Originally Posted by mr2828
I wouldn't get too hyped about AT&T... from what I've heard over the years about their video service, the HD quality is pretty much the worst among all video providers (OTA, cable, satellite, etc.).
This because they don't use fiber to your house - they use VDSL over copper, in other words just a faster version of DSL internet. But the speed isn't really enough to provide 2 high quality HD feeds at the same time as providing your internet service and phone service all over that one VDSL connection. So back when they first started you could only watch one HD channel at a time in your house. And that one HD feed was a recompressed low bitrate MPEG-4 version.
I heard they may eventually bond two VDSL connections together to provide a better experience. If they did that and their HD quality improved while keeping their price low then I might consider it.
My parents have it in Atlanta, and they have the 2/2 package. 2HD and 2SD streams at once in the house. Theres only 2 of them, so the odds of needing to watch more than that is slim.
The HD quality is comparable if not better than Comcast in my opinion. On some channels its the same, on some its worse, and some better. Comcast also has a variety of quality, as you cant really compare the quality of broadcast channels with some of the "lesser" channels.
All in all, if they give a good deal, I will try it. And if nothing else, it will be a bargaining chip with Comcast to get a lower rate. My parents get 3 HD boxes, one a DVR, and some 350 channels (including Starz and Encore and more premium stuff, not HBO) and the 6mb DSL for about 115 a month after their bundle discounts (they also have att phone and wireless). They also got free install and three months for free with a 1 year commitment. So they are paying some 1000 a year (including Internet) to try it out for a year.
We here in Nashville are paying 90 bucks for 1 DVR and HD, for over 1000 a year (not including internet). And we have everything else through ATT so we would also get the bundle discounts. So its almost a no brainer that we will try it. Maybe after that 1 year, COmcast will have finally rolled out a new guide, at least a widescreen one, and some better hardware.