Direct-TV?

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    May 28, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    I'm currently a Comcast customer, but I'd like to dump that service and change to DirectTV. Has anybody had problems with Direct-TV? Certainly Direct-TV couldn't be as bad a Comcast.....or could it.
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    May 28, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    Of all of your options, direcTV currently owns the single largest bandwidth into our homes, period. Plus, I think they offer a TIVO box again.


    I've discovered HULU+ and iTunes and haven't replaced my TV in close to two years. I should be spending that time in the gym anyway. Plus, our local NBC affiliate streams their local newscast, handy during the last "snowmageddon". icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 28, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    I've thought about DirecTV before. Their rates seemed reasonable. Until I read the fine print. Their advertised rates are only for the first year. After that, it goes up $15 - $20. Also, the thing I don't like about satellite is that the signal is easily affected by weather. My last job, we had DirecTV in our break room and the signal would drop out a lot during rainy days. Maybe our dish wasn't properly aligned or something, but I thought it was annoying. Also, you need a landline or some type of internet connection for pay-per-view.

    Overall, I don't think there's much difference between cable and satellite. They're both expensive, they nickel and dime you for basic things, and customer service could be better. But cable sort of wins in my book because they don't require annual contracts, and I don't need a set-top box if I just want the basic channels.
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    May 28, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI've thought about DirecTV before..


    Those are fair observations. Sat TV in general can suffer from rain fade. But, in an emergency, like an earthquake, tornado, or hurricane, cable companies don't rank very high in priority. The new DTV 5-horn dish system is more susceptible to the quality of the coax cable that connects the dish to the box and any multiplexers.

    DirecTV admits their formidable competitor isn't Dish. It's the local cable company. After the upgrade to fiber trunking, cable can bundle TV with the highest-speed land-line IP connection to the home.

    If you're a rabid sports fan for far-away teams, DirecTV might offer you more reliable game delivery and a wider selection of crap to watch.

    But, in the end, is it worth watching? B-)
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    May 28, 2012 6:17 AM GMT
    Buddyboy938 saidI'm currently a Comcast customer, but I'd like to dump that service and change to DirectTV. Has anybody had problems with Direct-TV? Certainly Direct-TV couldn't be as bad a Comcast.....or could it.

    We dropped Comcast for DirecTV and it's an improvement, where WE live. Your mileage may vary.

    Comcast here was awful, with constant outages for hours at a time and poor image quality. DirecTV gives a far superior picture, we have more channels for the same price, and while we do get storm outages if a strong cell blocks our view of the satellite (and our south Florida thunderstorms can be intense) they only last for a short time and are predictable. BTW, we have DirecTV HD and 3D.

    I might consider cable if our area gets upgraded to fibre, see what kind of deal they offer. But until that happens there's no comparison with the satellite service we have now, and we're glad we changed from cable.
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    May 28, 2012 7:20 AM GMT
    I've had satellite TV for 12 years, and it's faded out maybe ten minutes at a time once a year, for a VERY heavy snowstorm or extreme thunder storm. Plus of course, you have to brush the snow off the dish, unless you install it under an eave or something where it's protected.

    Anyway, I've been thinking of dumping it. 250 channels of... utter dreck. The few things I want to watch can probably be found in the internet.
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    May 28, 2012 12:40 PM GMT
    Being 5 miles out in the country, satellite TV is the only alternative to what I can get over the air. We recently hooked up with DirecTV, and we're very happy with it. Our setup has whole house DVR (meaning the second receiver can access the DVR in the main receiver.) It's also connected to the WiFi, and with the DirecTV iPad app, I can control the receivers as well as watch certain channels on the iPad. Because I want to be able to watch any channel on the iPad, I added a Slingbox, which takes the receiver's component video output and streams it over the Internet via Cat 5 cable running to the WiFi router. The whole thing works flawlessly, although the satellite signal does cut out in the rain.
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    May 28, 2012 1:18 PM GMT
    Dish Network subscriber here. Very happy with the service.