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Charter vs AT&T Uverse vs DirectTV?
I'm considering upgrading our home television and internet service and would welcome input from those who have experience with these services. What would you recommend and why? We currently have Charter cable TV and AT&T DSL. I wonder if the bundling they offer will really offer any long-term savings. I'm thinking we'll try bundling with Charter or AT&T Uverse before installing a dish.

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10-24-2012 11:51 AM
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RE: Charter vs AT&T Uverse vs DirectTV?
I don't bundle but I've had Charter TV in the past which I really didn't have problems once I had service going before my apt had us go to Dish which I've b*tched about many times on here. I have AT&T DSL light from UAB for when I'm on call & have had no problems w/ my DSL service. My brother has Charter TV & internet & has had many internet problems w/ them & of course problems in getting customer service on the phone. Can't say about Uverse but have heard it's just as spotty as Charter but then again you might luck up & have no problems w/ your service where you need to call.
10-24-2012 04:21 PM
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RE: Charter vs AT&T Uverse vs DirectTV?
Directv offers more channels than Dish or Charter, from what I can tell. Uverse isn't offered in my area.

Directv does what we need, however you cannot connect other tv's to one DVR and watch other channels. We do have a crapload of channels though. Dish allows you to connect other tv's into your DVR & watch your shows, normally on channel 60.

Price-wise, Directv for us is cheaper than Dish.

In regards to Internet, we have AT&T DSL & it is sufficient for us.

Directv may have a package deal with AT&T to offer internet and cable.
10-24-2012 07:20 PM
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RE: Charter vs AT&T Uverse vs DirectTV?
If Charter offers the channels you like to watch, it is in my experience superior to satellite because mine goes out in every bad storm. When we lived in Hoover (2003 to 2005) , our apt. complex used Charter, and I never had a problem with their service. When we moved to Cropwell, we first used Coosa Cable which had no resemblence to Charter at all (only about 40 channels on basic service) so we switched to DirecTV for TV and the phone company for DSL internet service since phones tend to work even in bad weather. I have been on BlazerTalk during a rain storm while the TV had a blue screen and a banner saying "searching for satellite signal".
10-24-2012 10:13 PM
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I've recently signed up for the Uverse internet and phone. Lots of folks I talked to when I was making my decision said Uverse is much better than AT&T DSL. I'm happy so far.
10-24-2012 11:23 PM
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RE: Charter vs AT&T Uverse vs DirectTV?
I've had Charter, Dish, and DirecTV. Haven't had U-Verse because it's not in my neighborhood but I have an opinion.

Dish: They had some cool equipment (Google TV, SlingBox built in to their receivers) but they are missing some channels. Their pricing has gone up recently, but they used to be the cheapest satellite provider. They also tend to get into disputes with their channels, so they have a lot of channels that go away for a week or two and then come back.

DirecTV: The most channels, hands down. Also they have caught up to dish in the "cool DVR" category because they have the 5 tuner home media center/genie DVR. They have the best sports selection out of any provider, but you will pay for it. More expensive than cable, about the same as Dish.

Charter: They have caught up really, really quickly in the channels department. They have pretty much all of the HD that Dish has and they are competitive with DirecTV. Upside is that cable doesn't have a problem with weather, and they carry CSS which DirecTV and Dish do not. They also have Fox College Sports, which is an amalgamation of all of the Fox Sports Networks from around the country into four channels. Satellite providers don't have this, but they have each individual Fox Sports Net. More UAB games have been on these channels than CSS this year. Downside is Charter has questionable customer service (sometimes, sometimes it's good) and whether or not your cable is stable depends on what part of town you live in. It's great for me in Calera, but I hear stories about part of Hoover and Vestavia where it's "crap". YMMV

U-Verse: Like I said, I don't have it. I don't like it though, because Dish, DirecTV, and Charter are all broadcast. You can hook up as many boxes as you want with cable, and with DirecTV you can have up to 8 tuners, and Dish only is limited by how many cables you run outside. U-Verse is narrowcasting--IE: your connection to the TV channel happens way up the food chain, so instead of all of the channels coming down the wire at once, your house tells AT&T what channel(s) you want, and only those channels are sent. Because your U-Verse also does your phone and internet, you're limited to something like 4 channels (this includes live viewing + DVR recording) at any given point in time. That alone kills it for me.

Bundling/Internet options: Charter beats AT&T in the internet department, hands down. DSL is not even an option (max speed 6mbit). Charter's two plans are 30mbit and 100mbit. For what Charter charges for 30mbit you get 3mbit from U-Verse, and U-Verse maxes out at 24mbit.

You can bundle DirecTV with AT&T landline (who has a landline anymore?). I have Charter TV + Internet bundled, I don't have a landline, and I have a Verizon cell phone. Rumors are that eventually you will be able to bundle Verizon cell phone service with Charter, but nothing has been announced.

Additionally, I got Charter because you can use your own equipment. I bought two TiVos (real TiVos, not the cable company knockoffs) and you have to have cable. I love them more than any other DVR in the world, so if that is a consideration, think about it.



(10-24-2012 07:20 PM)the_blazerman Wrote:  Directv does what we need, however you cannot connect other tv's to one DVR and watch other channels.

This is not true. There are a couple of options on DirecTV. First is the 5 tuner "Home Media Center" that is being rolled out (meaning if you ordered today it may or may not be available to order in Birmingham) which lets you record 5 things at once, has a gigantic hard drive, and then lets you hook up boxes on up to 3 TVs + the main TV. Also, you can connect a DVR in one room and regular HD boxes in other rooms and watch things recorded on the DVR on the regular HD boxes. Maybe you didn't have HD? That equipment is required for multi-room viewing.
10-25-2012 01:26 PM
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RE: Charter vs AT&T Uverse vs DirectTV?
We have 2 DVR's hooked/linked up, so I am familiar with this.

What I was talking about was with Dish I could split the outgoing feed into 2 and watch it on various channels.

I don't believe I can do this with Directv. However, I may be wrong.
10-25-2012 02:19 PM
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RE: Charter vs AT&T Uverse vs DirectTV?
(10-25-2012 02:19 PM)the_blazerman Wrote:  We have 2 DVR's hooked/linked up, so I am familiar with this.

What I was talking about was with Dish I could split the outgoing feed into 2 and watch it on various channels.

I don't believe I can do this with Directv. However, I may be wrong.

Oh, I get what you're talking about. Dish Network has the DVRs that has two separate outputs, so you can drive two TVs independently with one physical DVR. You can't do that with DirecTV, but DirecTV's box fees are way cheaper than Dish's, so there's no need. Just put a dedicated DVR on each TV.
10-26-2012 05:23 PM
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