Cox vs. DirecTV (comparison)

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Installation

If you want to install your own HDTV antenna, you may need to get a a coaxial cable, a power inserter, and a coaxial splitter.

Once you have these, you’re set to start installation.

Encourage your HDTV and satellite installers to get extra cable for the future. The longer, they get, the better – at least this way, when you’re ready for an upgrade to a larger DVR system, you’ll have enough cable.

DirecTV can enhance your high-definition experience by using M-Card coaxial cable, which has more wires running through it. This will help you get more channels and a clearer picture.

There is a definite advantage to renting the equipment from Cox or DirecTV. In almost all cases, your HDTV and satellite provider will actually hook up the equipment for you. Whether in-home installation or at-work installation, satellite and HDTV service providers almost always do this for you.

Deerfield Beach residents can even opt for the one-time, pre-packaged installation kit. This kit includes the HD antenna, mounting pole, and various other accessories.

HD Channels

Cox vs DirecTV

Cox cable offers a large selection of HDTV channels. Their HD programming line-up includes ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, TBS, TNT, and more. Cox also offers an impressive selection of HD movies. When you purchase an HD DVR from Cox, the HD of all your Cox channels will be enabled automatically.

DirecTV also offers many HDTV channels. Their HD programming line-up includes CSPAN, HLN, MTV, and many others. DirecTV does not offer any HD movies. Instead their main attraction is DirecTV HD DVRs. With this package, you will also receive HD on all of your channels. DirecTV stands out on price.

With Cox you get great benefits in the form of different packages that will suit your needs. A basic package, plus five more. You have the option of adding Movies, Sports, or Latino.

Cox also offers 2-room DVR with built in Wi-Fi, which is the best device if you want to check your recording from another room. Cox also offers a 3-room DVR, which is the best if you want to record on two different TV in the same time.

On Demand

The two main divvying points between Cox and DirecTV are the extra channels and “on demand” and pay per view capabilities. Because the two companies have different channel packages and DirecTV offers packages without local TV channels, it’s hard to make a direct comparison in terms of channels.

If you want something in a certain package and it isn’t available from DirecTV that is one advantage for Cox. Not all DirecTV packages offer “on demand” or pay per view capabilities. That is one advantage for DirecTV.

We can easily say that the two are comparable. They both have more than enough channels to meet your needs for your whole family. They both have equipment that is user friendly and easy to install.

If you want the ability to record programs for later viewing, pay-per-views are available with DirecTV and not with Cox.

“On-demand” viewing is only available with Cox and not with DirecTV.

Equipment & Special Features

DirecTV has two different receiver options. Both DVRS and DVR+ units come with a clear QAM tuning adapter which allows you to record all local channels from your area and the guide data is free.

What sets DirecTV Plus apart from the DVRS is that it offers a 50% larger hard drive capacity, which means more space to record shows and digital media. The Plus also has an ethernet port that the DVRR does not, which is an advantage over the DVRR if you plan on having more than one of these units in your home. Otherwise, the two units are nearly identical in terms of performance.

The ability to pause live TV is also a feature that the Plus model offers, which is great for those who want to use it as a DVR specifically. This can also be a benefit for those who want to use it as a PVR.

Another high-end option is the DirecTV HR20 DVR, which allows for high-definition viewing and takes advantage of the HR20 HD receivers. This is powered by DirecTV proprietary operating system, which allows for easy access to channels and recording.

Contract Periods

Both cox and directv have contract periods that are designed to keep you as a customer. Most of the time, you will face steep penalties if you want to cancel your service, which will have lost some value. So, what’s the difference between cox and directv when it comes to cancellation?

Cox has a 30 day cancellation policy, while directv does not have a contract cancelation policy.

If you do develop a problem with your service or the company, the difference between the organizations is clear.

With directv you can cancel your service without any penalties, whereas with cox, you can only switch your plan.

DirecTV maintains clarity by not having a contract, while cox stipulates a cancelation period even if you are on a standalone plan.

For this reason, cox has a longer commitment period than directv.

Value Packages

What’s the difference between Cox and DirecTV? Cox Cable and Dish Network Corp.’s DirecTV provide television services to millions of American households. Both airlines offer a variety of plans, giving customers the opportunity to personalize and customize their viewing experience.

Cox TV Packages

Cox Cable offers a variety of plans and packages that start with all the channels you’d get with DirecTV but with a bump in internet service. In addition, these plans include the following monthly benefits:

Access to Cox Contour, a digital video recorder that lets you pause, rewind and record live TV.

A free one-year subscription to Total Home DVR, an upgraded TV-DVR service featuring a larger storage capacity, a 100% digital set-top box and recording capabilities.

Free installation of a high-speed Internet router in your home.

Access to Cox Managed Internet service, which allows you to modify your speed and other settings with a smartphone app.

Discounts on Cox digital phone service if you’re an existing Cox high-speed Internet customer.

An optional Total Home Phone service that gives you free unlimited nationwide long-distance, caller ID, voice mail, call waiting and other features.

Top Tier Packages

Cox and DirecTV have a huge variety of packages to fit just about anyone's television needs. Whether you are a sports fanatic, movie junkie, or TV connoisseur, Cox and DirecTV have you covered. So how do you decide which package is best for you?

Comparing the top ten packages offered by Cox and DirecTV will give you an idea of the best bang for your buck. For the purpose of this article, we will concentrate on the top tier packages offered. You should consider which package will give you the most channels. If you have high speed Internet, many of these channels will be available to you instantly… and it may cost less than paying for them through your cable or satellite provider. Some of these packages are only worth the money if you watch a lot of sports and there are plenty of other channels that you will never watch. You should decide what you are willing to spend on TV and then decide what channels you will watch.

Conclusion

Both Cox and DirecTV are leading US satellite TV and broadband service companies.

It's hard to say which is better, because they have different channel mix, different package offerings, and different equipment options.

It also depends on what you need and what kind of customer you are.

For example, if you want to have a lot of channels, both companies are a good choice. DirecTV has more movie channels, local channels, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates, and sports channels. Cox is stronger in kids' programming, news, and sports.

Cox offers a wider range of bundle deals, and it gives you more options for HD equipment. DirecTV bundles packages, but it also offers equipment for free to some customers.

From the customer experience perspective, Cox has an edge. It has a higher customer satisfaction rating than DirecTV, and a faster Internet connection in the US.

Finally, Cox is the cheaper option. It is a great choice for the frugal customer.