Most maybe not all of us DirecTV people got it because of sports. How much is epic worth to a person. And would someone please tell me what movies are on it that I can't get.
I'm not a sports fan but have been a DirecTV sub for over 11 years now. We originally switched from Dish in October 2001 because of the DirecTiVo DVRs. Dish's then current DVR, the original Dishplayer, only had a single tuner and we wanted a dual tuner DVR. The Dishplayer, BTW, had the best looking UI of any DVR I have ever seen.
We are still with DirecTV for 2 reasons. We now have 7 TV outlets in the house, with 5 DVRs (one of them an HR34) and getting a similar arrangement with Dish Network is difficult (multiple Hoppers, more complex wiring). Secondly, we have restricted line of sight because of tall trees around the property and Dish's eastern arc would be difficult for us to pick up.
I have considered moving to FiOS (we have it already for internet and phone) but I'm not willing to live within Verizon's whole home DVR architecture restrictions.
I'll just point out that I switched from cable to satellite in the first place many years ago over a single channel: SciFi (as it was known then). My local cable provider (Cablevision) didn't carry it.
So, my reasons for being with DirecTV have nothing to do with sports.
My point remains: while you may see no particular value in Epix, others do. Just because you don't think it has much value doesn't automatically invalidate the point that some people might choose Dish Network specifically because of that channel. To them, Dish Network is offering something of value they cannot get from DirecTV, at any price.
Everyone's choice is valid, even if you don't agree with it. Everyone can certainly voice their choice and the reasons for it. What is distressing is how quickly such discussions turn into the disparaging of another's choice and the denigration of their chosen provider. I'm not singling anyone out here, it is, and has always been, an unfortunate fact of life on forums like these, going all the way back to DBSDish in the mid 90's (when we also had Primestar and Alphastar to kick around). It just seems to me that saying or implying that one provider is "better" than another is like arguing over Tuesday being "better" than Wednesday - it all depends on your own individual experiences and perspectives.
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