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Directv vs DISH - Which HD is better

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by DesertRatR, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Mar 30, 2013 #21 of 103
    donalddickerson2005

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    I'll go OTA before I go to cable.
    I messed up 2 times with cable.
    1st in north Dakota 2001 (disaster) that's when I looked up DirecTV had them from 2002-2006
    Then my 2nd time was in 2007 down here in Atlanta because I called upon charter and they said they had WAY more programming and sports so I gave them a go.
    Well I've been with DirecTV since 2008.
     
  2. Mar 31, 2013 #22 of 103
    Volatility

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    DirecTV's HD is more technologically advanced, however the difference between Directv and Dish's is very minor. So minor it does not matter.
     
  3. Mar 31, 2013 #23 of 103
    RAD

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    Can you please expand on your response? I look at the new Dish Hopper with Sling and it appears that it might be more advanced. Yes it doesn't have built in WiFi and SWiM, but it does have a larger hard drive, faster processor and built in Sling.
     
  4. Mar 31, 2013 #24 of 103
    lparsons21

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    The new Hopper w/Sling does have wifi.

    His comment was about the HD quality and not the tech behind it, and was in line with what most observe. D* and E*'s HD PQ is nearly the same to the viewing eye of all except those with picky eyes, and of course fanbois! :)
     
  5. Mar 31, 2013 #25 of 103
    damondlt

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    IMO HD PQ doesn't mean Squat anyway. If the Price, Programming,Equipment Balance doesn't level out then I don't care about the PQ.
    I would say PQ is the last thing on my list.
    The differences between all providers are so close, I for one couldn't even use that as a factor.

    We aren't comparing 1980's SD programming off of Rabbit ears.
     
  6. Mar 31, 2013 #26 of 103
    lparsons21

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    These days I would agree with you. HD PQ just isn't an issue since both SAT services offer excellent HD PQ.

    For me it is all about the money and the channels. All else is just something to consider after I've looked at those two. The Hopper/Joey and Genie/Mini-Genie setup is more or less the same with slightly different approaches. Right now it seems the Genie system is having growing pains, but those should be worked through fairly quickly I would think. And the Hopper/Joey for all its greatness in many respects, is just too handy with icons and thumbnails everywhere, even when those don't make sense for their useage.
     
  7. Mar 31, 2013 #27 of 103
    acostapimps

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    +1
     
  8. Apr 8, 2013 #28 of 103
    studechip

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    I agree about the quality part, although it's subjective. Care to tell us how Directv has FAR more hd? Be specific, provide real proof!
     
  9. Apr 8, 2013 #29 of 103
    RAD

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    Using the channel chart in post http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=196101 it shows a total of 143 full time HD channels on Dish and 191 full time HD channels on DIRECTV. Yes Dish has more 'basic' HD channels then DIRECTV but when looking at the total channel count DIRECTV comes out ahead. Even if you subtract the 30 full time HD RSN's that DIRECTV has that Dish doesn't DIRECTV still is ahead in the total channel count.
     
  10. Apr 8, 2013 #30 of 103
    carlsbad_bolt_fan

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    I'll weigh in here...

    My in-laws have DISH because of their Chinese programming offerings. They are on their 5th HD-DVR in 4.5 years. Besides the DVR failures, they've also had other DISH equipment die on them as well. The HD appears to be big a step down in picture quality from DirecTV and our local cable provider Time Warner, IMHO.

    If it weren't for the Chinese programming, they would have DirecTV. For international programming choices, DISH wins easily.

    As for the Pac 12 network, well, I'll wager that will be added at some point.
     
  11. Apr 8, 2013 #31 of 103
    CCarncross

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    I guess I'm in the minority here...its entertainment and a luxury item for me. PQ and the channels I want to see are the 2 most important for me, then the equipment and how it works...and although a little sluggish at time, I just like the way the Directv equipment works....money is a distant 4th.....I can always cut back on my programming if I don't want to pay what I pay...I dont give a flying you know what who has the most HD channels, as long as its the channels I want to see.
     
  12. Apr 8, 2013 #32 of 103
    lparsons21

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    For me, the HD PQ is similar enough that it isn't an issue. So I'm down to the channels I want and Dish has more of them than Direct does for me.

    How fast/slow the equipment is just isn't enough of an issue, nor is the 'more sports' mantra that is flung around here a lot.

    And of course, saving a buck or two doesn't hurt but isn't the first think I look at.
     
  13. Apr 8, 2013 #33 of 103
    Curtis0620

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    So what non-premium channel is worth it to give up Disney, ABC Family, etc.?
     
  14. Apr 8, 2013 #34 of 103
    lparsons21

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    Reelz HD for one, Epix for another.

    And since I'm 69 and on the big set, I'm the only chooser, neither of those you listed are of interest to me at all. Of course, if I chose to watch them I would see them in SD that is very watcheable.

    Give me scripted dramas, some comedies, boxing and golf and I'm good to go. Throw in a movie or three and I'm even better! :)
     
  15. Apr 8, 2013 #35 of 103
    Curtis0620

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    So nothing worth giving up Disney, ABC Family, etc.
     
  16. Apr 8, 2013 #36 of 103
    lparsons21

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    For you it seems. :)

    Those channels haven't been shown on my TV in many, many years. They weren't in HD at all when I last had them on.

    You seem to be trying to make a point but missing. I said that it is all about the content for me, and it is the content that I care about. For you, it seems your content desires are different than mine, who knew? :lol:
     
  17. Apr 8, 2013 #37 of 103
    John Strk

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    I would have to agree. I've had Directv on my 6 year old Sony rear projection and have compared both FIOS and Dish on family member's newer TV's, both Panasonic Plasmas, and I find something wrong with the picture every time I'm visiting them. I've tried calibrating their sets but sadly the picture quality is inferior to Directv!! :)
     
  18. Apr 8, 2013 #38 of 103
    Hoosier205

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    They have far more HD channels. That's pretty simple.
     
  19. Apr 8, 2013 #39 of 103
    P Smith

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    "far more" could be easily outweigh by desired channels, not the relatively number
     
  20. Apr 8, 2013 #40 of 103
    studechip

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    Hey, you came back! So tell me, what does it matter exactly how many channels either provider has if they don't have the channels you want to watch? BTW, when are you returning to the Letterman/Ferguson thread? That's going to be entertaining!
     

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