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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Satelliteracer, Nov 22, 2009.
Nice recap, but you had one that doesn't count and you missed one. In Rochester, if you have D*, you get hockey on MSG HD. So its really not a TW cable advantage, but an advantage of being in market. And a big one that you missed.
7. When you enter a channel# on the remote, the DVR recognizes it right away and immediately changes to that channel.
Four digit numbers change right away. If you enter a three digit number you can always press the enter button to have it change immediately.
I guess I should have said "channel appearing immediately". You can enter the numbers and press enter, but is still may take 2 to 3 seconds for the picture to appear. And if you have native on, it can take longer. Also, at times I still have trouble with it recognizing the numbers I enter. So I have to press info, then enter the number and I get better results.
With cable, once you enter the number, the picture appears immediately. And if you use channel up & down, you can quickly channel surf. Not possible with D*. Don't get me wrong, I still prefer D*, just pointing out a benefit of cable. And wish D* worked that way.
Alas, it is true that the tuner within the tv is faster than the tuner within the box.
But, it should be noted that most receivers have a delay. Some better, some worse. Whether it be DirecTV, TimeWarner, Dish, Cox, etc etc etc. All of their digital receivers have some form of delay.
A good friend of mine just bought a 46" HD TV (I forget the brand). She's got it hooked up to a DirecTV D-12 and also watches Over-The-Air.
The D12 channel surfs faster than OTA on her inparticular TV.
I didnt really take the time to check which one would work better when typing the numbers directly in but I imagine it would be the TV (thats without hitting enter, ofcourse).
Having also left Time-Warner Cable 2 years ago, I also noticed some differences from D*:
(for 3) My TWC system, Oceanic in Honolulu, does indeed have good local content (it has channel 16 with it's own programming, including some coverage of local events, including athletic events) and local access (neighborhood board political meetings and a miscellany of enthusiasts for various causes).
(for 4) Actually, D* here does show subchannels. However, it does not carry NBC or MyTV in HD, while TWC does.
(for 5) I thought TWC had very good customer service, over the 20 or so years I subscribed, though some will say otherwise. I could always get a technician on the phone when I had a technical question, and when I needed to change out a piece of equipment, I could just drive to one of the local TW Oceanic offices that are spotted over the state, hand my broken thing in over the counter, and get the replacement right then. No hassle, no charge, no extension of any contract. When I had to have a technician come to my house to fix some problem with the cabling, I was never charged anything at all, and I didn't have to pay any protection money, either. It was their equipment, and they maintained it. (There are maintenance charges sometimes, but they never charged me anything.)
I agree that the TWC cable boxes are much, much more responsive than D*'s boxes. In most all other ways, though, the D* boxes are much superior.
I know exactly what you mean at Christmas when my wife and I go visit our parents. Her parents have basic cable with a 19" analog TV. My parents have 2 HD sets but have Time Warner cable. I am never happier to get home and back into the 21st century when I come home back to my D*. Even my parent's TW cable comes nowhere close to D* when you compare HD channel choice, HD DVR, PQ, etc.
should be *Free HD
need to rent hd cable box at $8+ each and HD dvr at $15-$20 each for a small HDD
I'm relatively safe from having to endure cable. The only nearby relative is my mother-in-law, and she has Cox broadcast only service due to line of sight issues at her condo-but I'm not over there much. If I were to go visit my youngest daughter in Missouri or my older son, sister or parents in New Jersey, I'd be perfectly safe-they all have DirecTV. Only my older brother has cable in my immediate family-and ironically it's Cox, also.
The TWC cable boxes that I had were a little faster but when they rolled out that the new guide called "Navigator" about 2 years ago is when I had to dump them. I had been on the fence before that but that new guide was horrible and put me on DirectTV.
DirectTV kicks TWC butt in most ways and especially if you want to have multiple dvrs...
:lol: This has to be one of the best thread titles ever !rolling I had no idea what it was about, but because of the title I had to come in and read it :rolling:
Was it one of the small areas Comcast or TW took over from Adelphia? I know even though Comcast has a large plant in Huntington with HD, VOD etc, our small plant 30 miles away has no HD or VOD. Both were old Adelphia.
On a side note, will be at the M-I-L's this weekend. At least she has U-Verse with HD so we can watch some games.
I'd be careful with that referral. I just did it with my sister-in-law after many years trying to convince her to get it. DirecTV won't honor it, some crap about not using a participating installer. Well gee, it says call this number and give my account number and you both get $100. They set it all up!
Don't think i'll be doing that again! D* can get there own subscribers.
My sister lives in an area that TW took over from Adelphia in the portion of Washington County that's closer to Athens.She only gets 2 HD channels,WTAP and WCHS.
+1,000,000. Easily the worst SD PQ of any channel I watch on a regular basis, and for SPORTS, too!
I actually get the free HD on cable....... I think I'm the exception.
I have basic cable & their Internet which usually hits between 22 & 30Mb downloads. My HDTV and one DVD recorder can both tune the HD Locals including subchannels. Note that the DVD recorder can only output SD, However recording to its hard drive from a HD source does let it produce a really nice SD DVD which I can take to the computer and reauthor ending up with a Widescreen DVD vs a letterboxed from the older DVD recorder.
I do use Satellite for most of my viewing and now that I can capture in 1080i or 720p and save to a external USB drive to watch from a media player well.... I've been doing less DVDs.
I think the thing I would miss the most is setting timers that only record new episodes vs having to go online and then set manual timers. VOD? Who cares.
Well at least they had Versus....Put a fork in that!!!
:lol: Can't argue with that...classic :hurah:
We were in Maui for a week. Condo had Dish TV, but no HD. We watched the network news twice and parts of a couple Saturday college football games. That was it -- too much other stuff to do in Hawaii.
No forks in eyeballs, but glad to get home. The HD picture looked great!
Actually the don't, read his post below.