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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by anex80, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Apr 12, 2013 #61 of 120
    joshjr

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    Including playoffs and the Super Bowl?
     
  2. Apr 12, 2013 #62 of 120
    Rich

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    I'm with Hasan on this. I watch everything recorded. Very little live.

    Yup, on the playoffs and the Super Bowl, I watch after recording. I try to record every game of the Yankees' season and watch each game either during the recording or the next morning.

    I didn't acquire all these HRs to watch commercials... :lol:
     
  3. Apr 12, 2013 #63 of 120
    HinterXGames

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    Just because it could be worse, doesn't make it better. A very harsh response to someone just airing a little frustration. Really, uncalled for and out of line.
     
  4. Apr 12, 2013 #64 of 120
    bungi43

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    If I could get a WatchESPN provider where I live, I'd turn my satellite off right now.
     
  5. Apr 15, 2013 #65 of 120
    chscott

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    After 16 years with DirecTV, tired of paying for a lot of TV I don't watch and in my opinion, excessive equipment fees, I canceled my service and I just sent my equipment back to DirecTV this morning. For the past 2 weeks I have used Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus for most of my TV watching. I am getting quite a few stations OTA, but I don't have a DVR setup at this point. Not much of a sports fan, so cutting the cord has been pretty painless. I canceled my premium channels over a year ago with DirecTV, but I am holding out hope Sho and HBO will offer something in the near future. If not, oh well.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2013 #66 of 120
    Mike Greer

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    If Showtime would let me pay them directly and stream their channels I'd be right there with you. Someday I'll get up the nerve to cut the cord and just wait a year for Netflix to get their original programming.....
     
  7. Apr 15, 2013 #67 of 120
    PCampbell

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    If the constant rise in cost keeps going its only a matter of time until most of us call it quits.
     
  8. Apr 15, 2013 #68 of 120
    archer75

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    The problem with streaming content is the quality is crap as well as the selection. If one goes legit that is.

    Though these days everything we watch is on the DVR and we don't watch live tv so it's getting close to a point where that could happen. And the new x.265 codec coming next year will improve streaming quality dramatically.

    Just curious, what is the cancellation fee for direct? I think I read it's $20/month remaining on the contract. Do you get to keep the receiver or do you have to send it back?
     
  9. Apr 15, 2013 #69 of 120
    stewdog1

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    I'm like many others here. I would cut the cord if it wasn't for sports. Even though most of the games I watch end up being recorded.
     
  10. Apr 15, 2013 #70 of 120
    chscott

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    The quality of steaming I have experienced is fantastic. I have a cable modem connection that can get up to 12mbps. I stream entire movies and series encoded with Dobly 5.1 with very few issues. I am using my PS3 as a base unit to launch Hulu and Amazon Prime. Over the past 2 weeks, I once had a message that quality would be lowered due to low bandwidth and 2 other times the stream paused during playback. This could be my network as I am temporarily using Linksys Powerline adapters to move the data from one side of the house to the other.
     
  11. Apr 15, 2013 #71 of 120
    archer75

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    Perhaps I should have prefaced my comment by saying the quality on larger displays is crap. Harder to notice on smaller TV's. I'm using a projector and a large screen so any imperfections I can see. I also have FIOS for interent and no caps so bandwidth isn't an issue. My entire house is wired with gigabit so no issue moving video around.
    I also wish movie streaming had Dolby TrueHD or DTS-MA HD.
     
  12. Apr 15, 2013 #72 of 120
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    The streaming quality has to do with your ISP package speed, your area, and your networking equipment could impact it as well. Like I have a Motorola Surfboard SB510U Cable Modem and a Belkin N300 Wireless N Router, and 30mbps download speed and 2 mbps upload with MediaCom and seem to never have a problem with quality streaming on sites such as Hulu, Crackle, and Youtube using my dv6-7215nr Notebook/PS3/xbox360. I can agree with you on the selection on some of these sites which is why I gave Netflix the utter shaft. Like what internet speed do you have?
     
  13. Apr 15, 2013 #73 of 120
    archer75

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    I posted above but i'm on FIOS. 25 down/25 up. Whole house hard wired with Cat6 and gigabit switches.
     
  14. Apr 15, 2013 #74 of 120
    Jillxz

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    Nope , it's not called DirecTV I just dropped Directv because I got tired of paying $87.99 a month for program I never watched.Like over 50 channels of informercials and selling channels. lots of reality programs , double channels like 2 QVC channels , Just plain trash stuff that I don't watch.. Many sport channels that I don't watch . I could have gone to a lower package , but then I would not have been able to watch some of the main program that I do like. So , I dropped them..I don't have anything but Netflix . Do plan to get the Roku3. But no , Paying these outlandish prices to watch a few choice programs is too much. I elect not to do It . Maybe I will get tired of not getting my local channels and go back. Time will tell I guess.
     
  15. Apr 15, 2013 #75 of 120
    hasan

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    Yes. I still haven't fully watched the last two super bowls, but I have watched all the playoff games I cared to...and several were watched multiple times. I guess I'm more of a fan of the game than of a team. I follow multiple teams and enjoy the "game". Being a long suffering follower of da bears, I've learned not to invest too heavily in the outcome of any given game, but focus more on appreciating what takes place on the field. I understand that approach is pretty unusual, but that's what I do, and I really enjoy the games.
     
  16. Apr 15, 2013 #76 of 120
    Mike Greer

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    Looks like Dish is planning for the future at least...

    http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=AP&date=20130415&id=16351863

    I really do think for the 'masses' things are going to change in the near future. Why pay for channel after channel of crap when you can go online and get 'most' of what you want.

    Satellite makes sense for rural areas but for the majority on-line is likely where it will be and Satellite and on-line don't seem to go together.
     
  17. Apr 15, 2013 #77 of 120
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    Sorry I missed that. With speeds like that I can't see why streaming quality would be an issue. Have you tried a speed test at speedtest.net and see what you are actually getting? Also if you don't already know, Verizon offers an optimizer that may help out: http://my.verizon.com/services/speedoptimizer/FiOS/FiosOptimizerDownload.aspx?CusType=
     
  18. Apr 15, 2013 #78 of 120
    Phil T

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    To "cut the cord" requires a lifestyle change like losing weight. You have to be in the right mind set. (BTW I have lost 43 lbs since November!)

    My friend who I helped do this feels really good about what she did. Others where she works are considering doing the same. I actually could probably make some money advising some of these folks how to do it, but I won't since they are friends.

    FYI, at least here in the Denver area, if you cancel your Comcast cable or internet, they don't disconnect the service line from the house, and you can continue to get about 60 channels, including all the locals in HD. You need a newer HD set and ATSC tuner. I don't know how long this will last, but I know several folks who are doing this. I have never had Comcast TV but I get the 60 channels over the cable I used for internet that I canceled in January.

    BTW, if you work for Comcast, you did not see this here. :grin:
     
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  19. Apr 15, 2013 #79 of 120
    coolman302003

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    Regardless whether or not they disconnected it at the tap, if you knowingly and willingly connect the incoming line to your TV it is cable theft.
     
  20. Apr 15, 2013 #80 of 120
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    That would mean they would have had acquired both Blockbuster and Sprint Nextel if this goes through. I ponder why D* never does any such bidding on such entities.
    well there is this Comcast call center down the road from me where I know several people whom work there lol
     

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