QUALITY the broadcast are....OTA is truly the best selection when it comes to being about to deliver not just quality but EXCELLENT PICTURE QUALITY...the power of broadcast TV isn't bogged down with compression of any sort so they can seen the highest quality picture without any compression what soever. OH yeah and did I mention it's all FREE.....
The best thing to do is weight it all in before u make your decision....
I am a very satisfied DirecTV subscriber, it fits my budget and it gives me the channels I need. But I think you should compare to satellite tv to know which you think fits you best.
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