If you’re in the market for a new TV service provider, look no further.
I had Comcast (Now the poorly named “Xfinity”) for about four years before switching to DirecTV due to the lower costs for TV and internet. What I didn’t realize until I began flipping channels on DirecTV was that the limited channels available on Comcast had driven me away from the couch almost indefinitely. Channels that had once been my favourites such as Discovery and History had moved away from the content I loved to watch and replaced them with fishing and log chopping.
DirecTV solves this problem by giving you two of each of those channels. One continues to air the TV I deem to be garbage, and the other displays the deep pool of absorbable knowledge known as Myth Busters, The Universe, Monster Fish, and countless others that I absolutely love. The addition of BBC America make me actually smile at the TV guide, and their remote makes considerably more sense than the rather awkwardly shaped Comcast plastic wand.
A small shortcoming is the internet. You get a 20 mbs dedicated line in my area, which is slightly slower than Comcast. Not bad for any household, but I tend to host Lan parties, and we tend to experience some light lag. Again, nothing terrible, but for gamers with company or those with large bandwidth requirements, you may want to look elsewhere or upgrade.
The bundles you get for the first few months are rather nice too. You get some of the premium movie channels at no additional cost for three months in my area, which is a pretty sweet bonus.
In truth, I see no reason to not use this service as a replacement to any of the others. I’ve not used Dish, but I’m very pleased with DirecTV thus far. In addition to my Netflix, which I love enough for an entirely new article, I can watch all the documentaries, dramas and cartoons I please without fear of sweaty loggers or crab fishing.
Comcast blows (and perjures themselves) (Photo credit: pmsyyz)
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