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How many of you with Directv think Dish is getting better than Directv

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mkdtv21, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. lparsons21

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    Well, while I don't like D*'s SD much at all, the secret is to watch SD shows before you watch anything HD! While still pretty bad, it doesn't look quite so bad that way! :)

    The real irritant with D*'s sorry SD is that it varies quite a bit by channel. Some are not horrible, unfortunately most of them that I watch seem to be. :(
     
  2. lparsons21

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    Yep, it is all in what you want to watch.

    There are zero channels D* has that E* doesn't, and one channel that E* has that D* doesn't, and that one channel is BBCA.

    In premiums, I generally keep HBO and Showtime for the boxing and original programming, and because of that D* has Showtime Extreme in HD and E* doesn't yet.
     
  3. Davenlr

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    I watch H2, DIY, and HLN a lot. D* has none of those in HD, Dish does, but Dish wanted WAY to much money per month to get them (as a second service to D*), so I went with Xfinity. Good thing about that, if D* does decide to ever carry them, Im not under contract with Xfinity. Not only did Xfinity give me a year of their top HD package for $39 a month, they arent charging me a HD fee, and actually are giving me a $2.50/mo credit for using my own Tivo. Oh, and they dropped my internet fee $10 a month for having "double play"....so that is a net cost per month of $27.45 for ALL the HD channels D* is missing.

    Its coming down to the need for two services to get all the channels, if you are a sports fan AND a basics fan. While I dont sub to D* sports packages anymore due to their cost and (not D*'s fault) blackouts (MLB), between the two services, I get the channels I want, and am still around my $150/mo TV/Internet/Phone budget.
     
  4. Jodean

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    for some reason it doesnt show up, the first pic is actually a video

    If i had my phone set to take full quality video i also had a video of the normal rain, not very heavy that knocked out directv, while dish was still running. I forgot to take it off messaging video quality.

    And for location in sky, HBO is on 110 on dish which is pretty close to 103 for directv......

    Anyhow in my area, during June and July we get these rains that knock out directv about 20 times a month, most of the time its over an hour of searching for signal. Dish may go out about 2 times a month.

    So again i guess im the only one that loses directv's signal in the rain, and only person living in my area as well......
     
  5. veryoldschool

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    I'm guessing more you need to grasp what causes rain fade better.
    Your earlier post suggested a slight drizzle would knock out your signal.
    The slant angle and density/water content, have everything to do with it.
    In the summer your storms may be fairly warm, rise quite high, and have a lot of moisture.
    Shouldn't be that different than those in Florida.
     
  6. RAD

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    Dripping...
    IIRC DIRECTV's CONUS beam tends to have a bit more power going to Florida to help overcome that situation.
     
  7. P Smith

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    I don't think so - TWTA is standard equipment across all SB transponders; max what they could do - double it, what is done for SB vs CONUS.
     
  8. veryoldschool

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    Thanks to others work on the forum here's 103:

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    So while there is a difference between SD & FL, they both look to have higher levels than "out here". ;)
     

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  9. P Smith

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    Because of the antenna's orientation and its curves. Plus, it's CONUS transponder, not a spot-beam type.
     
  10. veryoldschool

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    I think it's safe to say the dishes are tweaked for an ERP.
     
  11. P Smith

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    Sure.
    Initially, I thought about SB for LiLs ...
     
  12. veryoldschool

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    The old SD spots were tweaked too.
     
  13. Jodean

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    huh? i never said directv goes out in a slight drizzle.....

    Ya i know whats causing rain fade.....and i know i can watch Dish when Directv has rain fade issue.

    Directv goes out in every rain we have here in June and July, roughly 20 times a month. I guess i dont know what else to call that except for normal rain....for here anyway.....
     
  14. Davenlr

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    It should go out when you have a severe thunderstorm or front moving through. It should not be going out 20 times a month. You have some other issue. Even on my slimline, KA does not go out unless there is red on the radar directly between me and the satellite, and then only for no more than 10 minutes as the supercell moves by. If yours is different than that scenario then you need to check and make sure your dish isnt warped, and the LNB is functioning correctly.
     
  15. veryoldschool

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    Doesn't seem like Jodean is listening.
    "it rains and DirecTV sucks, while Dish doesn't".
    It is getting tired of beating my head here.
     
  16. sigma1914

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    Maybe he had a crappy installer who half a$$ed everything... Oh wait.
     
  17. carl6

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    Exactly.
     
  18. jacmyoung

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    I'd like to have BBCA and DIY in HD, and the built in Sling capability. But since we need more than four HDDVRs, the current Hopper/Joe offer still does not cut it. Had Dish offered 2 Hoppers/4 Joes for free, I would have switched.

    But I share the OP's view, Dish has come much closer to DirecTV than before, for those who do not have to have the exclusive sports packages.
     
  19. Jodean

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    I guess ALL directv installers half ass all installs here. We can only get 95 accross the board around here, dish must be off i guess.....damn them for leaving a dish at only 95 signal strengths.....

    Nothing wrong here, just the normal rains we get here, 20 times a month. Most of time doesnt even require red to take out directv.

    First thing to go is local channels that have the storm warnings on them and updates on tornado warnings. I guess thats maybe why people see more concern here. If you arnt worried about tornadoes maybe you just dont see it as a problem.
     
  20. Riverpilot

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    I'll presume SD is South Dakota? I'd sure like to know what section of the state you're in. I have friends who live in the state who have zero problems with directv. I would also like to know how much rain you get a month? I can find zero data anywhere that states south dakota receives more than 10 days of rain per month.

    As others suggested. You have something incorrectly setup on your directv.
     

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