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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. Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    Note the absence of the red Hopper logo in the upper right corner on AI and on the news.
    Those were live shows. Auto-Hop is not available on them, even days later.

  2. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    Ah ok thx -- guess JL needs to brush up on dish goings on.
  3. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    Scripted national live shows AutoHop.

    Odd. I have AutoHop on both the 5/09 and 5/10 episodes.

    Perhaps I got the latest firmware before you? (Mine came 5/9/12 at 3:56am ET.)

    The only shows that do not have AutoHop are local programming, the 8pm Sunday Simpsons (7pm is AutoHop) ... Nascar Darlington, and shows recorded before I got the current software. I don't mind NASCAR not having the skip because it is the kind of program I'd either watch live (same night) or play fast forward except for cautions and green flag pit stops (or anything else that caught my eye the next day).
  4. rahlquist

    rahlquist Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2007
    Not a chance
  5. Darcaine

    Darcaine Legend

    Aug 31, 2009
    IMO Dish is certainly more attractive, and if I were a new costumer looking to get satellite service I'd go with Dish.

    But it's not worth the effort to switch at this point.

    I'm more interested in seeing if Allvid ever comes to fruition and I can use my media center PC as my DVR for the service I already have.
  6. crawdad62

    crawdad62 Godfather

    Jul 16, 2008
    That's probably the case for most people. Both ways.
  7. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Well, I am straight, and go only one way, but I agree with your point! :mad::lol::D

    Just trying to inject some levity, no knock on your post at all.....
  8. Billzebub

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I don't think Dish is better and I'm not going anywhere, but I guess my daughter is. She's had DIRECTV for a number of years and currently has 2 DVRs and non-supported whole house with both DVRs run through her router.

    She has just got an HD TV for my granddaughter so she needs another receiver. Since there's no practical way to run a new cat 5 line from her daughter's room she also needs to go the DECA route for whole home.

    She and I called DIRECTV today and for 45 minutes I was told by the CSR that she already had whole home and couldn't get it installed. She finally put me on hold and came back 30 minutes later to tell me it would cost approximately $400 to install whole home and get an HD receiver.

    Of course DIRECTV doesn't owe her anything and I'm not suggesting they do. But she is exactly the type of customer that might be attracted by the hopper/joey setup. Even though she isn't out of contract till November it's cheaper for her to pay the ETF and go to Dish ($120) than to pay the $400 to DIRECTV.

    Her bill is about $100 per month without sports or premium channels. She probably doesn't want to switch, but might be forced to. The sad part is the as soon as she signs a 2 year commitment with DISH, DIRECTV will make all kinds of offers for her to come back but it will be too late.
    I'll try retention before she leaves but it sure looks like she's gone.
  9. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    If she has wireless just order a wireless CCK for that room.
  10. Phil17108

    Phil17108 Mentor

    Apr 10, 2010
    I went to the other side of destalk.com and found that the dish customers sound more unhappy then the directv customers on this side. look before you leap.
  11. Billzebub

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I'm not going anywhere, but it just doesn't make sense for my daughter to spend that much money. We'll see what happens.
  12. Billzebub

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    It's not just the whole home setup, they want $148 for the additional HD receiver.
  13. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Which is ridiculous since you can get a guaranteed H24 from Solid signal for about $110.
  14. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    That's why a lot of them are so sensitive. They smell defeat and have to go on the defensive over every little question or comment. One thread a couple direct guys helped yes helped a dish sub and dish guys were all over them bashing the direct guys.

    A mod by the way was even fueling it:nono:
    Another thread same deal a dish guy was looking into his options and again dish guys attack him.
    I say do what you want.

    But honestly what would we be missing by not having dish. They have barely any sports they fight with networks all the time they are no cheaper. The hopper no one will give you a straight answer on its operation and recording abilities.
    I find it hard to believe that a 3 tuner Dvr can record 6 things but that what they are trying to push.
    So in my opinion the Hr34 and and 3 H 25's that would only cost most new customers $99 will kick the crap out of the hopper system.
    That will record AND watch live Tv at the SAME TIME in all 4 rooms . Plus 4 rooms can watch a previously recorded show or movie at the same time since it will stream 3 remote locations at the same time. Or record 5 Live shows while watching 4 recorded shows.
    That's an 8 tuner system.

    And this can be done 24 hours a day 7 days a week and 365 days a year and 366 on a leap year.

    Now lets get the real hopper story. And leave OTA out of it since these are satellite company's.
    Not dishes poor excuse and poor answer for customers local channels.

    By the way the fees are $38 for this setup $28 if you sign up for autopay like i did.
    Thats HD ,DVR and Whole home and 3 addtional receivers.
  15. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    It is true, during Primetime on the networks. The Hopper has the ability to record a transponder using one tuner.
  16. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    True for knowledgeable folks like us. But I doubt that the vast majority of DirecTV subs ever heard of SolidSignal.
  17. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    It can but only during Prime Time. IIUC, it pulls all the networks from on transponder on one tuner. So the four networks plus the remaining two tuners is 6 simultaneous recordings.

    However, the Primetime Anytime feature is the only way it can record 6 things. If the subscriber were to schedule simultaneous recording he would be limited to one on each of the three tuners...IOW only 3 recordings at once. If you’re using Prime Time Any Time you are limited to using only the other two tuners during prime time hours.

    In a limited sense it can record 6 things at once but that doesn’t mean the subscriber can choose six things to record. At most the sub can record three things of his/her own choice or two choices during prime time.

  18. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    While your daughter may only looking for a STB receiver for your granddaughter, you might ask her to consider my brother's situation where he had a similar complaint when he needed an additional HD-DVR. They wanted the full price of $199.00 for what would likely be a refurb anyhow.

    So he just went with a brand new, though out of box, R22 sale special from SolidSignal for $79 (+S&H).

    And for insurance I think the current policy now is if it's HD enabled and ever goes bad, DIRECTV will replace it with an HR2X model.
  19. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    Mike, all that is very true. And whether or not it is a practical solution depends on the viewing and recording pattern of the subscriber.

    Because the only times I ever have more than 3 recordings going at once is during primetime and caused solely because of the 4 big broadcasters, I can and might replace my 3 HR24s with one Hopper and one Joey.

    For those that watch a lot of live events, and/or record lots of other one-off shows, that might not work so well.
  20. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007

    No worries. Your daughter will absolutely love Dish. They have a lot more basic HD (not counting sports), the Hopper system is blazing fast, effortless with PTAT and auto hop, has a huge amount of space you can augment (instead of replace) with external drives, IR and RF remotes work at the same time. Not only that, but you can watch anything anytime anywhere in the world with the sling adapter.

    You get 3 tuners (not 5 like the HR-34). But unlike the 34, the box is free, and one of the tuners can record the whole local transponder during prime time. If that's not enough, get another one, and you'll still come out cheaper than the 34 and have more tuners and more capacity.

    I don't know where some other posters are coming from, but every post that I've seen by ex-DirecTV subs like myself has indicated they are much happier with Dish. If you follow the threads of those that initially had issues, you'll see they were quickly resolved.

    Granted I'm not happy at all about the latest AMC dispute, but overall I love the service. If the AMC thing doesn't work out, I'll just hold my nose and get cable.

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