For everyone switching to Dish from DirecTV

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Chrismon1001, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. reubenray

    reubenray Godfather

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    I think I have enough info to figure up an estimate of what Dish will cost me vs Directv if I do not get any discounts. Directv will be around $131 a month without discounts. I am paying $77 with discounts. Below is what my estimates are for Dish.

    Programming - $80 for two years ($90 after two years)
    Hopper 3 fee - 10 (will the receiver be free)
    Joey fee - 7 (will the receiver be free)
    Wally fee - 7 ($400 for antenna and receiver for my RV)
    Taxes, etc - 6?
    Total $110 What else am I missing?
     
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  2. zippyfrog

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    I can definitely agree with you on the PQ issue, especially the RSN. Here in Chicago, NBC Sportsnet Chicago is extremely soft and lots of artifacts. I have to sit a good deal away from my TV for it to look bearable. But it is better than before the RSN's went HD 24/7 and we had to watch a 16:9 SD squished channel. I always found ESPN to be very similar to DirecTV as well as other channels such as Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, etc. I always thought that the channels that were broadcast in 1080i always looked worst. During the summer there were a couple of times the Cubs were on ESPN as well as NBC Sports Chicago at the same time, and the ESPN broadcast was much more clear and crisp than the RSN. Definitely less artifacts on ESPN.
     
  3. zippyfrog

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    The other thing with Dish is I enjoy saving $12 a month because I can get all my locals via my antenna. Not paying the $12 for locals is a great thing Dish offers. Overall I am very happy with Dish and wouldn't switch to DirecTV.
     
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  4. reubenray

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    How does this work? I have an OTA antenna setup. Will I still be able to record the locals using my antenna. Also is the standard programming cost already include the locals?
     
  5. Rich

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    Thank you! That puts any thoughts of switching to rest for me. I could not put up with that. Great post!

    Rich
     
  6. zippyfrog

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    I have a receiver that has a satellite input and an OTA input. One cable goes directly to my antenna, the other goes directly to the Dish. I subscribe to the Top 250 package for $87.99, but the advertised price is $99.99 with locals included. Once you go into your account, you have the option to remove the locals and save $12.00 a month. I am not sure on what happens with a new account and the promotions associated with it - if there are any restrictions to removing locals. I have been with Dish for 9 years.

    The locals when connected to an antenna appear in the program guide just as if they were coming from the satellite. My receiver (VIP211k) is a little older so I am not sure what it looks like with the new interface, but the only difference is the OTA channels for me appear as yellow instead of blue like the satellite channels do. I can record locals with no issue. Just select the program and record. Not all sub channels have guide data though, but the main ones do.
     
  7. Chrismon1001

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    yes I have the 4k Joey 3's and when you stretch Dish to 200" it doesnt matter the model its not watchable as someone sensitize to artifacts.

    Promotions ended but keeping the programming. Base package is locked for 2 years but add-ons are not. Some expire in 3 months some in 6 months etc...
     
  8. Chrismon1001

    Chrismon1001 AllStar

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    Add-ons.
     
  9. DR2420

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    Sounds like my post on another thread here a few weeks ago was pretty accurate then.. ;)
     
  10. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I know a term "sensitive to some medicine", but "artifacts" ? :)

    If such thing is so visible, would you create a gallery of photos to share with us ?
     
  11. reubenray

    reubenray Godfather

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    As for as I know I will not get any add-ons. I will have to find a link for them to verify. I don't have any movie channels or sports networks currently with Directv.
     
  12. patmurphey

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    You can also limit the banner to just notifications, NO spam.

    BTW, the PQ bashing here is grossly exaggerated. And, if you have a 4K TV the TV upscaling gives an excellent picture, and Dish's SD is actually watchable, even zoomed to fill the screen.
     
  13. compnurd

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    Not necessarily. A good portion of 4K TVs have none to shitty 4K upscaling
     
  14. reubenray

    reubenray Godfather

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    My Sony does 4K upscaling good enough that I can't tell any difference between upscaled or actual 4k.
     
  15. SledgeHammer

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    Do you have a UHD player? "4K" on satellite & streaming isn't actual 4K. 15Mbps or so vs. 108Mbps. UHD on a 4K TV vs. HD or satellite / streaming 4K is like night and day.
     
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  16. reubenray

    reubenray Godfather

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    No, I don't> This was comparing 4K being streamed using Amazon Prime or Vudu.
     
  17. BlueRidgePro

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    I've been switching back & forth between Dish and DTV for years. I've got both dishes on the roof. Every 2 years I get free install, brand new equipment, and lower rates for the 1st year. Saves a surprising amount of money as bills creep higher during the contract.

    While I notice small differences, all in all the two providers are about equal. I"m currently with Dish and my only complaint is the dis-functional program search. My 2 years runs out soon, so I'll be switching again. Stupid to have to do this, but the lack of concern for existing customers makes it advantageous.
     
  18. vaturkey

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    New member. Will throw in my 2 cents. I have both Dish Network and Direct TV and can do a direct comparison of picture quality. IMO based on looking at my 65" Sony flat screen Direct TV blows dish out of the water on picture quality and its not close. We can bounce from one to the other and the picture on Direct TV is always sharper. If it wasn't for the fact I have 3 Dish Network receivers and would require the same on Direct TV, I'd make the switch. PS. The reason I have both is I am hooked on NFL Sunday ticket and that's only available on Direct TV. However, watching Red Zone feed on both live and switching between the two its readily apparent which one has a stronger signal.
     
  19. reubenray

    reubenray Godfather

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    After making a few adjustments in the TV setting the Dish PQ is just as good as the Directv PQ on my Sony 75" 4K tv.
     
  20. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    that's just your wording …
    try to prove by posting pictures
     

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