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Directv vs DISH - Which HD is better


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#26 OFFLINE   lparsons21

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:42 AM

These days I would agree with you. HD PQ just isn't an issue since both SAT services offer excellent HD PQ.

For me it is all about the money and the channels. All else is just something to consider after I've looked at those two. The Hopper/Joey and Genie/Mini-Genie setup is more or less the same with slightly different approaches. Right now it seems the Genie system is having growing pains, but those should be worked through fairly quickly I would think. And the Hopper/Joey for all its greatness in many respects, is just too handy with icons and thumbnails everywhere, even when those don't make sense for their useage.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:03 AM

IMO HD PQ doesn't mean Squat anyway. If the Price, Programming,Equipment Balance doesn't level out then I don't care about the PQ.
I would say PQ is the last thing on my list.
The differences between all providers are so close, I for one couldn't even use that as a factor.

We aren't comparing 1980's SD programming off of Rabbit ears.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:32 AM

DirecTV has far more HD and superior picture quality.


I agree about the quality part, although it's subjective. Care to tell us how Directv has FAR more hd? Be specific, provide real proof!

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:08 AM

Using the channel chart in post http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=196101 it shows a total of 143 full time HD channels on Dish and 191 full time HD channels on DIRECTV. Yes Dish has more 'basic' HD channels then DIRECTV but when looking at the total channel count DIRECTV comes out ahead. Even if you subtract the 30 full time HD RSN's that DIRECTV has that Dish doesn't DIRECTV still is ahead in the total channel count.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:49 AM

I'll weigh in here...

My in-laws have DISH because of their Chinese programming offerings. They are on their 5th HD-DVR in 4.5 years. Besides the DVR failures, they've also had other DISH equipment die on them as well. The HD appears to be big a step down in picture quality from DirecTV and our local cable provider Time Warner, IMHO.

If it weren't for the Chinese programming, they would have DirecTV. For international programming choices, DISH wins easily.

As for the Pac 12 network, well, I'll wager that will be added at some point.
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:56 AM

I guess I'm in the minority here...its entertainment and a luxury item for me. PQ and the channels I want to see are the 2 most important for me, then the equipment and how it works...and although a little sluggish at time, I just like the way the Directv equipment works....money is a distant 4th.....I can always cut back on my programming if I don't want to pay what I pay...I dont give a flying you know what who has the most HD channels, as long as its the channels I want to see.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:11 AM

For me, the HD PQ is similar enough that it isn't an issue. So I'm down to the channels I want and Dish has more of them than Direct does for me.

How fast/slow the equipment is just isn't enough of an issue, nor is the 'more sports' mantra that is flung around here a lot.

And of course, saving a buck or two doesn't hurt but isn't the first think I look at.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:49 AM

For me, the HD PQ is similar enough that it isn't an issue. So I'm down to the channels I want and Dish has more of them than Direct does for me.

How fast/slow the equipment is just isn't enough of an issue, nor is the 'more sports' mantra that is flung around here a lot.

And of course, saving a buck or two doesn't hurt but isn't the first think I look at.


So what non-premium channel is worth it to give up Disney, ABC Family, etc.?
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:00 AM

Reelz HD for one, Epix for another.

And since I'm 69 and on the big set, I'm the only chooser, neither of those you listed are of interest to me at all. Of course, if I chose to watch them I would see them in SD that is very watcheable.

Give me scripted dramas, some comedies, boxing and golf and I'm good to go. Throw in a movie or three and I'm even better! :)

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:13 AM

Reelz HD for one, Epix for another.

And since I'm 69 and on the big set, I'm the only chooser, neither of those you listed are of interest to me at all. Of course, if I chose to watch them I would see them in SD that is very watcheable.

Give me scripted dramas, some comedies, boxing and golf and I'm good to go. Throw in a movie or three and I'm even better! :)


So nothing worth giving up Disney, ABC Family, etc.
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:20 AM

So nothing worth giving up Disney, ABC Family, etc.


For you it seems. :)

Those channels haven't been shown on my TV in many, many years. They weren't in HD at all when I last had them on.

You seem to be trying to make a point but missing. I said that it is all about the content for me, and it is the content that I care about. For you, it seems your content desires are different than mine, who knew? :lol:

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 12:37 PM

DirecTV has far more HD and superior picture quality.


I would have to agree. I've had Directv on my 6 year old Sony rear projection and have compared both FIOS and Dish on family member's newer TV's, both Panasonic Plasmas, and I find something wrong with the picture every time I'm visiting them. I've tried calibrating their sets but sadly the picture quality is inferior to Directv!! :)
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 12:50 PM

I agree about the quality part, although it's subjective. Care to tell us how Directv has FAR more hd? Be specific, provide real proof!


They have far more HD channels. That's pretty simple.
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:00 PM

"far more" could be easily outweigh by desired channels, not the relatively number

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:06 PM

They have far more HD channels. That's pretty simple.


Hey, you came back! So tell me, what does it matter exactly how many channels either provider has if they don't have the channels you want to watch? BTW, when are you returning to the Letterman/Ferguson thread? That's going to be entertaining!

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:29 PM

Hey, you came back! So tell me, what does it matter exactly how many channels either provider has if they don't have the channels you want to watch? BTW, when are you returning to the Letterman/Ferguson thread? That's going to be entertaining!


It matters when one has far more HD channels and superior HD picture quality. That's just one of the many reasons why Dish has long lagged far behind DirecTV. No need to return to a thread there I have already straightened people out.
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:32 PM

It matters when one has far more HD channels and superior HD picture quality. That's just one of the many reasons why Dish has long lagged far behind DirecTV. No need to return to a thread there I have already straightened people out.


So what if my favorite two or three channels aren't on Directv. What good does the better picture quality or higher number of other hd channels matter? BTW, you got skooled on the other thread, real bad, too!

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:47 PM

So what if my favorite two or three channels aren't on Directv. What good does the better picture quality or higher number of other hd channels matter? BTW, you got skooled on the other thread, real bad, too!


Dish doesn't have a single top tier channel that isn't carried by DirecTV.
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:06 PM

Dish doesn't have a single top tier channel that isn't carried by DirecTV.


Do you have comprehension issues? I didn't say anything about top tier channels. Answer the question! What does it matter exactly how many channels either provider has if they don't have the channels you want to watch?

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:08 PM

Dish doesn't have a single top tier channel that isn't carried by DirecTV.


which has exactly nothing to do with the price of tea in China, or really answer the question.

For me these days, how many channels are in HD isn't anywhere near as important as which channels are there. In my case that means Dish has more of what I want than does Direct.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:08 PM

Answer the question!


I did.
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:09 PM

which has exactly nothing to do with the price of tea in China, or really answer the question.

For me these days, how many channels are in HD isn't anywhere near as important as which channels are there. In my case that means Dish has more of what I want than does Direct.


So apparently you want fewer channels and subpar HD picture quality. Odd...
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Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:10 PM

I did.


No you didn't. You answered a question that wasn't even asked. If you can't back up what you say, why do you even bother? You remind me of a Monty Python skit.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:12 PM

So apparently you want fewer channels and subpar HD picture quality. Odd...


Most people agree that Directv has better hd quality, but it's not a dramatic difference. Again, what good is marginally better quality if you can't watch the channels that you want the most? Odd is you answering questions that aren't asked.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:13 PM

So apparently you want fewer channels and subpar HD picture quality. Odd...


LOL! You can always be depended on to do the parroting trick. And it is real cute when your feathers are fluffing around those pom-poms. :lol:

My HD PQ is as good to the eye as it was when I had Direct. I had a few days of my Hopper and HR24 connected to the same 73" DLP and sitting at the same roughly 10' away and couldn't tell enough difference to care.

And it isn't about 'fewer' or 'more' overall channels as I only watch a small subset of the Top 250, 3 Premiums and BB@Home that I subscribe to. Same group I watched on D*, but with the addition of Reelz in HD and Epix.

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