After 9 years and 2 months with Dish, it’s time to say goodbye.

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  1. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

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    I could never switch back and forth just to save a little money, as the regular rates take effect in a year. I am used to Dish and have been with them through good and bad over the past 18 years. Sure, there are things I haven't liked, but there are more I do like. I am a fan of many of the older movies & TV shows and Dish carries a lot of that. Direct TV may have more sports, but I could care less. The 211k has the outboard HDD and the OTA tuner, so no extra fees there. Between Dish, OTA, and the Ruku, I have more to watch than I could ever keep up with.
     
  2. inkahauts

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    You can setup a custom guide and hide all the channels with nothing you'd ever watch. Infomercial channels and others. Makes it much nicer.

    Just hit the dash key while you are in the guide chose favorites and then edit them and so forth.
     
  3. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Or just do it via web page.
     
  4. rkpo2626

    rkpo2626 New Member

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    Thanks...I can be a bit slow
     
  5. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

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    The Custom guides do not add preview channels, freebees for the weekend or month, if I remember correctly, so viewers that use their custom channel lineup may miss those.
     
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  6. bmetelsky

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    The custom guide on my Hopper 3 does add free preview channels when they become available.

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  7. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

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    Interesting, I wonder if the 211k is now the same? If so, I may go back to a controlled guide, bypassing the junk and sports channels. Fortunately I do remember the direct access channel number on my favorites.
     
  8. nmetro

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    For OTA try a Tablo. It may be slow to change channels, but you can get OTA distributed to your whole house ether over wireless or by using an Ethernet appater which plugs into your electrical system and connects to your Router. I use this method, as it is preferred over wireless for 1080p resolution. Only buffering I have seen is with weak signals that vary in power.. It also has DVR. There is a 2 tuner and 4 tuner model. For $150 you get an EPG for life. The outlay fro the unit, using electrical wiring Ethernet adapters, disk drive, is about $350. I personally get nearly 60 channels about 35 or so miles north of Denver. The Tablo ha sits quirks, but it does a nice job. also, their technical support is sensational. I had an issue where the cable connector broke, and I had a new unit in less than a week.

    By the way, DirectTV has a terrible unit fro OTA. It will not find all your local channels, but channels in a database they have not maintained for over 5 years. So, you will not get any newer sub channels.
     
  9. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    That is not true. The guide sees updates frequently, the reason for the missing channels is because they are out of the range of the database.


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  10. rkpo2626

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    Yes I noticed that on DISH which was a positive. But Directv is ridiculous with all their junk channels mixed in on their guide
     
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  11. Blowgun

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    That is not necessarily a bad thing. Alternatively, you could always add the channels you care about and wait for their promo.
     
  12. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

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    For the channels I never want to see I go into parental locks, lock the channels then hide locked. Goodbye!
    Setting the guide to "all subscribed" the channels I get are displayed ... and any unsubbed channels that become previews automatically appear.

    Where that doesn't work is lesser viewed channels that I don't want to lock and hide. I just don't want to see them on a daily basis. But those are subscribed channels ... and would not appear during a preview since they are already in my guide.
     
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  13. mwdxer

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    Thanks. I never thought of the Parental lockout, not having any small kids. But I could do that on all of the religious, shopping, and sports channels.
     
  14. tampa8

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    Yes I too got the current customer price freeze, Top 200 for $64 and I pay the grandfathered $7 DVR fee. I also have HBO for $10 which is not for a limited time. Especially since the additions to the Top 200 that package even at the regular price compares very favorably to anyone else let alone at $64.
     
  15. Rusty_Clown

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    I switched from DTV to dish in my winter home this year. I still have DTV in my home up north. After 4 montghs, here are my observations. Dish is much cheaper ($58 per month less for me for the same services). The picture is not noticeably different on my 65" tv. The DVR (I have a Hopper 3 and 2 wireless Joeys) is faster but buggier than my Genie. The direrctv userguide is better than Dish by far. Dish has a better search guide. I am irritated at Dish for their software download that shuts me off nightly at 1AM. Will I dump Directv in MA? For $60 a month less I can live with the things I dislike about Dish!
     
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  16. inkahauts

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    I'd suggesting asking for discounts first and maybe even changing packages right now.
     
  17. Blowgun

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    Create a timer that runs all night long, that will prevent the nightly reboot.
     
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  18. pmayo2002

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    Another thinking the opposite way but still undecided. Had DTV for 15+ years -- finally got fed up with high price bills, slow equipment, unreliable equipment also. So you are not going to a greener pasture. Went the Comcast route with TIVO's. Must say much better equipment and lower bill when bundled with internet.

    Now moving -- no cable available. so choice is DTV or Dish. Still undecided -- likely will take one who gives the better deal. Have ATT for wireless so can get a $25 discount which may help.
     
  19. inazsully

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    I switched to DTV 3 months ago and over all I prefer Dish. Mainly because DTV is almost impossible to ad a EHD, the Hopper User Guide much easier to navigate and offers many more options. The Dish guide goes out 3 hours compared to DTV's 1.5 hours. DTV offers free 4K channels, DTV definitely has a sharper picture. Those last two are why I switched and they offset all of the Dish advantages, but that's just me. I love 4K. 2017 Masters, some NASCAR, quite a few MLB games.
     
  20. bajabill

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    January 2010 I posted that, now I am considering returning to Dish - TV programing providers deal with a constantly swirling pool of mostly the same people!
     
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