Dish Network vs. Direct TV

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    May 27, 2013 6:47 PM GMT
    Not sure where to put this topic, so I am putting it under Arts and Entertainment.

    I pay both mine and my parents' Dish Network bill. We have been with Dish for several years, but the service is going downhill and the bill keeps going up - which I know is normal.

    We are thinking of switching to Direct TV for a while to take advantage of deal and actually better channel offerings than what we are paying for now.

    I know there are positive and negatives on both sides, but I am wondering what your thoughts are.


    And yes, I know many are switching to Netflix, and Hulu Plus, - I am considering this for myself, but it wouldn't work for my parents.

    Thanks.
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    May 27, 2013 7:01 PM GMT
    Those DirecTV deals are temporary. Somewhere buried in the fine print, that price is only good for one year. After that, it shoots up to almost double. Most people just cancel after a year, then wait 30 days, and re-sign up under a new promotion. Not sure if your parents are willing to jump through those hoops.

    I hate to say it, but cable TV might be better deal, especially if you bundle additional services like telephone or internet.
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    May 27, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
    I think that's the same with Dish. I am paying $112 per month now and that's not the highest package of channels and no movie channels. Just the 250 channel package in HD and the old DVR plan.

    One TV.

    I could switch to a Direct TV plan and bundle it with my AT&T bill and save about 1/2. That may be the way to go for now. I think in a few years cable and satellite TV as we know it will transition because of the internet.
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    May 28, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
    call Dish up and ask for a better deal. they'll usually give you one.

    I only keep paying the bill through inertia. Oh, and they slipped in a $10 a month charge for "blockbuster at home" which which I never signed up for. I used it a couple of times. Takes all night to download a movie to watch tomorrow.
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    May 28, 2013 2:48 AM GMT
    I have both. Dish here in Michigan and Directv in California. Both have some good things and both have some negatives. I agree with mindgarden. Just call Dish and they will give you a deal. I do this every time I see the bill has crept up and use the same made-up story- I'm an invalid on a fixed income stuck at home and other then when meals on wheels delivers dinner, TV is my only connection with the outside world. It always works..
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    May 28, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    Fortunately, I gave the finger to the whole cable industry back in '08 and spend more time in the gym (and on RJ) as a result. But, I have to admit its easier to enjoy rabbit ears on the left coast. My sister, residing in Houston TX, reminds me that the cable company can take almost two weeks to restore service after a hurricane. DirecTV dish didn't get tweaked out of alignment by flying debris. So, there's that.

    Consumers are screwed, in short. DirecTV believes their archrival is your local cable company, not DISH. DISH management made the news for their CEO with sociopathic tendencies and a hostile workplace. Cable companies keep inserting locally produced commercials into network programming I'm trying to enjoy.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2360837,00.asp
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/24/technology/24cable.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    I can't explain why Dish Network is actively trying to knock Japan's Softbank out of the running to purchase Sprint PCS. Verizon Wireless I could understand. But, Sprint? Someone thinks bundling with wireless will solve all their problems?

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/16/us-dish-sprint-idUSBRE94F1AP20130516
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    May 28, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    I lived without cable for 8 years. Now I have Direct tv and my BF has Dish - both are fine.

    I got my Direct TV deal through Costco.... the reduced deal lasts for 2 years and then I will cancel the service because I'm not paying $100 bucks a month for cable. I am paying $45 for two tvs with DVR included..
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    May 28, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    I lived without cable for 8 years. Now I have Direct tv and my BF has Dish - both are fine.

    I got my Direct TV deal through Costco.... the reduced deal lasts for 2 years and then I will cancel the service because I'm not paying $100 bucks a month for cable. I am paying $45 for two tvs with DVR included..
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    May 28, 2013 10:56 AM GMT
    pirate bay anyone?
  • wherewillwebe

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    May 28, 2013 11:35 AM GMT
    When I called Foxtel to terminate the contract, they offered me free 6 months and told me to cancel it if I still wished to after 6 months.
    So call and asked them!!icon_smile.gif
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    May 28, 2013 12:21 PM GMT
    m4rf_ saidpirate bay anyone?


    Not a good idea unless you use an anonymous proxy service.

    As for satellite, we went with DirecTV for the superior channel lineup. I do most of my watching with the DirecTV app on my bedroom iPad, which works quite well.