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Thinking of ditching DirecTV

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

  1. Mar 13, 2013 #61 of 100
    Curtis0620

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    Would be a pain to clear your DVR every 2 years.
     
  2. Mar 13, 2013 #62 of 100
    dcandmc

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    lparsons21

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    Get the program guides I posted a link to so you can make some comparisons, especially for those channels most important to you.

    But also keep in mind that the SD from Dish with Hopper/Joey isn't anywhere near as horrible as D*'s best SD. Many SD channels look to be nearly DVD quality, though sports is not one of them. I don't watch much in SD, but I also don't avoid watching something in SD if that is the only way it is available with Dish. With Direct, I actively avoided SD since it was nearly unwatcheable imo.
     
  4. Mar 13, 2013 #64 of 100
    dcandmc

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    From my post #59 above:

    "Whether it's worth the hassle of switching providers every two years, I don't know (yet)."

    It's a consideration, but it means different things to different people.
     
  5. Mar 13, 2013 #65 of 100
    lparsons21

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    It downloads an excel spreadsheet of the channel comparisons.
     
  6. Mar 13, 2013 #66 of 100
    dcandmc

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    Something else to think about. I agree with you about DirecTV's SD picture quality.
     
  7. Mar 13, 2013 #67 of 100
    damondlt

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    Yea its a PDF channel chart.
     
  8. Mar 13, 2013 #68 of 100
    lparsons21

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    Here's some more info to help you decide what is in your best interest.

    1. With Dish, you can add an external HD and it adds to your storage space. And the EHD is married to your account not an individual receiver. That makes it handy if you have a Hopper crap out.

    2. With the Hopper (and I think Joey too), you can back up your timers and settings to the remote so that switching out a bad unit doesn't mean manually resetting all those things.

    That is handy.
     
  9. Mar 13, 2013 #69 of 100
    dcandmc

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    More good to know information.

    How is Dish with integrating OTA? I like my HR20 because I can easily set it up to record OTA, which comes in handy when there is an occasional problem with locals off the sat.
     
  10. Mar 13, 2013 #70 of 100
    lparsons21

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    Dish has a USB PTA module for the hopper which adds to the useable tuner count. IOW you could record 4 channels at once as long as one is an OTA channel.
     
  11. Mar 13, 2013 #71 of 100
    dcandmc

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    Is one-touch recording of OTA channels (or something similar) integrated into the program guide?
     
  12. Mar 13, 2013 #72 of 100
    dcandmc

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    I don't understand why Red Sox games at Yankee stadium would be a problem for a NESN viewer, unless Dish does sports blackouts in a substantially different way than DirecTV. Red Sox games in New York are never blacked out on NESN for DirecTV viewers in NESN territory unless the game is on a national feed (i.e. ESPN or Fox), and in that case I just watch the national feed.
     
  13. Mar 13, 2013 #73 of 100
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    Yes, though guide info for sub-channels is often non-existent.
     
  14. Mar 13, 2013 #74 of 100
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    I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest you confer too much importance on live TV. Outside of the big four shows that can be covered by a single tuner, the other shows play at least two or three times a week. Walking Dead episodes play as many as six times a week (The Prey episode plays seven times in eight days).

    Compared to the OP's non-unified scheduling, I'm betting that a whole home device will be considerably more efficient with its tuners.
     
  15. Mar 13, 2013 #75 of 100
    mdavej

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    Having had both services, I've found the free HD at Dish is what makes it cheaper than DirecTV in the long run. I, too, dislike having to call DirecTV every few months to beg and threaten in order to get the free HD discount extended when Dish does it for life and no hassles.

    However, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Dish's lower prices come at the cost of more frequent disputes and channel losses.

    As a sports fan, you really can't beat DirecTV, even if it is more expensive.

    Needless to say, while I liked both services, all the games eventually wore me down, so I'm a happy cable tv sub again.
     
  16. Mar 13, 2013 #76 of 100
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    In southern california DISH ihas the FREE HOPPER whole home dvr with free blockbuster & HD for life plus free hbo,cinemax,showtime,and starz for 3 months plus a $25.00 gift card at activation. Pricing starts at $19.99 for 12 months americas top 120 is $24.99 a month,top 200 is $24.99 a month and the top 250is $39.99 a month.
     
  17. Mar 13, 2013 #77 of 100
    tampa8

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    If you are going to try and help at least give somewhat correct information.

    EVERY Red Sox game not carried nationally is carried on NESN on Dish. Where did you get that games played at Yankee Stadium are not televised on NESN? Ditto if they are at the METS. Or Phillies.

    Second, Dish DOES HAVE ALTERNATE NESN - and in HD normally. If there is a conflict where NESN puts the Red Sox on their alternate channel, Dish has it as rare as that is.
     
  18. Mar 13, 2013 #78 of 100
    dcandmc

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    Hmmm... when I use that website and select AT200 as the programming package and my zip code for the location, I get concerned. It appears that every HD channel has an SD twin. I assume that channels that don't have a twin are available in SD only. Comedy Central (channel 107) and HGTV (channel 112), among others, appear to be available in SD only at the AT200 level. It appears that I would have to subscribe to the America's "Everything" Pak to get these channel in HD.

    Is that right? It doesn't jibe with the PDF comparison that was linked in a previous post in this thread; that comparison showed that Comedy Central and HGTV are both available in HD at the AT120 level and up.
     
  19. Mar 13, 2013 #79 of 100
    mdavej

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    ^^^
    You can't trust that lookup tool. It still needs some work. Just open the standard lineup pdf below it for the real story. It's accurate.
     
  20. Mar 13, 2013 #80 of 100
    dcandmc

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    Ray, if I signed up as a new customer at the AT 120 level or above, could I get two Hoppers and two Joeys installed at no charge with a 24 month contract?

    With a system made up of two Hoppers and two Joeys, do all four TVs have access to all the content on both Hoppers? Can a program be set up to record on either of the Hoppers from any of the four TVs?

    Is there internet connectivity with a Hopper/Joey system? If so, does the hardware and installation cost anything as part of a new customer installation?

    I assume that if I become a new Dish customer, any equipment provided at the initial installation will be leased and not owned. At the end of the contract period if I stop being a Dish customer, will Dish want to recover some or all of the equipment? Which pieces? Who is responsible for shipping charges back to Dish?
     

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