DIRECTV’s only real competitor in the satellite TV space is DISH. The most basic DIRECTV subscription is slightly less expensive than the cheapest DISH package. But if you’re springing for satellite TV, you probably aren’t a budget shopper. Both DISH and DIRECTV offer advanced tiers and dozens of premium upgrades for sports, movies, international programming, and more.
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DIRECTV no longer offers NFL Sunday Ticket, but it has a wide selection of regional sports networks (RSNs), which is a major selling point. DIRECTV’s HD DVR receiver isn’t quite as advanced as the latest DISH version, and you may get easier access to college games with DISH. Check the DIRECTV channel lineup before you decide.
Cable TV is another big DIRECTV competitor when it comes to live TV and premium channels, but you’ll need to live in an area that’s fully wired for the service you have in mind. If you do have access to fast internet, streaming services can be a great alternative to both cable and satellite TV. DIRECTV even has its own streaming option called DIRECTV STREAM.
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It’s no secret that canceling DIRECTV is one of the worst parts of having DIRECTV. First, you’ll be charged up to $20 for every month remaining on your contract if you cancel in the first two years.
To cancel, you’ll need to contact customer service and talk to a live human. Be prepared to make your way through a phone tree to reach a live rep, and be ready for several attempts to negotiate a new deal before you can confirm cancelation. Once you confirm, you’ll be sent a box for returning your DVR and power cords. The dish on the roof will be yours to keep or discard, but DIRECTV won’t help you remove it.
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