Which television service is the best value?

Xoandre Moats August 28, 2010
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Living in the suburbs of Chicago, I have been wondering what the best possible value for Cable / Satellite television could possibly be. Among the services I know of in the area are Comcast, Comcast Xfinity, Dish Network, DirecTV, WOW (Wide Open West), and AT&T Uverse, of which I currently have Dish Network.

I was hoping to have an analysis of the basic, family, and deluxe packages (NO PAY CHANNELS INCLUDED) so that I – and many others like myself – may better judge what is the best option.

HD Quality and Signal reliability is always an issue, as I know from recent experience that my in-laws (who have Comcast HD) have had all their OnDemand features fail at random times, as well as occasional total loss of reception. During severe weather I have lost signal and several DVR recordings due to high winds or heavy cloud cover during the rain.

If there is a website which compares the quality of these (Consumer Reports does not have this information unfortunately) as well as the value of regular rates after introductory offers expire, that would be awesome!

  1. pceasies
    September 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    You'll probably get better internet speeds and better reception using a wired service like WOW, Comcast, AT&T. I've heard lots of issues with Comcast so I'd stay away form them. I know someone who has AT&T Uverse and get pretty good internet speeds, channels, and phone for a decent price. I don't have any experience with WOW

  2. Steve Campbell
    August 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I recently wrote an article about a service called BillShrink. That should be able to help you compare the television services in your area.