Directv vs Blue Ridge Comm, Harrisburg Area

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by MrDad0330, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. MrDad0330

    MrDad0330 Godfather

    Jun 16, 2007
    Etters, Pa
    I just wanted to post after now one year away from Directv. As some of you know I cancelled my D service after 22 years because of the expense. D did little to retain me and my local cable company, who I already was my ISP offered me a deal I couldnt turn down. I had Genie Whole House and I was not going to step down from that level of service and with the new Tivo Dream system, I did not have to. Functionally the same to me with their Tivo minis that operated exactly as the Genie clients.
    As far as the service, I have had zero outages in one year, no rain fade etc.( I will admit that I am one major storm away from something happening and with cable, an outage, I am sure would be hours or a day or longer..) The digital picture quality is great.. As good at D, maybe not to a very trained eye but you would have to really study it so, to me..equal..
    What do I miss? BRCTV does not offer the Big Ten Network and being a a Penn State grad, i missed out on 3 televised games. Was that worth $1,000..YES. This year my savings will drop to $700 so still a YES. I also miss the major sports events in Golf and Tennis where D had six or eight channels. I do miss that! Other than that.. I would say my savings justified the change.
    After this coming year my savings may not be there so would i consider coming back to D? YES I would. Id just have to see what deal I can make for D to have me back.
    Like many, I also wonder about the future of streaming with YouTube or others. Will that be an option many of us will consider? I would love to hear some of your opinions on that one..
    All and all, I am content with my decision to leave D which was a hard one for me considering I was a die hard D fan. Blue Ridge has been good to work with. They ARE NOT like Comcast or Verizon and very customer orientated. And, I LOVE Tivo.. but i will be honest, I hate the 30 min buffer vs the Genie 90 minute. I forgot to mention that.
    OK, will I promised you all a report back after a year so there you have it. What is new with D and how has ATT helped or hurt. Your feedback is always enjoyed
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  2. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010

    Has it been a year already?


    I responded to your thread from a year ago.

    I just reached my 20th anniversary with DirecTV (now AT&T or, as I refer to it, AT&T’s DirecTV) on March 4, 2018.

    I have stayed because AT&T’s DirecTV came up with more upgrades on the linear SD-to-HD programmers especially over the last year. Among them: American Heroes Channel HD, Discovery Family HD, FX Movie Channel HD, Great American County HD, and Universal Kids HD. (Universal Kids used to be Sprout.)

    My area providers—and this is Detroit, Michigan—in addition to satellite companies AT&T’s DirecTV and Echostar’s Dish Network (or is it just Dish?), are AT&T U-verse, Comcast, and Wide Open West (WOW). I am with the provider which comes closest to meeting with my No. 1 want: linear programmers’ HD.

    I am glad to read what people have written and posted here about other choices. A number of ex-AT&T’s DirecTV subscribers are in areas with Verizon FiOS. They moved over there and posted about their experiences. So, it is good to read up for people’s insights.

    Thank you for sharing your experience here!
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  3. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    I bought a new house, in a 10 year old subdivision in March 2017. The subdivision had just gotten cable fiber from Mediacom installed in January/February of 2017. I got their internet service, and had Dish installed since I figured it worked so well. About a month later Mediacom made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Their version of a Tivo with 2 Tivo Minis and all their channels, including the Premiums for $80/month more than I was paying for internet alone including all the taxes and fees their cable system has. That represented a huge savings over the combo of Dish and Mediacom for internet and TV. Compared to today's Dish new/returning customer offers, it is about $80/month cheaper than the combo.

    I ended up dusting off my Tivo Roamio and giving them their equipment back as theirs didn't have most of the streaming services I use, didn't support out of home streaming and unified search only covered cable channels and Netflix. I ended up shuffling things around when Black Friday sales showed up and now have a Tivo Bolt+ and Tivo Bolt in the system, so savings have been offset a bit because of that. Still saving over $50/month.

    While I still think Dish's Hopper 3 is the cat's meow, it isn't $50/month better! And looking forward, assuming no 'special' deal with Mediacom, when the 2 year contract runs out their full retail price is still less than Dish or Directs new/returning customer offers. I have no doubt that I'll be able to negotiate some 'special deal' when the time comes though have no idea exactly how good it will be.

    HD PQ is on par with Dish/Direct and SD is vastly better than both though I don't watch much SD. Channel selection is on par with Dish, and with the exception of some sports, is also on par with Direct. While I do watch a fair amount of sports, I don't follow any team so better sports coverage has little to no value to me. The Tivo boxes are as good overall as Dish's equipment though there are differences that are better/worse on each, but the Tivos are better than Direct's equipment, or at least better than any Direct equipment I had in the past.
  4. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    How is the number of HD channels on your Mediacom? Where I am there are still a lot of SD only channels - FXM, TCM, Sundance being the ones I watch the most that are SD. Wondering if that's due to my headend or if those are missing on Mediacom everywhere and we just need to wait for them to redo the contracts...
  5. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    I have IFC in HD, Sundance in SD and no FXM although I swear I saw that one at some time, or I'm old and misremembering. :)

    I don't watch Sundance at all so I had to dig around.

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  6. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    found FXM and TCM, both SD only unless I'm missing it.

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  7. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    OK sounds like you have pretty much the same lineup I do. They added IFC in HD last fall I think. Guess it will be a matter of waiting on FXM, Sundance and TCM, same game Directv customers play waiting for contracts to bring them HD, just with different channels...
  8. captaink5217

    captaink5217 Legend

    Sep 20, 2011
    I’m in the Lehighton are of PA, I find Blue Ridge provides very good service and hd quality seems pretty much on par with D, TiVo whole home is good too, the problem is with Directv I’m now getting $25 off for life because I have att unlimited plan plus free HBO for life that’s another $15 off my directv bill so I’m essentially saving $40 for life. Blue Ridge just costs more even with the lower priced internet for having Blue Ridge for internet and TV.

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  9. DonkeyJab

    DonkeyJab Cool Member

    Jun 29, 2009
    I had Blue Ridge cable when I first moved to Hawley a few years back--it was terrible. Half the programming wasn't even in HD and had black bars on the sides! They're also crazy expensive. I still use their internet service (no choice here) and it costs twice as much for 1/3rd the speed I was getting in NJ. Is all of their content in HD now?
  10. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    They upped their HD count when they converted to all digital earlier this year. But like all other providers there's some channels DirecTV has that they don't, and a few they have that DirecTV doesn't, along with a bunch they don't carry at all.

    As for the internet pricing, you can also blame Verizon, who refuses to deploy FiOS to the area, along with having a bogus 3 Mbps restriction for remote terminals, resulting in a lack of actual competition for internet in most of Blue Ridge's territory. Compared to NJ where FiOS is widely available, so Optimum and Xfinity have to provide competitive pricing across their entire NJ territory.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018

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