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How does DIRECTV compare to Spectrum TV?

DIRECTV and Spectrum TV are two of the most popular pay television service providers in the U.S. today. While Spectrum TV is known for its low base price, DIRECTV offers a bigger channel lineup and tends to cost a bit more. While the price you pay varies based on the number of channels you chose, each provider offers a range of packages. Additionally, both companies provide internet bundles, so you can select a single company for two essential home services.

We’ve done the research to help you compare both TV service providers and determine whether DIRECTV or Spectrum is the best fit for your needs.

Who DIRECTV and Spectrum TV are for

If you are someone who wants television service without a big price tag, Spectrum TV offers a basic package that costs less than DIRECTV — but price is only one consideration. When you subscribe to a television service, availability and variety are just as important, as well as the ability to bundle.

If you want to watch what’s on every channel or you are someone who wants to combine other services, you may be happier with DIRECTV. While Spectrum TV does offer packages with hundreds of channels and the option to bundle internet without a contract, DIRECTV offers AT&T internet service, which some people may prefer especially if they are currently AT&T subscribers.

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What others say about DIRECTV and Spectrum TV

DIRECTV reviews

DIRECTV scored 731 on a 1,000-point scale in the 2021 U.S. Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Study by JD Power, ranking as the second TV service in the nation.

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) gave DIRECTV a score of 66 on a 100-point scale, which was slightly higher than the industry average for subscription TV providers.

Spectrum reviews

The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Spectrum TV at 64 out of 100, which was average for TV providers and a five-point improvement from the previous year.

JD Power also included Spectrum TV in the 2021 U.S. Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Study. The company rated Spectrum at 702 on a 1,000-point scale.

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How do DIRECTV and Spectrum TV plans compare?

Reviewing current plans and packages can help you know whether Spectrum TV or DIRECTV is the right option for you:

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*Pricing varies by location and availability. Speeds may vary. All prices subject to change; for current pricing and availability visit our TV service page. Prices as of 1/28/22.

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