I have a certain place in my heart for satellite tv.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Creedyfbaby, Oct 22, 2020.

  1. Richard

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    DISH and DirecTV were not originally marketed as cable replacements. They provided service to those who had no other options.

    My property that I used to live on, still doesn't have access to anything other than dialup internet (and only 28.8k, 56k doesn't even work). There is no cable, no DSL. When I lived there, there was no coverage from any wireless phone providers either, had to drive about a mile away to get a signal.

    I don't think people realize just how many people live in underserved areas, where DirecTV/DISH are the only options for TV services.

    I do not agree that they should merge, there should be competition to keep prices in check, or they should be regulated by the government to make sure prices are kept in check (which no one really wants).
     
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  2. mjwagner

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    I bought my dish and receiver at the local HiFi store (long since out of business). No choice but to install it yourself. That was a LONG time ago...LOL.
     
  3. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    I remember buying a Dish 3000 kit at Soundtrack in 1997. I installed it on a deck railing but discovered I couldn't get a signal over 50.
    I had a dish installer come out and move it to the side of the house about 6 feet away. I did not understand the angle involved and was being blocked by a roof overhang and a tree. After that I moved and installed almost all of my dishes and for friends and family up to and including the DirecTV Slimline.
    I am older now and back to cable. I appreciate not having to go out and brush off snow every time there is a storm.
     
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    That's due to your location and the weather conditions. Living in the northeast we get our fair share of snow storms but I rarely have to brush off snow on the dish.
     
  5. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Yes, for many years it was not a big deal with dishes down low or on the side of the house. Then DirecTV installed a Slimline on my roof. I has to climb up a ladder many times during snow storms. I bought and installed a dish heater that worked well for several years.

    After the mess AT&T made of DirecTV I gave up and went back to cable. No more brushing off the dish for me!
     
  6. Creedyfbaby

    Creedyfbaby New Member

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    no trust me nothing will beat the beautiful feeling you get receiving digital video signals and audio via satellite you will be back!
     
  7. Rob37

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    I don't ever see Satellite Television going away anytime within the next 20 years. Reason being like in my area of very rural Mississippi, there are people who litterally live out in the country where Satellite Television is the only option. Those folks have to be served television service because believe it or not Cable is still not available in some locations and over the air is non existent still. Like in my area. I live in Mississippi with DIRECTV, but my "Local" networks come from Memphis, Tennessee which is 80 miles away. Satellite TV especially DIRECTV which I & many of my neighbors have is the only option. In my area I can't even receive Local Memphis Channels with an antenna. DIRECTV is the only option to pick up anything. That is what is so hard to make people who live in more populated towns and cities understand. The folks who live in rural areas rely on Satellite Television still to this day and for years to come unless over the air broadcast signals become stronger and are able to transmit farther.
     
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  8. mjwagner

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    ...or until some other disruptive technology comes along...
     
  9. harsh

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    Consider that the number of homes that don't have land-based options is orders of magnitude less now that the other options have expanded. 20 years ago I didn't have other options at my places and now I have access to Gigabit Broadband at both.

    I still don't buy the assertion that the rates for rural customers will logically be jacked if one or the other DBS operators folds its tent.
     
  10. Creedyfbaby

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    Watching Alabama vs tennessee and I can’t honestly see a better option for watching a live sports game period....
     
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  11. mjwagner

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    I normally don’t watch college football but I was flipping through a bunch of the games that were on today using YTTV. Running it on a ATV 4k you get live tiles which you can bring up along the bottom of the screen while the game you are watching is playing...first 4 tiles are always the last 4 you tuned to. Excellent video quality on all channels I watched. Guess it all depends on what you want/need.
     
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  12. jamieh1

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    ive had Directv since 1996, had Primestar before that. Back in the early days having satellite you got channels not available on cable it did feel like you had something special. Now Cable systems have the same channels.
    I remember when Directv would add channels they would announce it ahead of time a lot of times would run a promo vid on the channel a few days ahead. Now when channels are added, there is no mention of it.
    Ive got a lot of Directv USSB package flyers, pretty neat looking back at them.
     
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  13. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    How about jacking the prices for all customers and either not worrying about the "city" customers who have adequate competition or continuing to give huge discounts to the people who could leave - if they complain?
     
  14. dtv757

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    Yea I remember that feeling having exclusive .

    The only thing exclusive now is NFL ST and sometimes 4K but comcrap has 4K now

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  15. Rich

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    Do you use D* exclusively or do you go online and stream some content? The PQ on D* isn't nearly as good as what you see when you use an ATV. Just a thought.

    Rich
     
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    I have a amazon 4K streaming stick. Hard wired via ethernet and compare the 4K feed of DirecTV vs the streaming and DirecTV was better . Even tho the streaming shows HDR10+ .


    I was comparing MLB and NFL 4K events this past week via the fox sports app.





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  17. Rich

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    There's a lot of difference between a Fire Stick and an ATV. The difference in price is a clue. The ATVs are that expensive for a reason. I have all kinds of Fire TV devices and I don't use any of them for viewing TV because the PQ is dismal compared to the ATVs.

    Rich
     
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  18. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Got mine from Montgomery Wards. I was DirecTv customer 00056xx. We were one of the first states to be offered the service. Stayed until AT&T bought it and refused to allow me to use my lifetime DVR service. Came back when Comcast dropped all their channels to 720p.
     
  19. Eva

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    One of my aunts live in a rural area and the Sat TV/internet is the only thing they have. They have a small farm and only phone signal in their spot is Verizon.
     
  20. harsh

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    My theory holds that the "captive audience" for DBS is a relatively small portion of the existing customer bases and is necessarily shrinking going forward. Any radical increase in the pricing structure is likely to drive the majority of the customers (those who do indeed have options) to their respective alternatives leaving too few customers to support the business.

    Trying to squeeze the small percentage of customers with few choices isn't going to bring a lot of revenue but it will bring a firestorm of ill will.
     

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