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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. carlsbad_bolt_fan

    carlsbad_bolt_fan Icon

    May 18, 2004
    Carlsbad, CA
    My in-laws have Dish. They chose it because they wanted Chinese programming. If you want international channels, Dish wins.

    That being said, they are on their 5th HD-DVR & 2nd or 3rd dish/switch replacement. In that same time period (4 years), my orginal HR20's have just worked.

    Having more channels is one thing. But if the equipment keeps failing, what good is it?
  2. jimbo56

    jimbo56 Legend

    Nov 13, 2007

    I'm curious as to why, living in Philadelphia and apparently a big sports fan, you choose DirecTV. If I were living in Philadelphia and a big Philly sports fan I would not even consider DirecTV as a television provider, due to the lack of CSN Philly. If Dish doesn't carry CSN Philly (I haven't checked their sports lineup so I can't say for sure), I wouldn't choose them either. I would probably go with Comcast. Fortunately for me, DirecTV carries all my RSNs, so I'm happy with their sports lineup in my area. But DirecTV is definitely deficient sports-wise in the Philly market, IMHO.
  3. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Look at his signature...
    Can't get all those anywhere else, especially in HD. Also, they might get cable's cheapest deal for CSN Philly.
  4. jimbo56

    jimbo56 Legend

    Nov 13, 2007
    All the out-of-market games in the world wouldn't do me a bit of good if I couldn't watch my local teams play. Maybe the OP has to go with Comcast for CSN Philly; I'll see what he says. I'll stick by my original statement that DirecTV (I'm sure not by their own doing) is not a good choice for Philly sports fans if you live in the Philly DMA. I will add - "unless you are prepared to pay Comcast an additional fee for the privilege of watching CSN Philly"

    Also, I should add that I am a Phillies fan living in Buffalo and I am able to watch the CSN Philly feed on EI (except when they're playing the Mets or Pirates). Hardly seems fair to a DirecTV subscriber living in Philly to be denied those games.
  5. la24philly

    la24philly Hall Of Fame

    Mar 8, 2010

    I pay for 2 providers I have directv for everything - Premier, and the sports packages they offer alot of them in HD.

    I have 1 comcast cable box on the lowest package for 2 channels CSN and TCN.

    Trust me, iF D adds it the 1 cable box is gone.
  6. la24philly

    la24philly Hall Of Fame

    Mar 8, 2010
    the sports packages on comcast in my area are on SD only. they use indemand. they were suppose to get 18 HD channels for there sports packages, but have not put them on there guide, comcast is behind in technology.

    i only have 1 box = for 2 channels im paying basically about 35 a month for the 2 channels.

    kinda feels like an endless PPV charge 35.00 a month about 420 a year.

    so for the past 14 years I paid approx total of 420 * 14 = 5880

    over 5 grand for 2 channels. But I can't live without being able to watch the philly teams.
  7. jimbo56

    jimbo56 Legend

    Nov 13, 2007
    I feel your pain, and I totally respect your decision. Must be a real aggrivation to only be able to watch your favorite teams in SD. Hopefully DirecTV will pick up these RSNs soon and you can kiss Comcrap goodbye.
  8. la24philly

    la24philly Hall Of Fame

    Mar 8, 2010
    i do get CSN and TCN in HD so its a plus, what i meant in non HD is if I had comcast as my only provider and wanted the sports packages those channels are in SD only in my area.

    so Directv has everything else.
  9. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    This is good!

    I believe DirecTV made bad choices with the issue of what to add in HD the last three years: 2009, 2010, and 2011. And I've even stated in the HD Anticipation quarterly threads that Mike White and Derek Chang should be out.

    As for making the move to Dish Network: it's not what I'm actually wanting. I have a renewed interest in MLB Extra Innings for the coming 2012 season (I subscribed in 2008, 2009, and 2010) and, in what may be a first, I'm considering a subscription come fall for NFL Sunday Ticket.

    The picture quality, from DirecTV, is high. (Which is not to say differently about other providers.) I'm glad for that. I appreciate it.

    In my market, my choices are DirecTV, Dish Network, WOW (short for Wide Open West), and Comcast. WOW is small fry. Comcast is chaotic. And Dish would require me to spend all over again for equipment that, two years from now (if that's when DirecTV finally has caught up with HD Basics), will make it seem perhaps unnecessary. All in all, it comes down to me (but not me alone; I don't live by myself!) weighing the options and arriving at a decision. And one can change his mind. But, in the meantime, I don't think I'd actually be winning with any of these four!

    Side note: I found out, a few months ago, that a fifth provider is not a possibility with me. (I previously thought otherwise.) AT&T U-verse has service to my zip code. But my specific address cannot yet receive U-verse and/or high-speed Internet. Also: AT&T U-verse has lost select programming, due to contractual reasons, with NHL Network and both Hallmark programmers (Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel). I equate that with Dish Network having lost HD feeds to some Disney/ABC programming. And, quite frankly, I don't find that encouraging.
  10. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    No. 1 reason VOOM died was because it came on the market at a time that was premature. The U.S. wasn't yet into HD. Availability. Costs. VOOM was to its period what 3D is to this one.
  11. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Your suggestion that DirecTV has been making bad decisions for the last three years is supported by...well...nothing. Three of the most successful years they have ever had. Thankfully, you were not asked whether the services of Mike and Derek should be retained. More of the same...
  12. inf0z

    inf0z Legend

    Oct 15, 2011
  13. bobvick1983

    bobvick1983 Godfather

    Mar 21, 2007
    NW Alabama
    Dish's website is incorrect about having the following channels from this list in HD, at this time they DO NOT have Fox Movie Channel, TMC Xtra, or TV Land.
    DirecTV has FX, Encore, and TMC Xtra.
    Their website also says they have ABC Family, Disney E&W, and Disney XD in HD, which they do not. I am not sure why they have not corrected this.
  14. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Really? Is your opinion shared by technology/entertainment writers/analysts?
    If it was then premature, why didn't someone resurrect it when it was time?
  15. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    Because by that time both DirecTV and Dish had greatly expanded their HD lineups. The appeal of Voom was it provided HD channels no one else did. Once others had them its appeal was lost.
  16. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Plus, IMHO, another thing that hindered Voom was that it didn't offer local channels, either SD or HD, via DBS, you needed to use OTA to get them.
  17. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    I see no reason to think Dish offers a better product than Directv, IMO

    Love the discounts, Sunday Ticket, and reliability
  18. Ken984

    Ken984 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Maybe for someone else's needs, but as for me, no thanks. Dish will never be my provider. I have looked before and by the time I get a system configured like I want it the cost is way too high.

    A few extra basic HD channels doesn't tip the scales for me.
  19. slapshot1959

    slapshot1959 Legend

    Jan 24, 2006
    Agree with this. My parents,mother in law,aunts and uncles all have DISH for Italian programming. I think they get like 4 or 5 new channels now. (My kids and all the younger relatives all have Directv or Comcrap)

    For that DISH is good, but everytime I go there and pull up the guide and see what's on, I could never live with that. For me Directv is much better (not perfect of course by any stretch) and you'd never convince me to switch.

    I know it'll never happen but if Directv ever upped their international offerings, I could probably make a few hundred in referral credits for them to switch.
  20. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    I don't think you can lose out making the move to Dish Network. With what you have described, it sounds like you can make the switch, find out if you would be okay with the service and, if not, you can come back to DirecTV.

    Last summer, there was one moderator or former moderator who made the switch to AT&T U-verse. He said, quite frankly, that he and his wife weren't finding much value staying with DirecTV. That they were willing to give a competitor a try. That was six or more months ago. But I think the attitude was a good one.

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