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Making the move away from DirecTV... Seeking Input.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ChiWavDave, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Mike Greer

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    Ah, nope - I paid big bucks to get HR24s so I could watch TV and relax rather than fighting with my HR22s... And what did they do? They 'upgraded' to an HD GUI. That 'upgrade' made my pretty quick (not as fast as Dish DVRs) feel like my HR22s. Now I'm back to bitching every time I watch TV... Sure the new HD GUI may look pretty but it doesn't give any more info, screws up the PIG, screws up the SD output for those that used to use it and generally slowed everything way down...

    Did I mention they slowed the things down?

    I would gladly give up some channels and even some DVR features and go with something else just to have the thing respond when I push a button on the remote.

    I don't have a lot of choices here but would certainly try out U-Verse and/or FiOS if I could - only because DirecTV just can't seem to get their DVRs to behave.

    I would 'suspend' my DirecTV and not disconnect - to try out other services....
     
  2. Hoosier205

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    My HR24's are moving along as quickly as ever. I'm not sure what the issue is on your end.
     
  3. Davenlr

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  4. Sixto

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    Good luck with whatever you decide.

    I'm lucky that my other choice is FiOS, so if there ever is a FiOS whole-home solution comparable to the DirecTV multiple 5-tuner HR34 any-to-any MRV solution then at least I'd have a real choice, but none exists at this time.
     
  5. Mike Greer

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    The only thing I'm sure of is that DirecTV needs to change the way they do 'upgrades'. I'd be perfectly happy going back to the old GUI and the performance my HR24s used to have.

    Time for new management in engineering? I think so....
     
  6. Hoosier205

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    Haha. They are doing rather well actually.
     
  7. Mike Greer

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    Apparently you missed the 'sluggish HD GUI poll' and the latest round of people wanting to leave DirecTV....:confused:
     
  8. ChiWavDave

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    Guys, Thanks for the input. There are a ton of other threads to enjoy for the Dish/DirecTV point/counterpoint. I am looking at either Comcast or U-Verse. To the point/question above about whether to cancel or suspend. I am looking to cancel because if/when I come back to DirecTV I want that new customer deal and the coolest newest hardware. I am not interested in keeping my old setup. (HR22, etc)

    Thanks

    Dave
     
  9. harsh

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    It is incumbent upon the apologist to dismiss the results of such polls and to suggest that the opposite must obviously be true.
     
  10. Hoosier205

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    A poll on an internet forum dedicated to the topic of satellite providers which is often sought out solely by people having problems with only 712 of 98,019 members voting considering that DirecTV has close to 20 million customers...that poll? No. I did not miss it. I dismissed it and for obvious reasons. It's about as worthless as any other poll on a forum.
     
  11. Hoosier205

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    Then you would be better off visiting a forum like AVS where those providers are discussed. Each of those providers differ from market to market.
     
  12. dpeters11

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    First I'll assume you mean Cooking Channel. If you meant Food Network, I've got one piece of good news for you :)

    The problem with comparing cable with people is that you really need to compare it to others in your market. There is too wide of a difference between markets. If it's an acquired market, different hardware (at their end, not just end user) etc. I think UVerse is more similar, as long as you compare to others with the same profile.
     
  13. ChiWavDave

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    Yes, I mean cooking channel. Thanks. And I chose this forum specifically because I trust the input and advice from folks who have moved to or from DirecTV which I have had at this house for 8+ years and 3 more at a previous house.
     
  14. Marlin Guy

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    ChiWavDave,
    I spent the past 5 years with DirecTV.
    I am getting the Hopper/Joey system installed tomorrow.
    If you're not in a hurry, I can give you a fair assessment in a week or two.
     
  15. Davenlr

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    No problem there. Some people just want to take over others threads.

    VeryOldSchool has tried U-verse in your neck of the woods, and is a wealth of information. While I have Comcast here in Arkansas, your local Comcast may differ in quality and service. I do know since they rebranded themselves Xfinity and switched everything to digital, their customer service here, and quality has skyrocketed. I have had ZERO outages (where the power on the street was on) with my internet for 6 years. Just signed up for the TV part at Christmas time, but it hasnt gone out once either. Im guessing, perhaps incorrectly, that if they internet works, the cable will too, since I would expect both to go out together.
     
  16. joed32

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  17. harsh

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    There's no harm in suspending, but there's likely very little to gain either. I suspect that the winback offering is going to be much better than the offering you get for simply reactivating.

    Of course this assumes that the account is one that DIRECTV wants back bad enough.
     
  18. snowcat

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    I have went from DirecTv to Uverse and now back again to DirecTv in the past 7 months.

    The main reasons I switched back to DirecTv was price and getting the whole home DVR and HMC. Uverse has a great promotional rate, but it gets pretty expensive after the 6 months are up. (I still have Uverse internet)

    There are two things I miss most about Uverse. One, they simply have more HD. Practically every channel is HD, as well as many of the west coast feeds. Two, the whole home DVR allows every receiver in the home to pause, rewind, and fast forward shows. With DirecTv on non-DVR receivers, you have to record the show, switch to that recording, and then you can do those features.

    The main features I like most about DirecTv:
    1. Double-play (two buffers) - Uverse doesn't have it (though you can sort-of do it by recording two shows at the same time)
    2. Channel guide combines SD and HD in one range. With Uverse, there is one range for SD and one for HD. There are some SD channels I watch, and I would like to see them all.
    3. Sports - Uverse has more conflicts with stations (like Peachtree for the Braves) as well as DirecTv having special channels for major events. I don't do Sunday Ticket, but that is an added bonus.
    4. If you have 4 Tvs or more that are watched on a regular basis, Uverse isn't going to work well. I have 3, so I was ok, but 4 really limits any recordings.
     
  19. BattleScott

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    My 2 cents as a current (and long-time) DirecTV sub with several family members now switched to Uverse:

    What you will lose going to Uverse is DVR Storage capacity (their newer unit is 65 hrs), ability to process more that 3 HD streams simulatneously and a slight bit of HD Picture Quailty. You will gain a better HD channel selection (don't listen to the channels counts games played here, Uverse is better), available bundle pricing, free-multi room DVR, much more responsive receivers.

    UVerse is now in my neighborhood, but they are not yet to our "block". There are some drainage and other geographic obstacles to get onto our side of the subdivision. If / when they do, I will sign up for the whole package and see if I can live with the slight PQ difference... if not I will cancel the TV and keep the internet.
     
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