Originally Posted by BOSTON-HD
I wanted to reach out & see if anyone is or was in the same boat as myself.
I've been a D*TV customer since 1998 (yes...98') I went to them because of the Sunday Ticket (KC Chiefs fan living in Metro Boston) Here's my current breakdown of my D*TV bills per month (taxes included) DirecTV has gone up every year for awhile now.
$199.66 (for 6 months no Sunday Ticket)
$262.65 (for 6 months w/ Sunday Ticket)
Currently I use Xfinity/Comcast for my internet & phone. Current bill is $130.36 per month for both services. I have an extra phone line for my fax machine.
Comcast offered me a 2-year locked-in deal for their "Triple Play" @ $224.38 (taxes included) for every channel they offer, plus of course phone & internet. My web D/L speed will pick-up as well.
I think I'm going to walk away from D*TV for the 1st time in almost 2 decades. I'm worried about the picture quality from D*TV to Comcast. Called D*TV this morning & they tried their best to keep me, but only could do 6 month discounts.
It's like leaving a old friend or a girlfriend. I really LOVE D*TV, but the money aspect is pretty huge. Big difference in pic vs. the two?
Any & all insight would be appreciated!
I have this package. It's good value for the price considering the competition and their other plans. It's really $199.99 intro price plus $24 in taxes. You get all the Premiums (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and The Movie Channel) plus 4 HD Anyroom DVR X1 boxes. Those boxes are worth $30 on their own and the DVR is like $15 on its own on the lower channels. Each Premium is $10-$20 depending on the "prestige" of the network so if you back all these addons from the total price then compare to the lower level packages, you'll see how much value you are getting in the bundle.
As for PQ, Comcast's PQ is declining overall and honestly its becoming barely tolerable. They are re-encoding all channels as 720p60 MPEG4, even the 1080i networks. See details here
I basically stream every show I can through Hulu or HBO Go as the PQ is noticeably better on my OLED (Westworld, Fargo, Brooklyn 99, Scream Queens, Mad Men when it was on). Hulu which to me has the worst streaming PQ out of all the providers, does look better than Comcast at this point. They may have upgraded to 1080p streaming in recent months. AMC, FX, & HBO looks horrible on Comcast and FX has a stutter in the frame-rate which really ruins the PQ.
I will likely keep the package until the promo runs out and drop TV all together, keeping just internet. It is a good value since you get everything for a lower price than piecing it together yourself. And it sorta a catch 22 since you need a cable subscription to get many streaming services like HBO Go.