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Should I get DirecTV or stay with Time Warner?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jordanhallmann, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Apr 25, 2012 #41 of 100
    sigma1914

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    Here in Dallas, DirecTV HD picture is better than TWC HD. SD is a little better on TWC.
     
  2. Apr 25, 2012 #42 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    Yeah. They have a few more in HD than DirecTV. One of my friends used to work for Time Warner then he got DirecTV and he said that everytime a new HD channel will be added, TWC will reduce the bandwidth of the rest of them because they have limited bandwidth.

    They just keep compressing the picture. And watching sports, it just awful. All you see is pixilation. Even on movies in VOD, its pixilated. I have seen better picture from Netflix than from TWC.
     
  3. Apr 25, 2012 #43 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    TWC does not even have HD GUI. And I just found this out, everytime TWC puts on a new HD channel, they compress the rest of the HD channels even more than they should.

    The only time I have seen TWC with great HD picture was about 2009-2010 where it was perfect. Then, all of the HD channels came and it just got worse and worse.
     
  4. Apr 25, 2012 #44 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    SD on TWC is not compressed. But, the HD on TWC is compressed so much that you cant really even watch it.
     
  5. Apr 25, 2012 #45 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    BTW, how is the VOD content? Is it good quality since it is going over the internet?
     
  6. Apr 25, 2012 #46 of 100
    dpeters11

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    The quality depends on your Internet speed, they have a few versions. They also do have some in 1080p if your set supports 1080p/24.
     
  7. Apr 25, 2012 #47 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    Yeah, TWC is the only provider in my area. I actually dont care that TWC has a few more HD channels than DirecTV but, when you watch them, its like watching SD. Their HD is never clear.
     
  8. Apr 25, 2012 #48 of 100
    dpeters11

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    I'd definitely switch. But then most of us are biased against cable. TWC is a company that said in ads here that their service was faster than the phone companys just because of the thickness of the cable and like you to think that a cloud or slight rain will make you lose signal.
     
  9. Apr 25, 2012 #49 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    Yup, and really its the opposite. I have 50/5 on internet and if I do a speed test right now I am getting around 20-30. But, If I do a speed test around 12-1 I will hit 50 Mbps.

    I bet AT&T has a more solid connection than TWC.
     
  10. Apr 25, 2012 #50 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    And with DirecTV, I can get the HMC DVR (record 5 shows at once), actually rent a HD movie and see it in 1080P HD not pixlated HD, NFL Sunday Ticket, Movie Channels for free for 3 months. Thats a WHOLE lot more than TWC can provide me right now.
     
  11. Apr 25, 2012 #51 of 100
    dpeters11

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    And I'm getting 27/14 from my phone co, only supposed to get 10 up. 50 and 100 too rich for me, but we're getting off topic :)
     
  12. Apr 25, 2012 #52 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    Well, I have to have the 50 for my job. I use some bandwidth-intensive programs on my computer. But, I am thinking about getting 30/5 anyway because it is expensive.

    But, when you order a movie from DirecTV, is it 1080P just like BluRays? And, what receivers did you end up getting?
     
  13. Apr 25, 2012 #53 of 100
    dpeters11

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    It's not like a Bluray as those are uncompressed. I don't think a VOD movie downloads in the neighborhood of 20gb per movie.

    When I went to HD, I got an HR20 and an H20. My wife replaced the H20 with an HR22 when MRV came out, then I added an H25 and finally replaced the DVRs with an HR34. I'm not exactly average, but more so than some on here :)
     
  14. Apr 25, 2012 #54 of 100
    Davenlr

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    BluRay is compressed with Mpeg4
     
  15. Apr 25, 2012 #55 of 100
    dpeters11

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    Well video is compressed, audio usually uncompressed, at least the primary track. Both can be important for blu ray fans.
     
  16. Apr 25, 2012 #56 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    How do you like the HR34? Is it any good?
     
  17. Apr 25, 2012 #57 of 100
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    I like mine a lot, though there are some bugs they are working on.
     
  18. Apr 26, 2012 #58 of 100
    Scott Kocourek

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    The HR34 is an awesome receiver, no more conflicts in that room.
     
  19. Apr 26, 2012 #59 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    Can you get the dish on a pole instead of having it on the house?
     
  20. Apr 26, 2012 #60 of 100
    carl6

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    Yes, but there will probably be extra cost involved. It will also depend on available line of sight to the satellites from the desired pole location.
     

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