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DIRECTV vs Charter Spectrum

DIRECTV is a good satellite provider with introductory prices, best for sports fans. How does it compare to Charter Spectrum? Read our comparison chart below.

DIRECTV is a popular favorite because of its exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket.

While Charter Spectrum is a no-contract, cable TV provider.

Compare DIRECTV with Charter Spectrum, side-by-side. Read on for an in-depth look, including ratings, reviews, pros and cons.

 

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Benefits and Features

DVRGenie HD-DVR can record up to 5 simultaneous recordings. 1 TB storage space for 200 hours of HD or 800 hours of SD recording. Paired with receivers (Mini Genie) to connect up to 8 TV sets, however only 4 active viewings at one time.Two DVR models, Motorola and Cisco/SA. Motorola can record and store up to 21 HD hours. Cisco/SA with 80 GB hard drive can record and store between 30 and 50 hours. Models with a 160 GB hard drive can store up to 90 hours of SD. Records up to 2 channels simultaneously. One box needed per TV. Connects up to 8 TVs.
PackagesSelect ($49.99/month): 150+ channels.
Entertainment ($54.99/month): 155+ channels.
Choice ($59.99/month): 185+ channels, NFL Sunday Ticket.
Xtra ($69.99/month): 230+ channels, NFL Sunday Ticket.
Ultimate ($74.99/month): 245+ channels, NFL Sunday Ticket.
Premier ($124.99/month): 325+ channels, NFL Sunday Ticket, DIRECTV Sports Pack.
TV Select ($64.99/month): 125+ channels
TV Silver ($84.99/month): 175+ channels, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Digital Tier 1.
TV Gold ($104.99/month): 200+ channels, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, The Movie Channel, Starz, Starz Encore, Digital Tier 1, Digital Tier 2
CancellationEarly termination fees are $20 for each remaining month left in contract. All equipment is leased and must be returned, unreturned equipment fees apply.No early termination fees. All equipments must be returned upon termination. Unreturned equipment fees apply.
ContractUser agreement requires a base TV package of $29.99/month for a 24-month contract minimum. Promotional pricing only applies for first 12 months; regular pricing applies after.No contract.
InstallationStandard professional installation included in up to 4 rooms only; additional installations cost extra.Standard professional installation included for up to 6 rooms. Additional installations cost extra.
Autopay$5/month discount for the first 12 months if you sign up for DIRECTV autopay feature. Autopay can be setup with bank account, debit card, or credit card.Sign up for autopay feature online through TWC's account portal.
Receiver FeeEquipment rental fee of $7/month for each receiver on account.Spectrum Receiver & Remote ($5.99/month), DVR Service for 1 DVR receiver ($12.99/month). Additional DVR receivers up to 4 ($19.99/month). CableCARD ($1/month). Secure Connection per CableCARD ($1/month).
Regional Sports FeeUp to $7.29/month may apply (varies depending on location)No regional sports fee.
 

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Sports
Price
Selection
Contract
Pros & ConsPros:
  • NFL Sunday Ticket
  • Channel Packages
  • AT&T Bundle
Cons:
  • Regional Sports Fee
  • Pricing after 1st Year
Pros:
  • Premium networks included early
  • No contract
  • Plenty of HD channels
Cons:
  • Extra charges
  • Average DVR service
  • Average customer service
Bottom LineGood satellite provider with introductory prices, best for sports fans... Read full reviewNo contract cable TV provider with premium networks... Read full review
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DIRECTV: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length was obtained on December 6, 2017 from published websites and is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

Charter Spectrum: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length was obtained on April 12, 2018 from published websites and is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

Which is Better: DIRECTV or Charter Spectrum?

Still need help deciding which tv is better? Read the in-depth reviews below. You may also be interested in comparing DIRECTV or Sling.

In short: DIRECTV's sports is outstanding. Charter Spectrum's contract is outstanding.


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