Suddenlink vs. DIRECTV: Which should you go with?

Let’s check out the various options that DIRECTV and Suddenlink offer so we can better determine which service provider would best suit your needs!


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Figuring out which service provider to choose can be difficult, especially because there are so many different packages to choose from. To help simplify this task, we will be delving into the many offerings of Suddenlink and DIRECTV to help you figure out if either of these service providers can give you what you need when it comes to your television, phone, and Internet services. In this article, we will be discussing the pros, cons, similarities and differences between both companies and hopefully helping you get closer to a decision!

What should I know?

Suddenlink and DIRECTV are both known to be high-quality and reliable. Both companies offer Internet speeds ranging from 100-1000 Mbps. It should be mentioned that these speeds come directly through Suddenlink if you opt for this service.

If you move forward with DIRECTV then your Internet service will actually be coming from AT&T. This is because AT&T owns DIRECTV and DIRECTV only offers television services. Both service providers offer unlimited data plans and plans with no contracts which means that early termination fees need not be a concern for those particular packages.

How is the set-up process?

Suddenlink offers free installation if you opt for one of their web exclusive offers online. Otherwise, it is a  one-time fee of $99 for a scheduled professional installation. For Suddenlink, this fee includes the installation of one outlet, as well as a $25 charge per additional outlet. This installation includes one device set up wirelessly and the installation of up to two set-top boxes. This installation does not include any hardwiring of devices. If you choose to upgrade to the premium install, the price increases to $149 and includes local hardwiring for one of the following (TV, computers, gaming, and alarm systems). This premium option allows customers to have all their available devices set up wirelessly and they can get three or more set-top boxes installed.

DIRECTV does not charge an initial installation fee. However, there is a $99 installation fee for additional receivers plus a $7 monthly charge. In addition, you need to pay a regional sports fee of up to $9.99/month.

How is the Internet Quality and Speed?

Suddenlink offers a 100 Mbps Internet deal which costs $24.99 per month. If you are seeking faster Internet, you can opt for the 200 Mbps for $34.99. Lastly, Suddenlink’s 1 Gig (940 Mbps) plan is $74.99/month.

DIRECTV does not offer Internet but you can utilize AT&T's Internet services, including prices such as 300 Mbps for $35/month, 500 Mbps for $45/month and 1000 Mbps for $60/month.

Suddenlink Plans & Pricing  AT&T Fiber Plans & Pricing 
100 Mbps for $24.99/month N/A
200 Mbps for $34.99/month 300 Mbps for $35/month
400 Mbps for $54.99/month 500 Mbps for $45/month
940 Mbps for $74.99/month 1000 Mbps for $60/month

What are the Internet options?

Suddenlink services an estimated 6.8 million people in eighteen states and offers both cable and fiber dependent on location and availability. AT&T offers fiber to several million people across 21 states.

The main difference between fiber and cable is that cable is sent through copper TV lines whereas fiber is made of plastic and used mainly for Internet service. Fiber is typically considered better due to its ability to provide high-bandwidth connections and quick upload times.

Furthermore, fiber tends to suffer less due to slowdowns caused by high traffic. It should be mentioned that fiber is not always an option in certain areas due to the high costs associated with it. The good news is that Suddenlink does still offer cable if fiber is not offered near you.

What home telephone services do they offer?

Suddenlink offers mix and match options through Optimum Flexability® which allow you to purchase Internet, television, and/or a home phone. You can upgrade, downgrade, or cancel at anytime without any fees or penalties. Otherwise, you can purchase a home phone alone for $29.95/month.

As for DIRECTV, they offer home phone services through AT&T. AT&T offers a traditional home phone for $37/month with unlimited local calling, a reliable connection, and optional long distance. For $51/month, you can upgrade to the Enhanced option which includes 12 popular calling features like caller ID, call forwarding, and speed dialing. If you're interested in long distance, they offer various choices such as per minute calling, an unlimited calling plan, and an International plan.

How do Optimum Mobile and AT&T mobile phone plans work?

Optimum is a part of Altice which offers Optimum Mobile. Their phone service starts at $14/month for 1 GB per line or $22/month for 3 GB.  If you want unlimited data, you can get it for $45/month per line. Do know that these prices only apply if you're an Optimum customer that utilizes their television or Internet, otherwise their mobile plans are $10 more than quoted above.

Additionally, Optimum Mobile offers a nationwide network with 5G access and no multi-line commitments.

DIRECTV does not offer mobile phone plans, but AT&T does. They offer three distinct mobile plans which require a minimum of four lines. Their plans include unlimited calls, texts, and data throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Their lowest cost option is the AT&T Unlimited Starter which costs $35/month. The AT&T Unlimited Extra Plan costs $40/month and includes an additional 50GB of premium data. Lastly, the AT&T Unlimited Elite package offers an additional 100GB of premium data.

What are the television options?

Suddenlink offers several television options such as Core TV, which includes 200+ channels for $54/month, Value TV which has 225+ channels for $69/month, and Select TV which includes 290+ channels for $89/month.

DIRECTV offers the DIRECTV Entertainment package which includes 65+ channels for $69.99/month, the DIRECTV Choice package which includes 90+ channels, regional sports networks, and HBO MAX for three months for $84.99/month, as well as the DIRECTV Ultimate package which includes 130+ channels and HBO MAX for three months. Lastly, their Premier option includes HBO Max, SHOWTIME,  and the Regional Sports Networks for $139.99/month.

Keep in mind that DIRECTV does offer their television services via Satellite which makes their service more vulnerable when it comes to inclement weather and power outages. This is definitely something to keep in mind!

Suddenlink TV Packages & Pricing  DIRECTV Packages & Pricing 
50+ channels for $24/month 65+ channels for $69.99/month
200+ channels for $54/month 90+ channels for $84.99/month
225+ channels for $69/month 130+ channels for $94.99/month
290+  channels for $89/month 140+ channels for $139.99/month


Do they offer different types of bundles?

Suddenlink offers Optimum Flexability® which allows subscribers to mix and match Internet, TV, and phone offerings. In addition, subscribers have the flexibility to upgrade, downgrade, or cancel any of their services without any penalties and fees. It's also risk-free and you get a 60-day money back guarantee!

DIRECTV offers television bundles (see above) but you will need to utilize AT&T’s services if you want to bundle television, Internet, and/or a home telephone. Prices vary depending on location however, the DIRECTV website states that you can save $10/month for a whole year if you bundle AT&T Internet services with DIRECTV. Do know that this requires a 2-year agreement.

We hope this article helps you decide which company and package option are best when it comes to the needs of you and your family!


*Data as of 09/16/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.


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