Comparing Comcast and DirecTV

TV connection dilemmas anyone? Consider it absolved. This post aims to compare two popular TV service providers- DirecTV and Xfinity, by Comcast. While Comcast is the biggest cable TV network in the US, DirecTV is the most sought after satellite dish connection. Each service has its pros and cons. We’ve tried to cover it below.

INSTALLATION

DirecTV offers free installation for a two year deal while Comcast has no such deal. They charge an average installation fee of $50 which varies with self or professional installation.

HD CHANNELS

DirecTV supplies 166HD channels throughout the country whereas Comcast has a maximum claim to 130HD channels, that too in selected regions.

ON DEMAND

Both networks come with On Demand libraries which give you the liberty to watch a lot more content (both paid and free) over the internet. Comcast seems to beat DirecTV here with their subscription offer for On Demand. This gives access to an enviable collection of TV content.

DirecTV does not have offer an On Demand library subscription but you can rent or pay for premium channels to access content on the internet.

EQUIPMENT

With Comcast you can record four shows while watching another one. Its high end X1 HD DVR has 500GB space and can store 300hrs of SD and 60hrs of HD data.

Genie of DirecTV has a storage of 1TB and is competent to store 150hrs of HD and 400hrs of SD. You can watch 2 shows and record 5 more with Picture-in-Picture. A standard DVR like Comcast (DIRECTV with HD DVR) is also available with 500 GB space.

Additional TVs can be connected to the network by adding DVRs with both services.

TV ANYWHERE

The cloud-based X1 platform of Comcast allows you to watch live and recorded shows on multiple devices in your house. XFINITY TV GO App lets you control TV recordings anywhere from your apple and android devices. What’s more, it lets you watch your favorite programs on xfinity.com/TV from any part of the planet. The XFINITY X1 remote App ensures you can use that Apple phone as a suave remote. More reasons to get Comcast. Comcast allows you video streaming through Xfinity Streampix

Play live, recorded or On Demand stuff on any device through DirecTV Everywhere in your homes. It has a similar phone to remote app and through GenieGo connected to your HD DVR, transfer recorded shows to your laptops and tablets.

Unlike Comcast, DirecTV does not give a choice to live stream programmes on your smart devices out of your house.

SERVICE CONTRACT PERIODS

DirecTV comes only with two year contacts for new subscribers.

Comcast on the other hand doesn’t oblige with such time bound contracts. Seems to be ideal for people who move a lot.

VALUE PACKAGES

DirecTV offers 140 TV channels including HD and local for $29.99/month. Comcast has two packages; a 10 local channel package for $30.15/month and economy package for 45 channels at a range of $19.99-$39.95/month.

TOP TIER PACKAGE

Premier package of Comcast costs $99.99/month for first year to a subscription of 200 channels, whereas DirecTV offers 25 channels for $86.99/month for the first 12months.

Though DirecTV is a clear winner in the channels offered department, Comcast scores highly for service contracts, TV anywhere and On Demand options.

Comcast vs Time Warner

We all have reasons why we prefer certain brands over others. This is no different when it comes to cable and satellite TV. Would you go for Comcast or Time Warner Cable (TWC)? While this decision could be largely determined by personal preference, comparing the two giant companies on the basis of some specific factors will help you make a more informed decision. Below is an insightful comparison: Comcast vs Time Warner

Before we begin the comparison, note that only one cable provider can service a particular geographical area.

1.Triple-service bundles

Both Comcast’s XFINITY and TWC have various triple-service bundles to choose from. XFINITY has 5 packages to choose from. They vary in HD offerings and range from $99 to $119.99 per month for the first 24 months. TWC has 3 multi-service packages to choose from. They range from $89 to $129 per month.

2.Internet Service

Comcast’s XFINITY provides download speeds that range from 25 Mbps to 505 Mbps. TWC’s speeds range from 3 Mbps to 50 Mbps. Well, there is a possibility of throttling. In a Comcast vs Time Warner ISP rating by Netflix, XFINITY averaged 2.10 Mbps and TWC 2.05 Mbps.

3. HD DVR Service

Both Comcast and Time Warner provide HD DVR at a flat monthly rate. Comcast’s price ranges from $15.95 to $26.95. A sign-up promotion will give you 6 months for free. The default service stores 90 hours of HD recording. TWC offers HD DVR for $22.99 per month. The whole house service gives you 75 hours of HD recording. Their DVR box is cheaper and stores 30 hours of HD.

4. Features

Let’s see who the boss here is: Comcast vs Time Warner features. Comcast’s XFINITY launched X1 in select markets to streamline and make the whole TV experience more interactive. It is a cloud-enabled platform. It allows for watching live and recorded programming on multiple devices. You can also use voice command to control your TV. You can record 4 shows at the same time and watch a fifth simultaneously.

TWC allows you to watch live on handheld devices and on your PC too. The whole house HD-DVRs allows you to watch one live show and record another simultaneously. You can also record 2 shows at once.

5. Channels

Both XFINITY and TWC boast over 200 channels on their top tier services. The number of HD channels varies according to market. Comcast has more HD channel packages.

6. Offers

Both companies have offers for new customers. TWC offers 6 months of HBO and Cinemax for $10 per month (or free Cinemax for 3 months.) Both also offer reward credits when signing up. Comcast offers prepaid Visa cards up to $250 while TWC Visa reward cards with a value of $200 when you switch from another provider.

All in all

Comcast vs Time Warner? You sit as the judge. You have the various ways in which you can compare the giants.