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Direct TV vs Time Warner Cable

Updated on January 2, 2016

Time Warner is the United States' second largest company; their biggest satellite company is Direct TV. This cable company provides service in approximately 27 states, mainly New York, Southern California, the New England area, and Wisconsin. But satellite television is also available from Direct TV throughout the United States. If you currently have access to both and are trying to decide which one to use, begin by comparing Direct TV vs Time Warner cable based on the price, service, and the picture quality.

Factoring In the Costs

Consumers will find that the prices vary at both of these companies. This is mostly due to the fact that they offer many incentives to new customers. However, Time Warner usually offers better deals for cable as long as customers subscribe for other services in addition to cable television. These other services include high speed internet and digital phone service. New customers who choose Direct TV are also being offered incentives. The satellite TV company currently has a plan that gives new customers a cable package, Choice Xtra, priced at $29 less than the normal cost for one year if you are a new customer.

So if you take the Choice Xtra package that has 200 video and audio stations plus local channels at a cost of 63.99, you will end up paying only $34.99 per month for the first year of service. In addition, you will receive an HD DVR device, but you pay another $7 each month for the digital video recorder to work. The price you pay for cable television varies based on where you live but without the promotional discount, it will run approximately $72 per month for a comparable package. This means you will save about $10 every month if you choose Direct TV.

Picture Quality

Time Warner is known to be the HD channel network upgrade leader among other companies in the cable television industry. In many of the places where this cable company is available, you can have access to over 100 HD channels. However, this number differs from place to place so you will have to check your local Time Warner network to see what is available to you. On the other hand, Direct TV provides its service through satellites and therefore, they are able to give all their customers access to over 130 HD channels.

Customer Service Ratings

Another important point you should consider is the quality of service that is provided. Time Warner is the recipient of very low ratings dating back to several years for service to their customers, putting them close to the bottom of the list. But Direct TV has received high ratings and tends to enjoy steady praise from their customers.

Direct TV vs Time Warner cable? Use these factors to consider the service that is better for you. Do you prefer to take advantage of a deal for cable, phone, and internet from one company or great service and a fantastically designed product for a reasonable price from another cable service provider? The choice is yours.

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      10 years ago

      There is a lot to consider when choosing a provider for your television; prices, programming, customer service reputation, quality of equipment and others. Being a customer and employee of DISH Network, I can say that from a consumer stand point that DISH was the way to go for me even before working here. The third HD receiver was free, DISH's DVR have the largest hard in the industry, so more recording time, 100% digital programming, the most HD channels in the industry, HD free for life, and Video on Demand in 1080p. I firmly believe there are qualities of DISH that both DirecTV and Time Warner cant touch.

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      11 years ago from never one place for too long

      true... they were total a@@ holes!


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