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post #1 of 7 Old 04-05-2011, 03:52 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey all,,, I did a search here but really could not find an answer.

I have COX cable here in Las Vegas but my bill is just crazy high so I have been thinking about switching to DirecTV.

My qustion would be:

Is DirecTV cheaper on average than COX,,,, (HD DVR set-up with all HD channels)

For those who have switched from COX to DTV your feedback and opinions would be great to hear.

Thanks in advance

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how much do you pay and for what equipment currently? you can estimate a total at directv.com before purchasing
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Are you only wanting service on one TV? Only one HD-DVR in the house, no other receivers?

If that is the case then it breaks down like this:

Premier package $115
HD Extra Pack $5
HD Access $10
DVR Service $7
Total $137

Then you might have to add on taxes etc. depending on your location.

There would most likely be no up front costs at all other than paying for your first month's service.

You can most likely get free HD Access for life if you sign up now as a new customer, agree to use auto-bill pay, and keep choice extra package or higher. So if you take that off your cost goes down to $127 a month.

It looks like their current offers give you $31 a month off for the first year, and then $16 a month off for the second year, which would make your cost $96 and $111 respectively.

If you want more than one TV you have to pay an additional $6/month for each receiver or DVR you add to the account. You may also have to pay the up front lease fees on the boxes depending on how many you get and what you get.
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Yes, you will get better Picture Quality for HD.

Price wise, you have to call your local provider for total cost and discounts.
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I can't comment on picture quality, though I am very happy with DirecTV in that regard.

However, price varies for cable, even within the same company. Cox in CT may be different than Cox somewhere else. Further, the channel lineups can vary. In addition, cable tends to price things out differently. Cable gives away somethings satellite charges for, but charges for some things satellite will give you.

That being said, I think it all usually evens out price wise.

That leaves three considerations:

1) The channel lineup. Nothing else matters if you can't watch the programming you want to see. Period. Only you can decide that.

2) Picture quality. I have no issues with D*. Even if Cox in your area is very good, I doubt D* will be worse for you.

3) Hardware. A sucky DVR is a sucky DVR. Bad hardware makes watching and recording TV miserable. I am quite happy with my D* DVR - so much so, I couldn't care less about the potential of them getting back in bed with TiVo.
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DirecTV will cost you even more. Also DirecTV BBB rating is an F and they have lot of complaints.

http://www.trustlink.org/Reviews/DirecTV-Inc-205983954

The best way to save money is OTA and Netflix. I have been pay TV free since 2008 and I have plenty to watch. Sports in HD is the only reason for pay TV.

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