Originally Posted by Hattrick
This past fall AT&T changed out all of the switches in my neighborhood to bring U-Verse in for the spring as the VRAD is already inplace down the street. Here in Southern CT the market is dominated by COMCAST. My HD channel selection is terrible (10-12 channels two of which are local weather and traffic). My combined monthly (w/ internet access (medium speeds) and w/digital silver pkg (including 1 HD DVR, 1 non-HD STB, HBO and HD package) is now over $180 per month. ouch !!!!
I am thinking of switching to U-Verse for the following
1. More Live HD channels (I do not wnat HD on Demand)
2. Cost savings on a value basis, I just want more for my money.
3. Whole house DVR as I will be replacing the non-HD set with a new one this year.
I must admit the Comcat HD picture is nice on my pioneer plasma but I am willing to sacrafice some quality for better quantity and greater value.
Are all of the lesser picture quality arguements minor? Would switching be more like like trading a BMW for Lexus or trading it for a ford Focus?
Frankly, you are getting raped by Comcrap (as usual and I am not surprised). The small selection of HD channels is further not surprising. AT&T has a lot, while not all that I would like to see, of HD channels to choose from. I think the list of channels is the same nationwide just like DirecTV or Dish, and not dependent on the area like Comcraps is.
You will save a lot of money in my opinion. I am assuming you get 6Mbps down/1Mbps up from Comcrap for probably the same $42.95 as I could in my area if I had TV from them. Well, you can get the same exact speeds for $35 from AT&T. And it is a lot more stable and consistent than Comcrap. On the TV side, you will more than likely save quite a chunk of change there as well. You could get U300 with HD and two other receivers for ~$99/month. That will give you Showtime, TMC, Starz, and Encore with that package, so you could
do without HBO unless there is just something on there that you HAVE to see.
If you do without the HBO and do the two prices I mentioned, you will be at $134/month instead of your $180. Sounds pretty good, huh?
Whole house DVR is pretty fricken awesome! It will be even better when you can schedule recordings and actually delete them while using a remote box, but for now, its still great! Oh, and, as of right now, I have 6 hours of SD kids stuff, 4 hours of 24, 3 Dirty Jobs, a Mythbusters, a Knight Rider, an Old Christine, and like 4 other shows all in HD on my DVR and I still
have 70% remaining on the hard drive! That is AMAZING in my opinion and they all still look pretty darned good when played back. I am thinking they changed their encoding to the hard drive or something. That just seems like way too much content to have on the box with the usage being that low.
As far as the PQ is concerned, I don't think it is as
bad as some people on here let on. Unless there is something in their area that is just killing the PQ, all qualities should be equal. It is definitely lower than DirecTV that I had before, but it is still definitely watchable.
Now, as far as the complaints, they are missing a few channels that I think they should have in HD like NASA TV HD, Cartoon Network HD, and a couple of others that I can't remember right now. On my system, for some reason I am not seeing ALL the FSN's in HD that I should be seeing. From the big list I am seeing of HD regional sports channels, I should be seeing the HD version of quite a number of channels like FSN Midwest HD, but for some reason I am not seeing them. That is a big thing to me as when baseball season comes around I am going to want to watch FSN Midwest in HD for the Cardinals games.
Speaking of watching those games, thats another downer. You pay for the "Sports Package", but you don't really get anything other than the same shows played at different times on the other channels it appears. DirecTV, for my zip code, will give me everything on FSN Midwest as my home market as well as the normal FSN Southwest. AT&T doesn't seem to do this and, even though you pay the extra money for the "Sports Package", AT&T will blackout any pro sports team on all the other channels like FSN Midwest that I should be able to get anyway. I understand blacking out games on all the other FSN's, but since DirecTV recognizes my zip code as sort of a tweener area and gives me FSN Midwest as another home market channel to go with FSN Southwest, AT&T should as well. NO ONE at AT&T seems to know if that will actually happen or not. They all seem to be completely clueless as far as sports stuff seems to go. If I can't get FSN Midwest in the clear for Cardinals games, I will
be going back to DirecTV.
Anyway, theres some answers and a short rant from me. Hope it helps!