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Why I'm about to switch to Dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dkerr64, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

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    This just shows how diverse people's viewing habits are. Some would be more upset at losing the disney channels in HD, AMC and sports channels. You seem to not care about those and want BBCA. As with most providers now they have the main ones and it's the smaller channels that are now being picked over but aren't enough to usually justify a cost unless it's just right.
     
  2. Weller

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    The last time I looked AT&T uVerse did not have BBCA in HD, I realise Dish has though.
     
  3. domingos35

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    my sling adapter was free
    didn't have to pay anything to connect an external hard drive to my hoppers either.
    LOVE THIS SYSTEM:D:D
     
  4. sregener

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    True, but the 500GB of drive space is reserved for PTAT whether it is on or not. A mere 1TB is available for user-selected programming.
     
  5. dpeters11

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    I thought it was 500GB. 500 for the user space, 500 for PTAT and 1TB reserved for Dish.
     
  6. lparsons21

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    That was changed with one of the firmware updates.
    Now 1TB user space.
     
  7. BaronHarkonnen

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    If you're having problems with your DVR, they usually do offer you "free upgrades", but the catch is that you have to send the old one in and the new one causes your committtment period to reset to 24 months.

    An agent tried getting me to agree to this about a month before my committment expired so I'd be stuck with them for another two years. I politely declined.

    If your committment period is already up and you can cancel without any punitive fees, you can bring up cancelation as a serious bargaining chip that their customer retention people might take seriously. You might qualify for some bill credits and new boxes for the agreement of another 24 month committment. Rushing to take the new boxes without trying to negotiate a substantial discount in return for giving them another 24 months of guaranteed business might not be such a great idea.

    It might not hurt to mention that Dish Network would consider you a new customer and give you a new customer deal, so if DirecTV wants to retain you they should match it.

    When you're in the middle of a "committment" period, you have little or no negotiating power. THe ball is in their court because they know that charging hundreds of dollars just to make them go away is more unappealing to many customers than just continuing to pay full price until it's over.

    I wouldn't let them keep you if they aren't willing to make some serious concessions in exchange for another committment. The ball is rarely in your court with DirecTV, and when it is you should make the most of it.
     
  8. patmurphey

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    "Mere 1 TB"? How much does DTV offer? 2 Hoppers equals 2TB plus unlimited 2TB at time External Drives, easily playable from Hoppers and Joeys, useable on any receiver in the account. I hope the "mere" was only sarcastic. :D
     
  9. Xsabresx

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    Dish seems to have a lot of functions going for it that I would love to have but it seems like every time you turn around they are losing content. I certainly wouldnt mind better/faster equipment but not at the expense of my content.

    Oh, and I dont watch BBCA so that isnt an issue.
     
  10. Ira Lacher

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    I would switch today if that weren't an issue. DirecTV has its contract squabbles too (remember Versus?). But they don't seem to have them to the extent DISH does.
     
  11. sregener

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    The complaint was about wasting disk space with PTAT. My point was that there is plenty of space to waste. And with a USB hub, I have heard of 4 2TB drives attached and active at one time, which would give you an expensive 9TB of user space. But you could also swap out those drives, so in theory, space is limited only by your wallet.

    Since the 500GB is reserved for PTAT recordings anyway, if you record any network shows, it's worth activating - unless you need 3 active tuners at one time for non-network programming, which would be the only reason I see to disable it.

    I switched from DirecTV in April and have been very happy. There are more channels that I am likely to watch in AT250 than there was in the similarly-priced package from DirecTV. And yes, Dish does seem to have some serious contract negotiating issues, as seen with their impending drop of AMC. Dish is run by an eccentric, DirecTV by professional bean-counters. Having been on the wrong end of a DVR from the professionals at DirecTV, I'm okay with the eccentric.

    Many ask what a Dish customer is doing reading a DirecTV forum, and for me, it's a matter of curiosity. I liked DirecTV a lot. I wish them well. I wish their DVR had been better, as I would never have left otherwise. If they someday get their act together, I may come back. The channel selection on Dish is better for me, especially HD channels, but not enough to justify switching by itself. In the end, it's just entertainment and isn't worth the angst it generates here.
     
  12. Phil17108

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    Hay Directv has been more than good to me and I'm an older customer. Last time I paid for a dvr was when I went to the HR20 from the old Tivo hd one, for $100, after that there were still 2 Tivo unites on the account and about 6 months later they called me and ask if they could replace them with what was just coming out hr21, free. I have 4 HR's a 22 two 23 and a 24 at this time. Works for me. I looked in on the dish side of DBStalk and found they are not jumping for joy, so good luck with that.
     
  13. dkerr64

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    A mere 1TB ? I don't think any DTV box comes with a system disk this large. My DTV box had probably a quarter of this space available to me and was always full.

    DAK
     
  14. dkerr64

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    So far the Hopper box is fast and responsive. But I would expect it to be the case as it is new. My old DTV box was extremely sluggish -- a contributing factor to me deciding to switch, but not the main reason.
     
  15. dkerr64

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    I was well out of any commitment period. DTV quickly offered me a $20 credit and 6 months ago this is what kept me around. But 6 months ago they wanted to charge me for an equipment upgrade and/or nomad. Last week DTV reinstated the $20 and said I was eligible for equipment upgrade offers, with a 24 months commitment. I didn't bother to find out what the offers were as frankly that was only half the problem and I didn't want to commit to 24 months of as service that was missing programming/features I desire.

    Moving to Dish cost me nothing, actually negative $20 as google found a coupon code that gave me a instant $50 credit. The Hopper was free, the Slingbox $30, so negative $20. First year of service has $25 monthly credit. Yes I am committed to 24 months now so if DTV want me back before that expires they need a very attractive incentive.

    There are only about a dozen, maybe 20 channels that I even care about. I resent having to pay for 200-250 channels most of which are junk just to get the few I want. So it is important to me that the few I do want are available in HD. Bring on a-la-carte pricing.

    DAK
     
  16. patmurphey

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    I share the curiosity angle, but also have discovered that there are often misstatements here about Dish products - especially the Hopper/Joey - that need correcting. It is especially important for new customers and those considering change that comparisons between D* and E* be accurate. There are plenty of D* users keeping track of the opposite over on the E* side. :D
     
  17. lparsons21

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    While I don't doubt you looked there, it appears that you forgot to really look at the D* side too. There are no more or less complaints on average between the two services.

    Although D* does tend to get two continuing issues that get fixed for short periods of time, remote response and sluggish HRs. That doesn't seem to be the case with E*.
     
  18. mreposter

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    There's also the Directv "channels I get" and other guide issues that have been around for years and years.
     
  19. RAD

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    Yea, that has dragged on for ages. But IMHO not a big deal since I have favorites lists set up for the channels I watch, don't need to see that I subscribe to all the shopping/PI channels out there anyway.

    But one thing that DIRECTV does do that Dish tends not to is to keep adding new features to existing hardware where Dish makes you go out and get new hardware. If you wanted WHDVR you could add that on any HD DVR, Dish makes you go upgrade to Hopper/Joey for example.
     
  20. Ira Lacher

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    D* complaints seem to focus on slow hardware, high prices for upgraded hardware, fairness of giveaways to new customers vs. existing customers, and the lack of HD channels.

    DISH complaints seem to focus on buggy hardware, lack of full-time RSNs, and here-today-gone-tomorrow channels.
     

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