When it comes to Television & Internet services, Comcast Xfinity and AT&T are one of the most popular names in the US. They both have their own strengths and weaknesses. But, which one of them is better for you? Well, we’ll find out in this comparison of Xfinity vs AT&T. Let’s break down the whole thing into several parts while keeping the whole thing as short & to the point as possible.
Xfinity vs AT&T – Differences in Platform
Comcast’s Xfinity is a wired cable network. It has Digital Television services alongside fast Internet services & it also has an on-demand Streaming platform. AT&T actually has two different platforms. One is their Directv satellite television platform & the other one is their Uverse cable television & internet services platform.
So, as the number of options to choose from is higher for AT&T, we’ll have to give this round to them. Unlike Xfinity where you’re stuck with only cable television, AT&T is giving you options to choose from either satellite or cable television. However, if Xfinity is available in your area but only one of the AT&T services are available, that could be a different story. In easy words, that can be both a good thing or a bad thing depending on which type of service you prefer. But, overall, AT&T has the edge in this segment.
Also Read: Xfinity vs. Spectrum – Which One Provides The Best Value For Your Money?
Xfinity vs AT&T – Differences on Plans & Packages
There is a vast number of packages available to choose from. Let’s have a look at them.
Xfinity’s plans start at $49.99/month (1-year contract). This pack includes 140+ channels. There are two other plans costing 59.99/month (220+ channels) & $104.99/month (260+ channels) respectively. The $104.99 includes HBO, Cinemax & Showtime.
AT&T’s Directv plans start at $35/month (contract of 12 months + 12 months so, 24 months in total). In the second year, the cost rises to $81 per month. This pack includes 155+ channels. Next, there is a $45/month plan that includes some sports channels as well and 185+ channels in total ($110/month in the second year). 1 year of HBO is also included in this pack. Finally, there is a $60/month package with 250+ channels ($135/month in the second year). It’ll cost $8.49/month extra if you want regional sports (2nd & third package).
AT&T’s Uverse plans start at $19/month (U-Basic) which gives 25+ local channels without HD support. However, there is a $35/month pack (U-Family) that supports HD & 190+ channels. Next, there is a $55/month (U-200, 380+ channels) plan, a $60/month (U-300, 495+ channels) & a $110/month (U-450, 565+ channels). These last three plans come with free HBO for the first year & the U-450 comes with HBO, Cinemax & Showtime included. Excluding the $19 U-basic, all the other plans actually come with a 1-year contract.
Which one has the better Television service then?
Well, if you want Satellite television then, AT&T’s Directv is the only option here. However, Xfinity’s cable network definitely has way better pricing if you calculate the total 2-year costs of both services. AT&T’s Uverse on the other side clearly has way more content available for Television & it’s a better value for the money. So, if you have U-verse available in your area, go for it. Otherwise, you can look at Xfinity or Directv (if satellite television is your thing).