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Does Dish have more HD than DirecTV?

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by Hoppy, Aug 18, 2006.

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  1. Hoppy

    Hoppy Cool Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    Sorry to ask such a dumb question, but I went to the Dish site and I own DirecTV and it appears that Dish may have a couple extra channels (NFL and HGTV?) but finally I couldn't really tell so I thought I'd just ask.

    And is the PQ as good as, better, or worse generally than DirecTV.

    I'm thinking of switching if there's a significant gain in HD programming.


    PS I thought Dish went out of business a few years ago. I guess not?
  2. ssmith10pn

    ssmith10pn Icon

    Jul 6, 2005
    Your joking right?

    Showtime HD
    Starz HDTV
    HBO HD
    Animania HD
    Family Room HD
    GamePlay HD
    Discovery HD Theater
    Equator HD
    National Geographic Channel HD
    DISH Network PPV in HD
    Film Fest HD
    Food Network HD
    HDNet Movies
    Kung Fu HD
    Monsters HD
    World Cinema HD
    Rave HD
    ESPN2 HD
    NFL Network HD
    Rush HD
    WorldSport HD
    Gallery HD
    TNT HD
    Treasure HD
    Ultra HD
    Universal HD
  3. Bill R

    Bill R Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2002
    We had a DirecTV telemarketer in our area that was telling potential customers that DISH is no longer in service. DISH still IS in business but they aren't. :D
  4. jldhawk

    jldhawk Legend

    Apr 9, 2006
    You can add (coming soon).......................INHD and 10 RSN's (Regional Sports Networks) in HD.
    Not to mention all of the LOCALS in HD that are up and running (But you better be in one of the Larger Markets to get those.

    I don't qualify, I have to settle for Over the Air HD Locals, and Standard Definision locals over Dish Netwok for my other NON-HD Tv's
  5. JohnL

    JohnL Icon

    Apr 1, 2002

    Voom went out of business a couple of years ago. Dish Purchased their satellite and their Satellite Transponder Licenses, in the deal Dish also got access to the VOOM Channels that are now part of the HD Packages.

    Lastly if you compared Dish and DirecTV's HD services you would find that currently Dish's PQ on almost all HD as well as SD is better.

  6. toper

    toper New Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Is there a thread that details why Dtv's picture quality isn't as good as Dish?? Is there a different Mpeg4 codec being used for HD compression?Just curious as to how dish is sending more hd content with less LNB's?? Dtv requires a 5 lnb sat for the new locals and "upcomming" hd content. My neighbor is getting tons of HD - as listed in the beginning of this thread - plus HD locals with a 3lnb reciever. This is why I am confused - it seems the higher bandwidth provided would allow the picture to not be as compressed via mpeg 4 (unsure which variant). Just getting into this because I currently have Dtv but they want another 2 yrs to go to the 5 lnb sat and mpeg4 reciever. Or I could cut and switch to Dish. Who is the best from DVR perspective as well - gui wise - as far as ease of use. I am sure these have been debated before so links to other threads are appreciated. Will try out the search engine now.:rolleyes:
  7. M5Guy

    M5Guy Mentor

    Jun 24, 2006
    From a former D* subscriber - Dish has better PQ on both SD & HD.
  8. NurseDave

    NurseDave AllStar

    Aug 20, 2006
    I'm in the same boat. Been with D* and now have a HDTV. Looked at the lists and obviously there are more HD channels with E*, but I couldn't find an actual show line-up anywhere (waiting 2 days for a response to my email) to see if we would actually watch anything on those extra channels. I also hear that with D* new satellites that will be launching that they will also have more channels. I hate making decisions like this, it's a bit of a bummer if we switch because we currently own 2 D* SD recorder units that it would be a shame to see go. But I also want to enjoy my new TV.

    I'd like to hear from folks that know about both systems. Or does anyone know where a show line-up is?
  9. sNEIRBO

    sNEIRBO Icon

    Jul 23, 2006
    Check out this link at DISH Network's website -


    Go to the drop down menu, then select DISH HDTV Channels and select your time zone.

    This is a really nice guide - it has the HD channels split into two sets. The bottom set of channels in the guide shows the VOOM Channels which are exclusive to DISH.

    I just noticed that they have not updated the guide for some of their recent additions to the HD line up. Most noteably they're missing - Food Network HD and ESPN2HD. Also keep in mind, that your market may not allow you to receive the CBS HD East and CBS HD West feeds (last 2 channels on the list).
  10. NurseDave

    NurseDave AllStar

    Aug 20, 2006
    Ah, missed it right in the middle of the screen. Thanks!
  11. WilliamC

    WilliamC Cool Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I switched from D* almsot two months ago and the HD PQ is better on Dish. SD is the same.
  12. Adam Richey

    Adam Richey Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    Kokomo, IN
    Supposedly, the HD picture quality and the quantity of channels will expand towards the beginning of next year with the launch of what I think is DirecTV's last new satellite that's supposed to take care of most of the national SD and HD additions. For now, regional sports networks and local channels are the main concern, even with the channels they currently carry that looks barely like DVD...at least on my TV.
  13. lionsrule

    lionsrule Godfather

    Nov 25, 2003
    As with everything we "hear", take this with a grain of salt: A regional directv Rep. stated to a best buy store manager here in w. michigan that as of 1/1/07 direct will have over 60 HD NATIONALS, yes, nationals. I stated that 60 HD national channels do not EXIST right now. I was told that direct has signed contracts with many different "cable" channels to carry HD versions as soon as q4/q1 07. The implication was that these dozens of currently un-announced channels have plans in the works and are simply waiting for a carrier such as direct to make a BIG push for HD. I am VERY suspicous that this is misinformation, but time will tell.
  14. sNEIRBO

    sNEIRBO Icon

    Jul 23, 2006
    I'm very grateful for the 15 National HD Channels and my 4 local HD Networks I currently have from DISH, PLUS the exclusive VOOM Channels as a bonus. No one I know that has DirecTV HD, or Comcast HD is happy with their package compared to what I'm receiving from DISH. I am also confident that DISH will continue to add HD Channels as they become available. I would seriously doubt any new HD Channel would be foolish enough to sign an exclusive contract with either E* or D*, so the channels should be available to both providers.

    Competition will keep the playing field fairly even, but the way I'm seeing it right now, the game is nearing the end of the first quarter, and DISH has a substantial lead! DirecTV is way behind, and has a lot of ground to make up!
  15. wje

    wje Godfather

    Mar 8, 2006
    New England
    D* has been promising vast new HD content for about 2 years now, which is why I just dumped them. I'm not at all sorry, PQ and content is much better on E*.

    As for the D* rep, the 'vast new content' on the new satellites has been locals, and MPEG4-encoded at that. Since D* doesn't have an HD DVR that will handle MPEG4, that's pretty useless for most of us. (They have started rolling out the HR20, but in very limited quantities.) I was also told that same thing when I first signed up for HD on D*, almost 2 years ago.

    Not to sound too much like a D* basher, but I finally got fed up with endless promises about new content, new software, new hardware, and no delivery. All that seemed to happen was more downrezzing so they could cram a few more channels into the same bandwidth. Gee, do I sound bitter?
  16. Hoppy

    Hoppy Cool Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    I have DirecTV and have for years, incl HD for the last year or more. Now I have a new plasma (replacing a Sony 34XBR800) and I want the best HD content and as much of it as I can get. I can only get local NBC OTA, but I have the other East feeds.

    I see that Dish has many more HD channels, but is it silly stuff or quality content? Can I get Sundance and/or IFC on Dish? What is World Cinema? Is there somewhere to actually go through the Dish schedule?

    Also, does Dish offer any incentive for changing to it's system from DirecTV?

    Can Dish use the same wiring alredy in place for my 3 LNB oval DirecTV dish?

    Does dish offer a good Tivo-based or independent PVR with dual tuners and recorder in one box, like the HR10-250 from DirecTV.

    How is Dish software interface compared to the ridiculously slow DirecTV stuff?

    I guess it comes down to--Is there any reason NOT to switch to Dish?
  17. Harmeister

    Harmeister New Member

    Jan 6, 2006
    As was posted up above, you can get the schedule by looking here: http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/programming_guides/index.shtml . You said you were on eastern time, so without having to go through the combobox and clicking go, you can see the stuff here: http://dishnetwork.tvlistings.zap2it.com/dishsite/listings/gridall.asp

    You can see current offers here: http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/dishhd/offer/index.shtml

    for the most part, yes. This is, of course, assuming that the spot where your DirectTV dish is located can see 119 and 110. They will need to take the old directtv oval down and replace it with the dish one. Depending on where you live on the east coast, you might need a second dish at 61.5 if you can't see 129. The installer will take care of all of that stuff, though.

    Absolutely. The 622 is a great receiver. It has two sat tuners in it and one OTA tuner. This allows you to record three things at once and watch another that was previously recorded at the same time. The menu interface is snappy, very snappy, unlike the tivo interface sported by the Direct TV box (the old one anyways, haven't seen the new one).

    someone who has made the switch will have to answer this one. From what I hear, there are some terminology differences, but most if not all the functionality is there in the 622 (might depend a little on what you use, but like I said, someone else will have to answer this).

    uh, no. :D
  18. elbodude

    elbodude Legend

    Jul 13, 2006

    I second that!
  19. dgordo

    dgordo Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2004
    You would lose your east HD feeds.
  20. Hoppy

    Hoppy Cool Member

    Sep 25, 2005

    Yeah. That would be a loss, too, since that's the only way I get the networks in HD--can't get them locally except NBC. Fact is I think they turned my East Feeds on in error. I was thinking of trying to get them to turn on my NBC feed but when I called the agent said, "How come you've got the CBS, ABC, FOX feeds? I don't think you're supposed to have those." So I thanked him and hung up in a hurry.

    Does anyone REALLY BELIEVE that D* is going to add a substantial number of channels by the end of Q1 '07? Say, 10 channels? 15?
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