Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
If you're that sensitive to PQ and want all the sports (including ST), you want D* in the ATL. You really answered your own questions here.
I think I would be satisfied with either Comcast's PQ, assuming it matches what I get from Cox in New Orleans. I only mentioned it to help knock U-verse out of the conversation.
The only big qualm I have with DirecTV - and it is a big one for us - is what I mentioned with my wife. Many times she wants to watch a particular show that is on at the same time as sports programming that I want to watch, whether it be an NFL game, tennis tournament, baseball game, or college football game (or olympics, etc etc etc, depending on exactly when it is). Regardless of whether she can record something and watch it later, it also can be like torture to her for me to watch football all day Saturday and Sunday without her being able to watch anything... and this is totally understandable. Furthermore, we have a baby on the way who will be here in October and so a reasonable amount of TV time in about 6-9 months' time will be dedicated to kids' programming. We are not in the market for a new TV atm and won't be for at least a year. For all of these reasons, streaming TV on my phone or computer is quite important to me.
If I had DirecTV and Xfinity blast! internet (without Comcast TV service), if I understand correctly then I would NOT be able to stream the games to my TV (instead of hogging the TV). Is this correct? Also, I highly value ESPN3/WatchESPN's ability to watch 4 games at once, and if the statement I just made is true, then I wouldn't have access to this either without having Comcast's TV service. Is this right?
You are right, though, without this concern I think that DirecTV would be far and away the best for my needs...
EDIT: seems I've found a list of channels that I can stream through the internet if I have DirecTV service:
There are some glaring omissions from this list, namely all ESPN stations, Fox, and CBS (for football reasons) and many other stations (for baseball reasons), though they do list Tennis Channel. To get all of the NFL games streaming on my computer I'd need the Sunday Ticket MAX package which costs some $100 more/year, and this would still omit Monday Night Football games which are aired on ESPN.
This is why I ask about the need for paying for Comcast TV subscription to get this stuff streaming. Probably a very simple question with a simple answer, but I just want to know for sure.