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Dish Network HD or Comcast Cable HD?

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by beanman222, Apr 15, 2006.

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  1. beanman222

    beanman222 New Member

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    Hello...
    I'm new to the HD world... I just purchased a Panasonic 50" Plasma TV and I don't know which way to go.

    I currently have standard Dish Network for viewing movies. I also have Comcast Cable which is used for viewing local channels regular TV. This all goes in to a Video Distribution Center that allows me to send this to various rooms.

    I want to switch everything over to one or the other, but I am not sure which would provide a better picture on the Plasma TV.

    HD Dish Network or Comcast Cable HD???

    Thanks...

    Beanman222
     
  2. Powie

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    Well just my experience. I bought my HD setup about a year ago, and was on Comcast then. I upgraded to their HD / Digital package. I was disappointed that part of their content was still analog only and looked like crap. I also had a Motorola/DVR set top box, which seemed to regularly drop audio for a second or two every couple of minutes. At the time they had locals in HD which was a big part of trying Comcast's HD. But the audio glitches were enough to drive me away, as well as the price. I switched over to Dish last September I believe, and while suffering a few minor growing pains with the 942, it worked much better than Comcast. Recently Dish added the locals in HD so I've upgraded to the 622, it has a few issues, and I've only had it a few days now. But I am sure they are working hard to resolve them and soon it will be as stable as my 942 was. Other than that check your line of sight will be clear. Any HOA restrictions? My townhouse required some paperwork so I could mount it to the building. While the FCC says we can have dishes, HOA still controls what can be physically attached to their building.

    Note/edit: I know you mention you have dish now, but will all content be avail w/o another dish, and I mention the hoa stuff as just a general comment not directed at you but for anyone else reading who has hoa to deal wtih.
     
  3. jadiff

    jadiff New Member

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    This is the same dilemma that I faced in January. I had Comcast for locals and internet. Dish for the majority of TV viewing. I bought a plasma and wanted to upgrade to an HD set-up with Dish and they wanted $800. I knew that the Dish set-up (the 942) was going to be replaced within a few weeks with the ViP622. So I opted to go with Comcast which had no upfront costs.

    Now I am ready to dump Comcast entirely. Their stb's are very buggy, and the price you pay is for very limited HD content. I understand that the ViP's can be buggy also, and the Comcast boxes are to be replaced this fall.

    You may have to wait for a few weeks/months to get the ViP though. They are in short supply and high demand. So it seems that they are reserved for existing Dish HD customers or new customers.

    If you can manage, I would recommend dish over Comcast.
    -More HD content
    -Better (in my experience) receivers
    -Better value for your dollar

    Good luck, keep us posted.
     
  4. DP1

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    Well while you're making up your mind, in the short term you should prolly just upgrade your Comcast system to HD because normally it doesnt cost much of anything upfront to do that. That way you can start enjoying HD on the Panny, soon. And theres no long term commitment to simply do that.

    Whats the HD channel line-up in your area on Comcast? Some areas offer more HD than others. Do you want movie channels in HD? Many Comcast areas offer HBO/Sho/Starz!/Cinemax in HD. Dish currently only has HBO/Sho. But Dish offers more HD overall.

    Do you want a HD-DVR.. or happy enough with a non DVR box? With Comcast that might only be the difference between paying about $5 a month or $10 a month for either of the 2 boxes. With Dish you have to decide if you want to pay a lot upfront for the hardware to have no 18 month programming comitment, or pay much less upfront and have one. The HD-DVR will still set you back 299.00 upfront even with the comittent. About 650.00 without it.

    This all might sound pro Comcast and I dont mean it to. Heck I just switched back to Dish myself after having Comcast for a couple years. But my point is, it might take you a lil while to come to a long term decision, so why not grap up a Comcast HD box in the meantime and start watching HD right away. You can always switch over to Dish HD anytime you want.
     
  5. jmsteffen

    jmsteffen Mentor

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    I was at my sister's house yesterday for Easter dinner and was watching her new HD Comcast... Some channels looked fine but I couldn't believe how bad some of the channels looked. Even though she has the all digital STB, many of the stations looked grainy, as compared to what I'm used to. It reminded me of why I switched to E* in the first place...
     
  6. Rodney

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    Easy choice in my area. Comcast has 17 HD channels including locals. Dish has 31 HD channels including locals. A no brainer.
     
  7. nataraj

    nataraj Godfather

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    I've comcast but am thinking of switching to dish - because of number of hd channels (I've got bored with INHD).

    The biggest plus for Comcast - in my book - are free HD-DVRs. Any number of them. You don't need to put $300 "lease" fee - and that too can get only one.

    And local HD channels too - which dish doesn't have for most places. Don't know about yours.
     
  8. davidxlai

    davidxlai AllStar

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    I really don't like Comcast. I used to use Comcast with a CableCARD setup. Some channels would fade in and out. They replaced 3 CableCARDs and could not fix the problem. And they are constantly raising their prices. I finally had enough and cut them off. Now I have only CBS in HD from LA (I am in the San Francisco Bay Area) for network stuff. I don't regret it. In a few weeks I should have my locals on HD.

     
  9. foojay

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    Who has a better picture quality? Both E* and D* do no send the full HD signal, HD Lite is what I have heard it referred to. I do not know if Comcast does the same thing. Alot of Comcast's areas are broadcast all digital, so if we take that part out of the discussion who has the better picture quality?
     
  10. foojay

    foojay Mentor

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    Oh and the Moto boxes Comcast uses are plain horrible. All sorts of bugs from unresponsiveness, to audio dropouts and just an overall crappy interface.
     
  11. nataraj

    nataraj Godfather

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    From what I hear - Comcast. They send full HD (or whatever feed they get !) for both network and local HD. BTW, if you switch from dish (like I did a year back) you can get very good rates.
     
  12. obermi

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    I switch from Cox Cable to E and have been very happy it! Lot more HD cannels with E. And better picture. Can have more DVR's with E than with cox. Cox one DVR per family.
     
  13. foojay

    foojay Mentor

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    Yeah Comcast gives me $25 off a month b/c I was a Dish customer.
     
  14. davidxlai

    davidxlai AllStar

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    For how long?

     
  15. foojay

    foojay Mentor

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    A year.
     
  16. nataraj

    nataraj Godfather

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    Thats the reason I'm getting back to dish now after a year of switching to comcast ;)
     
  17. steelhorse

    steelhorse Legend

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    I didn't think Comcast offered an HD DVR. They don't show one on the web site.
     
  18. LtMunst

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    No they don't. They compressed the hell out of the NY HD feeds.
     
  19. kmcnamara

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    I guess it depends on the area but I think most do. In our area, they have the Motorola 6412 which is a dual tuner HD DVR. There's also a single tuner version.
     
  20. scottchez

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    I would go find some of the comcast boards and also ask your question there so you can get both sides. Then do a pro and con comparison.

    Asking this question on a DBS forum may get more pro dbs answers since people tend to suggest what they currently have.
     
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