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18 Months With the Hopper/Joeys - A Review

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by Marlin Guy, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Marlin Guy

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    I still get those offers from DirecTV. Sometimes as many as two per week, wanting me to come back.

    NO CHANCE!

    I am so pleased with my Hopper and Joeys that DirecTV could offer free equipment and free subscriptions for two years, and I'd still ignore them.
    Maybe the Genie is better than the old HR series receivers were. I can't imagine them being any worse!

    For all of the time I used to spend on here researching and frustratingly trying to find ways to make my old DVR perform properly, Dish and the Hopper have paid me back ten fold.
    Heck, the only reason I even stop by here anymore is to occasionally read or share information in the OT forums. How great is that?!

    Yeah, I'm a fanboy... and I love it! :righton:
    That's what happens when you find a product that performs as it should.

    Thanks, Dish! For making my life so much easier and simpler. Your software updates add new features that are actually useful, and I don't have to spend my time rebooting and resetting crappy hardware just so I can watch TV.
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    I'm glad you're a fanboy. It's obvious DISH is a good fit for "you". But the product you're so fond of doesn't always perform as it should as these thread examples indicate......DISH OTA EPG Issues (report only)......Problems Transferring Recordings......Can't Use Compensatory PPV Certificates. So to be fair and honest both services have their share of issues. And least we forget DirecTV commercials presents their competitors as idiots while DISH commercials presents their customers as idiots.......Enjoy!
     
  3. damondlt

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    This is very true. Lol

    Sent from my PantechP8010 using DBSTalk mobile app

     
  4. lparsons21

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    A pox on the last two!! :)

    You guys are probably still waiting for the guide to show up from the button push last week!! :)
     
  5. damondlt

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    Atleast we don't have to wait till Primtime to record 4 things. !rolling :grin:
     
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  6. lparsons21

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    Neither do I! I can record 4 things on one-tuner any time of the day or night.

    Of course, they have to be the 'right' 4 things... :)
     
  7. sigma1914

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    Both services are great for different people. No need to trash another ones service. As long as Marlin is happy, as he seems to be, that's all that matters.

    However, this was far from a review as the title suggests, and more of a gloat post.
     
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  8. lparsons21

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    Did you not notice the smileys?? :)
     
  9. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    It wasn't directed at you, in particular.
     
  10. clotter

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    LOL! I remember those days. The old HR21-100. It's the sole reason I'm now with Dish.

    I'm sure their new system is better, it HAS to be, but there's nothing about the Hopper system that causes me to look elsewhere.
     
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  11. Marlin Guy

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    OK. While language constraints prevent me from fully expressing how insanely happy I am with Dish and the Hopper, let me just say this.
    I give the Hopper Two thumbs and eight fingers way up! Raising my hands in the air screaming **** YEAH!!

    #hatasgonnahate
     
  12. Marlin Guy

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    Mine was the HR20-700. Same turd, different polish.
    Recording four programs at once at any time is hardly an issue for me. I can barely find four good programs a week that are worth my time to watch.
    So I can see where others may desire more, but like clotter, my system is as great today as it was day one, and it has given me no reason to even consider changing to anything else.

    What's so wrong with that? Can't someone come on here post some good experiences once in a while?
    Sure, most people come here because they are frustrated or irritated. That's what brought me here when I was a DirecTV customer. But I'm just letting whoever wants to read my post know that I have found the Hopper/Joey system to be absolutely flawless and it 100% satisfies my viewing and recording needs. Something DirecTV could never do, despite all those nights of staying up late and getting those dull edge updates - not because I wanted the latest/greatest - just that I wanted something that worked as it should.
    Isn't that what any customer wants?

    So that's my review. If you want a whole house DVR system that just plain works, then give the Hopper/Joeys a try. All you have to lose is those bags under your eyes.
     
  13. James Long

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    There is nothing wrong with someone being happy with their service ... and they should be able to express it on our forum without being called names or having their threads trashed.
     
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  14. sregener

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    I had an HR22-100, and it was the sole reason I'm now with Dish. I'm saving a few bucks a month, but that would never have motivated me to switch.

    I'd agree with the OP that the Hopper is a joy to use, with one minor exception: the OTA tuner. Single-tuner, and glitches every time I use the 30-second skip button while it's recording. But that's a minor quibble with what has otherwise been a truly enjoyable user experience.
     
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  15. sigma1914

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    Ok, but it still wasn't a review ... It was the OP saying he's happy which is great. If a member is looking to switch and sees the title claiming a REVIEW of the Hopper, they'll be bamboozled. You quoted me, yet I didn't call him names. He trashed DirecTV which is ok, so critiquing his "review" isn't ok?
     
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  16. sregener

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    If by review you mean, "Goes over the pros and cons of a product, describes its features in detail, or otherwise provides impartial information whereby others can make a rational, informed decision" you're probably right. But if by review you mean,"Describes their personal experience with a product that gives an explanation of the causes of their overall satisfaction", then you're definitely wrong.


    So let's break it down. 1) First, he indicates his overall level of satisfaction is so high he wouldn't take the former equipment he had from DirecTV even if it cost him nothing. 2) Provides a contrast with a competitor's product, and makes sure we know which ones he has experience with. 3) Indicates that he no longer spends time on this forum solving problems. 4) Indicates that the product performs properly.

    Now, maybe that's not a complete review in the vein of CNET, but we also know he didn't change his "Editor's Choice" because of a CEO invalidating his review. I wouldn't consider his review to be decisive, but it would provide information to someone who is considering the two services, i.e. "Here's somebody who switched from a DirecTV "Advanced HD DVR" to a Hopper and is very, very, very glad he did."
     
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  17. Marlin Guy

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    I can't speak as to the performance of the OTA tuner. I have never used it. All of my programming comes via Dish.
    I would suspect that I am well into the majority of subscribers in that regard.
     
  18. Marlin Guy

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    Reviving this old thread just to update that my complete satisfaction with Dish and with the Hopper/Joeys system has only increased with time.
    I have now used the equipment for over three years, and it has been completely flawless.

    It is today as fast and responsive as it was the first day we had it, and there have been 0 issues. I've never had a better DVR system from Dish or DirecTV.

    I haven't even bothered to keep up with what's new from either side, because this system continues deliver trouble-free uninterrupted service day after day.

    If ever does fail, I'll let you guys know.
     
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  19. NYDutch

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    Our Hopper and Joey have traveled many miles with us in our motorhome, and have both worked flawlessly for our needs. We've viewed and recorded many hours of programming in many parts of the country using our portable 1000.4 dish, switching arcs as needed. We've been very pleased with both the equipment and our program package!
     
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  20. camo

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    I'm totally disgusted with Dish Hopper and everything about Dish. Can't wait to get out of contract. If you ask me the hopper is cluster &^%$ , the remote is just as bad. Picture quality isn't as good, I could go on and on. The simple Directv Hr 24 is so much better and easier to navigate its not even close. I won't even get into the lack of HD and what they call EI and the two HD channels. LMAO
    Thank goodness I only suspended Directv while experimenting with Dish.
     

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