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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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#51 OFFLINE   inazsully

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:36 PM

Funny thing is, if you asked the same question with the same choices on the Dish Forum you would get exactly the same answers.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:14 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.


Same for me. Comcast (or was it Continental Cable back then) would go down for hours on clear and bright weekend day for no apparent reason. Picture quality was better too back then. That was 15 yrs ago. I haven't looked back.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

Funny thing is...I originally picked DirecTV for programming and am still with them largely for programming but my more recent experiences with Comcast and Fios (and even Tivo) have left me cold not only for programming but for technology.

Comcast DVRs are horrible. Fios are better but still cumbersome and missing a lot of key features I have grown used to. Neither does a good job with grouping programming. Tivo was very nice when a DirecTivo but a cable card implementation is more of a mashup than an integration and I hated it (so much so that I gave away my Tivo and chose to use the fios DVR).
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:08 PM

To me, it's NFL Sunday Ticket, and HD sports packages.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:41 AM

My dish shoots through a notch between two tall trees.It is a very tight window.

Tight is a matter of perspective. The satellites are less than five degrees apart in Raleigh so the window you need is a little over 5' wide at 30' away from the dish.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

Tight is a matter of perspective. The satellites are less than five degrees apart in Raleigh so the window you need is a little over 5' wide at 30' away from the dish.


Tight enough that both the installer and supervisor were unable to obtain a line of sight for either side satellite.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:18 PM

Sunday Ticket is probably the biggest thing for me. That being said, if Sunday Ticket moved to a cable provider, I would probably stay with DirecTV. Technology is a close 2nd for me. The DVR's are DirecTV seem to work great for me. I would not trade my HR34 for anything.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:47 AM

I voted Technology, but that was mainly because I am tied to the DirecTV DVR system. I have too much stuff recorded to give it up. Plus although I was opposed to it when it was rolled out, I have really come to like the dual SD/HD channel #'s. When we visit my M-I-L, she sits and watches SD programming because she "forgets" to tune to the HD version (she is on UVerse and their HD channels the 1000 version of the SD one). DirecTV has also thwarted my parents on this aspect.

Second is programming. Simply put, being grandfathered in with the Distants, I simply can't go anywhere else or I'll lose them. ST used to be a factor, but with a teenage daughter, I simply don't have many free Sunday's to do nothing but sit and watch football.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:31 PM

They all have the programming I want. And the sat companies have DVR's that have several tuners and plenty of storage so it all comes down to price.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

None of the above for me. I picked my provider based on who had the best post-hurricane signal. Satellite hands down. DirecTV won over Dish at that time simply because the local paper had a DirecTV ad instead of a Dish ad that week.

Sometimes it's simply about luck, not about your marketing drivel, the abysmal crap spewing out of studios these days, nor even your price, if you are remotely competitive.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:31 PM

None of the above for me either, it's the only choice I have if I want any of the networks other than CBS

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

For me, it was that D* was the best deal I could get with the best picture. I had Charter cable and in our area was horrible at the time. Probably still is, have no idea. I shopped E* as well, but in the end I got best deal I could with D*. To save, I even installed the old round dish myself.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:39 PM

MLB Extra Innings

DirecTV has both home and away feeds, only want to listen to Giants announcers.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:30 AM

NFL Sunday Ticket

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:06 AM

I didn't vote because all of the options come in to play for me. However, my top 2 are pricing and tech.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

The technology got me in the door, and the technology keeps me here. Sunday Ticket was just gravy on top.

When I originally bought into DirecTV, I perceived them as the superior picture and they had the guide, which, compared to cable's scrolling guide channel, was an outstanding feature to this TV fiend. Then there was the Ultimate TV DVR which I just loved. Now HD DVRs, DirecTV cinema/VOD, phone apps, iPad app, Genie, DirecTV Everywhere...it just keeps getting better and better.
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

This is a tough one.
The #1 reason I'm currently with DirecTV is because they offer so many NHL:CI games in HD. Is this programming or tech?

Either way take away the DVR and I'm gone.
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

Didn't Vote

When I originally moved from off air to a service, I didn't like cable or their reputation so I looked at Dish and Directv. Didn't care about the sports and Dish was Cheaper, so I went with them. After 7 years, I got into a dispute, the CSRs treated me badly and on my third call, I told them that I could get what I wanted with Directv and they said "go ahead", so I did. Didn't cancel Dish until AFTER Directv was installed. Didn't know about retention. They offered me the moon to stay but it was too late. Been happy with Directv ever since.

My sister has Dish and from what I've seen, I think that Directv is better

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:04 PM

Pricing and technology for me. I left cable after about 30 years of service. It just got too expensive. The only thing I miss are the On Demand 3D options I had with Comcast. Both HBO and Starz gave you 3D movies as part of the HBO and Starz package.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:00 AM

Technology brought me to DirecTV in October 2004. I could record HD locals OTA with my STB. It was awesome! It was many years after that before Cox and Verizon FiOS had all the locals in HD. Sunday Ticket has kept me with DirecTV... I'm fine now. Really no reason to switch providers...

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