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How often do you switch providers?

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#26 OFFLINE   ub1934



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Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:01 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 .

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#27 OFFLINE   wyattwd


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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:43 PM

I've been with them all. Time Warner Cable '96-'04. DirecTV 2005-2008. Fios, U-verse had a run. And DISH in 2010. So far Dish is our preferred provider. Hope we don't have to ever switch again.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:39 AM

Hmm... From the time I started "on my own"....

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#29 OFFLINE   mdavej


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:12 AM

Since content differences are pretty large, you'll lose/gain a lot in any switch. So besides new customer perks, I don't see much benefit. Better to find the provider that best fits your needs and stick with them IMO.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:58 AM

It's just TV..... For the most part, Dish and Direct carry the same channels. So if I can watch the weather channel on Direct and save about $250.00 over 2 years. What's to lose? After 2 years, when Direct goes up, I can switch back to Dish and the savings continue!

If saving about $250.00 over 2 years is no big deal, then I say stay with your current provider...
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:25 AM

Coming up on almost 5 years with DirecTv after switching from Dish and I'm very happy with them. Other offers sound nice but the lack of MLB Extra Innings and questionable picture quality are deal breakers. So I plan to stick with D* for a while. Now if I could just get rid of comcrap's mediocre throttled internet service I'd be better off!

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:41 AM

I am not too much into loyalty thing. Unfortunately, the international channels I need are ONLY with Dish. Hence I have been with them from 2003.

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.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:43 AM

I'm not switching from D*, but Time Warner just took over our local cable system. I'm giving thought to adding a double play and moving my premiums to Time Warner. They have Watch ESPN and they authenticate HBO Go for Roku. D* doesn't have Watch ESPN at all and they have made the arbitrary decision to block the Roku with HBO Go. Aside from that, Time Warner has a few of my wife's favorite basic channels in HD that D* doesn't.

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.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:47 AM

6 years with DIRECTV before that it was Charter.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:53 AM

15 years with Dish while watching my brother and son switch among all the rest to save some $'s and "tolerate" their DVR's. After a good look at the alternatives, I have no desire to look elsewhere... I'm satisfied with Dish service and prices, and I really like my 722 & 622.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:38 PM

we change every 15 or 20 years if we need to or not :lol:

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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. :sure:

we change every 15 or 20 years if we need to or not :lol:

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:59 PM

For me it's not a price issue. I would never switch based on price. (Unless I lost my job, then I'd just cut it off!) I've got Dish's top package they offer, and am very happy with it.

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.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:03 PM

Had Dish since 1999 -although if FIOS came to my area Id prob change - and have tv/phone/internet one provider

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:27 PM

Live in a rural area so only options are dish or direct. I've had directv at home for about 15 years and dish at my job for about 12 years (not my option). Find direct package much better and will stay with that.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:16 PM

I will switch anytime when u stay with a provider for 10 years or more and they wont give u a price break on new up grades for new eguipment

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:25 PM

Every 2-3 years to get the latest equipment.

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.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:37 AM

Had Dish from 1997-2001, went to Direct at that point for sports. Almost went back to Dish this winter, but problems with guide on .2 and .3 local channels along with no MRV put the kibosh on that.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:43 AM

Almost never.

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.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:29 AM

Charter when we first moved here in '91, terrible service & PQ.

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.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:41 AM

In other words, pick a lane and drive in it.

I started with Echostar C-band equipment. For 23+ years I've been happy with Echostar equipment.

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.;)

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:51 AM

To add to phrelin's comment: from our POV, inertia is looming ever larger. The only reason we switched to E* in the first place was that D* refused to upgrade us to HD in the midst of the HD upgrade hysteria, then had the temerity to call us after we switched to whine at us: "Why didn't you give us a chance to keep you as a customer?"

---annnd, as I write this, a D* installation van pulls up to my curb........

Edited by karrank%, 13 March 2012 - 09:54 AM.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:13 AM

Dish since 2001. Now and then, I'd go through my recommended steps to compare providers.

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.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:13 AM

I switched from cable to Dish around 12 years ago. At that time, I bought a TiVo, found that noisy analog cable didn't MPEG well on the TiVo and switched to a digital service. Dish had the best lineup per dollar and still seemed to a couple of times I checked in later years. Eventually, I dropped the TiVo and went to a Dish DVR.

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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.

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