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Which satellite provider would you pick?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by Chris Blount, Apr 27, 2006.

Which satellite provider would you pick?

  1. DirecTV

    4 vote(s)
  2. Dish Network

    152 vote(s)
  3. Both

    339 vote(s)
  1. tomcrown1

    tomcrown1 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 16, 2006
    How about a more accurate poll. How many on this board are Dish user vs Direct Tv users. If more folks are on Dish then guess what Dish wins
  2. wmcneil

    wmcneil Cool Member

    Mar 25, 2006
    The reasons I switched from DTV(had high def last two years) to DISH(high def) this month:

    * DTV would go no lower than $400/2yr contract for adding the high def DVR, which is going to have to be replaced later this year when DTV rolls out their MPEG4 DVR, and based on past experience, that update would likely have cost me at least $100. Dish on the other hand, did a complete install with the new vip622 high def DVR for $350/no contract (I choose this over $300/18month contract).....I talked to customer retention three times about this before I made the switch, and DTV just would not budge off the $400 price.

    * By using a dual-tuner, I saved the $5 for extra receiver charge with Dish

    * Dish currently has more high def channels than DTV. If DTV catches up and passes in 2007 as claimed, I can always switch back.

    * Picture quality is excellent on both DTV and Dish, and although I can't get high def locals off satellite from Dish yet (DTV just added them this month), I get my locals in high def from OTA, so it doesn't matter to me. (I am in the Raleigh, NC area)
  3. Laverne

    Laverne Guest

    Feb 17, 2005
    I think there are a LOT more D* users here than there were a year or so ago, IMO. ;) There is certainly a lot more D* activity here now than there used to be.
  4. thxultra

    thxultra Godfather

    Feb 1, 2005
    I switched from E* to D* a mounth ago and never want to go back to E*. I switched because D* had a better channel line up for the money and the future looks big for D*. I can't say i miss E*'s buggy recievers. Sure the guide is slow on my H20 but I was able to find a work around for that. My E* 811 had to be rebooted weekly because it couldn't pull channels in. D* carries logo. Even after a slew of e-mails E* still doesn't. As for the voom channels the only one I ever watched was rave hd and it was even repitive. Still waiting on a mpeg 4 dvr but if D* delivers on my expectations thier future dvr is going to be awsome.
  5. juan ellitinez

    juan ellitinez Icon/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jan 31, 2003
    I think you should check out the "R15" if you wanna know how BAD their mpeg 4 receiver MIGHT be
  6. Larry Caldwell

    Larry Caldwell Godfather

    Apr 4, 2005
    My brother-in-law with a 15 year old son chose D* because of the sports programming available, I chose E* because of the superstation package. Beyond that, I don't see much difference in the two services.
  7. dogs31

    dogs31 Godfather

    Feb 27, 2006
    Well, I have E* but when given the chance, I will switch to D*. The reason why is because of E*'s customer service. What happened was back in September, I won the Grand Prize which was 25 free months of AT60. I happen to subscribe to AT180 and when I won this prize, I only received the credit off my bill through December, mind you this is supposed to end in May of 08. But when January came, I saw the bill, and it was over $80 dollars. I was paying about half that price when I won the package. So it came to my attention that I was being screwed and that E*'s customer service told me that I had to pay it or I would be in collections and that they would fix it. Well, when the bill came in Feburary, it wasn't fixed. I threatened to get a attorney and to settle this in court since E*'s customer service is still "givl'ing around with us. Hopefully, this issue will get resolved and as soon as I can, I will switch to D*.
  8. danpedraza

    danpedraza Mentor

    Sep 16, 2004
    Well i just switched from dish net solely because of the yes network. I found dish picture quality superior and also i paid 300 dollars for 3 extra dvrs. I have 4 tvs that require dvrs but the new lease option is such a rip off. They male you pay 99 dollars per receiver then you dont own it. Then you have to pay 6 dollars per month warranty service charge for thier equipment? Its a rip off. Dish net dvr is free and when i had problems with mine it was replaced 2x.
  9. wjbear

    wjbear New Member

    Sep 23, 2005
    It just so happens that I am thinking of switching from Comcast to satellite. My preference so far is leaning to E*. By my calculations I can do a 2-tuner DVR with the AT60 program package for about $40.00 a month. I'm paying $50.00 + for Comcast w/o a DVR of any kind. Not doing the HDTV thing right now, but will be in the not so distant future.
  10. ixian

    ixian Cool Member

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wow, a poll asking what Satellite provider people would pick if they never had one before dissolves into a D* vs. E* debate split down party lines.

  11. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    My math gives almost $41:

    <pre>AT60 w/o locals   $29.99 (excluding any special promotions)
    Receiver lease     $5.00  (model 625 dual tuner receiver)
    DVR fee            $5.98
    Total             $40.97 (tax not included)</pre>
    If, like 95+% of the population, you want to be able to record local stations you'll need to add locals for $5. The Dish SD receivers do not record OTA locals (the HD receivers record only digital locals).

    Unless you get an absolutely screaming deal, I don't recommend buying an MPEG2 receiver from here on out (this goes for E* or D*).
  12. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    Actually it's rather interesting and thanks to all for the replies.

    In my case, I would probably choose D*. Not so much because of channel selection and HD programming, but more because their Tivo DVR's are reliable. Yes, the interface is a little old a clunky, but it works.

    On the other hand E* DVR's have come a long way. I also like how E* is doing their lease program.

    It would be a tough choice.
  13. Tony1097

    Tony1097 AllStar

    Apr 26, 2006
    DirecTV for Sunday Ticket and Setanta... that and I would rather have all those RSN's than cable's 3 "Fox College Sports" channels
  14. mdhef

    mdhef New Member

    Feb 1, 2006
  15. wje

    wje Godfather

    Mar 8, 2006
    New England
    I'm a (very) long-time D* subscriber, and I'm getting ready to switch to E*. Why? I paid $1K for the HD-Tivo from D*. I'm on my third (two failures). It was shipped with known hardware problems, there hasn't been a software update for over a year, and it's already obsolete. D* customer service is terrible. Check out the HD-Tivo forum over at tivocommunity.com for some horror stories.

    D* used to be a great provider, but since Rupert bought them, they've gone WAY downhill.

    Of course, E* might not be any better, but I'd certainly suggest to a propective new user that they avoid D*.
  16. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    Same one as I have now, neither.

    As much as I hate Dish, comparing current offerings from Dish and DirecTV just by their own websites and promotional material, I’d probably go with Dish. If I’d want to be smart about it, I’d visit this site, read a few threads from each providers forum realize that I’d chose neither at this time.
  17. Tmacsatman

    Tmacsatman New Member

    Apr 29, 2006
    ive had dish for a lil over a year now, I would never get directv. I work with both every day Dish is Definitely the better product.
  18. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    That's similar to the justifications for continuing to use Windows 98SE versus going to Windows XP (or OS9 versus OSX if you prefer).

    Given the forward looking limitation of the DirecTiVo units (MPEG4), I'm not sure I'd go that way even if the TiVo software (and hardware) were up-to-date. I believe that MPEG4 will become an issue across the board within three years.
  19. cdoyle

    cdoyle AllStar

    Feb 2, 2005
    I'll stick with Dish for as long as I can keep my 508 and not have any DVR fees.
    When they finally say the 508 can't be used anymore, and I 'must' upgrade. If they don't offer me a new reciever and no DVR fees, I'll look into Direct.
  20. midwave

    midwave Cool Member

    Jun 20, 2004
    I would choose Dish Network, once again, because of the availability of larger, more versatile DVRs, as well as the availability of the WB & UPN (soon to be The CW & My Network TV') Superstations from larger cities like NYC.
    Neither Dish Network nor Direct TV allow me to get my 'SIGNIFICANTLY VIEWED' Cleveland-area UPN 43, and the new local 'digital only' WB Affiliate is only offered on cable, so I have to find those networks other ways.
    All cable companies in my area offer WUAB-43 (UPN) and WBCB-20DT(WB-Digital Only), yet Dish still doesn't offer them, and DirecTV doesn't either.
    ....btw...my most frequently watched network is WB, soon to be the CW...I have a Terk amplified antenna on my Dish for all other locals.

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