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Thinking of ditching DirecTV

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by dcandmc, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. Mar 13, 2013 #41 of 100
    dcandmc

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    I think that I'm coming to the same conclusion. Also, pricing aside, the only way to really determine if your personal preference is for one service or the other is to experience each service for a substantial period of time.
     
  2. Mar 13, 2013 #42 of 100
    dcandmc

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    So is there an upfront fee for new customers who want HD service? Please explain.
     
  3. Mar 13, 2013 #43 of 100
    dcandmc

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    Watching hockey in SD makes me want to stick needles in my eyes.
     
  4. Mar 13, 2013 #44 of 100
    camo

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    Your NESN is only part time according to the list of HD channels here. It would be a deal breaker for me. I was only getting 50% of the games in HD. You also lose ESPNU and ESPNews in HD if it matters.
    Link to HD channels...http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=196101
     
  5. Mar 13, 2013 #45 of 100
    damondlt

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    No thats if you want the FREE HD OPTION, and don't want to do auto pay.

    Otherwise you Pay $10 per month
     
  6. Mar 13, 2013 #46 of 100
    damondlt

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    Also Keep in mind you MAY have to pay $99 for the 2nd Hopper.

    When I checked they wanted me to pay the $99 for it.

    Sorry if you're demanding anything with sports, I wouldn't even look at Dish. Directv has the Dual live feeds in HD dish not even close, And when Boston plays the Yankees at Yankees, you will be twiddling your thumbs since Dish gave up totally on the NY market.

    Directv as Many Alternate NESN channels , Dish not squat!
     
  7. Mar 13, 2013 #47 of 100
    Ray C@DISH Network

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    Each Hopper and Joey, after the first receiver, is $7 per month. I have auto pay setup with several companies and I've never had an issue with more that the allotted amount being taken from my account. Most people do not listen closely to the disclosure that are given to them when they sign up for new service. All disclosures are provided to each customer when changes are made to their account or when setting up a new account. Thanks.

     
  8. Mar 13, 2013 #48 of 100
    Ray C@DISH Network

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    That charge is waived with AT 120 and above programming package for new customers. Thanks.

     
  9. Mar 13, 2013 #49 of 100
    tampa8

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    I feel like I have to clear up a few things. First though. I'm not suggesting you do or don't switch. If you were coming from Cable I would say you can't switch fast enough. But Direct TV would be my second choice to Dish if I had to switch. That said, yes you can save money by switching, just as you could if you switched from Dish to Direct, but only for a short time. Then while Dish can be a little less, it isn't by much, and at times not at all, depends on equipment. As other have pointed out check out the packages.

    1. ESPN, ESPN2 are in HD. There is good indication Dish and Disney will come to an agreement to get the other ESPN channels to HD, but they are not now.

    2. Red Sox. I can tell you from being on the boards a very long time, and having NESN, that NESN on DISH carries virtually every game in HD, and that includes day night double headers. Dish quite possibly carries the equal or highest percentage of games in HD on NESN than any other RSN. And this past year DISH was carrying most RSN's games in HD. Ditto Bruins or Celtics so that includes CSNNE.

    3. If you do get autopay and online billing, the HD charge is free for life, as long as you do not cancel DISH. There is no guesswork to it. And should you need to, Dish has a couple of very affordable packages to stay a customers and keep getting the locals in HD. You do not lose the HD free if you switch back to an all HD package.

    4. Not mentioned (I don't think) while two HOPPERS have six tuners, if you use PTAT, one tuner records all four Networks at the same time, very possibly in effect adding tuners. I do strongly suggest two HOPPERS.

    Unfortunately or maybe fortunately for you, packages, price and equipment are the important factors, and you can throw in service, and while DISH and DIRECT handle all in different ways, they are in my opinion the best providers. So you are choosing among equal but different choices.... If you had FIOS I would include them as a choice, except for cost, even though I consider Verizon to be even more evil than ATT..... lol
     
  10. Mar 13, 2013 #50 of 100
    dcandmc

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    Yup, that would be a problem. I see that the PDF document that's attached in the link you provided was last updated with a new channel at the end of last month; can anyone confirm that NESN HD status on Dish is still part time?
     
  11. Mar 13, 2013 #51 of 100
    damondlt

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    Thats good, Cause it wasn't when I wanted top 250.:)
    So 2 hopper and 2 joeys are free then to all New customers?
     
  12. Mar 13, 2013 #52 of 100
    dcandmc

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    I'm sure that many customers have autopay and never have an issue. But you don't have to go very far to find someone who has had an issue:

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=211300

    To me, the potential for aggravation is just not worth it, especially if that aggravation includes trying to get back money that should never have been charged or deducted in the first place.
     
  13. Mar 13, 2013 #53 of 100
    dcandmc

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    I'm still having trouble understanding this part. It sounds like a new Dish customer has three options as far as paying for HD goes:

    -Do paperless billing and auto pay and get HD for free
    -Pay an up front fee of $99 for the year (does this happen in subsequent years as well?)
    -Pay $10/month

    Is this correct?
     
  14. Mar 13, 2013 #54 of 100
    damondlt

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    Agree.

    The Dish Equipment works better IMO then the Directv equipment, But the limited tuners and not quite the channel line up I want, or the disputes. Will never make me switch to Dish!
     
  15. Mar 13, 2013 #55 of 100
    tampa8

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    Read my post....
     
  16. Mar 13, 2013 #56 of 100
    damondlt

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    Yes correct

    And the $99 is a one time fee!
     
  17. Mar 13, 2013 #57 of 100
    tampa8

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    No. $99 WAS a one time charge, no longer available.

    And while technically correct about part-time HD on RSN's, just be clear most all pro games (And you can say all for NESN and virtually all for CSNNE) are in HD.
     
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    dcandmc

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    Very nice post; thanks for the great information. Yes, cable would be my absolute last option, as the local pricing structure would kill me with equipment fees to have HD DVR capability at three TVs, with SD DVR capability at a fourth TV. I am not interested in PTAT, as we watch very little traditional network programming.

    If I can save $20/month for the first 12 months of a 24 month contract, that to me is significant. Whether it's worth the hassle of switching providers every two years, I don't know (yet). Whether I'll be disappointed with the programming and equipment features of Dish as compared to DirecTV, I don't know (yet).
     
  20. Mar 13, 2013 #60 of 100
    lparsons21

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    I would agree. For me, D* and E* are just two sides of the same coin since I'm not a big sports fan. Give me some boxing and golf, and I'm good to go and both services have more than enough of each for me.

    I switch when I think it is in my best interest, which works out to around the 2 year mark, sometimes earlier but not by much.

    As to the autopay situation. With Direct, if you use credit card autopay they take the money before you have a chance to even see the bill. That was and is piss poor method imo. With Dish, you get the email of the bill about 2 weeks before they take the money, so you have at least some reasonable chance of catching an error before it actually costs you any money.

    That said, I've never gotten a wrong bill with either service over many years, or at least nothing significant enough to make me remember it. And that has been true of the many autopays I do now.

    I do protect myself a bit by paying all autopays with a credit card that has a very, very low limit so that worse case they could get a few bucks more than they should, but not much.
     

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