For years, DirecTV and AT&T U-verse TV have been providing great entertainment to subscribers through their television services. Both these networks are completely viable in delivering television programming with various features. In this article, we will compare DirecTV and AT&T U-verse in terms of programming, pricing and services that guide subscribers to purchase the right television provider.

Technology

DirecTV functions through TV satellites. For installation, subscribers need to mount smart dish in house or apartment towards TV satellites to receive programming. MPEG4 technology is used in DirecTV for delivering digital channels in an effective way.

AT&T U-verse functions through fiber-to-the-node communication network. This network uses optical fiber for delivering programming signals. For installation, subscribers need to use co-axial cable or optical fiber and connect it to fiber-to-the-node communication networks.

DirecTV, due its TV satellites can cover whole region of U.S and provide uniform programming and services whereas in AT&T U-verse, subscribers can’t get service, if their street has no fiber-to-the-node communication network. So, in technology, DirecTV edges over AT&T U-verse.

Programming and Pricing

Basic Programming

DirecTV is delivering over 285 channels in their ultimate programming package whereas AT&T U-verse TV is delivering over 390 channels with inclusion of local channels in their basic ultimate programming package.

DirecTV has 4 basic programming packages whereas AT&T U-verse TV has 6 basic programming packages. But the main advantage of DirecTV over AT&T U-verse is pricing. DirecTV deliver their basic programming packages much cheaper than AT&T U-verse.

Spanish programming

DirecTV is delivering over 295 Spanish channels in their ultimate programming package whereas AT&T U-verse is delivering 24 Spanish channels in their programming package.

DirecTV has 4 Spanish programming packages whereas AT&T U-verse has only one package. So Subscribers who prefer Spanish programming can subscribe to DirecTV.

International programming

DirecTV is delivering amazing range of International programming in 9 different languages namely Brazilian, Chinese, Cantonese, Filipino, Greek, Korean, Russian, South Asia and Vietnamese. Also there are many language based packages namely 4 Brazilian packages, 2 Chinese packages, 3 Filipino package, 2 Greek package, 2 Korean package, 1 Russian package, 5 South Asian Packages and 4 Vietnamese packages.

AT&T U-verse is also delivering amazing range of International programming in 12 different languages namely Japanese, Chinese, Cantonese, Polish, Russian, French, South Asian, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic and Italian.

But, on comparing DirecTV’s International programming with AT&T U-verse, both these networks have certain pros and cons. If subscribers need more number of International channels with different packages, they subscribe to DirecTV. Alternately, if the subscribers need more number of languages in their International programming, they choose AT&T U-verse.

Premium Programming

DirecTV is delivering over 80 premium channels that include HBO, Starz, Showtime, Cinemax, Adult Entertainment and sports pack many more. And, AT&T U-verse is also delivering nearly 80 Channels that include HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, Encore and many more. But the main advantage of DirecTV over AT&T U-verse is that DirecTV is delivering adult channels and sports channels in their premium programming which AT&T U-verse lacks.

Sports Programming

DirecTV is delivering their sports programming with a wide range of sports from popular networks. Their sports programming include exciting games from Nascar Hotpass, NFL Sunday Ticket, Grand Slam Golf, Grand Slam Tennis, UFC, WWE and many more.

When compared to DirecTV’s Sports programming, AT&T U-verse is far behind. AT&T U-verse has only 25 channels in their sports programming whereas DirecTV has more number of channels. Also DirecTV’s Nascar Hotpass and NFL Sunday Ticket are not available in any other television service in U.S. So, DirecTV offers a better variety to sports fans.

HD Programming

DirecTV delivers over 150 HD channels whereas AT&T U-verse delivers 130 HD Channels.

Services

DirecTV offers exciting services like Pay- per- view, Video on demand, A la carte, Digital phone, Customer care, Internet facility (both DSL and Satellite Internet) and DVR.

On comparing DirecTV’s services with AT&T U-verse, both are more or less same. The only difference that leads DirecTV over AT&T U-verse is Satellite Internet.

Features

DirecTV provides many basic features that help subscribers to search programming quickly; to see incoming calls with name and number; to lock unsuitable channels from kids; to skip commercials on recorded shows; to pause and rewind live programming. All these basic features are also available in AT&T U-verse.

Apart from these DirecTV has a pioneer feature known as 3D (i.e. Three Dimension movies) DirecTV is the first Satellite TV to add 3D feature among the home entertainment television industry.

Bottom line

On looking at the overall comparison between DirecTV and AT&T U-verse, in terms of programming, pricing, technology, services and features, DirecTV leads AT&T U-verse. Though AT&T U-verse is providing good television service, DirecTV has a slight edge over AT&T U-verse in many aspects.


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