Yikes this thread is dead. My family is pressure me to switch to u-verse from comcast for several reasons. first our current comcast setup:
* 4 HDTV's in the house in separate rooms
* 2 HD DVR's, one HD STB and one HD DTA.
* we also stream netflix (2 device package) and play lag sensitive online games (xbox and ps3).
The primary issue is that we (my wife and daughter) regularly "lock-up" the primary and secondary tv's with 2 recordings so you can't watch something else. they record duplicate stuff sometimes since they don't know whether they'll be in the primary or secondary room. they are also checking the scheduled recordings to try and head off "lock-up's" when they know where they are and what they're going to watch.
A second issue is money. We pay about $140/month for comcast cable service (and have no premium channels), $40/month for u-verse internet and $45 for att land line. going with u-verse, bundling phone, internet and video, we can get it all for about $160 plus a couple of teaser premiums.
My concerns are PQ, limited bandwidth and our distance from the node. I know that to get 18mps downloads currently from u-verse internet, we have to use both lines. we're not close to the node. From my reading I see lots of PQ complaints, hence the deadness of this thread.
From my reading, the number of HD streams we'll be able to get at the main receiver/DVR will be a function mainly of the distance to the node. If we can't get at least the same number of streams we have now with comcast, then it's not worth it to go to u-verse. the current max with comcast is 4 streams watching plus 2 recording. Or 2 watching plus 4 recording plus 2 watching pre-recorded material.
Also if you throw in gaming or netflix streaming, I think we'll be bandwidth limited.
But I'd love to hear others experiences, assuming there are folks here at avs that actually use u-verse.