Possible goodbye to Directv

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by MrDad0330, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. MrDad0330

    MrDad0330 Godfather

    Jun 16, 2007
    Etters, Pa
    That is exactly what they installed last Thursday. I love it actually.
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  2. MrDad0330

    MrDad0330 Godfather

    Jun 16, 2007
    Etters, Pa
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  3. MrDad0330

    MrDad0330 Godfather

    Jun 16, 2007
    Etters, Pa
    My mistake, It was the ActionTec but here is what I have

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  4. Troch2002

    Troch2002 Member

    May 7, 2016
    Yep thats the Roamio Plus.
    They work excellent.
    Still my Favorite HD DVR even over the Hopper 3 with 16 tuners.

    Never a single connection issue, Never slow, the minis always work great.

    Hopefully Blue ridge price the 2nd year doesn't spoil it.

    Right now they are $30 higher than Dish, and $15 Higher than Directv for my setups.

    And that with BRC regular bundle price.
    1 year promo only evens the score.

    That's sad IMO that I can pay full price for BRC internet, and still get a better rate with Directv or Dish on TV.

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
  5. compnurd

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2007
    Evans City PA
    Same here with my local Cable Company.. After all parts and pieces they are more expensive than Direct
  6. MrDad0330

    MrDad0330 Godfather

    Jun 16, 2007
    Etters, Pa
    well im pretty happy with BRC for now. They will save me $1000 the first year and $700 the second year and we will go from there. Maybe D will wake up by then...
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  7. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    Thank you for telling us about your experiences with this.

    My brother made the switch, earlier this month, from AT&T’s DirecTV to Comcast xfinity. I haven’t had a chance to talk with him; I am getting over an upper respiratory infection. But, he had personal needs to make the move. (Which is not unusual.)

    This is a very interesting topic.

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  8. MrDad0330

    MrDad0330 Godfather

    Jun 16, 2007
    Etters, Pa
    Thank you APB, I certainly did not expect to see the welcome attention my post created. I am a die hard D guy. From the time i put my dish up on my roof and found the satillite myself thru the cutting edge weekend evenings to new birds launched to HD, etc etc, I always felt I was way head of my neighbors. However, I did feel a bit of that all die when AT&T purchased D. I in some ways felt betrayed but, it was really the cost that seemed to just get beyond my resources coupled with the fact that it seemed to me that the rest of the world caught up to D. With that in mind, I had another choice I felt was equal equipment wise did I then decide to return to BRC cable. Didnt want to keave D but now retired, it made sound financial sence.
    I am enjoying Tivo and even though I miss some features of Genie, Tivo adds some so to me, its a wash. I feel on some stations, the PQ is not equal to D but that isnt worth $1000 a year to me. Looking ahead, I know that on year 3 with BRC, my cost savings will be next to nothing but I also feel that the way things are going with streaming, etc, in 3 years we all may have other entertainment options on our table so....who knows.
    I have throughly enjoyed all your comments and learn from you all just as I have over the years.
  9. Bigg

    Bigg Godfather

    Feb 26, 2010
    For the duplicate channels, just go into the settings and delete the duplicate SD channels so you don't accidentally record from them. There's no reason to have SD versions of channels hanging around. TiVo does support Amazon Prime, but BRC may have disabled it on their rented TiVos versus the retail TiVos.

    X1 is Comcast's software platform. The XG1 is the hardware platform that goes with the X1 software. Contour is Cox's branded version of the X1 software, and also runs on the XG1 hardware platform. The XG1s that run TiVo have nothing to do with X1 other than that they re-purposed the hardware that Comcast developed for X1 for use with TiVo because it was already available.

    MoCA runs fine on any decent 860mhz splitter. It is designed with relatively high power levels to blast through crummy splitters. Most of them don't have too much of an issue passing higher frequencies anyway. You can use higher rated splitters if it makes you feel good, but really test it and see if it works. If you have a junk 860mhz splitter that won't pass MoCA, pull it out and try another one.
  10. MrDad0330

    MrDad0330 Godfather

    Jun 16, 2007
    Etters, Pa
    Well, Ive now been with Blue Ridge Cable and their Tivo Dream a month now. What I have observed so far compared to D are:
    1) Picture Quality is up to Directv standards on most but not all channels. Not an issue
    2) The Tivo 6 is great and is on par with Genie and its clients BUT what I dont like is the 30 min buffer compared to Genies 90 min buffer. I would like to see a 60 min buffer at least.

    3) I have NOT found out how to initiate a "double play I think it has one but if anyone can help me there, Id appreciate it.

    4) I do miss hitting the "up" arrow to get a window to chose my 9 fav channels that Genie has.

    5 ) I can only customize on favorites list unlike Genie where I could have several

    6) I do like having access to Netflix on Tivo and Im not sure why, but i am pulling in Dolby Digital on Netflix on Tivo vs my Roku where I was not lighting up my blue indicator light indicating digital on my Sony AVR. I do wish Blue Ridge also included Amazon video as well.

    D has sent me several offers to return and I could probably BUT they all come with the 2 year commitment and offers are good for one year. With Blue Ridge, I have NO Commitment, period. With the Tivo and its "minis" I feel I have very comparable hardware and did not take a step backward by leaving D. Blue Ridge has always been great to deal with and very responsive unlike most cable companies.
    So far so good. I am happy with my savings, picture quality, equipment and service. This has been an easy conversion but I have caught myself entering the D channel number a few times, lol. I cant say I miss D at all, at least at this time, even after 22 years with them. Time will tell but I will keep you all posted and I have always appreciated all the input you all have shared with me.
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  11. btedford

    btedford New Member

    Mar 10, 2010
    I just cancelled DirecTV. I switched to Cable as they offered to buy me out of my contract with AT&T for TV and Internet. No Contract with Spectrum, so in a few months I will go entirely streaming. TV is getting expensive and I got tired of paying for channels I don't watch.
  12. MrDad0330

    MrDad0330 Godfather

    Jun 16, 2007
    Etters, Pa
    I'll just enjoy saving $1000 my first year with BRC and $700 the second year and after that...lets see where streaming is? Channels like FNC and the ESPNs and the like aren't stream-able if you are subscribed to a cable or sat provider are they?
    Sat and Cable suppliers must have to know they are dying in the not to distant future. The next 5 years will be interesting.
  13. mjwagner

    mjwagner Icon

    Oct 8, 2005
    FNC and the ESPN's are available to stream using PSVue....I often watch them.
  14. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
    Depending on the provider, you can use satellite/cable log in credentials to watch Fox and ESPN streamed programming as part of one's subscription.
  15. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    My monthly bill just jumped from $160 to $200. Credits came off and commitment expired. If we weren't in the MLB season with the Yankees doing so well...

  16. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    Thank you, MrDad0330, for the update of your experience!

    I have something I'm going to relate. (If you don't mind.)

    My brother and sister-in-law switched from AT&T's DirecTV to Comcast [xfinity] on March 2.

    We live between two to three miles apart and are in the market of Detroit, Michigan.

    They had their reasons for switching; but, I'm not going to go into the details.

    They are not fussy with the channel lineup. (For an example: Perhaps they haven't noticed that Comcast, unlike AT&T's DirecTV, does not carry Boomerang.) They're not into stuff some people would describe as fringe or specialty to worry that they would be on AT&T's DirecTV but not on Comcast's lineup. They watch the popular fare like USA Network and TNT. My brother watches ESPN a lot.

    They like the x1 platform. They like speaking into the remote when they have anything in mind, like to change a channel.

    I had the chance to be there myself. (It was to feed their pets while they were not available on a given day.) It feels fresh and loosely easy to navigate. (AT&T's DirecTV, and I have H20, HR20, has become stiff. That has more to do with lousy codes, I've been told here, and a thread was created May 1, 2015: DTV very slow, channel changes and GUI are horrible .) While exploring x1, it had me thinking, "AT&T really needs an update!" (Also of note: I didn't notice anything bad about the HD-picture quality of what programming I checked out on Comcast. That would have been more a concern in 2007 and 2012 while it is not the case in 2017.)

    My brother and sister-in-law also like that On Demand plays immediately. (My sister-in-law told me it seemed like it took hours to download onto DVR content from the On Demand of AT&T's DirecTV.)

    Although my brother and sister-in-law are on a promotional package, which includes the highest basic-cable level (not with the separate sports package), along with Starz, they like bundling Double Play of television and Internet. (The speed level is 75Mbps download.)

    I have Comcast for Internet. (It is the same speed level. And my two-year introduction of promotional pricing ends after May.) What is keeping me with AT&T's DirecTV has to do with my being fussy with the channel lineups. There are programming, particularly in HD, that AT&T's DirecTV has that are not carried on the Michigan system of Comcast: ASPiRE HD, beIn Sports HD, Crime & Investigation HD, Disney Junior HD, ESPN Deportes HD, Fox Deportes HD, Galavision HD, MTV2 HD, Nick Jr. HD, Ovation HD, Reelz Channel HD, Revolt HD, Sundance TV HD, TV Land HD, and Univision HD. Now, there are some on Comcast not available on AT&T's DirecTV: C-Span HD, Discovery Family HD, Home Shopping Network HD, Outdoor Channel HD, Sportsman Channel HD, Sprout HD, TV One HD, and UP HD. (This is comparing linear channels, from standard definition at the very least, made available on both, with in mind: Which does AT&T's DirecTV and which does Comcast carry in high def while the other does not? I have some pics with a post here: DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q2-17 Thread) .) There are other trade-offs. AT&T's DirecTV has more multiscreen of premium-movie programmers in high definition. With Comcast, I would gain two more locals in high definition: CBET, Ch. 9 (CBC—Windsor, Ontario, Canada) HD and WGTE, Ch. 30 (PBS—Toledo, Ohio) HD. For standard-definition fare, ones pretty pivotal, AT&T's DirecTV has numerous public-interest programmers while Comcast has the Detroit affiliates of stations' subchannels (like Retro TV).

    Perhaps you're appreciating from Blue Ridge Cable any programmers with HD that you did not get in that format while you were still with AT&T's DirecTV.

    My focus, and I tend to routinely post on the HD Anticipation thread, is to see what AT&T does with DirecTV in upgrading the programming carried in SD which actually have available HD. (That's what I want.) I've been with DirecTV since March 1998. AT&T's purchase of DirecTV was approved by the FCC in July 2015. Right now, I feel that AT&T hasn't done much let alone enough. (Over the last year, GSN HD and Oxygen HD were brought in. Nearly all the rest of HD additions were programmers not previously carried at all. And I find much of that to be a waste. Not just my personal taste; but a waste; that their inclusion is at the expense of the opportunity of the SD-to-HD upgrades.)

    Due to my not being in contract, and I'm not looking to upgrade equipment, I'm open to the possibility of jumping ship. (I consider that the pricing goes up annually. I expect AT&T's DirecTV to upgrade in order for my perceived value of the overall product to be worthy of continuing to subscribe. And to upgrade this year.) AT&T's DirecTV, with the recent years' two satellites launched, has capacity to do more upgrading SD into HD. Comcast reportedly is going to go IP. (That should have happened years ago. Its focus has been on Internet.)

    It's nice to feel like a free agent. (I'll let it play out for a few more months.)
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017
  17. Delroy E Walleye

    Delroy E Walleye AllStar

    Jun 9, 2012
    I thought TiVos always had two 30 min DLBs running at all times.

    (Granted I've only used the DirecTV versions.)

    In the older ones, the down arrow would change tuners.

    In the newer (THR) - but still old-fashioned GUI - there is liveTV/swap button.

    In either case the full info banner should have a way to see what's on the other tuner and select to tune to it.

    I would be curious to know if they've done away with DLBs altogether in the cable versions.
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  18. compnurd

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2007
    Evans City PA
    I believe all of the tuners now will buffer for 30 min at a time
  19. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    Not with Blue Ridge unless you have specific tastes, while they have some HD channels DirecTV doesn't, overall they are missing a lot more:
    You gain:
    Blaze HD
    CSN Philly HD
    Esquire HD (folding in July)
    HSN HD
    MavTV HD (In their equivelent of the HD Extra Package)
    Nicktoons HD
    Outdoor Channel HD
    Outermax HD
    Outside Television HD (In their equivelent of the HD Extra Package)
    PCN HD (Kind of like a Pennsylvania only C-SPAN)
    Sportsman HD
    Sprout HD
    Starz Encore Black HD
    WFN HD (In their equivelent of the HD Extra Package)

    You lose:
    ASPiRE HD*
    AWE HD*
    BBC World News HD
    beIN Sports HD*
    beIN Sports Espanol HD*
    BET HD
    Bloomberg HD*
    BTN HD*
    Comedy.TV HD*
    Cooking Channel HD
    Disney Junior HD
    DIY HD
    Eleven Sports HD*
    ESPN College Extra HD*
    ESPN Deportes HD
    ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater HD*
    FM HD*
    Fox Deportes HD
    Fuse HD*
    Fusion HD
    Galavision HD*
    Justice Central HD*
    Longhorn HD*
    MSG HD*
    MSG Plus HD*
    Nat Geo Wild HD
    NBC Universo HD
    OAN HD*
    Ovation HD*
    OWN HD
    Pursuit HD*
    Reelz HD
    Revolt HD*
    Root Sports Pittsburgh HD*
    Shorts HD*
    Sony Movie Channel HD*
    TCM HD
    UniMas HD*
    Univision Deportes HD*
    WeatherNation HD*

    * Not carried at all by the local Blue Ridge system serving our area, along with a bunch of other channels they don't carry like Babyfirst, BYU, Centric, CNBC World, Daystar, El Rey, GEB, JLTV, Logo, Pop, SBN, TVG and TV One. None of the out of market sports packages are in HD and they only have one of iNDemand's PPV channels, which means anytime boxing, wrestling and/or UFC are on the same night, only one of them is available.

    Everything else like American Heroes, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, Chiller, Discovery en Espanol, Discovery Familia, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, Evine, EWTN, FXM, GAC, GolTV, INSP, Jewelry TV, NASA, QVC2, RFD-TV, TBN, TeenNick, UP and the rest of the Starz Encore channels are also SD only on Blue Ridge.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017
  20. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    The TiVo Bolt does buffer all 4 tuners. Even when you tune to a channel you cant receive it will keep it in the buffer list so in that case it is only buffering 3 tuners

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