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leaving cable who has better service and picture direct tv or dish?


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#21 OFFLINE   mailiang

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 11:24 PM

If you live for football then get D*. There is really no other reason since E* has more channels and its cheaper.

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Not necessarily.:nono2: It depends on your program options. If your not quite ready for HD, D offers the best bang for the buck. With Total Choice and my local sports channels that include YES interactive and SNY, I have 38 more channels and pay $5.00 less a month then I did when I had E's Top 120. There is only one monthly $5.99 DVR fee and I'm not penalized with a $5.00 programming charge if I decide to down grade or drop a premium channel.


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#22 OFFLINE   Mike D-CO5

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 09:09 AM

True Mailiang on the sd part of the Directv service, but if you want hd and that is the future of tv, then Dish is still the best bang for the buck. For 104.99 you get all the 30 hd channels , all the sd channels, NO DVR fees at all and your locals if available. Dish has more sd locals and is going to finish the rest of the country soon. Especially if they lose distant networks. Directv has more hd locals than Dish but Dish will compete on this front as well in the near future. I get my local networks in hd along with the rest of the Platinum pack for $104.99 Dish's mpeg 4 hd dvr is only $199.00 to lease and $ 499.00 to own. Directv is more expensive to even lease their just released hd mpeg 4 receiver - with no ota tuners enabled yet till October.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 09:43 AM

Dish has more sd locals


Not in my area.


True Mailiang on the sd part of the Directv service, but if you want hd and that is the future of tv, then Dish is still the best bang for the buck. For 104.99 you get all the 30 hd channels , all the sd channels, NO DVR fees at all and your locals if available. Dish has more sd locals and is going to finish the rest of the country soon. Especially if they lose distant networks. Directv has more hd locals than Dish but Dish will compete on this front as well in the near future. I get my local networks in hd along with the rest of the Platinum pack for $104.99 Dish's mpeg 4 hd dvr is only $199.00 to lease and $ 499.00 to own. Directv is more expensive to even lease their just released hd mpeg 4 receiver - with no ota tuners enabled yet till October.



I agree. Since E took over Zoom they have been light years in front of D when it comes to HD. I'm certain that D realizes this and it's not like that don't have the money or technology to compete. They are going to launch a new bird to help them expand, but putting all this in place will take time. D's 5 LNB dish is no match for E's smaller more practical 3 LNB version, and reconfiguring D's system may not be feasible to reduce the amount of LNB's. That alone would be an issue for people like me who live in a condo or apartment. Personally when I switch to HD it will probably be with Verizon's new fios. Until then cable (in most areas) is probably the best choice dollar for dollar when it comes to HD, since they have the extra bandwidth and most cable providers don't charge extra for the equipment upgrade.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 11:26 AM

I'm not penalized with a $5.00 programming charge if I decide to down grade or drop a premium channel.
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Your right. If you make a add a channel or a package then decide within 30 days you want to delete it its a $10.00 charge not $5. You USED to be able to switch around at will. But I guess too many ppl used to "rent" HBO or Showtime etc for the weekend or a night then drop it say if there was a boxing match or something going on.
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Posted 04 September 2006 - 12:20 PM

Your right. If you make a add a channel or a package then decide within 30 days you want to delete it its a $10.00 charge not $5.


I have no problem with DTV's 30 day policy for premium programing. However with Dish they hit me with a programing fee when I switched from the Top 180 to the Top 120 package. Of course if you wanted to up grade, it didn't cost a thing.:rolleyes: If you dropped a premium channel like HBO, or down graded your package, they would would hit you with the fee whether you had it for 6 days or 6 years, and that just doesn't seem right to me. :nono2:

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 10:02 AM

well thanks for all the info, we called direct tv last night and this sunday ticket thing is way too much money, they want another $80.00 or so once their "introductory" offer expires, they give you 4 months free basically but my wife says that that doesnt even take her into the playoffs so and thats $80.00 a month on top of the other $99.00 or so for the other channels and programming, do people really pay $200.00 a month just for watching tv?:confused: :confused:
later this week my wife will see what pricing dish has to offer, one nice thing about dish is that you can use one box for two displays


I believe you were quoted the wrong. Also, they have an offer every 6 months for $20 off TCP. Standing offer every 6 mos. You can get $5 off every 6 mos. for HD programming. Just ASK! Every 6 mos. I would call and get $25 off both packages.:D

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 10:16 AM

And the best programming around :D

Unless you want HD programming...

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 11:31 AM

Unless you want HD programming...


Not true. Only currently. Everyone knows in the next couple of years DTV will be the leader in HD. Just be patient :D
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Posted 06 September 2006 - 11:42 AM

Not true. Only currently. Everyone knows in the next couple of years DTV will be the leader in HD. Just be patient :D

This is indicated by what? The bandwidth to deliver doesn't guarantee that the channels will be there. As it is, the bandwidth is at least a year off. You could be in and out of a Dish 18 month commitment before DirecTV catches up and you might be able to avail yourself of some new subscriber benefits should you decide to return.

Again, I'm jaded because they don't offer my HD LIL yet (it was scheduled for last month).

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 12:01 PM

well thanks for all the info, we called direct tv last night and this sunday ticket thing is way too much money, they want another $80.00 or so once their "introductory" offer expires, they give you 4 months free basically but my wife says that that doesnt even take her into the playoffs so and thats $80.00 a month on top of the other $99.00 or so for the other channels and programming, do people really pay $200.00 a month just for watching tv?:confused: :confused:
later this week my wife will see what pricing dish has to offer, one nice thing about dish is that you can use one box for two displays


Here's the deal, funlvr-for $69.99 a month for four months, you get the NFL Sunday Ticket, and D* throws in it's most expensive package, Totla Choice Premier, for free. Once the four months are up, you can keep the TCPremium at $99.99 a month or switch to any other package D* offers, from Total Choice Family at $29.99 on up to Total Choice Plus at $49.99/month. You can also add up to five different premium packages, with the first on at $12 a month and the rest dropping in price as you add them.

As far as your wife's concern that NFL ST doesn't get her through the playoffs-she's right, but that's only because all the playoff games are available on the national networks to everyone, so ther's no "out of market" games to sell via NFL ST.

As for the two room setup E* offers with some of its receivers, consider this-the second room has to suffer with a crappy UHF signal. If you like good PQ, you won't get it there!

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 12:02 PM

Again, I'm jaded because they don't offer my HD LIL yet (it was scheduled for last month).


I'm betting you have your Portland HD LiLs today. Am I correct?




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