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Is Comcast the answer?


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#41 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:49 PM

You can order a leased unit from a site like Solid Signal. It would not be a replacement of defective, so would have a 2 year contract. All HR DVRs are 3D compatible except the HR20. The HMC is the HR34, 5 tuners. It does require a SWM setup, one coax line coming to it off the dish.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:56 PM

What's this Home Media Center HD DVR I see at Directs site?


In addition to dpeters info, the HR34 is basically an HR24 with three extra tuners, and double the storage space as the HR24. Both are comparably fast. The HR34 also offers Picture in Picture. The HR34 also allows you to plug in an ethernet cable to supply internet access to all available DirecTv internet capable boxes without needing a separate internet connection kit.

As dpeters stated, all the newest DirecTv boxes require a single wire multiswitch LNB or external switch. Those models would he the HR34 (HMC) and H25 receiver.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:26 PM

Thanks guys, looks like a hr24 well fill my needs.

Well the hr24 plug and play with the current hr21 cabling?

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:27 PM

Thanks guys, looks like a hr24 well fill my needs.

Well the hr24 plug and play with the current hr21 cabling?


yep

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:49 AM

Yes I had Comcast and as the old saying says the grass is not always greener on the other side. I will be back to Comcast after my year is up with DIRECTV. The pic quality is better with Comcast and more HD on local and national not just sports and BS real channels that people watch.The DVR is easy to use and pretty fast. I will be back with Comcast!!!

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:31 AM

It's NEVER time to switch to Comcast. We had it for years and directv is Sooo much better!


+1

Cant speak about other areas of the country, but here in Philly, Comcast nickel and dimes people with all their fees. I have to give FIOS credit, even though I feel their HD service isnt as good as D's is, they do offer very good triple play bundle pricing. Comcast triple play pricing doesnt even seem like new customer pricing after all the frees are tabulated.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:36 AM

I will be back to Comcast after my year is up with DIRECTV.

DIRECTV hasn't had 12 month commitments for some time now. HD or DVR installations have been 24 months for a few years now. SD receiver installations were 18 months up until recently but are now also 24 months.

I would suggest you confirm the length of your programming commitment before you burn any bridges.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:43 AM

I had looked at alternatives during the pre 0x5c8 firmware (about the last three months) and discovered:
Time Warner Cable - poor PQ and fairly high cost
Cin Bell Fioptics - even with a bundle, very expensive and lots of complaints
Dish - I was paying most attention to this, since they were offering a compelling package to switch to them, and I don't really need DirecTicket or other sports stuff prevalent on DTV. I had all but decided to take the bait if the last firmware hadn't magically restored my HR-20...now I'm glad I didn't :)

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:13 AM

I had Dish for two years and was not happy, mostly the business practices, bait and switch. Billing issues often.

Direct was upfront about cost, increases have not been out of line. I've been happy for about seven years now. I had my original box replaced because of a failure about three years ago with the current hr21.

When I sign in to my Direc t online account I see a Customer Loyalty Offer. I can get a hr24 shipped for $20 and 2 years agreement.


This morning my hr21 is batty crazy, locks and reboots ever 30 minutes. After reboot it well accept commands from the remote for maybe 10 minutes then stops accepting commands. 20 min later it reboots.

I'm not happy about paying $4 a day for this.


It's time to call CS, I'm dreading this as I may not stay composed. Wish me luck.



ETA: Call to CS went well. The customer loyalty offer is a hr24 and I was told if it is not, I have fourteen days to to return it (can not activate) and I'm not under the two year obligation. Seems fair to me, worst case is I'm out $40 in shipping cost. I'll gamble that amount.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:45 PM

If Comcrap is the answer, I don't want to know the question...
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:50 PM

All of the companies have pro's and con's. Those change from year to year. Some years one vendor will get it right and the others play catch up. The next year someone else gets it right...

For every person who hates D there is one who loves them, same goes for Dish, Comcast, Brighthouse etc. One could spend a life time reading threads and never find enough compelling information to make the jump.

There are so many threads of folks leaving one company for the next only to return to what they were familiar with.

We all get what we pay for - everyone wants to spend as little as possible - the flip side is the studios want more money and they get what they want most of the time. After the CEO's line their pockets whats left goes to running the company. R&D, software development, and testing teams are not staffed as they should be in many industries including this one.

At least when you call D you get a US based agent 99% of the time. And they are getting better every day.

The real question isn't "is xxxxx the answer". The real question is what made you start to think about switching to someone else. Once you answer that then you need only find the vendor that solves that problem.

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