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Need Help with Dish vs DirecTV
Posted 30 June 2008 - 06:49 AM
We have had satellite for 10 years now. Started with Dish Network and were with them for 4-5 years. Then, sadly our trees grew too tall (50' oaks) and we couldn't get the signal. We could site the DirecTV ones, though, so switched over and have been on autopilot since then. Had a single receiver, wired to two tvs (same signal on both) since we had just one main one and the bedroom and only rarely had a conflict.
So, now we are moving and have a choice again. I spent a few hours going through both websites and I am completely confused now.
Can someone point me to a summary of the differences in billing, recievers, etc.?
I see references to "leasing" the receiver in both place. Previously we just bought the reciever that had the features we wanted and went on our merry way.
What are the charges for DVRs? How do those work with multiple rooms? Are there still charges for multiple rooms? I really did try to find this on their websites, but I can't seem to get a clear picture of what I would be paying.
Our new house will have a TV in the family room and one in the finished basement. Eventually the basement will be the "nicer" system, hopefully HD, but not for at least a year or two. We have kids now, so two separate signals would be nice at times.
One last thought - we will most likely have AT&T for phone and DSL, so we would have access to their packages. They look like they are slightly cheaper, but again, without knowing all the extra charges, I can't be sure.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:00 AM
Yes, both companies now 'lease' their receivers which lowers the upfront charge. For D* you can still purchase receivers but IIRC the HD DVR is like $700 vs. the $199 upfront lease charge but either way you'll see pay the $4.99 lease/mirroring charge for all receivers past the first.
Both companies charge a DVR fee, D* is $5.99 and includes all DVR's on the account (fee wrapped into the month charge for any DVR package programming package), E* charges per DVR in the house.
D* doesn't have any receivers that allow you to indepentantly run two TV's, you need a receiver for each TV. E* does, the 2nd TV connects via coax back to the receiver. But AFAIK on the E* STB's, if you run the box in the 2TV mode you loose some functionality on TV1 and the TV2 connection isn't HD but SD only.
For the AT&T/E*/DSL bundling, you might want to see what current users of that feature say, at one time I now folks were unhappy since if E* came out with some special deals the AT&T bundle folks couldn't get them.
Hope that helps a bit.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 06:21 PM
Posted 01 July 2008 - 06:27 AM
How hard is it to upgrade to HD later?
I was thinking of just getting the stardard package/ DVR receiver now and in a couple years, when we have the equipment, upgrading. Is it a big deal with either one?
So, taking the HD out of it for the moment, with DirecTV, the package we are getting now is Total Choice Plus, now called Choice Extra. That would be $62.99/month for one DVR, which would only cover one room (or duplicate programming on a second TV, but does it have a UHF remote?) For two tvs with different programming - $67.98 for one DVR and one standard receiver. Is there a reason to go with some of the other brand receivers such as Phillips, Sony, etc.?
Dish Network, we could get the Top 250 with DVR for $59.99/mo. That includes one DVR receiver that can service two TVs.
Am I missing anything?
Posted 01 July 2008 - 07:42 AM
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