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Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by PK6301, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. PK6301

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    I made the jump from cable and over the air programming to satellite over 7 years ago, I would not go back to cable if you paid me. I cannot p/u over the air very well so I would only go back if needed. Needless to say I love my satellite service.

    In my travels around my town I observe that a great number of individuals agree with me. You can see more and more satellite dishes attached to roofs,poles,garages, and mountable surfaces. :hurah:

    15 years ago Cable was on the offensive pushing their product, now they are on the defensive hoping not to lose more ground to the satellite companies.

    What are your thoughts ? Please share..
     
  2. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    I've been a satisfied DirecTV customer for 19 years. Every time I receive a offer from cable or DISH I think about it, laugh about it, and forget about it.
     
  3. PCampbell

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    18 Years here and not looking back.
     
  4. jimmie57

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    I have never seen a cable TV picture that was sharp.

    Way back in the mid 90's I had cable for SD and it was good. However, they raised my rate 3 times in 12 months and at that time jobs were hard to get and a raise was out of the question.
    I ditched them for DTV in 1996.

    We do use Comcast cable internet and it is fast but also very expensive.
     
  5. PK6301

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    I use cable for internet also, mainly because it is the only game in town worth having.

    Verizion's DSL is Laughable :rotfl: and I have not heard good things about satellite internet..So I am stuck with Time Warner for Internet :bang My internet is sky-high for the speed that is decent ..
     
  6. TBoneit

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    I have Cable for Internet and from what I can see of the Basic cable I also have the picture is OK.
    I have my choice of OTA, Cable, two satellite TV companies and Fios. I'll stay where I am on satellite TV from inertia as much as anything. If it isn't busted don't fix it.

    Here is a simple question, Is Fios a cable company? I tend to think so which would mean I have two cable companies I could choose from.
     
  7. jimmie57

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    My sister in Florida says she has FIOS. She says it is Verizon's Fiber Optics. She says it is as good of a picture quality as she has seen on any TV.
     
  8. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Fios is Verizon. It's Fiber optic TV , Internet, And phone. Not really a cable company. Most of their company is wireless and land line phones services.

    Sent from my Galaxy S5
     
  9. coolman302003

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    The underlying back end technology is the same that cable companies use; they carry channels on standard digital QAM (up to 870 MHz). They offer CableCards as well just like the cable companies, and I believe there set-tops they provide customers also have CC's embedded inside.


     
  10. jsk

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    I'm happy with Dish because I only need to pay $7/mo in DVR/Receiver fees. With any other provider, I would have to pay for a STB for each TV (see the current thread on Receivers for details on my setup).

    I have FiOS for Internet & Phone and I added the local channel package (without a STB) to lower my bill. If I upgraded to the FiOS TV package equivalent to AT250, I would be paying more because of the extra STB fees.

    Comcast would be cheaper for phone & Internet, but I wouldn't want to rely on them. It would be more expensive if I switched to their TV service over Dish.
     
  11. PK6301

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    Update:
    5 days ago I reneged and had Satellite Internet installed. So far so good, but time will tell.. Time Warner made me mad for the last time. I did my due diligence and researched the two company's offered in the area, I then found the local installer and talked to him. He came out did a site survey and we determined the optimum spot and we sunk a pole for the Satellite dish. It snakes in right next to my Directv into the house, so no extra holes.

    I will see what happens down the line, but for now things are OK..
     
  12. ground_pounder

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    been a directv subscriber since 1996 :righton: . I remember when it was directv and ussb and you had two separate bills. I haven't looked back to cable since there picture and sound quality is inferior compared to satellite. I did go in and pay my cable for my interwebs package and I was watch tv on an HD channel and it was breaking up!!
     

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