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My first 10 days with DIRECTV


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#1 OFFLINE   directv newb

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:27 AM

As I have stated before I had been with Time Warner for over 20 years, so making the switch to directv was a VERY scary choice for me. Well, I got up the nerve and I made the switch 10 ten days ago. I will report on what I have encountered these first 10 days. First off, my installer came exactly on time in a directv truck, he was absolutely wonderful. He listened to everything I said, put the dish exactly where I had hoped it would go on the roof, his wiring was top notch and we actually had a fun time talking and such, now I know this could be hit or miss, but I was so happy with him I called his supervisor and told him. The tech gave me his own cell number and told me to call him ANYTIME and he will come right out. Now, onto the televison, first off let me say that this is the ABSOLUTE best hd picture I have ever seen, and I am being completely honest. I have never seen a picture like this, it blows my mind each time I watch the t.v. The "user" experience (hr-34) has been the most INCREDIBLE/MIND BLOWING/FUN t.v. experience I have ever had!! Every time I hit the power button on my harmony one and the t.v. comes on I get this little rush, coming from the tw sa8300 it is like I am controlling a n.a.s.a. computer or something. Think about it, I can recored 5 shows at once, I have my own custom guide, 30skip, 12 hour skip in guide, when I used to record seinfeld they would be strewn all thru my "list", NO directv automatically puts them all into a "seinfeld folder", is this some kind of witchcraft or something. I could go on and on about the incredible features, but I won't bore you. Has anything bad happened you may ask, well not really except that I have seen the "rain or cloud fade twice" but we have had some bad storms also. I can live with that little annoyance to get all the other perks. Other than the rain fade I can HONESTLY say that so far I have had nothing but an incredible experience. Now I know it has only been 10 days, but for anyone out there on the fence that has not EXPERIENCED this thing called directv, you have no idea what you are missing out on. I will post a new review after 2 months or so.

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#2 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:57 AM

So you're saying that Time Warner doesn't do folders? Yikes...I think even my SD DirecTV TIVO had that back in the day. Of course it also depends on the market for them as well. Time Warner in one city does not equal another.

One thing I will say, have options for the winter. Depending on the type of snow, you may need a way to clear the dish off. Wet heavy snow is the worst at preventing signals. Obviously it's not recommended to go up there in the winter. My dish is right outside a window, but others use a super soaker, others have heating elements designed for dishes. It doesn't happen much for me, but worth having a plan now.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:21 PM

As I have stated before I had been with Time Warner for over 20 years, so making the switch to directv was a VERY scary choice for me. Well, I got up the nerve and I made the switch 10 ten days ago. I will report on what I have encountered these first 10 days. First off, my installer came exactly on time in a directv truck, he was absolutely wonderful. He listened to everything I said, put the dish exactly where I had hoped it would go on the roof, his wiring was top notch and we actually had a fun time talking and such, now I know this could be hit or miss, but I was so happy with him I called his supervisor and told him. The tech gave me his own cell number and told me to call him ANYTIME and he will come right out. Now, onto the televison, first off let me say that this is the ABSOLUTE best hd picture I have ever seen, and I am being completely honest. I have never seen a picture like this, it blows my mind each time I watch the t.v. The "user" experience (hr-34) has been the most INCREDIBLE/MIND BLOWING/FUN t.v. experience I have ever had!! Every time I hit the power button on my harmony one and the t.v. comes on I get this little rush, coming from the tw sa8300 it is like I am controlling a n.a.s.a. computer or something. Think about it, I can recored 5 shows at once, I have my own custom guide, 30skip, 12 hour skip in guide, when I used to record seinfeld they would be strewn all thru my "list", NO directv automatically puts them all into a "seinfeld folder", is this some kind of witchcraft or something. I could go on and on about the incredible features, but I won't bore you. Has anything bad happened you may ask, well not really except that I have seen the "rain or cloud fade twice" but we have had some bad storms also. I can live with that little annoyance to get all the other perks. Other than the rain fade I can HONESTLY say that so far I have had nothing but an incredible experience. Now I know it has only been 10 days, but for anyone out there on the fence that has not EXPERIENCED this thing called directv, you have no idea what you are missing out on. I will post a new review after 2 months or so.


I'm in the same situation.

16+ years with Time Warner and 6+ of those with no NFL Network. :nono2:

Well it all ends this month! :icon_bb:

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:48 PM

I am sure you will enjoy your service for years to come. i personally had them off and on since the 90's and the ONLY reason i had to leave for a bit was because i had lived in some places where it just was not possible to have a dish.

In my total time having satellite service over the year i may have lost signal a total of 5 times but, 4 of them where with dish network so im not sure if they count here:lol:

all in all you'll enjoy it as the pro's far outweigh the con's... get yourself a dish heater for the winter if your in a cold snowy area. they olny run about 100 bucks or so and there well worth it...

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:58 PM

Ohio can be unpredictable for snow, until you get to the lake effect area. I grew up about an hour north of Columbus and some years we got dumped on, others hardly anything.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 11:26 PM

Yes I on the same cloud 9 that your on right now OP.

I to just became a new Directv customer as of 6-30.

I had HORRIBLE Time Warner Cable for about 17 years and then 5 years ago switched to AT&T U-Verse as soon they started offering it in San Diego.

U-Verse is decent and was cheap when they first started.

But being the sports nut that I am. Directv is so much better out of the 3 TV providers.

Edited by kb24sd, 06 July 2012 - 12:21 AM.


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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:03 AM

Good to hear, thank you for the review! I had DirecTV in the mid or late 90's then switched to cable because of the internet bundle I got and I have stayed with them ever since. I have had an old tv so I didn't care about the poor picture quality and just stuck with them. Then about two months ago they sent me a letter that they had under charged me $20 a month for my BASIC digital cable.....that did it! Now it's time to go back to DirecTV! :)

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 03:16 AM

Loved your review. I just switched from TWC on May 8th. My install was fantastic and i called DirecTV back to give them his name. As someone who always had cable, i was nervous about the install. But it was much ado about nothing. I live just a couple of miles from the Ocean in So.Cal. so weather won't be a problem.........of course the earth will move once in a while making it an inch closer to the ocean....hehe.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:06 AM

Thanks for your input lipcrkr, I don't know why I have put this off for so long!! :)

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 02:55 AM

I've never lost service for weather related reasons. But then again, I live in Arizona...where we don't see a cloud for weeks! Enjoy you're setup!
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 06:38 AM

Great thread. Enjoy!

And the HR34 is "new" ... with great potential ahead.

Yep, I had Cablevision back in the day ... had a similar experience when I first switched.
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 06:45 AM

the ONLY reason i had to leave for a bit was because i had lived in some places where it just was not possible to have a dish.

one of our "must haves" when moving is LOS.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:10 AM

Glad everyone is happy I have had DTV almost from the beginning. I don't know how people who like tv go without it.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:27 AM

Spent a week at my parent's house over the 4th. They have Time Warner. I re-evaluate my providers on occasion and TW just purchased our cable company so I was especially interested. A few observations:

Apparently TW just moved to a new HD guide, it is extremely slow. The speed issues seen after the D* HD GUI change a couple of months ago pale in comparision to the speed issues I saw with the TW box.

Their setup does not do folders. I was shocked by this and googled it. It appears that some TW's do folders and others do not. I assume this is because various hardware and software combinations around the country. You can sort by show name, which somewhat helps.

The guide layout is a mess with channels seemingly all over the place without rhyme or reason. A channel guide cheat sheet was a must.

The VOD layout was a mess. I've griped in the past about D*'s but, what I saw with TW was a total mess. I may simply have been unfamiliar with it but shows were difficult to find and I did not see a search by channel option (it may have been there and I did not find it).

The PQ was suprisingly bad. It appears they are bit starved. Any fast motion at all showed noticeable pixelation.

My parents do not have the whole home option so I did not get to explore that.
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:17 PM

Spent a week at my parent's house over the 4th. They have Time Warner...

...Their setup does not do folders. I was shocked by this and googled it. It appears that some TW's do folders and others do not. I assume this is because various hardware and software combinations around the country. You can sort by show name, which somewhat helps...

A few years back, Time Warner and Comcast swapped some areas. It happened here in the Dallas area and we went from Comcast to Time Warner. Comcast used a Motorola DVR, Time Warner used an Scientific Atlanta DVR (now Cisco). So that's why TWC uses 2 styles of DVR's.
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:26 PM

A few years back, Time Warner and Comcast swapped some areas. It happened here in the Dallas area and we went from Comcast to Time Warner. Comcast used a Motorola DVR, Time Warner used an Scientific Atlanta DVR (now Cisco). So that's why TWC uses 2 styles of DVR's.


That explains it. When I googled Time Warner and folders, the links that came up explaining how folders worked were from Time Warner Texas.
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