Cox vs. DirecTV (comparison)

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Jeff Chabot has a background in web development and design, as well as working in broadcast television as a studio engineer, lighting director and editor. He frequently writes about technology, broadcasting, digital entertainment, and the internet.

12 Comments to Cox vs. DirecTV (comparison)

  1. We just switched back to cox after 2 years of direct tv.

    I got tired of losing the signal during rain storms. Also if you have an issue with a box and need a new one, you pay the shipping where as with cox you run down to there storefront and change it out.

    the killer for me was looking signal during rain.

  2. I am a current DIRECTV customer switching to COX. They are both about the same. DIRECTV has more infomercial channels they count as being channels. NATGEO Wild is included until you are at the upper end packages. Certain channels on DIRECTV, such as CHILLER and Velocity aren’t offered in HD whereas they are for COX. CONTOUR and GENIE is going to cost you about the same along with the SPORTS packages. The costs are about the same. The only reasons I am switching is consolidation of bills, a few more channels on the middle/upper end package, and I don’t need a box on each TV to watch some of the channels. I need to have a box on each TV for DIRECTV to watch any channel for $6.50. It’s $8.50 for COX, but I don’t need it on every TV and I can get a mini box for some of them for $2.00 a month from COX.

    • Jeff that is certainly correct. I have tried Dish, Directv, and cox. They are all about the same, to be honest, once the new customer premotions end the prices sky rocket on Dish or Directv without much an option to renegotiate. With Cox, same thing, but there is more room to drop things to make it more in your budget. Bottom line, they were more willing to work with me, and I didn’t care to redo another contract. It kept my services low, and I didn’t care about the extras. They were nice while they lasted though. It is way cheaper to bundle all services than to pay Directv, then another for internet and phone separate.

  3. The Contour boxes are horrible. The lockup all the time and you have to reboot several a day. Can’t pause most of the time I. try to use it.

  4. Any chance you could upgrade this for 2015. Our Cox bill has gone up $100.00 since June 2014. They say it is because promotions and discounts (that I was unaware of) expired in December. Now, the only way to get my price down is sign a 2 year contract. But even that doesn’t lock in my price. I will get one price for a year and an increased price the next. There is a $240.00 penalty for early termination. Moreover, my price keep fluctuating depending on who I talked to. On a given day I talked to 2 different reps and got 2 different prices. I was told that pricing was at the discretion of the representative. Once I refuse a price they were not obligated to offer that same price to me again.

    Direct TV requires a 2 year service contract, and has a healthy fees for early termination but from what I can tell, it will drop at least $100 off my bill. But I don’t know much about Direct TV. We do have two HD TV’s.

    Could this be because in my area Cox is expecting the price to drop? In other words, raise the price to drive the customer into a service contract in anticipation of an increase in competition and possible price drop?

  5. Just an additional note…. Costco is offering a great deal if we switch to Direct TV right now – including free installation, a $200 Costco Gift Card! I don’t work for Costco… but am a customer of COX, who feels like we are being ripped off, and am ready for a change! We need the reliability of their phone and internet service (in our area it can be a problem, and Cox is the best)… but for our TV, we are definitely considering a CHANGE… and this blog really helped!

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