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How often do you switch providers?
Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:01 PM
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:39 AM
1981-1990 Time-Warner Cable
1990-2000 10-foot C-Band dish (BUD)
2000-Now Dishnetwork, converting to HD in 2007 or so.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:12 AM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:58 AM
If saving about $250.00 over 2 years is no big deal, then I say stay with your current provider...
2 Dish Hoppers (Gave up trying to get a Joey to work)
VIZIO 55” and 48" TruLED LCD 3D HDTV with VIZIO
JVC HDI RX-D402B Receiver
2 SLINGBOX PRO'S
Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:25 AM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:41 AM
I moved twice in between - the first move was done with Dish, however, I paid a fine and disconnected the second time. Took the Dish on my wife's name on the new address because I can get promotions and new DVRs. It has been just more than 4 years with the new promotions.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:43 AM
My house is already wired for cable so I could just order some TiVo units, pick up some cable cards and be done with it. I won't totally switch, but I might vote with my wallet a bit.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:47 AM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:53 AM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:38 PM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:44 PM
Went from 10'C & KU band BUD to DirecTv in 1999 and still there , BUD C & KU band was better but could not watch two Sats at the time .
Sure you can,
All you need is two dishes, two receivers and a really, really, really big yard.
we change every 15 or 20 years if we need to or not
Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:59 PM
It's a technology/familiarity issue for me. I'd had dish for 6-7 years, and have gotten very familiar with their channels, hardware, support, etc. Plus There are many technological features I like about Dish's receivers. Every time I visit my dad (TWC), or sister (DTV), it drives me nuts navigating around their setups, finding channels again, etc.
Unless another provider provided something very technologically superior, or Dish just drops the ball, I will never change. I am definitely not a promotion chaser.
Pioneer Kuro PDP-6010FD 60" Plasma Display on Hopper (me), Samsung 40" LCD on Joey #1 (wife), Dell ST2410 HD Monitor on Joey #2 (office.)
Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K AVR Receiver, PS3, Klipsch Reference-Series Speakers
Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:03 PM
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:16 PM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:25 PM
Since you MUST lease, I would expect the latest and Faster DVR but the only way to get that and a normal price is to switch.
Right now my DirecTV DVrs are the old HR20s very slow even with the new HD guide and they CANT do 3D like the models.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:37 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:43 AM
I've been happy with DirecTV since the 1990s. Sure, there are some times when Dish or even my local cable system has programming I want, but more often than not, I've liked DirecTV's hardware, picture quality and channels offered. I thought the most about switching to another service provider during the first couple of years of the HR20, when the software often didn't work right, but I could still see an unsteady progress toward fixing the DVR's faults. I stayed.
In other words, pick a lane and drive in it.
Edited by Carl Spock, 14 March 2012 - 11:46 AM.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:29 AM
D* when we moved around the corner in '95 and got a good promo.
E* in 2008 When D* wasn't interested in keeping us as customers (wouldn't upgrade us to HD).
Now out of contract (month to month) and staying with E* 'til the next round of price hikes and hardware upgrades hit, then will see what offers appear.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:41 AM
I started with Echostar C-band equipment. For 23+ years I've been happy with Echostar equipment.
In other words, pick a lane and drive in it.
For awhile there I was grumpy about Dish Network not offering our PBS station in HD. But recently they added that and I'm a happy customer.
Putting up with the hassle of installation just to save a few bucks isn't worth it. Frankly, I'm getting too old to learn how to use, and deal with the quirks of, all new equipment.
"Always poke the bears. They sleep too much for their own good."
A GEEZER who remembers watching TV in 1951 and was an Echostar customer from 1988 to 2008, now a Dish Network customer.
My AV Setup
My Slingbox Pro HD Experience
My Blog: The Redwood Guardian
Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:51 AM
---annnd, as I write this, a D* installation van pulls up to my curb........
Edited by karrank%, 13 March 2012 - 09:54 AM.
timing is everything
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:13 AM
1) Determine which channels your family MUST have.
2) See which provider will give you those channels in the cheapest package.
Tie-breaker) See which other beneficial channels are also in that cheapest package.
At my house, Dish won that battle in 2001, and they've won every time since. YMMV.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:13 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:26 AM
Dish 1997-2003. I really liked what Charlie was doing and I was one of the first to have the Dishplayer 7100 DVR before it was a DVR. It could only pause programming. I had a 3000, 7100, 501 and what ever the first HD receiver was with the 8VSB module. The dang think cost me $1000.00.
In 2003 Dish lost its luster for me when upgrades became expensive and DirecTivos were free. I switched then and have been very happy with DirecTV and the upgrades I have been able to get. I now have a HR34, HR24, HR21 and HR22 and a new 2 year commettment. I have really enjoyed my DirecTV experience and don't plan on going anywhere else.