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Leaving AT&T for DirecTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by chrisjmccord, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Jan 17, 2013 #41 of 165
    veryoldschool

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    Dish: 3 tuners, where one records your local primetime networks off of one transponder.
    DirecTV: 5 tuners that will record anything/anytime.

    Dish: 1080i programing is reduced from 1920 to 1440
    DirecTV: full 1080i

    There will always be plus & minus between providers.
     
  2. Jan 17, 2013 #42 of 165
    chrisjmccord

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    Well those are solid features right there.
    Man though having XM would be nice, I love music.
    I guess though, I can do without it, because I'm about to buy a new AVR that has the network LAN in it that will stream it, and I have the online account that I'm paying for now anyway. But then if I had Dish, its part of the packages I could drop that then, or maybe not cause then I couldn't listen to it on the road/iphone/work computer etc...choices!! lol.

    I know you can turn on/off that Prime Time Anytime stuff, giving back one of the 3, but if you had it going, you then only have 2 to record other stuff? Still might be ok in my house, most of my wife's stuff is on Primetime channels etc. I'm not sure.
    5 tuners is nice. Can you not add more tuners to Dish to get more than 3 tuners? Thats just the one Hopper box with 3 tuners right? I could essentially get more than 3? But that 1080i signal reduced is bad, why do they do that?

    Weighing these pros/cons for each is going to kill me and my OCD.
     
  3. Jan 17, 2013 #43 of 165
    veryoldschool

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    Bandwidth.

    DirecTV has Pandora, which isn't XM.

    To get decent info on dish, you should really ask over on the dish side of this forum.
     
  4. Jan 17, 2013 #44 of 165
    chrisjmccord

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    I will, I just like to hear the "bad" from each side on the opposite side. So like hearing what DTV users don't like about Dish will bring out the worst, as well as asking about DTV on the Dish side will too, so I get an idea of all the good and bad.
     
  5. Jan 17, 2013 #45 of 165
    veryoldschool

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    I try to only post what I know, and left dish almost 10 years ago for DirecTV.
    To get a better idea about dish, "over there" should give their pluses, where here you get DirecTV's.
     
  6. Jan 17, 2013 #46 of 165
    chrisjmccord

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    Exactly, I appreciate your help. I'm riding both waves right now, in both pools, so it should help me decide which one might be best for my family and our habits. Your info has helped a lot! I thank you.
     
  7. Jan 17, 2013 #47 of 165
    Curtis0620

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    FYI, DISH does not have ESPNNEWS or ESPN U in HD. And most of their RSNs are Game only HD.

    Directv is the way to go for sports or Premium movie channels.
     
  8. Jan 17, 2013 #48 of 165
    chrisjmccord

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    Man, I am a sports guy and ESPN NEWS is a big one...dang.
     
  9. Jan 17, 2013 #49 of 165
    Curtis0620

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    And don't let anyone say that they are coming, DISH is in a lawsuit with ESPN/ABC.
     
  10. Jan 17, 2013 #50 of 165
    Hoosier205

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    DirecTV has more HD channels than Dish.
    DirecTV has better HD picture quality than Dish.
    DirecTV actually resolves their retrans disputes and does so quickly.

    Dish Network is in a distant second place behind DirecTV for a reason.
     
  11. Jan 17, 2013 #51 of 165
    Scott Kocourek

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    Yes, the OTA channels are incorporated into the guide and are treated just like satellite channels. Full trickplay and recording ability. You can also set up your local market and one other if you are lucky enough to be close to a secondary market and get those channels incorporated into you guide too. For me, Milwaukee and Chicago in HD. :D
     
  12. Jan 17, 2013 #52 of 165
    dpeters11

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    If you are a sports guy, you definitely want DirecTV. Dish doesn't even have Extra Innings (in case you want to get out of market baseball).

    Though there are some DirecTV RSN's that are part time HD. Your's may very well not be, I haven't checked the maps. Mine is part time.
     
  13. Jan 17, 2013 #53 of 165
    Hoosier205

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    It's not even close in general, but even more so when you start looking at the sports offerings from both. BTW - your primary RSN is a full-time HD channel with DirecTV, but only part-time with Dish.
     
  14. Jan 17, 2013 #54 of 165
    Hoosier205

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    To add to what ^^^dpeters11^^^ said.

    The RSN's for that area are FS Midwest and FS Southwest. Both are available full-time in HD with DirecTV. Both were part-time HD with Dish Network. That may have changed on their side, but I don't know.
     
  15. Jan 17, 2013 #55 of 165
    chrisjmccord

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    I'm starting to realize all this...thanks for continued support of information. Being informed is essential to making good decisions.
     
  16. Jan 17, 2013 #56 of 165
    chrisjmccord

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    99% closer to my decision...thanks everyone. You've been great help.
     
  17. Jan 17, 2013 #57 of 165
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    Native Michigander of Kentucky hillbilly parents here but I've been in OK for a while now. Yes, you can lose signal if there is a really strong thunderstorm between you and the satellites. Regular rain is not a problem. I usually record network stuff that's important OTA just in case, and satellite stuff is usually available on a later broadcast.

    Yep, when you commit to a two-year contract you want to make sure that you're doing the right thing.

    Some people are comfortable crawling around in their attic and running their own coax (guilty here) and others are better served paying someone else to do it. As someone else posted a custom install may need to be between you and the installer.

    Nothing Cox is compatible, and installers usually like to run their own coax. As for five tuners, well time will tell if that's enough. You might get used to recording everything just in case. Me, I've got 17 satellite/6 OTA tuners plus one on the PC and that's enough.

    Almost all the stations are there except KSBI 52 which is over off of the Kilpatrick Turnpike where it runs N/S to your SW. So you're probably good with any set top antenna. I'm 13-15 miles away from the antenna farm near SE 29th & Hiwassee and have a small UHF/VHF antenna in the attic but it's overkill.

    Usually an installer wants more $$ to fish a wall from the attic, with a standard install they'll drill through the wall. Sounds like no problem mounting a dish.

    Send me a PM if you're interested in seeing a Genie/clients/MRV/etc. in action.
     
  18. Jan 17, 2013 #58 of 165
    Curtis0620

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    Also, Directv will be adding these channels in HD soon:

    204 - Headline News HD
    232 - Cooking Channel HD
    253 - Lifetime Movie Network HD
    271 - H2 HD
    285 - Investigation Discovery HD
    304 - TV Land HD
    541 - Encore Action HD
    559 - Independant Film Channel HD
     
  19. Jan 17, 2013 #59 of 165
    chrisjmccord

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    When I had the install booked, the sales rep asked me if I wanted standard or custom...standard was free, custom would have been more, but I'm not quite sure what that included. I don't know what they consider a "custom" install?
     
  20. Jan 17, 2013 #60 of 165
    chrisjmccord

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    BOOM!

    The sales rep said the DTV Cinema was like Netflix on Steroids? So like does it have similar content to Netflix? My son uses Netflix everyday, he's 3, he watches all kinds of kids shows on it, guess I'll wait and see what it has before I cut out Netflix from our budget.
     

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