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Your driving force..

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Poll: What is your driving force in choosing a provider (217 member(s) have cast votes)

What is your driving force in choosing a provider

  1. Pricing (29 votes [13.36%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.36%

  2. Technology (63 votes [29.03%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 29.03%

  3. Programming Options (122 votes [56.22%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 56.22%

  4. Customer Service level (3 votes [1.38%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.38%

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#21 OFFLINE   Diana C

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:27 PM

Programming, first and foremost...but these days, that is nearly identical from all providers. So it falls to technology as the second most important issue.

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#22 OFFLINE   RD in Fla

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:10 PM

Sports programming. Sunday Ticket and others.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

for me its an equal combination of programming & price

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

For me it is programming - specifically the out-of-market regional sports channels.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:48 PM

I can't vote. My option isn't up there. I choose a provider based on reliability of service. My previous provider was comcast and I was having outages at least once a month.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:02 AM

Can't vote. I make a "value" selection based on the items you mentioned. You are asking for a sole pick and I don't have one of those four that overshadows the others.

Understandable. I kinda wanted to do a ranking type poll, but didn't know how to do one. Maybe one of the mod's can help with that xD Also want to thank everyone for their continued participation.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:12 AM

I selected Technology as when I selected DirecTV in 1994, it was the only pay-TV service available at my location without having some gigantic monstrosity (C-Band dish) in my yard.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:49 AM


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:56 AM

It depends on the situation. At this point is has to do with HD quality. When I switched from TW to D*, it was pricing. I sacrificed HD content, but I did notice better quality HD. That was a year and 4 months ago. Now D* has caught up with HD offerings, including my locals. AT least for the channels I care about. Sports content is not even a consideration for me.

In May, I'm elegible for a free upgrade to an H34. That would mean a two year contract. I have to decide if I'll keep D*'s high pricing, or sacrifice HD quality and content and go with Dish in October and get lower pricing for a year. I'm not sure how they fare in local HD content. D* offers ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, MY, ION, in HD, as well as PBS and three spanish channels.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:13 AM


Got directv for out of market sports and movies back in the 90s.

Have had Comcast and Fios in house recently. Felt crippled by choices. Dish doesn't have the sports.

So I stay. Content.

Would be interesting if this were in a dish or fios or Comcast forum. I'd bet dish would have a higher price group and fios a higher tech group. Comcast would have a higher "I'm dumb as crap" group. :)
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:25 AM

Can't vote because it is a combination of technology and programming, and then to a lesser extent price. Don't care on customer service because I don't call very often.

I could switch right now and probably save $20 a month (last time I did the math) with my cable co for a similar package. Directv's technology is head and shoulders above my local cable co and also has slightly better overall programming (but add in ST and its no contest).
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:39 AM

For me, I chose DIRECTV in the beginning because I had two options, both satellite. DIRECTV had better programming for me (Sunday Ticket) and so that's the direction I went.

14 years later, I still have two choices and continue to stay with DIRECTV primarily because of the technology they offer (and the hope of the PAC12 Network being picked up eventually). :)

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:24 AM

I dislike time warner cable, plus dish made me mad.. so Direct is the clear and better choice

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:34 AM

Programming and technology are tied together in my book. I want HD programming, but I want it delivered correctly. As in...not the Dish Network way.
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:58 AM

I voted pricing because my main reason is not listed as an option. The main reason I subscribe to DirecTV is reliability. Here in New Jersey my only other option is Comcast Cable. I've had Comcast and have several neighbors who do. The problem is that Comcast is extremely unreliable, in my area Comcast goes out all the time. In the summer, even a moderate thunderstorm will take out cable service for upwards of 12 hours and any time we have significant winds (ie: winter storms) the cable will go out for anywhere from 6 to 72 hours.

My neighbors had no cable TV service for over a month after Hurricane Sandy but my DirecTV worked fine as soon as the evacuation orders were lifted and we were allowed to return home.

For me DirecTV = reliable; Comcast = extremely unreliable; OTA = unreliable (due to distance).

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My Zip code is 08008.

I live 60 miles East of Philadelphia.

I'm 83 miles South of NY.

Comcast provides KYW, WPVI, WCAU, WHYY, WPHL, WTXF, WPSG & WMCN all in both SD & HD in Ocean County.
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:01 AM

Technology and reliability pretty much. I switched back to DirecTV after being fed up of no cable after three storms and the cable companies said that they don't have backup power to keep it running. They could have just as easily plugged in a generator to the power supply for their system like the other cable companies do. Oh well, their loss.

I chose DirecTV over Dish because they're the only provider I can really use with my Tracvision setup.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:03 AM

None of the options fit. I don't have a single "driving force".

However, price vs programming and technology are probably the largest contributors.


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:31 AM

Programming and quality of the signal.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:36 PM

Programming and technology are really a tie for me. Availability is pretty high up there too (my only other choice is Dish or OTA). Customer service is up there too. Price is at the bottom of the list for me. I don't see how people complain about the price, to me I think it is a pretty good deal. Even with the most expensive package your monthly bill breaks down to only about $5/day. There isn't much else out there that you can get for $5/day that would provide you with as much choice, and entertainment. You have access to hundreds of channels a lot of which are available 24 hours a day for $5, compare that to going to a movie theater to watch one 2-hour movie for $10. Or a couple hour sporting event or play for $20 or more, etc.

I mean it's a pack of cigarettes/tin of tobacco/cup of cofee a day.
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:51 PM

Programming and one specific channel are the drivers for me. They even override technology (due to LOS issues, I can't get HD service through DirecTV.)

That one channel is MASN, for my Washington Nationals Games. DirecTV carries it and none of the local outlets do. Uverse has moved into my neighborhood but I'm not willing to give up my Nationals games for it.

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