Originally Posted by nitty316
I am finally making the switch. Cox's squabbles on getting the Royals on here in Omaha was the final straw. I started looking more at DIRECT this weekend and decided enough was enough. That and Cox said they had no idea if or when they would have FSNHD or USAHD or SCIFIHD etc. I just decided, for what I want, I am not going to ever be pleased with Cox, so why continue worrying about it. If I spend a little more with DTV, that's okay, I'm getting what I want. I have never seen the Royals in HD, that's insane and will soon change. The only HD channel I am losing is NETHD, but I can get that OTA, and they really don't show all that much in HD anyway. I had always stayed with Cox because I thought it was cheaper, but it really isn't. I'm hoping to get my install scheduled today. I'm excited.
I also normally get the baseball package, and when I saw that Direct gets a handful of those games in HD as well, it really became a no brainer. I usually spend $20 a Sunday in the Fall going out to watch the 20x17 = $340. I can now order the NFL at my house and not worry about smelling like smoke when I get home. I haven't been at home during the day on a Sunday during the Fall for 4 years.
Nearly a year into my switch and here are my thoughts:
For sports, DIRECTV really is the best out there. I had the NFL, NBA, MLB & Mega March Madness all in HD. Cox only offers the NBA and MLB out of those 4 and not in HD.
I am a WWE fan as some of you know, I've been able to order WWE PPV's in HD. Granted it's a little bit more pricey, but that's only the price to watch in HD, it would be the same for Cox if they were to offer them in HD.
I'm not sure what channels I get with DIRECT that I would not get with Cox, I don't think it's many, all I know though is that there are a lot of channels.
NFL ticket is sweet, they are letting people pay $27. from Jan through October to get it for next year. Sounds like a burder, but it beats paying $54 over the course of 5 months.
One of my worries when I get DIRECT was NETHD, they added that a few months ago.
OTA adapter is pretty cool, it allows me to bring in OTA channels that DIRECT does not offer into my program guide and allows me to DVR them. They gave me that free ($50 value).
Channels and Channels in HD that Cox doesn't have or just recently got that I've had for a while: NBATV HD, Big 10HD, Mountain Network, CBS College, ESPN News (HD), MLB HD, NHL HD, Golf HD (not sure if Cox has that), Fox News HD, CNN HD (Not sure on Cox), and a few others.
Tons of On Demand Channels.
All the Royals games. The Fox Sports package for Pac-10 Late games. All the FSN's in HD.
I'm paying a bit more, I know that. I think that's because I constantly am paying a sports package off. I also have like 7 boxes because of my basement where I have a bunch of TV's. With Cox I was able to just split the wires and had no reason for the extra boxes.
No WGN HD, no ESPNU HD.
No HBO On Demand, no WWE On Demand.
No College Gameplan in HD, no Full Court in HD.
All in all, I'm glad I switch.