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Should I get DirecTV or stay with Time Warner?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jordanhallmann, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Apr 26, 2012 #61 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    Thanks. How is your service with DirecTV? Is the HD picture better than TWC? And, what about the new HD guide?
     
  2. Apr 26, 2012 #62 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    I definitely have to make a decision soon. I am watching the NBA on TNT and every test and picture is just pixelated.
     
  3. Apr 26, 2012 #63 of 100
    RACJ2

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    Go for it and order the HR34 HMC, I upgraded to it recently and I'm glad I did. Some are still having a few issues with it, but pixelation isn't one of them. And it sounds like that's what your trying to eliminate. Going with DIRECTV will do that and give you one of the best HD pictures out there. SD isn't all that great, but I rarely watch SD stations anymore.

    If you go with any other DVR its possible that you might have issues with speed/performance that you probably read about in other threads. I have the HR34 and HR22 and since the last couple HD GUI releases, I haven't had the performance issues others are having. I left Time Warner over 3 years ago and that's the best move I ever made. Although I recently switched back to their RR internet, for higher speeds.
     
  4. Apr 27, 2012 #64 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    One more question. I dont know if I should keep my internet with TWC. CenturyLink is in my area but it is only for business. Has anyone used CenturyLink?
     
  5. Apr 28, 2012 #65 of 100
    n3vino

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    Leon...
    Here in San Antonio, Direct TV HD is better than TWC.

    My service with Direct has been very good up to now.
     
  6. Apr 28, 2012 #66 of 100
    carl6

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    I think it is safe to say that DirecTV HD picture quality will be equal to, or better than, any other service provider. Your comparison should be based on other aspects of the service (equipment, cost, channel availability, etc.).
     
  7. Apr 29, 2012 #67 of 100
    bidger

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    There must be a Best Buy in your area. Stop by and check the DirecTV feed for yourself. There's a phenomenon known as "paralysis by analysis" in which you over think the situation. Granted with satellite you do have a two year commitment, but they tend to give the store to first time sub. Check out the display, make sure DirecTV has the channels you want right now, and then pull the trigger or holster the gun.
     
  8. Apr 29, 2012 #68 of 100
    n3vino

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    Leon...
    Have you tried to exchange your receiver? I know one time I had a problem where my picture would hiccup often. I thought it was a problem with TW. They came out and checked and fixed a problem in the main box outside, checkedthe wiring and the receiver. They made three calls to my home and nothing changed. Then I decided to go get another receiver and that fixed the problem.

    Another problem I had with the DVR where it pixilated. I went and got another DVR and that corrected the problem. I blame the problem with both receivers on not enough ventilation. I then removed the cabinet's glass on both units to keep them from overheating after I figured out that that was what was messing up the units.

    If I were you I would try that first and then take your time on deciding if you want to change providers. JUst go to the nearest TW center and exchange the box or call them to bring you one.
     
  9. Apr 29, 2012 #69 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    We have had multiple boxes here. Also, they have put down new main feed lines to fix signal problems.

    But, I do have a friend that used to work for TWC and he said that they are over compressing the HD signal because they do not have enough bandwidth to have all of the HD channels that they have.

    They are more focused on Internet right now that they compress the HD picture so they can continue sending out the 50Mbps internet.
     
  10. Apr 29, 2012 #70 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    There is. I am thinking about going there today to look at the directv display.
     
  11. Apr 29, 2012 #71 of 100
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    And I believe TWC is taking the right approach. Their higher speed internet is why I recently switched from AT&T to TWC. (I can't get Uverse at my house, despite the fact that my neighbor next door has it?) I didn't go for the 50Mbps, just the 20Mbps with turbo boost. Its more then 3x's as fast as what I had. AT&T was rated 6Mbps, typical was 5Mbps, TWC rated at 20Mbps, typical 18Mbps.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, the OP should go with DIRECTV over TWC for video.
     
  12. Apr 29, 2012 #72 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    I agree with that as well. Ever since they have gotten faster speeds, it has been more reliable. But, they are also forgetting about the TV as well.

    But, I think TWC is more focused on internet, which they should be. In my area, its TWC or AT&T. And the highest we can get is 1.5 Mbps. But, we can get 6Mbps with Business.

    The 50Mbps is really great at downloading movies but, they have to stay focused on the TV part too.
     
  13. Apr 29, 2012 #73 of 100
    CincyJen

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    It's been almost two years since I left Time Warner Cincinnati and became a DirecTV subscriber. To this day, I tell people "I have no idea why I waited so long."

    The DVR and user interface is vastly superior to those dinosaur Scientific Atlanta units I used to have from Time Warner. The channel selection is kick-ass. NFL NETWORK NFL NETWORK NFL NETWORK. Picture quality is amazing. 3D channels are free!

    What are you waiting for? Best TV decision I ever made was quitting TW and going with DirecTV.
     
  14. Apr 29, 2012 #74 of 100
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    Leon...
    I went from 6mbps dsl (actual 5mpbs) to 12 mbps UVERSE internet only (actual 11.5 mpbs. I'm able to stream netflix wirelessly using my Sony Blue Ray player with no problems at all. Once in a while, it will lose connection, but that's only on occasion. I use D* for tv.
     
  15. Apr 29, 2012 #75 of 100
    jordanhallmann

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    What plan do most of you have? I am thinking about getting the Choice Xtra plan with the HMC Dvr and 3 or 4 HD receivers.
     
  16. Apr 29, 2012 #76 of 100
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    Choice Xtra Classic is likely a common one on here, but it's it available anymore. I'd say Choice Xtra is a good available plan though.
     
  17. Apr 29, 2012 #77 of 100
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    I see Time Warner and immediately I think of Brighthouse. Brighthouse was paid for through our HOA so when I was out of work we used them. When I got hired again I couldn't get to the phone fast enough to hook Directv back up!
     
  18. Apr 29, 2012 #78 of 100
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    That would be a good choice and the package I have. If you decide you want a higher package, you can always change later. Be careful changing to a lessor package later, as you could lose discounts. Others lost free HD when did it. Check the rules when you sign up. Good luck!
     
  19. Apr 30, 2012 #79 of 100
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    I wish they'd get U-verse out our way here in San Antonio. A few years ago they came around the area...actually a nearby HEB grocery store....with their sales trailer and were telling us it would just be a matter of months before our neighborhood here in Canyon Springs would be ready....right....some four or five years later and we still don't have it. No plans to drop DirecTV and I wouldn't go with TWC for anything but I'd love to get the faster Internet.
     
  20. Apr 30, 2012 #80 of 100
    RACJ2

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    Maybe they changed their mind about where to install Uverse, when They moved their headquarters from San Antonio to Dallas. ;) As I mentioned, my next door neighbor has Uverse, but I can't get it. And on my decision to switch to TWC for internet, speed was more important then not changing due to my dislike in dealing with their CSR's.
     

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