DIRECTV vs Comcast Xfinity

My name is Kimberly, but everyone calls me Kim. There are two things you can count on when I write an article about satellite and cable television. First, is that I know what I am writing about, and that comes from over 15 years of experience. Secondly, I am paid the same regardless of the review, and my opinion is entirely unbiased toward DIRECTV and Comcast Xfinity or any provider.

At the end of the day, my family still gathers when we can in front of the TV and that time between us is some of the most enjoyable. We have been brought closer together by watching sports, the latest movies and our favorite shows since my two teens were babies. If I can help your family with information on this topic which is far more significant than it appears on the surface, then I have completed my mission. I never take sides because both DIRECTV and Comcast Xfinity are super choices for programming providers. I just explain the differences between the two companies and highlight the features and options that are available.

My opinion is not only that of a professional, but it is the real point of view from a working mom who has a son, a daughter and an incredible husband for 16 years. I love my family very much and sharing our passion for TV with others is both a joy and responsibility that I take seriously. I have been blessed to have two bright children and a husband. Despite the fact that none of them can manage to adequately dress or find something to eat without my daily intervention they are still the lights of my life.

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Comcast Xfinity Channels Reg. Price Promo Price
Digital Economy 45+ $39.95 $19.99
Digital Starter 140+ $68.95 $49.99
HD Preferred 220+ $86.90 $69.99
HD Premier 260+ $131.99 $109.99

 

DIRECTV Channels Reg. Price Promo Price
SELECT 145+ $51.99 $50
ENTERTAINMENT 150+ $61.99 $55
CHOICE™ 175+ $74.99 $60
XTRA 220+ $81.99 $70
ULTIMATE 240+ $91.99 $75
PREMIER™ 315+ $144.99 $125

DVR Comcast Xfinity DIRECTV Genie
Watch From Anywhere 1 Yes Yes
4K Resolution1 No Yes
On Demand Content Yes Yes
Transfer Recordings to Any Device No Yes
72 Hour Rewind 5 No Yes
Program Suggestions 6 Yes No
DVR Service Fee 7 $15.95/mo. w/additional receivers for $9.95/mo. ea. $15 per month
View Shows on the Same Screen 6 Shows 2 Shows
DVR Storage 1.5 TB 1 TB
HD Hours 60 200
SD Hours 300 800
Max TVs Per Home 8 1 8
Watch & Record Simultaneously 2 Shows 5 Shows

 

FEATURE DIRECTV Xfinity Comcast
HDTV Prices HD is free, but you need the Advanced Receiver Service which is $15 per month HD is from $17.95 to $21.95 per mo.
Installation Standard professional installation is free in up to 4 rooms and it takes between
1 and 7 days. Custom installation extra.
$70 to $90 installation fee with each additional tv $30
International Programming Brazilian,
Cantonese,
Filipino,
Korean,
Mandarin,
Russian,
Spanish,
Vietnamese
Arabic, Cantonese,
Chinese,
French,
German,
Greek,
Hindi,
Israeli,
Italian,
Japanese,
Korean,
Mandarin, Spanish
Local Channels

Eligibility for local channels based on service address. Some networks are not available in all markets.

Included Included
Foreign Language Packages EN ESPAÑOL,
MÉXICO PLUS,
Americas Plus,
Directv Deportes,
BrazilianDirect™,
ChineseDirect™,
MandarinDirect® III,
FilipinoDirect™,
TFCDirect™,
KoreanDirect™,
KoreanDirect™ Golf,
KoreanDirect™ Lite,
RussianDirect™,
RussianDirect™ PLUS,
RussianDirect™ II,
VietDirect™ Plus
The Israeli Network, ART – Arabic TV, CCTV4 – Mandarin, CTI-Mandarin, EETV Super- Mandarin, Phoenix Info News – Mandarin, Phoenix NA – Mandarin, TVB Jade – Chinese, Cantonese and Mandarin, Filipino on Demand – Tagalog and English, GMA Life – Tagalog and English, GMA Pinoy TV -Tagalog and English, TFC- Tagalog and English, Mnet – Pan-Asia, Myx TV – Pan-Asia, TVJapan – Japanese and English, KOAM – Korean, KTN – Korean, TVK – Korean, TVK Pop – Korean, WKTV – Korean, SBTN – Vietnamese, TV5Monde – French, TV5Monde Cinema on Demand – French, Deutsche Welle – German, Antenna – Greek, Mediaset – Italian, Rai Italia – Italian
Premium Packages AUDIENCE®,
Cinemax®,
DOGTV,
HBO®,
HD EXTRA PACK,
Showtime®,
Starz®,
Various AduIt Packages,
Various Sports Packages
HBO,
Showtime,
Cinemax,
STARZ,
The Movie Channel
Sports Packages DIRECTV Golf,
DIRECTV Soccer,
DIRECTV SPORTS PACK,
DIRECTV Tennis,
FOX Soccer Plus,
International Soccer,
MLB EXTRA INNINGS®,
MLS DirectKick™,
NBA League Pass™,
NFL SUNDAY TICKET,
NHL Center Ice™,
UFC,
WWE
NFL Network,
MLB Network,
ESPN Buzzer Beater,
NBA TV,
ESPN Goal Line,
MLS Direct Kick,
NASCAR,
NHL Network,
Golf