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After 13 years with Dish it may be time to switch

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#21 OFFLINE   BattleZone


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Posted 10 February 2009 - 12:32 PM

$240 to cancel my contract with E*

Only if you just got Dish yesterday, or just did an upgrade. The ETF is prorated, $10 x # of months remaining on your agreement.

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#22 OFFLINE   harmil2



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Posted 11 February 2009 - 12:35 PM

I am waiting to see what HD may be added after ciel 2 fires up and if E will be able to settle dispute with Fisher so I can get ABC back. With D offering ABC, HD PBS, and Comedy Central in HD I am seriously considering switching to D in a couple months to get the HD I like to watch. Yes, I will miss my 622 w/external hdd if I switch, but not that much.

#23 OFFLINE   Bobby Bearcat

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 09:04 AM

Bobby... You mention MLB Network. Is that your main driving force. If there is some other HD requirements, you might want to wait into the new bird gets put in place and ess what changes occur then.

Is there other factors that are driving your thoughts?

MLB Network is a very important channel for me to receive, but it just seems like D* continues to add more channels and E* is not keeping up...

I'm trying to be as patient as possible to see what happens, but I am growing frustrated..
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#24 OFFLINE   ImBack234



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Posted 13 February 2009 - 09:18 AM

Thanks for all of the opinions...

It looks like it will cost me about $500 to make the switch, which isn't a big deal if I get what I want.

$240 to cancel my contract with E* and an initial cost of $250 to sign up with D*

The only thing that is really holding me back is the fact that I enjoy having the external hard drive access that my 622 and 722 give me.

Thanks for being honest about the cost. That seem to be something a lot of the D* guys can't do.

#25 OFFLINE   lparsons21


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Posted 13 February 2009 - 10:28 AM

I switched from E* to D* last February because at the time it didn't look to me that E* was moving quick enough on HD. A side benefit was that after I made my order, D* announced that my locals would be in HD. That was unexpected and darn nice to have. Since then, E* has added some HD, but I still have a couple channels I like that D* has the E* does not.

Out of pocket cost was minimal as I was very near the end. I think it was something less than $30 after credits and such were applied. It cost me $99 to sign up with DirecTV and discounts for the first year. In total, I'll save about $20/month over the length of the contract.

I do miss the 622 as it is much better than the HR21, but they are making improvements. It is still missing DLB and PIP that I would like to have. PQ is different on D vs E, but I don't think one is all that much better than the other.

It is all about content for me. D had what I wanted and still does, E is still missing some pieces of the puzzle for me. If E gets the channels I want, has the locals in HD and has a solution to the weak 129 fixed, I'll consider switching back, but not before.

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#26 OFFLINE   mgcsooner



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Posted 13 February 2009 - 09:15 PM

Re d*--the travel channel is on channel 277 and travel channel on demand is on 1277.
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Posted 13 February 2009 - 11:53 PM

I'm pretty sure both providers have their quirks and strengths. Make it easy on your wallet, Bobby ... the two are so close (moving targets, to be sure) that it may not be worth the $$$ involved.

I subscribe to E* - have for years - and have grown accustomed to their "style": slow HD releases, even slower software releases, incompatible EHD problems, new features and equipment bereft of flaws. Similarly, I enjoy a top-notch DVR, external storage, and a slew of HD.

That said, I at least know the beast I'm living with; which I couldn't say if I suddenly switched to a competing service. But, to the brave go the spoils of discovery. If you're that concerned about it and don't have to squint at the price, then go for it.

Otherwise, stay put ... it'll all even out in a few years anyway.
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Posted 14 February 2009 - 08:39 AM

I tossed this decision around for quite a while.
And for me the best decision is to have both until something happens to swing me one way or another.

I watch everything on E* except Speed (and FOX News until recently) which I watch on D*
I have a 622 with an external drive and a HR21 with the piggy back tuner.
Any recording conflicts get picked up on the HR21.

No PIP on the HR21. That pulls vacuum.

I'm spending around 200 bucks a month and have no premiums (HBO etc). But for now that's the only solution for me.

My locals have been on E* for 5 years and will be HD in March.
D* doesn't even have my SD locals on the radar.
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