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Dish Vs DirectTv vs Cable PICTURE QUALITY


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#26 OFFLINE   Ira Lacher

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 09:04 AM

Also, it appears that my TWC package actually offers more HD channels than DirecTV.


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#27 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:43 PM

Just about every provider offers more HD channels than DirecTV.


With cable, that is very dependent on market.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:22 AM

I happened to look at a Dish uplink report from today and see that they are now putting 9 HD channels on a transponder on the western arc. This was for Ciel-2 and just looked at TP 17 and 18.

TP 17 looks like it has Lifetime, Food, HGTV, A&E, MTV, Discovery, TLC, TWC and MGM while TP18 has Comedy, FX, TBS, SPike, Nick, Toon, OWN, CNN and Retro.

Is 9 HD channels on a TP new or have they been doing it for awhile now? If new how does the PQ look on those channels, just curious?

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:43 AM

For what it is worth, I had my 2 year old Panasonic VT25 65" tv professionally calibrated earlier this week and the technician and I got to talking and he saw that I had a Dish Network box so he asked how I liked it. I said it had been fine since I got it two years ago. His reply was that Dish's PQ is not nearly as good as DirecTV's currently (his exact statement was "Dish sucks" I think) and that is coming from a guy that has calibrated TVs for the last 14 years. He said that Dish has fallen behind as far as upgrading certain things that enhance PQ so DirecTV is the best if you truly want the best PQ out there. Just my two cents.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:49 PM

I had DirecTV from 1997-1999, DISH from 1999-2001, then back to DirecTV until 2011. I have now been now on RCN cable (Lehigh Valley). Their HD channels are excellent.. and the PQ is 90% of DirecTV... I did this to save some $$. Used to have DirecTV, Verizon phone and RCN Internet... all costing around $200 per mo... Going with RCN bundle deal saves me around $60 a month. I really hated leaving DirecTV... but $$ is $$.
And I get Showtime and Stars and Fox Soccer w/o spending anything extra...

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:35 PM

I've had TWC since June 2011. Before that, I had Directv from 2006-2011. I had Dish between 97 and 2006. My impression is that hands down, TWC has a far superior SD picture compared to either satellite provider. The HD on TWC is excellent, and I have more HD channels than I had with Directv. I suppose, in the comparision to cable, it really depends on where you live and how updated your cable system may be. If Directv pq on HD is better, it's very difficult to tell, and I make this statement using a 60" Samsung LED.

With TWC, I don't believe I've had any outages on the TV portion, but have had issues with internet dropping. I use Tivo Premieres. Without them, I'd be frustrated with the TWC Cisco boxes.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:33 PM

In terms of PQ w/ Dish (allthough I have a Directv box, its standard def so can't really compare), I can't really see a difference between Dish's HD locals when compared to the OTA broadcast FROM the locals, on my 42inch Sony w/ built-in digital tuner. It looks the same, course can't really compare ESPN since ESPN isnt an OTA channel :)

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 09:13 AM

Cable differs by location and provider. DirecTV obviously beats Dish Network in HD PQ. Dish Network intentionally limits their HD PQ and customers have chosen to ignore it.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 11:33 AM

*eyeroll*

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 05:45 PM

Both Dish and DirecTV in almost every case are going to have better quality than cable.

I can tell you this from MY EXPERIENCE!

DirecTV looks MUCH BETTER than the cable we have!!!! (OVER COMPRESSED GARBAGE)


I dont know how Dish looks but i gather it looks like DTV does..

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:20 PM

PQ with Dish and Direct TV pretty much the same. Dish better are some channels Direct on others. Off Air HD is much better then either. Off air looks sharp, with vibrant colors and much more crisp. Then it's not compressed nearly as much. Difference of having your sharpness control set on TV soft to sharp somewhat like a film on screen. I have a 120 inch screen and Dish up converter for SD much better then Direct TV. This becomes important if you watch any OTA channels that are SD like sub channels 47-1 47-2 etc. Sub channels are always SD but then most of the time you don't get those channels on satellite or cable. We have Fibernet cable here which I believe looks as good if not a tad better then Direct TV or Dish but very expensive when you have to have additional HD boxes. OTA still trumps all if you are in area you can receive from antenna. Again this is on a 120 inch screen so on a 60 inch probably never see the difference except for OTA.

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Posted 15 March 2015 - 01:02 PM

My experience in terms of picture quality:

 

Google Fiber (fiber) = if they're in you're area, get it. If they have the throughput, they should have enough for TV too

 

Verizon FiOS (fiber) = I know for CERTAINTY this is the way to go (if they're in your area) I heard from a reliable source that they do the LEAST amount of compression to the video. Unfortunately there still is compression due to the networks but god bless fios. My uncle moved from Cablevision here in Sayreville, NJ to FIOS in staten island, NY and comparing the difference with a 2007 Samsung  30 inch 720P and a 2011 Samsung 60 inch 1080P with motionblur. immediately, you saw the difference. The lines were so beautifully sharp. Even my uncle with low vision noticed the difference. Even on the 720P TV you saw the difference. GET IT GET IT GET IT

 

DirecTV (satellite) = from word of mouth, this is the best if you can't get either of the two. They're available everywhere and has the best compression to not compromise quality. When I graduate college, this is the service I will get while I live at home for a few years

 

Dish network (satellite) = as you guys stated. I have friends who have this service and although his TVs are crap, the service looks really good. better than cable 4sure

 

Cable (cable) = AVOID, I have been a cablevision subscriber for years and am frustrated to see pixelation in my TV to this day. avoid

 

AT&T UVERSE (IPTV DSL) = Not only do you get the slowest speed possible, the equipment comes in through a phone cable, A PHONE CABLE, so this service is pretty much TV over the internet delivered through DSL internet, of course there will be compression avoid.

 

A little clarification over resolutions:

anything with i stands for interlaced and delivers at 30 frames per second

anything with p stands for progressive and delivers at 60 frames per second

The difference is subtle since movies are actually made in 24 frames per second

TV services & networks WILL NOT broadcast in 1080P because that's double the bandwidth of 1080i. Picture quality's the same, it just wont look as buttery smooth. Idk fully about directv but i heard the 1080P content is delivered through on demand so more to pay :(



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Posted 15 March 2015 - 07:28 PM

satellite looks better and sounds better over any cable system that I have seen. the only times I had problems with loosing service was when it rained so hard that I could not see where I was going. never had any problems in the winters back east. I guess that has something to do with how the dish is pointed as well I hear a lot of horror stories with people loosing service in the winter months



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Posted 16 March 2015 - 06:56 AM

Verizon FiOS (fiber) = I know for CERTAINTY this is the way to go (if they're in your area) I heard from a reliable source that they do the LEAST amount of compression to the video. Unfortunately there still is compression due to the networks but god bless fios. My uncle moved from Cablevision here in Sayreville, NJ to FIOS in staten island, NY and comparing the difference with a 2007 Samsung  30 inch 720P and a 2011 Samsung 60 inch 1080P with motionblur. immediately, you saw the difference. The lines were so beautifully sharp. Even my uncle with low vision noticed the difference. Even on the 720P TV you saw the difference. GET IT GET IT GET IT

 

While definitely true a few years ago, according to post here and at AVS forum Fios has really started compressing the picture more the past year due to bandwidth limitations. Some people have both Directv and Fios, most recent post indicate that Directv is now slightly better.


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