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.

9 Comments to Cox vs. DirecTV (comparison)

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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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