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DirecTV vs FiOS Analysis

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by sat-geek, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Dec 14, 2011 #81 of 103
    Rich

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    Cablevision is phasing out the Boost for the Boost+. They told me they're having all kinds of problems with the first version of Boost. I got the Boost+ for the same price and it has helped.

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  2. Dec 14, 2011 #82 of 103
    Steve

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    Wish we could do that on our DirecTV boxes! I've got DVRs on three different floors of the home.

    OTOH, the exercise is good for me! :p
     
  3. Dec 14, 2011 #83 of 103
    Steve

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    When I had Cablevision earlier this year, after repeated complaints, they finally solved the fluctuating speed problem I was experiencing by swapping my Docsis 2.0 modem for a Docsis 3.0 modem.

    I did not have Boost service, tho, just 15/2. With Docsis 3, I was consistently around 13-14 Mbps, IIRC.
     
  4. Dec 14, 2011 #84 of 103
    Rich

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    I got the ARRIS Docsis 3 modem a while ago. Now it's working quite well since they "fixed" the problems with the lines. Seemed like the supervisor of the line techs who came to my house was trying to "baffle me with BS" about the problems with the lines, blaming it on people's equipment rather than CV properly monitoring and maintaining those lines.

    When the line tech went up on the pole and checked the terminal box he said that the two other people on CV were getting a worse signal than I was. I asked him if he was gonna fix their lines and he just looked at me.

    Tell me how you can have three lines coming into a closed Court and have one different from the others. I don't get that.

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  5. Dec 29, 2011 #85 of 103
    cowboy620

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    i have been a dtv customer since 1999 and love my service. their only downfall was when they introduced the hot pass package for nascar, mr driver is the #17 matt kenseth, but all they ever show is a select # of drivers very rarely matt i was paying 80 a month for then they went free but i stopped watching it when they didn't show matt. that was dissapointing.

    now as for fios i'm a computer builder repairer when i go to peoples home i see fios all the the time i'm sorry my dtv blows it away! yes my hr 22 dvrs that i have are slow! but a dtv tech told me the new hr 34 is fast so when i get mine we'll see. and if you get a 600 series samsung with the hr34 all you need is 1 reciver and the other tv's just need coax running to them up to four tv's off the hr34, so far theyb are the only 1's with the software to do that.

    the only thing i want fios for is their internet but i live on cape cod and it's not here yet. they have not come over the bridges to cape cod yet.
    i'll stay with dtv won't ever change thank you. nice thread though good analyises nice to see a comparison of the 2.[​IMG]
     
  6. Dec 29, 2011 #86 of 103
    fiosguy

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    1. Some of VERIZION FIOS AREA & some other local non-VERIZION FIOS-IPTV have fiber to the home and in the home.


    2. Fct that you do not need a dish and all the damage putting the wires into your house entails.


    3. Ability to use a non-neutered TIVO - to me is far superior to DIRECTV's dvrs.


    4. The fact for the same price you are paying DIRECTV for programming with FIOS you get a superior channel lineup - below are the channels FIOS has and DIRECTV lacks

    ALL local sub-channels

    arts
    ----CLASSIC ARTS SHOWCASE

    anime
    ---FUNIMATION

    etc
    ---BLUE HIGHWAYS TV
    ---G4
    ---LIFETIME - REAL WOMEN
    ---MILITARY HISTORY CHANNEL
    ---WEALTH TV
    ---YOUTOO SOCIAL TV

    movies
    ---CINEMAX - OUTER MAX
    ---EPIX - 1 + 2 + 3
    ---FEARNET
    ---PIXL
    ---SHOWTIME - FAMILY ZONE
    ---STARZ - INDIEPLEX + MOVIEPLEX + RETROPLEX

    music
    ---BET - GOSPEL + HIP HOP
    ---CMT - PURE COUNTRY
    ---HARMONY CHANNEL
    ---MTV - HITS + JAMS + U
    ---SOUNDTRACK CHANNEL
    ---VH1 - SOUL

    news
    ---ABC NEWS NOW
    ---BBC WORLD NEWS
    ---CNN INTERNATIONAL
    ---EURONEWS

    public interest
    ---CSPAN 3
    ---PENTAGON CHANNEL

    sports
    ---BLACKBELT TV
    ---FIGHT NOW TV
    ---HRTV
    ---MAVTV
    ---WORLD FISHING NETWORK
    ---WWE - FIOS has said they will carry it -- NO WORD from DirecTV yet



    5. One Bill


    6. The fact with VERIZION & other FIOS areas as a subscriber your bloated montly charge is not used to subsidize IPAD - CELL PHONE APS and other non-CHANNEL stuff.
    IF people want all that extra - have them pay it and let the people who just want channels and dvr pay just for what they use.


    The ONLY advantage DirecTV has is their extra sports packages - BUT they have used that as an excuse not to add channels listed above. Because they think they can rely on these package to stop churn, well when as the economy starts tanking more, Sports packages is one of the 1st things to go and providers who have the dame prices as Directv but with more channels will win out.
     
  7. Dec 29, 2011 #87 of 103
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    True

    How does the Fios cable get into your house then? Directv only has one cable into the house from the dish.

    I have been trying to find the name of the TIVO unit with the 5 tuners, 1Tb hard disk space and lets me use RVU on my tv with no other receiver, but I cannot find it. Do you have a link? I want to trade in my Directv HR34 for it.

    One or two on there I would watch but really not that interested. I prefer quality over quantity. But each to their own. Do you really watch all those channels?

    With paperless billing - zero bills! And coming soon - a $2 "convenience fee" for paying your bill, if they are like Verizon Wireless which is starting this next month.

    So if I read this right, you pay the same as Directv (we know they all follow each others packages) but you cant get to watch your TV you paid for on anything other than a TV? But with Directv you can. and thats a bad thing, how?

    Given that Directv are the only provider adding net new customers in 2011, I say your argument is flawed.
     
  8. Dec 29, 2011 #88 of 103
    Drucifer

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    FiOS was coming to my area in September. That's September 2008. Still ain't here!
     
  9. Dec 29, 2011 #89 of 103
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    Google will be here before Fios :lol:
     
  10. Dec 29, 2011 #90 of 103
    Drucifer

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    What's worst, I'm retired from one one of the companies that became Verizon.
     
  11. Dec 29, 2011 #91 of 103
    fiosguy

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    fios has quality and quanity and carries channels in genres that directv does not even have 1 channnel in their lineup - aime - international news - old time tv shows
     
  12. Dec 29, 2011 #92 of 103
    Drucifer

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    Thank you troll for the list. But there's nothing there to entice me to jump ship.
     
  13. Dec 29, 2011 #93 of 103
    cowboy620

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    hey fios guy i have 1 bill phone dsl dtv from verizon! i want fios internet thats all but not available for me yet on cape cod!
     
  14. Dec 29, 2011 #94 of 103
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    Completely agree re the Fios remote... I've got the newest Cisco HD-DVR and i literally have to point the remote right at the damn box to get it to register.

    I didn't even use RF mode on my D* HD-DVR's and it would work even when the IR sensor was facing completely away from the remote.

    Still trying to decide if the $$$ savings of FiOS is worth the loss of usability.
     
  15. Dec 30, 2011 #95 of 103
    n3vino

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    I agree. More bull corn channels that I would never watch.
     
  16. Dec 30, 2011 #96 of 103
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    I have Directv (14 years) and Fios (3 years). I can tell you Fios has gotten to the point I am considering dumping Directv. Fios has all the channels I watch on Directv plus red zone, goal line, Epix and more HD premiums. The HR20 channel changing and guide delays are maddening. if you think having an rf remote is a good trade for all these minuses more power to you.
     
  17. Dec 30, 2011 #97 of 103
    TBlazer07

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    Can you use multiple outputs (HDMI, composite, component) on a Fios DVR at the same time?

    Over $60/month savings (at least for 2 years) has me doing the yes/no/yes/no thing for the last couple weeks since the annual price increase was announced.

    Minor tweaky things like aiming a remote wouldn't make me give up well over $700 a year savings plus 1 free multi-room dvr "for life" (saves $20/mo) and a $250 gift card. Sure, I like my HR34 and 9 tuners in my home, but 4 tuners (2 DVR's) would more than suffice. Frankly, between usenet and DVD's and other sources I could probably do with plain old OTA and save $1200/year (I'd have to keep Fios internet which I already have).

    Thing is, it's like a woman and her gynecologist, you just hate to change after so many years of getting up close and personal with with what you are used to! Tough decision.
     
  18. Dec 30, 2011 #98 of 103
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    FiOS doesn't carry ALL the local sub-channels in the LA area. I get 126 digital channels OTA with my rooftop antenna. FiOS does carry a few of the local sub-channels. AFAIK, DirecTV carries only a PBS kids sub-channel, unless you have OTA capability with an HR20 or an AM21. Even then you won't get all those 126 digital channels, only the ones that are in the DirecTV database.

    It doesn't really matter though. Most of those 126 channels are foreign language and a couple are audio only.
     
  19. Dec 31, 2011 #99 of 103
    Rich

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    Last time I checked, I can get 56 channels in my area on OTA. I don't have an antenna, but I know a couple folks that just use the antenna and they say they're satisfied.

    Rich
     
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    They have it in a neigboring city, but I'm still waiting... :(

    ...but waiting to swap out TWC Broadband for FiOS! That's the only reason I want it. :D

    Until some other provider has exclusive access to NFL ST, my DirecTV subscription stays put!
     

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