Direct TV vs. Cable

  • silverfox

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    Apr 28, 2009 3:24 AM GMT
    I am having my first Direct TV experience and I am not sure I am liking it.

    In the building I just moved in they give free Direct TV which means the standard box (no DVR) and no HD. Infact, as I understand it the dish on the building is not HD...so....

    In order to get HD I would have to buy a new dish, get a new HD DVR, and then start ordering HD programing. Plus I don't have my tennis channel.

    I miss cable TV .

    Somebody TALK ME DOWN and tell me Direct TV isn't so bad.


    (Yes I am aware that it could be worse I could have swine flu but right now this pisses me off).
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    Apr 28, 2009 3:34 AM GMT
    We switched from Comcast cable to Direct TV last year, and are pleased. But these decisions are ultimately local. Comcast in our area was horrible: constant total outages, often losing the sound alone, pixilations all the time, poor resolution in the lower channels. Direct TV service is far superior to that, and we get more channels for the same price.

    But that's in OUR area. Your situation may be different. It's not a simple matter of theoretically comparing cable versus satellite, but rather, the cable service in YOUR area versus the satellite deals in YOUR area.

    With us it was a no-brainer. For others the cable may be better. We also have our own dish, not shared with the other residents in our condo, so that may also be a factor for you.
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    Apr 28, 2009 5:42 AM GMT
    What tennis channel are you referring to? If they don't broadcast in HD, then it's pointless going through all that hassle. And by HD, I mean real HD. Not an SD picture with padding on the sides to fill-in the HD resolution. Like this..

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    And if you don't have an HDTV, then this is all pointless. icon_lol.gif
  • silverfox

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    Apr 28, 2009 7:33 AM GMT
    No...I have an HDTV. It is true the tennis channel does not broadcast in HDTV. However, more and more channels do.

    The thing that gets me is the hardware costs. It will be $299 for the HDTV DVR box. It will be another $99 for the installation of the HD dish. Now it is my understanding that you do not OWN those box at that time, you just have it leased until you stop paying for the service.

    On top of that there is the monthy charges associated with having the box.

    And then there is the extra programming costs of having the HD channels.

    When I had brighthouse cable I rented the HDTV DRV box for like ten dollars a month. There were additional programming costs for HD and tennis channel but not these big time hardware costs upfront...

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    Apr 28, 2009 7:39 AM GMT
    While Time Warner Cable is nickeling and diming everyone to death, the service is excellent and I would never have to worry about an outage. When I moved in with my current roommate (which should be ending soon), he had the bright idea to get Direct TV. While most want Direct TV because they are the only ones who offer Logo (which is ridiculous since MTV owns Logo, every system should have it), I have never liked it because when it's cloudly, raining, any kind of weather event, the signal gets degraded or is out entirely.

    With all the hoopla about Time Warner wanting to charge by bandwith usage, I still will stay with Time Warner when I move. I don't use their internet access. I have Cricket wireless internet access and it is great!
  • silverfox

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    Apr 28, 2009 7:45 AM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidWhile Time Warner Cable is nickeling and diming everyone to death, the service is excellent and I would never have to worry about an outage. When I moved in with my current roommate (which should be ending soon), he had the bright idea to get Direct TV. While most want Direct TV because they are the only ones who offer Logo (which is ridiculous since MTV owns Logo, every system should have it), I have never liked it because when it's cloudly, raining, any kind of weather event, the signal gets degraded or is out entirely.

    With all the hoopla about Time Warner wanting to charge by bandwith usage, I still will stay with Time Warner when I move. I don't use their internet access. I have Cricket wireless internet access and it is great!


    Oh and yeah that is another thing......direct TV does not have logo since the bldg only provides basic channels. I had this with brighthouse. ARRRRRRRG
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    Apr 28, 2009 9:05 AM GMT
    Yeah, I was considering DirecTV a while back but decided against it. Here were my reasons..

    - 1 year contract. Serious? That seems so dumb.

    - You rent the boxes regardless. You can pick up a used box from ebay or at a garage sale. But once you activate your account, they're going to charge you a monthly box rental.

    - Requires a landline. You need to hook up your box to a telephone line because that's how you buy pay-per-view events and that's how the box performs firmware updates. If you don't have a landline, then you gotta pay $30 for a LAN adapter to hook up to your broadband connection.

    - HD is extra. They even charge extra for the free HD channels you can get from your antenna. Ridiculous.

    - Intrusive credit checks. I'm not sure if this is true.. I've been hearing that DirecTV performs hard credit checks when you sign up. Meaning, their inquiries will affect your credit history/score in a not so good way.

    - Questionable billing practices. If you ever want to cancel service or if you find a mistake on your bill, good luck getting it sorted out.

    - Teaser pricing. Their website shows some pretty awesome pricing. You get the same channel line-up as cable, but it's about $10 - $15 cheaper. But I later read on another forum, that those prices are only good for new customers. After your 1 year contract expires, you're automatically bumped up to the regular pricing, which is about the same or more than cable. The only way to continue having those prices is to cancel service, and sign up as a "new" customer 30 days later.

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    Cable has its faults too. But they don't seem too bad compared to satellite. I dropped cable last year. I just wasn't watching enough TV to justify the cost. I'm pretty happy with the free digital channels I get from my antenna. Everything else, I rent or download or watch on Hulu. For live sporting events, there's always justin.tv and other live streaming websites.
  • jc_online

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    Apr 28, 2009 10:06 AM GMT
    Just say NO! Read a book; go for a hike; get off the pop culture drug! It's not too late!

    I love my old school rabbit ears. I bought one of those HD tuners for $50 (with a $40 gov't. coupon) and it works good enough. I can get my PBS.

    I've never had a Dish, so I can't really recommend one over the other; I just wanted to a spoiler this morning! TV is not all that - really. Now I think I'll go play a record on my phonograph; or maybe an 8-Track.

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  • silverfox

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    Apr 28, 2009 11:49 AM GMT
    jc_online saidJust say NO! Read a book; go for a hike; get off the pop culture drug! It's not too late!

    I love my old school rabbit ears. I bought one of those HD tuners for $50 (with a $40 gov't. coupon) and it works good enough. I can get my PBS.

    I've never had a Dish, so I can't really recommend one over the other; I just wanted to a spoiler this morning! TV is not all that - really. Now I think I'll go play a record on my phonograph; or maybe an 8-Track.

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    If I don't have my tennis channel I am cranky and it is not good for anyone.
    Plus I will have too much time on my hands and nothing to do but come up with "....Guy above you" threads here that will piss everyone off so for the sake of mankind help me get this thing sorted out......


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    Apr 28, 2009 12:04 PM GMT
    jc_online saidI love my old school rabbit ears. I bought one of those HD tuners for $50 (with a $40 gov't. coupon) and it works good enough. I can get my PBS.

    Do you mean a digital to analog converter?
  • silverfox

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    Apr 28, 2009 12:29 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    jc_online saidI love my old school rabbit ears. I bought one of those HD tuners for $50 (with a $40 gov't. coupon) and it works good enough. I can get my PBS.

    Do you mean a digital to analog converter?


    Yes this is a good point.....won't rabbit ears be obsolete when the digital conversion (FINALLY) happens????
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    Apr 28, 2009 12:39 PM GMT
    I heard my rabbit ears will be obsolete in about a year.

    Thank goodness I can still watch my boyfriend Adam Lambert on t.v. this year.icon_wink.gif
  • Webster666

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    Apr 28, 2009 3:40 PM GMT
    I have a satellite dish. I've never been happier.
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    Apr 28, 2009 3:42 PM GMT
    Go to Costco, they'll hook you up. They have the HD DVR's for 199 and free installs.

    I love DirecTV - and if you have an iPhone, you can download their DVR app and schedule recordings on the go (you can do it without the app with basic internet access, but the app is freakin' sweet!)
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    Apr 28, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    i don't believe 'rabbit ears' will be obsolete. If you receive your television via the airwaves you will still need an antenna to catch the signal... right?