What does E* have that D* doesn't?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by -Draino-, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. Jun 29, 2010 #61 of 135
    mobandit

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    Generally, the guide for D* goes out about 14 days. There is no fee for phone line connection with D*. The Protection Plan offered by D* is OK. One thing to note, for D* at least, the dish and cabling become YOUR property once they are installed. The Protection Plan covers such things as tech visits to re-peak the dish should it shift for some reason...
     
  2. Jun 29, 2010 #62 of 135
    Hoosier205

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    All you really need to consider is how much you value picture quality. Pick the one and only sat provider to do it justice and you're all set.
     
  3. Jun 29, 2010 #63 of 135
    TheRatPatrol

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    I'm really surprised we haven't seen one of those D* vs E* commercials yet that compares the two when it comes to HD picture quality. Of course not many people would probably understand that.
     
  4. Jun 29, 2010 #64 of 135
    Hoosier205

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    E* has that commercial. It's the, "We're screwing you, but you're too blind to see it!" ad.
     
  5. Jun 29, 2010 #65 of 135
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    With DirecTV, and no service plan, if you have a receiver go out, you have to pay the $20 shipping and handling. With a plan, that is waived. As mentioned, it also covers reaiming the dish if it's ever needed, the service call is free. It's really valuable for people who own their own receivers. Without the plan, a bad owned receiver gets replaced with a leased one, but with the plan it's owned.

    So in your case, it's mostly about tweaking the dish.
     
  6. Jun 29, 2010 #66 of 135
    espaeth

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    I'm not sure I understand this part. With the new packages they introduced in February you can't sub to Dish without locals if they are offered in your market.

    The NY DMA is covered by spotbeams from 61.5. http://www.satelliteguys.us/thelist/index.php?search=dn61&sub=true&sort=&order=&beamMap=E12_SB3.jpg
     
  7. Jun 29, 2010 #67 of 135
    willardjuice

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    The only thing I wish Dish had is the YES channel. :( I have been happy with everything else though, which is why I have stayed with them. Having said that, every baseball season I'm always tempted to switch.
     
  8. Jun 29, 2010 #68 of 135
    Glen_D

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    That's strange. The weekly junk mail flyers I get from Dish Advertise the various ATXXX package prices without locals, even though they've offered our locals for years. There is an astersk after the prices that states that local channels are not included, and that inclusion of those channels would be $5 extra per month.
     
  9. Jun 29, 2010 #69 of 135
    MysteryMan

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    DirecTV has "three" YES channels: YES HD, YES Bonus Cam HD and YES Alternet HD. Ready to switch now? :)
     
  10. Jun 29, 2010 #70 of 135
    espaeth

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    Go to Dish Builder and try to order a system and package without locals:

    https://www.dishtv.com/mydish.jsp

    I can't speak to local advertisements, though I've seen those come from local retailers who are using vastly outdated marketing materials. A couple months ago I got a newpaper box ad that still showed Dish with the Voom channels, which is clearly incorrect.
     
  11. Jun 29, 2010 #71 of 135
    lparsons21

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    Mostly because most people can't tell the difference. Yeah, I know that technically D* has a better HD, but with my 54" plasma 1080p set, I couldn't tell the difference at all, in spite of the tech spec sheets some like to trot out now and then.

    Of course, then you find that the SD on E* is markedly better than D*, even though both aren't bad and it is mostly a wash.

    Hoosier25 can always be depended on to make the point that doesn't matter in real world useage though!! :)
     
  12. Jun 29, 2010 #72 of 135
    TBoneit

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    What does Dishnetwork have?

    DirecTV Customer support gave me continuing headaches.
    Dishnetwork gave me what I want everytime. One exception when I tried to do something from work and couldn't prove I was me.

    D* sports = Could care less, I stopped watching the Yankees when they started the YES channel. I stopped watching any sport after they had a strike.
    E* premiums = many more channels that I want to see.

    D* Older HR series HD DVRs would have cost me a fortune paying for the temper induced damage to the equipment.
    E* = VIP622! It just works from day 1.

    E* Multiple external hard drives for all HD DVRs in the house and they don't replace the internal drive. I can move to them and watch from internal or external with no unplugging.

    D* seems to want to rest on their sports laurels. BBCA HD? Epix 1 & 2, Retroplex HD, Indieplex HD, Shorts HD (Some good stuff there).

    E* First Integrated Receiver with a DVR ( I Used that one for years). Slingloaded DVR. I've been on a single wire feeding each dual tuner box for years, MPEG4 ?. My suspicion is that if E* didn't keep pushing D* a lot of things wouldn't have happened.

    Lets not forget many more HD channels on E* while D* was having to to remove channels to support Season Ticket.

    E* All DSS satellites for reduced rain fade.

    I'm one one dish for eastern arc since my $15 upgrade. The Guy spent 2+ hours, New dish etc.

    One year Cinemax for 1cent. 3 months free HBO/Showtime. Various promotional discounts that they sent me a postcard telling me I qualified for. Last one had three choices i could choose from.

    E* No CSR Roulette. I always get it first time everytime.

    YMMV
     
  13. Jun 29, 2010 #73 of 135
    tonyd79

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    Of course, with Dish, you have no choice.

    :lol:
     
  14. Jun 29, 2010 #74 of 135
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    I wouldn't argue your points, but my experience with both services CSRs was good. In general knowledgeable enough to get me what I wanted on the first call. I have to give E* a little edge with online chat for support and such, then accents aren't part of the picture, and I have a written copy of what transpired. Very good.

    I would have stayed with D* if it hadn't been for the crappy HR21, and have considered going back if the deal was right and I knew I was only getting HR24s. So far, they haven't offered a deal worth considering.
     
  15. Jun 29, 2010 #75 of 135
    lparsons21

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    That's why we have 2 successful satellite services to feed the various programming wants/needs, you know. :)
     
  16. Jun 29, 2010 #76 of 135
    domingos35

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    the impending removing of DVR's from customers homes?

    BS :rolleyes:
     
  17. Jun 29, 2010 #77 of 135
    lparsons21

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    You just read Hoosier's standard BS, he's quite consistent and on rare occasions, right. Of course, the rant about removing DVRs isn't one of the right ones... :)
     
  18. Jun 29, 2010 #78 of 135
    Hoosier205

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    ...and the Dish folks can always be depended upon to justify their payments to a provider offering sub-par picture quality. :D

    If you want HD-Lite, if you want to risk losing your DVR's entirely, if you want to continually lose channels due to disputes, if you want to hassle with upgrading your dish after the launch of new channels, if you want macroblocking...Dish Network is the provider for you! :lol:
     
  19. Jun 29, 2010 #79 of 135
    Hoosier205

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    That's right. Dish Network still has not managed to make the necessary changes.
     
  20. Jun 29, 2010 #80 of 135
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    "Dish used to be cheaper...don't know now after some of their new fees"

    Over the 16 years I've been with D* I've probably checked out DISH a half-dozen times. The only teaser being price.

    But, whenever I walked into the storefront of their biggest local installer - that year - I not only never found anyone who impressed me as competent, the opposite impression was the norm.

    That might just be so in my neck of the prairie...
     

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