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So is direct tv better than dish?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by kirko, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. lparsons21

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    Depends on the sport doesn't it?

    I'm a boxing and golf fan, neither service is markedly better than the other covering those sports.

    For the other sports, I can see all I want of them with channels available in HD on both services just fine.
     
  2. Hoosier205

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    Considering that they will look better with DirecTV, it matters.
     
  3. inhd40

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    Well said. I never had the Hopper so I guess my take on the HD quality was a little outdated. For me it was B10 Network that really prompted the move back to Directv. I was under the impression that since I lived in the B10 footprint that I would get it, especially since I had next to the highest package. Dish thought otherwise, since my locals came outside of the footprint. The extra 9 dollars a month pushed the price up to where it was cheaper to go with Directv. Good and bad with both, so you really have to look hard to see what is best for each individual need. Also I will say that the number of channels that you get that are desirable is better with Directv, at least for us. The speed issue with the boxes, changing channels, viewing the guide, ect., is maddening when you are used to things being faster. Also a lot of issues with the equipment locking up and having to turn off or reset when you are trying to watch something daily.
     
  4. dpeters11

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    Right, but if you're out of market for your favorite baseball or football team, DirecTV is the best option. Or if a Yankee's fan, even in NYC.
     
  5. studechip

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    So you have done a side by side comparison then? Tell us about it, how you had the inputs on the display calibrated so they would be exactly the same, or had both displays calibrated to be exactly the same. What about the cabling? Was the ambient light taken into consideration? Was it a blind a/b test?
     
  6. lparsons21

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    LOL!

    these days with the Hopper that isn't true at all. Before I unplugged the D* equipment, I switched back and forth between the Hopper and the HR24 via the same AVR to the same 73" DLP and cannot see any difference at all. And there are many, many others reporting the very same thing.

    Guess you'll need a new line of BS to wave your pom-poms about! :)
     
  7. Mike Bertelson

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    Nice discussion...as long as it stays civil and constructive.

    Mike
     
  8. lparsons21

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    No disagreement there. When I switched to D* a couple years ago it was because my son wanted NFLST and was willing to pay for it to watch his sainted San Diego Chargers! :)

    Now that he has indicated he wasn't willing to pay for that again, I switched back and told him that if he decides again to get NFLST, he can get it on his PS3 (thanks to some poster a bit back telling me about that).

    For me, football is football. I can watch it or not and don't actually care which team is playing who. And baseball to me is utterly boring, the only thing more boring than watching it on TV is watching it live! :lol:
     
  9. Hoosier205

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    Yes.

    Two HDMI inputs on a Pioneer KRP-600M. Both calibrated using a colorimeter profiled against a spectrophotometer.

    HDMI.

    Test was conducted in a fully light controlled environment.

    Yes. With six people taking part.
     
  10. dpeters11

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    Just hoping the OP comes back, maybe with some specific questions :)
     
  11. studechip

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    When, where, with whom, what Directv and Dish equipment?
     
  12. DodgerKing

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    That's not true when it comes to golf. No provider even comes close to the coverage that DirecTV provides for golf on every major tournament.

    http://www.directv.com/sports/golf
     
  13. lparsons21

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    None that I know of. I used that once and it was OK but nothing that interested me. I just watched the live coverage of the rounds and that was as much as I wanted to watch.

    Kind of like all the interviews and crap that they do with the boxers and golfers. Yeah, it is there but I don't care nor do I watch them. That's why I have this skip button! :)

    Same for movies, I don't care about the actors, how they developed the movie, the director's opinions and so forth. Never watch those things. I just care about is the movie good, did the actors do a good job and did the movie entertain me? Other trivia has no value to me.
     
  14. HinterXGames

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    That may be true L2P as far as the additonal coverage not intresting you, but there's alot of others it does. My mother goes crazy over the expanded court coverage for the 4 Tennis Majors.
     
  15. lparsons21

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    And I have no problem with those that do love the 'extra' coverage and back stories. That's why we have the services we have from different vendors. I like being able to switch around when I think one or the other has what I want more than what I'm getting. In my case, I wanted Epix, D* doesn't have it and it doesn't look as if they are interested in getting it.

    So I took my 3 HR24s, Premier, HDExtra and turned them all in to get 2 Hoppers, AEP, BB@Home and got all that I wanted and the sweetener was a money saved too. Was the swap all good? No. I lost some things that I liked with D*, but I got more of what I want with E*.

    Others have a different experience.
     
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    I'll take a HR34 over a Hopper any day. I want 5 tuners to use at my discretion and not some weird distorted way Dish dictates. To each their own.
     
  17. Mike Greer

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    I personally like DirecTV because the last time I checked the HD picture quality was a touch better, the way DVRs share recordings (MRV) and Sunday ticket.

    But.. And it is a BIG BUT... DirecTV hardware is difficult to get used to. I've been trying for 6 years and even with the HR24s (fasted they have to date) it can be just plain frustrating at times how slow they are to respond. If you are unlucky enough to get something other than HR24s it is just too painful to use... In my opinion of course!

    I'd recommend checking out the hardware speeds first to make sure you can slow down to DirecTV speed before making the jump. If you decide to jump don’t allow them to install anything but HR24s and don’t believe the CSR when he/she tells you you’ll be getting HR24s – they can’t specify the model when they put in the order.

    If you are going with ‘Genie’ read through the posts here to see if you can put up with the troubles first – you’re going to be stuck with an HR34 for quite a while. It has been out for a year and apparently, according the constant posts here, still has some pretty serious troubles and is slower than an HR24…

    Good luck!
     
  18. Mike Bertelson

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    I'll say this once more. Keep it civil. DO NOT make it personal.

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  19. lparsons21

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    ^^^

    ???

    I haven't noticed anything uncivil after your earlier warning.
     
  20. lparsons21

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    I don't believe that at all.

    I've been coming here for many years, and yes it is more pro-DirecTV than other sites, there have always been good conversations that are not pro-DirecTV in tone.

    But I suppose that strongly worded comments of a negative nature could be seen as bashing.
     

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