DirecTV vs Suddenlink: Which is right for you?
Ready for the next episode of your favorite heart pounding thriller, or to cuddle up on the couch for a good romantic comedy? We want to make sure you have all the channels to get the best content. Here we look at all the options Suddenlink and Direct TV offer in this head to head comparison. We'll look at coverage area, TV packages, contracts and reliability.
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- Direct TV offers more packages while Suddenlink has more flexibility and cheaper pricing.
- Direct TV requires a minimum 1 year contract, with 2 year minimums for most deals, with the price rising in the second year.
- Suddenlink does not have a contract.
- Suddenlink is offered in 16 states while Direct TV is nation wide.
- While Direct TV has made progress with Satellite technology, it still goes down in inclement weather.
Quick matchup: Direct TV vs. Suddenlink
- Prices starting at $57.99/mo
- Channel count from 200 to 340
- No contract required
- Provided in 16 states
- DVR up to 15 shows
- Cloud DVR included
- Can bundle with Suddenlink internet
- Prices starting at $49.99/mo
- Channel count from 155 to 330
- One or two year contract required
- Nation wide coverage
- DVR up to 5 shows
- HD DVR included
- Can bundle with AT&T internet
Package and Bundle Options
Looking for diversity, let's compare Direct TV's package options to Suddenlink. Direct TV offers six packages to choose from ranging from $49.99 for 155 channels up to $124.99 for 330 channels. Trying to find the package that has everything you need is really hit or miss, though. You may find some of what you want at the lowest tier but everything you want only in the highest. While Suddenlink provides fewer options, they are far better deals. Suddenlink's lowest package starts at $57.99 with 200+ channels compared to Direct TV's $59.99 package that only has 185 channels. For $75 at Suddenlink, you move up to 290+ channels and at $95 you get 340 channels. That's $30 cheaper than Direct TV's top package yet offers more channels.
In addition to lower price points, Suddenlink also lets you add in select channel packages al a carte. HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, Sports and Information, Movie Package, Family Package and Conexion can all be added on to lower packages to create your own package that has all the channels you want at the lowest possible price point. All those options allow for dozens of possible choice combinations offering higher flexibility than Direct TV. It's really hard to beat that deal.
Direct TV requires installing a satellite dish and in most cases one provided by Direct TV. That's a pricy piece of equipment and to make sure you stay long enough to recoup the cost of renting that dish, Direct TV requires minimum contract lengths of one year. Most of Direct TV's best deals listed online require a two year minimum contract with a price increase in year two. On the Suddenlink side, there are no minimum contracts. You can signup and cancel at any time, putting you in control of your entertainment dollar.
Suddenlink Communications is spread around the country and covers 16 states with the largest concentration in Texas. Check out our full coverage area map here to see if you are in our service area. Direct TV on the other hand is a nation wide brand. It covers any location that has a clear view of the southern sky. This really only becomes an issue for houses surrounded by tall trees or in valleys. Hawaii and Alaska require special equipment but are also in the Direct TV service area. Direct TV has the win for coverage area with all 50 states with Suddenlink only covering 16.
Both Suddenlink and Direct TV require cable boxes for each TV and both only provide HD ready equipment. Direct TV provides the first box and charges $7 for each additional box. Suddenlink charges as little as $5 per box but does not include the first box free. Direct TV provides HD DVR that can record up to 5 shows simultaneously while Suddenlink offers a more advanced cloud based DVR that can record up to 15 shows at once. Suddenlink's cloud based DVR can then be watched on any TV in your home.
Both Suddenlink and Direct TV can be bundled with internet for increased savings. Suddenlink, as a cable provider, can run both internet and cable TV seamlessly through one unified experience and one box. Direct TV provides AT&T based internet with speeds up to 25 mbps in most areas. Signing up for AT&T internet and Direct TV will increase your bill to $89.98 per month bundled and requires both a cable box and an internet modem (additional $10 per month). Right now at Suddenlink, you can add internet and save over getting cable TV alone. Bundle our Core TV package with 100 Mbps internet for only $49.99 per month. Yes, that is 4 times the top speed AT&T can even provide! Now that is a deal Direct TV can't touch.
Whooooooosh. That's the sound of your satellite television going down in a wind storm. While severe weather alerts scroll the bottom of Suddenlink customers, Direct TV customers may experience choppy and lossy picture. Cable internet provides hard wired connectivity for increased reliability and no interference from rain or wind. Direct TV offers a 99% up time guarantee, but that still leaves up to 87 hours a year of downtime. Hard lines to the home still beat satellite's reliability.
Suddenlink clearly has the better deals and technology with lower price points, more channels, better package options and advanced features like cloud DVR. With that, Suddenlink is limited in service area. They only operate in 16 states while Direct TV operates in all 50. So which should you go with? Suddenlink, hands down, if they are in your area. You can check online for deals in your area.