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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-02-2007, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, about to dive into this world of HDTV. I have done some searching through the older threads but couldn't find the answer I needed. My question is which is better in your opinion:

DirectTV or Dish Network

I don't need every channel. What I want is like what I have with my cable, everything but movie channels. But will be getting a HDTV and want to go all the way. Looking at two rooms minimum to have it. But I was told by a friend there in Chi that he's having his whole place rigged so no matter what he does the place is pre-wired.

I don't care what's your experience please, post up.

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why not just stick with cable?
Well didn't think of cable because of what the dishes seem to offer - more things. Plus I have my own cable horror stories (I guess all of them can create stories) and just wanted to see what's all the hype about this stuff. They seem more reliable on minimum.

I'm new to the game. If you have some info please post up.
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I am looking to upgrade my directv dish to help rain fade. If anyine has info, please post.
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Their newer dish is way better. My parents had directv back when they had the circle dish, now it's an oval. It use to scramble all the time during bad storms and stuff. Mine has been through all the bad wind and rain storms, and hasn't scrambled once.

I'm very happy with directv. Their customer service is good, their DVR is better then comcast IMO. Their rates are better, it seems they are willing to negotiate much more then comcast, and they always have some kind of deal going on to get ya to sign up.

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Their newer dish is way better. My parents had directv back when they had the circle dish, now it's an oval. It use to scramble all the time during bad storms and stuff. Mine has been through all the bad wind and rain storms, and hasn't scrambled once.

I'm very happy with directv. Their customer service is good, their DVR is better then comcast IMO. Their rates are better, it seems they are willing to negotiate much more then comcast, and they always have some kind of deal going on to get ya to sign up.
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Their newer dish is way better. My parents had directv back when they had the circle dish, now it's an oval. It use to scramble all the time during bad storms and stuff. Mine has been through all the bad wind and rain storms, and hasn't scrambled once.

I'm very happy with directv. Their customer service is good, their DVR is better then comcast IMO. Their rates are better, it seems they are willing to negotiate much more then comcast, and they always have some kind of deal going on to get ya to sign up.
I'm not in Chicago anymore so Comcast isn't an option. But thanks for the rest of the info.
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Dish Network subscriber for almost 10 years now. At the time I researched who to go with, they had better packages and better pricing. The only reason DirecTV has more subscribers was because of the money they put out upfront for sports rights exclusivity. I wasn't interested in that so I went with the Dish Network.

Cable and DirecTV costs tend to be higher because they're constantly trying to recoup costs from Sports entertainment contracts that they negotiated.

Technology wise, DirecTV has less birds up in the air so in order to offer similar programming they cram too many channels onto the available transponders that they do have. Echostar has been acquiring satellite properties from other companies that have gone under and are reusing that equipment for a lot of their HDTV programming (see Ody's old thread bitching about VoomTV going out of business shortly after he signed up for their service )

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Dish Network subscriber for almost 10 years now. At the time I researched who to go with, they had better packages and better pricing. The only reason DirecTV has more subscribers was because of the money they put out upfront for sports rights exclusivity. I wasn't interested in that so I went with the Dish Network.

Cable and DirecTV costs tend to be higher because they're constantly trying to recoup costs from Sports entertainment contracts that they negotiated.

Technology wise, DirecTV has less birds up in the air so in order to offer similar programming they cram too many channels onto the available transponders that they do have. Echostar has been acquiring satellite properties from other companies that have gone under and are reusing that equipment for a lot of their HDTV programming (see Ody's old thread bitching about VoomTV going out of business shortly after he signed up for their service )

I saw that thread. That's what a concern of mine is. To get something and then like Tony posted updates come and I'm left behind. I mean I'm looking into it all. It's irritating so far. Pros and cons don't really equal up. We have Time Warner Cable here. They basically run the show. But I just know howl cable can be. Right now I have video but my sound is buzzing. WTF?! That's just one of my cable adventures. So the satellite stuff seems to make sense now.
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If you want HDTV you have to go with Dishnetwork, they have the most HD channels. ALso they have the HD DVR free now which is bad ass, plus its cheaper then Direct TV and Digital cable. DirecTV keeps saying they are going to have 100+ HD channels soon but they have been saying that for a while (doubt it will be within in the next 5 years), so until they actually offer it im sticking with the Dish
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Great thread, I'm thinking of alternatives to cable right now too.

Do you have to sign a contract, like a cell phone, which either Dish or DirecTV?

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DirecTV, had it since the start. Great. My brother and folks tried Dish Network and both cut it off and got the DirectTV recievers and then used dish network's dishes for DirecTV.


Dish Network blows goats. My bro and Ps would like to thank them for the free dish and wiring so they could easily hook DirecTV.



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Great thread, I'm thinking of alternatives to cable right now too.

Do you have to sign a contract, like a cell phone, which either Dish or DirecTV?

Yeah, those are some good questions. Anyone?
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If you want the equipment free and the other special offers, yes you have to sign a contract. I regret dumping DirecTV and switiching to Comcast. The Comcast DVR blows whale dick. On most days, I want to bash it with a sledgehammer.

Other than that, Comcast has been good to me. Good picture quality, decent prices and since the equipment is leased, they will replace it no questions asked. My remote died, I drove 2 miles to the customer service center, the lady gave me a new one with brand new batteries no questions asked. If only they had a better DVR.

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Yeah, those are some good questions. Anyone?
Kindof, they do a rebate thing where you pay upfront for your reciever then they pay you back monthly for 15 months. So if you want to get your money back you have to stick with them. I believe directv does the same thing.
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I have TimeWarner cable here in SA and I like it. You save $ when you get your internet and cable with them. You can also get a home phone though them for no extra cost. Their DVR is a little weak, but overall I like it and it's a good cost...plus they have a ton of prerecorded stuff that any customer can access (like last night's local newscasts, fitness shows, etc.).

I used to have DirecTV and although I liked it, I thought it was too pricey for anything more then 1 room ... and YES, to get a deal you had to sign on for a certain length of service. At least that was the deal at the time. It was very much like getting a cell phone.
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I've had both, and I liked the service and equipment through Dish network. Pricing should be virtually the same for programming and equipment from both.
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dish has more pricing incentives currently going on.



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Get cable w/ highspeed internet. Directv is nice..when the weather is. When it's shitty outside there goes your reception. I'm going to switch to Cable.
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dish has more pricing incentives currently going on.
I'm starting to lean towards Dish because they also through more hardware for "free" in the deal. But then Tony throws into the arena that Direct will be just as good as Dish with selection of channels.
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DirecTV, of course Dish has more free stuff, they suck. That is what they do just to get customers on a contract.
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