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Why do you prefer Direct over Dish?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mrmabry, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. VaJim

    VaJim Godfather

    Jul 26, 2006
  2. ohpuckhead

    ohpuckhead Godfather

    Dec 15, 2007
    1. I got Directv in 1996 when it was the only option for NHL Center Ice and my cable company didn't even carry ESPN 2. They also had alienated me with years of crapola customer service. Since then I've had great service (despite the occasional pains of voice-activated phone syste, etc.)

    2. My First DVR was the awesome Directv Tivo, which I still have for an old TV.

    3. Generally good rollout of new channels and new HD's (I figure no service will have EVERY channel I'd like.)

    4. All locals in my area.

    4. Now, every time I call they thank me for my many years of customer loyalty. They gave me some free PPV's a few years back and now 3 months of Showtime. I just got a free cleaning of my dish by an installer. Didn't know it would be free until he arrived. (I had called requesting a dish relocate from high up on my roof---unreachable.)

    5. Tivo DVR in the near future!!!

    Negatives: High Fees. Unstable HD-DVR 21-700

    Overall, I love Directv.

    Give me six months free Dish and I'll report back!
  3. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Did he tell you it would improve your picture quality? He was probably just fishing for a tip. Unless the dish is covered in snow, it doesn't need to be cleaned.
  4. mikeny

    mikeny Hall Of Fame

    Aug 20, 2006
    Bingo. A few others posted this too.

    I cancelled Cablevision in Dec. 2002 after missing the Yankees on YES for 2001 season. DirecTV had it. My colleague had DirecTV as well and recommended it.

    Since then, it seems whenever I call I can get a trial of a package or an equipment upgrade...or even consolation credits for spending my own money on their equipment via retail like when I bought the HD TiVo off EBay.

    They've always worked with me.

    Cutting edge on dbstalk has been a blast too.

    I just referred a friend to a new DirecTV install in my neighborhood. I explained why I continue to choose DirecTV over FiOS TV. Cablevision and Dish are not even discussed or ever considered.

    I didn't even know about the multiple DVR fee Dish has. Fuhgetaboutit.
  5. Brandon428

    Brandon428 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2007
    Directv is great for hardcore sports fans. No one can beat them at that,but after 7 years of Directv I'm switching to Dish because of triple bundle savings with Centurytel and more programing I want and their closer to adding my locals in HD than Directv. I will miss most being a CEer. I was proud and honored to be one and I really appreciated that Directv listens to their customers so much through the CE program. I think most will agree that Dish offers more for the tv and movie watcher while Directv offers more for the sports fan in general. I will miss NFLST but I don't find myself watching as much as I used to and I don't really need it because all I pretty much follow anymore is my local teams. Directv won't carry CST so I miss all the Hornets games and due to blackout rules I can't even watch in via NBALP. Dish carries CST. I will always recommend Directv to sports fans and if I ever move from home I'll switch in a heartbeat to watch my home teams,but circumstances now lead me toward Dish and I know I'll be happy with them.
  6. Gooser711

    Gooser711 Cool Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    MSG-HD not on DISH, same reason I won't get FIOS TV either (NY Market)
  7. dogs31

    dogs31 Godfather

    Feb 27, 2006

    Give me six months free Dish and I'll report back!

    As a former DIRECTV sub now coming back to DISH, I would say that I beaten that deal with a four room hookup, At200 HDGold and Protection Plan for $64.99 a month. On top of that, they gave me Cinemax for a penny for a year.:D
  8. josetann

    josetann Legend

    Oct 2, 2006
    Started with Dish in the late 90s. For the programming I wanted, it was the cheapest out there. Later got the dishplayer, our first dvr. Not much more than a toy, I did upgrade the pathetically small drive (but not to a drive that was too large, I think it was 80GB or so that caused more bugs to surface). Not too stable, couldn't count on it to record anything. Sure, it worked most of the time, but it had enough problems that you couldn't depend on it.

    Then the Series1 DirecTiVo had a huge price drop, I think they were around $100-$200, I forget. Got one hooked up with Direct, didn't have any problems. Later upgraded the drive, played around some more, and still no problems. Promptly canceled Dish. At the time I still preferred Dish's programming (mainly the cost), but the TiVo's stability and the all important feature of it-just-works, the choice was obvious for us.

    I've tried out some of Dish's PVRs since then (even one that was rebranded for ExpressVu), and none of them can hold a candle to TiVo. If I had to start up a brand new account today, it could easily go either way. I'm still holding on to several TiVos (one Series1, three Series2, and one HD TiVo, that's just what's currently subscribed), but they're relics now, and I couldn't get them easily with a new account. Dish's HD DVR vs DirecTV's HD DVR, virtually the same in my book. Dish's is better at some things, DirecTV at others. Dish has a cheap HD-only package that has most of what we need, so it'd be tempting. However, if DirecTV and TiVo do indeed come out with a new HD TiVo this year, then there's no question who I'd be staying with.
  9. martyp

    martyp Cool Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    Well I have directv over dish simply because dish does not really want you to have a 2 tuner dvr for each tv .

    I do not want to share a dvr between 2 tv which means I have to use a cheap modulator to get the signal to the other room .

    I have 6 dvrs from directv and they had no problem with it .

    We have been with directv for 8 years now .
  10. CorpITGuy

    CorpITGuy Godfather

    Apr 11, 2007
    You don't use a modulator. The DVR has two coaxial output jacks. I much preferred that setup to DirecTV. It was nice to have MRV.
  11. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    It's only preferrable if you don't care about PQ on TV2. If you do, it's totally unacceptable.
  12. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
    I find Directv preferrable over a broken antenna or rabbit ears.
  13. GolfProRM

    GolfProRM Mentor

    Sep 4, 2008
    HD locals in my area was a big reason why I chose DirecTV over Dish. I switched from cable to satellite about 6 months ago due to the complete lack of HD on our cable.

    My parents have Dish, and personally I prefer the guide interface on DirecTV over Dish. My parents like the dual TV receivers, but personally I like having a separate receiver for each TV. Also, if/when we get multi-room viewing, it'll be HD on both TV's.

    I have had some billing issues with DirecTV, but I have been able to resolve them all (sometimes it has taken 3-4 phone calls though). I've hardly run into much issue with signal loss - even in Nebraska where it's been snowing every other day the last month.

    One issue my parents have run into with Dish is that they have started to launch the HD locals, but they put them on the eastern arc initially, and most dishes in the area are pointed to the western arc. They then wanted to either charge or extend the contract in order to install a wing dish to pick up the HD locals. I know they'll eventually be on the western arc, but they should have at least offered a free upgrade with no strings attached, or not announced that they launched locals in the market where nobody can get them.

    From my experience, you'll probably like either service you choose, and the differences aren't huge - both have their good sides and bad sides. Regardless, they're still both better than cable!
  14. tomallison24

    tomallison24 AllStar

    Dec 10, 2008
    Since you just switched who has the best PQ.
  15. the_batman

    the_batman AllStar

    Sep 20, 2007
    N F L
  16. aj12

    aj12 New Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    I switched from some rinky dink cable company to DirecTV about 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. I have read and heard horror stories about people's equipment failing or their bills having errors, but have never had 1 thing go wrong with my account. Everything has worked perfectly fine and I have never had a problem with my bill. I even moved to a different state and the transition was smooth and without any problems at all.

    A friend of mine had Dish, and we'd go over and watch some football. I never seen him have any problems whatsoever with his system. He told me about a couple times when he had some problems with his bill, nothing major though. I did notice the on-screen guide wasn't as modern or cool looking like DTV's though. I guess if DirecTV went out of business :)icon_lol:) I wouldn't mind switching over to Dish. But for now, I'm happy with what I've got.
  17. Artwood

    Artwood Legend

    May 29, 2006
    Dish before it started additionally compressing HD channels was great.

    Now DirecTV is one trillionth of one atom better.

    But in my entire life I have never seen worse picture quality than Chiller on DirecTV.

    It is the all time hall of shame worst!
  18. DVRaholic

    DVRaholic Godfather

    Nov 19, 2005
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    Cant believe Dish still REFUSES to carry YES!!!
  19. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
    I like Directv over Dish as Directv has energystar rated rcvrs, Does Dish?
  20. martyp

    martyp Cool Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    The box does have a buit in modulator . How do you thing you get in on a uhf channel?

    I really don't care too much about multi room viewing as with 4 tuners in the bedroom and even the kitchen tv having 2 tuners to itself it no problem to record the same show on another box .

    I also dont like the idea of dish counting each turner as the 4 they will allow you to have as by thier way of counting I have 12 tuners or 13 if you count the box we put by the pool in the summer

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