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Which satellite provider would you pick?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by Chris Blount, Apr 27, 2006.

Which satellite provider would you pick?

  1. DirecTV

    2 vote(s)
    0.4%
  2. Dish Network

    151 vote(s)
    30.7%
  3. Both

    339 vote(s)
    68.9%
  1. samo

    samo Mentor

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    Nov 9, 2002
    Well, he did throw a rock trough my window.:) He wouldn't make a deal with one of the international channels I really want and they moved to Direct and so did I. I still sub to 2 internationals on Dish, but rest of the stuff I get from Direct. So now my house looks like NASA center with 4 antennas pointing all over the sky and don't even ask how I managed to hook up 9 DVRs to just 3 TVs. :) In my situation I would get both (just like I have it now), but if I had to select single provider I would go with Dish mainly because they have better DVRs.
     
  2. Red Dwarf

    Red Dwarf Legend

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    Aug 25, 2002

    The Tivo is not what you should base a decision on. The Tivo is a solid performer but is going the way of the doe doe bird. The 622 has worked very well and I'm totally happy with the unit. That plus the additional HD channels E* has Rupert beat for now.

    If D* gets a solid MPEG 4 DVR and tons of additional HD channels and gets rid of HD lite, E* is in trouble.
     
  3. UnnDunn

    UnnDunn AllStar

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    Oct 27, 2002
    I would pick Dish for one reason and one reason alone: GamePlay HD. That is all.
     
  4. Opynion

    Opynion Godfather

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    Mar 21, 2006
    It has to be E, Dish carries international channels that D doesn't;
    on D, the Sunday Ticket is great, but I don't need it, because in Texas, thee Dallas Cowboys can be seen on the local channels (& they are America's Team), :rolleyes: and the HD Lite is the reason I don't take on the HD programming yet :nono2:
     
  5. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Aug 5, 2002
    Dripping...
    If you assume that you didn't know about sites like this I would think D* just because they're out in front of folks more then E*. From more advertising to more big box stores I think D* leads E*. If they do know about these sites I still think D* might get the lead, unless HD PQ is the overriding factor in the decision. Unless you want to spend a bunch of time researching what switch you need, or what dish(s) pointing where with that LNB's D* is the simpler system.
     
  6. pjm877

    pjm877 Cool Member/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Apr 27, 2003
    Austin, tx
    I picked Dish because I would have gone through the SBC offering. I have a Tivo and I think in most areas the Dish lay out just works better for the way I want to use the unit.

    The one thing I like most about Tivo is that I could change out the HDA for a bigger one. I wish that was the same for Dish units. 300Gb is a lot better than 80Gb

    Dish you reading this? Give us an external SATA drive port so we can plug in a 500Gb drive for more HD recording time... Please.. for this reason I think I will wait for the next gen of the 622, and try to find a freed up 942.

    later
     
  7. mscroggi

    mscroggi AllStar

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    Jan 22, 2006
    I had DirecTV for 3 years, and when I moved (4 years ago), I decided to try Dish. IMO Dish is a hands-down winner. I was nervious when I initially made the change, but it has turned out to be one of my better decisions. I had many many complaints about DirecTV, and I had 3 different receivers (2 Sonys and 1 RCA) trying to improve things.. It is SOOoo nice to have equipment that gets updates and bug fixes.. I disagree with thxultra, I dont think Directvs' future is bright.. I think they have some catching-up to do.
     
  8. mscroggi

    mscroggi AllStar

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    Jan 22, 2006
    What unit has an 80GB drive? It must be very old (model 508?).. Even the 510 had 120GB drives I think. Why not call up Dish and ask them to swap the eqiup out for newer models? I think they will swap them out for free, you just have to pay the shipping (25$)..
     
  9. mscroggi

    mscroggi AllStar

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    Jan 22, 2006
    Heheee There are a lot of "if's" and "and's" in that statement..
     
  10. pjm877

    pjm877 Cool Member/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Apr 27, 2003
    Austin, tx
    yea I think the 501 I had at one time was 80? but the unit I replaced the drive was a TIVO based unit I have on my cable line..

    later
     
  11. pjmrt

    pjmrt Hall Of Fame

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    Jul 17, 2003
    I choose (and chose, several years ago) Dish - because of the Superstations, pricing and general selection of programming.
     
  12. Maniacal1

    Maniacal1 Godfather/Supporter

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    Apr 9, 2002
    I'd have to choose DirecTV. Dish still doesn't offer locals in my DMA; DirecTV does. And, of course, the NFL.
     
  13. SNT

    SNT AllStar

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    Mar 9, 2004
    I don't know how I should vote. I like the HD content from Dish, but I will not order MLB EI from them due to too many missing games. So I guess during Baseball season I choose DTV, but the rest of the year I will keep my Dish.

    -SNT
     
  14. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Why not? It works. Not to start a flame war but when I had Dish equipment, I spent more time fiddling with the DVR and less time watching TV. Now, it's the other way around. :)

    Plus, I got tired of listening to complaints from my wife and kids about missed recordings. It's one thing when I have to deal with problems for myself, it's quite another when I have 3 other people in my ear about why the DVR rebooted in the middle of a show. Less household "tech support" is more important to me that MPEG 4. Besides, I get all my locals via OTA.
     
  15. Red Dwarf

    Red Dwarf Legend

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    Aug 25, 2002
    I guess I'm lucky. I haven't missed a single recording and have had just a couple of reboots. How do you think Directv's new mpeg 4 recorder will do? :D

    The Tivo is a fine unit (a bit slow). But it's days are numbered.
     
  16. Opynion

    Opynion Godfather

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    Mar 21, 2006
    New techology has flaws, so will the MPEG 4 and by the time it's updated, another new electronic thing will pop-up and with it's on flaws as well, people will be complaining of every new stuff, just as many complain of the 622, DVR's, Tivos, etc.
    for that reason alot of people will be thinking thrice of getting the new technologies. :cool:
     
  17. Jhon69

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

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    Well people,I just voted both,because each one has something better than the
    other.I'm not getting into it,either!.My support goes to the one,that makes my
    dollar go farther.I'm not into HD,or DVR,I like SD.So I keep both satellite dishes,
    on the house,to change to the best value.I had E*,for 4 years,cause they had the
    best value for me.I just changed over to D*,cause they now,have the best value
    for me,with Total Choice.So that's who I wave the flag for,I wave it for me!.
     
  18. Opynion

    Opynion Godfather

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    Mar 21, 2006
    If this is true, then Directv will be, except for the international channels that D doesn't have, so for the international it's E, after all, if two dishes are needed for some programming, you might as well have a dish from E and the other from D, instead of having all the small dishes from the same company.
    Since DVR's from E are encrypted, you can record from D/Tivo onto the DVD-R at a better picture resolution. :rolleyes:
     
  19. Red Dwarf

    Red Dwarf Legend

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    Aug 25, 2002
    What??? both E* and D* are encrypted. So you would have to use the analog out on both units to make a DVD. The result would be the same. Or did I misunderstand you?
     
  20. brad1138

    brad1138 Cool Member

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    Mar 21, 2006
    If I was a new customer and had done my homework, there would be no question, E* all the way. D* hasn't come out with anything new in years. The new E* DVRs ability to run 2 rooms saving the customer at least $5/month on receiver fees is and being able to share recorded content between rooms huge. A customer can have 4 TVs all with independent DVR for only $17 above there programing choice ($5 for ex rec & 2X$6 DVR fee). If you wanted 4 room all DVR with D* you would spend 3X$5 ex rec and 4X$5($6?) for DVR fees or at least $35. Then dish having 30-35 HD channels (inc locals) and an MPEG4 HD DVR. The ONLY thing D* has is NFL Sunday ticket.
     

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