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Considering moving back to DirectTV for Sunday Ticket

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by fudpucker, Jun 13, 2014.

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  1. fudpucker

    fudpucker Godfather

    Jul 23, 2007
    NW Iowa
    OK - so we have been remodeling a den and waiting until we were done to upgrade our 722/612/612 to a Hopper w/ Sling, Hopper, and Joey set up. I had DirectTV from 1995 to 2009 and only moved to Dish because in 2009 we moved, and DirecTV did not carry the local networks in HD (they do now.)

    But one thing I really, really miss is NFL Sunday Ticket. I can't get my favorite team where we live now. Three years ago, I got around this by subscribing to Sunday Ticket on my PS3 and did that for two years. The quality was not great (obviously streaming Internet quality and not really high HD) but it was watchable. Last year Sony lost that deal with DTV and I got it in a bundle with EA's Madden Football game (coupon for streaming it on PC or iPad - just ran an HDMI to my 54" plasma.) This year it appears there will be no option to get Sunday Ticket other than DirectTV.

    I'm not one of those folks with an emotive attachment to either company. I liked DirecTV when I had it, there were good and bad but it was good enough I never felt the need to leave until the move and locals issue. Likewise, while I've seen good and bad with Dish, I'd stay with it if I could get Sunday Ticket.

    So - what I am trying to do is make sure I'm not going to regret the move back to DirecTV. I see from a question in the DTV forum that the Genie plus two remote IRDs gives me 5 tuners. Two Hoppers plus a Joey would give me more than that (I know I have to find a local installer to do that, as Dish seems to not want to install 2 Hoppers plus a Joey if you go direct through them.) The cost for their Xtra 205 package is a little less than the AT250 but they seem to have mostly the same channels that I care about. Other fees make DirectTV a slight bit more, but for the first year it would be a lot cheaper due to the deal they are offering to move back. Also, DirecTV will not charge me for the Genie + two remote IRDs or install, while it appears Dish wants to charge me a good amount for the upgrade.

    So - is there anything else I'm missing in terms of data I need to consider as I decide what to do?

  2. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    If your decision is truly as phrased in the topic title... your desire for Sunday Ticket... then it seems to me there is no choice. DirecTV has it, and it is highly unlikely Dish ever will given how the exclusive agreement keeps getting extended.

    The only potential fly in the ointment would be IF the AT&T/DirecTV merger is stalled over anti-competitive issues and they had to consider losing something like Sunday Ticket as an exclusive to appear more friendly. Outside of that happening, I see no reason to think Dish will get it because Dish isn't going to bid for exclusivity and as long as DirecTV is willing, they will keep it.
  3. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Get a genie and two Hi Definition DVRs and you have the same as two hoppers and a Joey only with directv's you'd be able to watch or record any nine channels you want anytime.

    You can only record or watch up to any six channels at once in a two hopper system. The only way to get those other three is if four of the channels are on locals.

    And that is total system across all three tvs of course for both systems.

    That's about he only thing I see that you didn't mention.
  4. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    While there are good reasons to consider your suggestion, it does come with a $199/HRxx upfront cost if he gets the Genie for free.
  5. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Yes but I was simply pointing out there is a way to have as many tuners should he even need them. May not in reality I don't know. And he said dish was expensive to upgrade for him so.....
  6. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    I see you have a thread in the DirecTV forum about this ... which is a much better place to discuss DirecTV service.
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