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Are you glad you made the switch to dish network?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Steveox, May 23, 2004.

Are you glad you made the switch to dish network?

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  2. No

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  3. Undecided

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  1. ypsiguy

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    Probably another stupid Comcrap employee. Why don't u people get out of the TV business? You suck at it. Only thing you guys are useful for is internet access. I have your lifeline basic only because it makes my internet cheaper and your picture sucks compared to Dish.
     
  2. doughboy747

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    I can say one thing when something does happen on dish they do let us know on Direct tv and i had the other not long ago, and when something happened they did not let there custermers know any thing at all I injoy charley chat that comes on once a month thanks agatin steve muncy.
     
  3. Darkman

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    ya.. baby - charlie chats - 'em rock!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. TonyM

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    Mine was easy....no cable where I lived and the DirectTv was Pegasuck.

    Plus Dish has Duluth locals on :D
     
  5. BuckHorn

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    Wayyyyyyyyyyy far better than Pegasucks.
     
  6. sgt940

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    I have had Dish since they started and have been very happy until the 921 fiasco. Just for the record digital dish can not get fuzzy just a very compresssed picture with little detail. I left my old 10ft C-band hooked up for side by side comparisons after getting digital and I will tell you picture detail wise it would and will knock the socks of compressed digital. Still I wouldn't go back.
     
  7. Avillant

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    I started out with D* during the first year they were in business. A few years later, I switched to E* and have been very pleased. A close friend has D* so I get a chance to observe it frequently. My observations follow:

    POSITIVE:
    1. E* user interface is grossly superior to D*. I absolutley hate D*'s stupid 'okay' button that you have to press to make a channel selection.
    2. E* is cheaper.
    3. E* doesn't force you to use TIVO. I don't see any features in TIVO that I would want over E*'s PVR interface. I am very happy with my 501.
    4. E* has always been ahead in HD programming. I have had my 6000 for 3 years now. From what I see on the internet, the 6000 OTA receiver is very good compared to many of the other makes. Am now waiting for my 811 upgrade for the 6000. I hope they have fixed most of the bugs.
    5. With the IR blaster, E* has a good way to record to a VCR. Most D* receiver do not have this.

    NEGATIVE:
    1. The new E* HDPVR receivers seem to be much buggier and more troublesome than the new D* ones. I really hope that they correct this soon. If they don't correct this in the next year or so, I may be forced to switch back to D*. Having a good HDPVR is very important to me.
    2. E* does not carry some of the chanels that D* does. OXYGEN is my main complaint. It seems rediculous that I pay $110 a month and I have to go to my firends house to see 'Talk Sex with Sue Johanson'.
    3. E*'s music channels have sucked compared to D*'s. The music channels are the only thing that have kept my friend from switching to E*. Perhaps now that E* has added SIRIUS he will change his mind. I am much happier with SIRIUS than I was with the old package. They shoulld take the old package off as far as I am concerned.

    Tony
     
  8. RAD

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    Dripping...
    I'm confused about a couple of your cons:

    #1, I have had 7 different D* receivers, what OK button are you talking about to change channels? I can either scroll up or down or enter a channel number or select it from the EPG.
    #2, Can you expand on your comment about forcing you to use Tivo interface? I've had a 501 and 508 and I don't see what the complaint is. You select a program from the guide and tell the interface to record that showing, you don't have to go througt season pass and other Tivo features if you don't want to. If you want to use name based recording that's an option you have now with the Tivo box and only a statement from E* to get it eventually.
    #3, E* has NOT always been ahead in HD programming. D* had the HDNet and ESPN-HD up before E* did.
     
  9. Darkman

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    about your #1 - he wasn't talking about scrolling up or down or select it from EPG (so that's irrelavant)...
    He was talking (i guess) - about entering the channel number ..and having press enter/ok to go there..
    On newer receivers however one doesn't need to press OK/Enter for this (i think starting with 5th generatiions, etc).. - however i know for a fact that on 420RE - there was a need to press enter (and that was a 4th gen. receiver)
     
  10. Avillant

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    Granted, that older receivers did not require the 'okay' button, but some newer ones do. My friend was told by D* that all of the newer receivers required the 'okay' button (Maybe the D* guy didn't know what he was talking about - not an unusual situation).

    What I meant by forcing to use TIVO is that I understand that all D* PVR's use TIVO and I don't want it. I LOVE the E* PVR interface.

    It is a matter of taste as to whether D* or E* has been ahead in programming. In my taste E* wins hands down. I may be wrong, but if I remember correctly, E* had ShowHD way before D*.

    Hope this clears things up.

    Tony
     
  11. RAD

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    Dripping...
    Yep, E* had Showtime-HD before D*, that's one of the reasons I switched from D* to E*. But you said 'alway's been ahead in HD programming' which isn't true, that's what I was pointing out as incorrect. If history continues, someone will be the leader for some period of time, then one will catch up and maybe pass the other.
     
  12. garypen

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    I'm glad I switched back to satellite from Comcast cable. However, in retrospect, I probably would have been happier going with DirecTV this time. But, I've got some time remaining yet on my commitment. And, the direction Dish seems to be taking, may get that back on track. I may not need to switch when my contract is up, after all. I'll cross that bridge when it hatches.
     
  13. Roger Dodger

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    I Switched from Cable to DirecTV

    I Then Switched to Echostar and have been a happy camper since.

    FWIW Tivo SA Interface ok but slow. Tivo to much automation!

    501 fast and lean & clean interface.

    Dishplayer (orig.) Great interface, upgradable drive, Slow

    721 Next to DP faster and next best interface.

    Roger Tee (registered but not logged in from work)
     
  14. Tusk

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    Don't worry Roger, nothing with the Dish PVR's will be automated. You'll be able to have plenty of interaction with your receivers. :lol:
     
  15. Way193

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    I have had dish network for a year and a half and C-band for over 10 years and C-band analog is not fuzzy but Dish network is, I started off Dish network with HBO and Cinemax plus AT50 but now I just use it for locals because the PQ just looks too bad compared to C-band analog and 4dtv.
    I hope someday they will stop overcompressing the signals or get the NFL ST
    and I will subscribe to more programming on Dish Network.
     
  16. DarrellP

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    I had to vote NO because I didn't switch to Dish, I left Dish for Voom (except for the HD Pack) and couldn't be happier. SD is of no concern to me, I now have 35 HD channels at my fingertips 24/7.
     
  17. Marcus S

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    The pattern is now clear. New adopters from cable or OTA choose E* first, then after the Joy fades, they switch to D* or back to cable. A few switch from D* to E*, but question their own revelation, and the remaining who have never tried D*, continue to wave their pom poms for the E* experience. I did not vote in this poll.
     
  18. Roger Tee

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    I have a Tivo Standalone, first thing I did was kill suggestions. I prefer to browse the guide and pick and choose. I can't think of anything I watch on a regular basis except for a few britcoms and BritMysteries. And even then they don't have long runs on BBC america or PBS

    I don't watch re-runs of any network shows, I include series on HBO & Showtime when I say this. In fact they are one of the reasons I dropped from the everything pack to the top 150. I'm watching shows/movies that I missed when I was growing up.

    I spend 5 minutes a week picking a weeks worth of shows for the 721, and 5 minutes a night with the DP since it has a much slower guide, but has features I like. I use it for DVD captures. and the 501 approx 5 minutes a week for the weeks programing it records.

    Cheers
     
  19. Roger Tee

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    Marcus you sound like a DirecTv Pom Pom waver :D

    I went from Cable (Digital) to DirecTV, from DirecTV to Echostar. The 7100s being one reason, since they were out of the gate way ahead of DirecTivos. Another reason being E* being more customer friendly, Charlie seems willing to fight the good fight for the customer.

    I ran them side by side for many months before the poor DirecTV picture compared to Echostars and the E* having locals for me (NYC & LA) whereas DirecTV said no way Jose. I have never regretted switching, for me E* is a much better value. Especially with all the movie channels in the top 150 package. And the ease of recording the music channels on the 501 & 721.

    Cheers
     
  20. Marcus S

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    I am not pom pom'ing for either provider. I summarized what I read in this poll. If you are happy with your choice that's just peachy.
     
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