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New Spectrum Ad Going After Rain Fade Again

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by CraigerM, Sep 4, 2017.

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    CraigerM

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    richall01

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    Right, cable off 8 + hours!! I'll take satellite 5 - 15 minutes out ANYTIME

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    slice1900

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    At least with satellite you have a pretty good idea when it might go out. With cable it is a crapshoot, plus my cable company takes it down around midnight on Thursday mornings for 4-8 hours every few months for "maintenance"!
     
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    CraigerM

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    Actually just had a severe storm go through and HD was out longer than 10 to 20 mins. That is the one thing I am afraid of if say they don't do anything with the 101 and not have any SD duplicates by 2019. However my new Sony 4k HD PQ is even better with the Native turned on and letting the Sony 4k TV do the upscaling. Signal strength is all in the 90's.
     
  5. dtv757

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    Cable sucks, the internet can go down at any random time for no reason. It can work for 10 minutes then randomly go down. Not to mention heavy compression.

    And no ability to watch live tv outside of home
     
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    Your right and cable TV can go out in good weather and you wouldn't know when it would come back, with SatelliteTV you do. Plus Charter still uses MPEG2 HD?
     
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  7. SamC

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    They have to say SOMETHING. The truth (we had a monopoly for decades and treated our customers like s***, and now are trying to wring the last $ out of a 1950s technology that is inferior in every way to DBS even if we were as customer focused as DirecTV, which we are not) is certainly out. So talk about the 99.9% myth of "rain fade".
     
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    I can count the number of hours on my hand I've experienced rain/snow fade within a year with my DIRECTV service and have fingers left over. Now if only my internet service with Spectrum was that reliable.
     
  9. Rich

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    Great! I've seen that ad, visited the site, and still have no idea how fast the Net speed is. What speeds and how much?

    We do seem to get rain fade rather frequently lately, we've had a lot of stormy weather. Minor annoyance, it just fades away...

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  10. MysteryMan

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    Spectrum is long on promise and short on information. In my area starting speeds are 100 Mb/s. I average Ping 14 ms - Download 118 Mb/s - Upload 12 Mb/s. For that I pay $69.09 a month. They offer 300 Mb/s for more but it comes with a one time installation fee of $200.00. I can't repeat here what I told them they can do with that.
     
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    More speed than I expected. I don't get the installation fee, Optimum just jumps you up with a phone call. They actually have some excuse for the install fee?

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    Because I live in a very rural area the lines need a equipment upgrade to provide 300 Mb/s. I say it's BS.
     
  13. slice1900

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    It is probably true. Same problem as DSL - as distance from fiber increases the potential speed over coax decreases. They may need to run fiber a little closer to where you live to make that speed possible, or maybe upgrade the 'last mile' of coax.
     
  14. trh

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    Rain fade? I'm here in NE FL. Had some rain fade late Sunday as Hurricane Irma moved in. OTA worked great when required. Lost power around 11 PM Sunday night. Now on Tuesday, power is back on (for many in this area; not all). DIRECTV up and working fine. Cable? Estimates of 1-2 weeks back operating in our area because of the damage from falling trees.
    I have a neighbor who offered to pay me to buy NFL ST so he can watch all the games this Sunday at our house. Rain fade I'll take any day.
     
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    Ahh, don't understand the technology enough to comment. I do know our cable system is antiquated and Optimum just pushes a button and upgrades us.

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  16. MysteryMan

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    That may be true but I'm not willing to foot the bill. I doubt urban dwellers were asked to pay a one time fee of $200.00 when the cable company was upgrading the cities with fiber.
     
  17. Rich

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    Right, Optimum is beginning a new fiber run in town and we haven't seen any fees going up because of it.

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  18. slice1900

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    Well sure, of course not. They upgrade a mile on a main city street with fiber and it allows higher speeds for hundreds of homes. They upgrade a mile on a country highway with fiber, and it only allows higher speeds for a half dozen homes - and maybe only one of them is interested. That's part of the tradeoff of living out in the sticks - just like urban dwellers can't complain if you got 10 acres for $60,000 and a 1/8 acre lot costs them that same $60,000.
     
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