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Finally back with DirecTV!!! Read if considering leaving for other providers!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jfntwo, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. lparsons21

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    VOS, note that I didn't say that D*'s SD was horrible, it isn't and I do watch it for shows that are not available any other way. But it isn't as good as E*'s.

    As for liking one or the other, I like both for different reasons.
     
  2. Rich

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    I thought your OP was very well thought out. I've never tried Dish, can't agree or disagree with you, but I've enjoyed the thread so far. There are probably people out there that would disagree with my opinion of Cablevision's TV service too. Can't understand how or why, but I'm sure plenty of good folks would defend CV and their hideous DVRs....:lol:

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  3. Rich

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    I think D*'s BBCA SD PQ is horrible. I've begun to watch BBCA content on NetFlix and the PQ is really good. The only other show we watch in SD is Mad Men and I find the SD PQ on that channel to be acceptable.

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  4. lparsons21

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    That's the unfortunate part. The SD overall with D* is a bit less desirable than is E*'s, but it also varies a fair amount by channel. As you've noted, BBCA's isn't very good while AMC's is a fair bit better.

    I've been able to twiddle some settings on my plasma which makes both of them watcheable. Fortunately for me, the only show I really like that is on BBCA right now is Doctor Who.

    And yes, Netflix is much better. I don't have that anymore as what is available for streaming just isn't good enough overall and at the moment I have Premier on D* with HD Extra pack, so there isn't much I'm not able to get via D*.
     
  5. carlsbad_bolt_fan

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    My in-laws have Dish, primarily for the Chinese programming. If you want a specific type of international programming, Dish is your only bet.

    BUT...

    They are on thier FIFTH 622 DVR since 2008, 2nd or 3rd switch and possibly their third dish. Hanestly, they've had so much equipment swapped out, I've lost track. :grin:
     
  6. Rich

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    I've got that same package and I've fiddled with my plasma and the PQ on BBCA is still horrible. NetFlix, on the other hand, when using the Sammy 5500 for upscaling streaming content, produces a very good PQ. We just started watching Torchwood from the beginning and the PQ on that show is outstanding. Unwatchable, as far as I'm concerned, on D*'s BBCA.

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  7. Rich

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    Doesn't D* have international programming? Our neighbors across the street have a large D* dish so that they can get Indian programming. Tempts me, I do like "Bollywood" films...:lol:

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  8. VDP07

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    If the number of your in-laws equipment failures is accurate, a tech really needs to take a closer look at their install from end to end. That number of equip. failures is neither typical or acceptable and reeks of the "When in Doubt, Swap it Out" philosphy.
     
  9. tonyd79

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    That is also true of Fios with those channels in SD. Fios SD is better than DirecTV's but they often track channel to channel, so it is most likely how they receive it rather than what they do to it after they get it.

    Since my new AVR, I have seen better SD (my old one must have done some conditioning even though it was supposed to pass through SD) and better color on HD so it has become watchable for a lot of stuff again.

    However, I do get Doctor Who from Amazon in HD (I have many credits for dropped streaming that somehow Amazon has detected so I have not paid for any episodes this season yet).
     
  10. lparsons21

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    The problem with Netflix streaming IMO, is that some is available that way and some isn't, which makes the cost of Netflix a bit high if you want to watch those things not streamed. Like Walking Dead and others from AMC.

    I know you can buy the individual episodes and seasons from various places, but then the cost comes into play again. I liked Apple's rental idea for TV Shows, but that didn't include many networks, and now Apple has dropped the $0.99 rental deal altogether claiming little desire from users and providers for that model.
     
  11. Jeremy W

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    I find it absolutely hilarious that you're calling out lparsons21 for being a Dish fanboy when he's a DirecTV subscriber who has had extensive experience with both companies. :lol:

    I'm guessing you didn't even bother reading past the first sentence in his post.
     
  12. billsharpe

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    My daughter has Dish in Florida; I've got DirecTV in California. HD and SD quality look about the same to me in both locations.

    Dish has better music channels and they are not tiered by package. That's a minor annoyance and not enough of a reason to switch.
     
  13. Jeremy W

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    They're still SiriusXM, aren't they? That would explain why they're better.
     
  14. lparsons21

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    Yep, Dish still has SiriusXM.
     
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    I've been called a fanboy of both services at one time or another. Doesn't bother me a bit because I am a fan of both services, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

    For instance, MRV for me really just cures the inability of any HR to record more than 2 events at once and that goes clear back to the 4 tuner HR20's and includes today's models with the AM21. Never understood why D* put that limit in the design. Well, that is until I had an HR21! That poor little HR barely ran the 2 tuners it had! :)

    The HR24s are a big improvement in performance and had they not come out, I wouldn't have changed back to D* at all.
     
  16. veryoldschool

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    MRV does offer a few more options, but if that's all you need...

    The tuner limit was due to a chip that could only handle 2 HD and 1 SD stream, so having "3 sometimes" was limited to 2 all the time. For another $6/month, I get to record 4 :lol:
     
  17. Jeremy W

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    I think you're getting confused with PIP. ;)
     
  18. lparsons21

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    Well, sure MRV does offer a few more options. Unfortunately a shared or even remotely viewable, todo list isn't one of them... :(

    And yep, it was a design deficiency imo. If the chip wasn't good enough, it didn't belong in there. There are other satellite HDDVRs that never had that limit, just sayin... :)
     
  19. spartanstew

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    I find it hilarious that your suggesting he do a better job of reading the posts, while at the same time accusing him of something he never said. Can you point out where he called lparsons a Dish fanboy? Doctor, heal thyself.
     
  20. Jeremy W

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    If you want to be pedantic, he never used the word "fanboy." But he referred to him as an "obviously happy to be with Dish Dish customer" and derided his "unfounded and ridiculous comments."

    Excuse me for boiling those comments down to what they are.
     

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