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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by bullshark, Jan 23, 2012.

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  1. HoTat2

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    Add to this living with a maximum limit of only two to four (usually two) simultaneous HD streams.

    For instance imagine if DIRECTV could only support up to two dual tuner DVRs per household and a box like the HR34 impossible. ... :rolleyes:
     
  2. thedamaja

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    This is hilarious, if you haven't had an issue yet just wait. U-Verse will freeze, pixelate and hand out error messages on a regular basis.

    I remember plenty of VOD not available and complete system reboots during severe weather. I really liked when it happened during the NBA finals last year. Heck even my wife complained of the picture quality while watching a soap opera.
     
  3. crawdad62

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    If it's a Motorola running MediaRoom good luck with that.
     
  4. TDK1044

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    I've had U-verse, and anyone who seriously believes that it's superior to D* on any level, needs to wait patiently in the corner for nurse Ratched and the pink pills.
     
  5. TAK3210

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    What kind of problems did you have?
     
  6. PCampbell

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    I have the Internet and voice but the TV is not so great other than the fast channel changes. Good luck and I hope you do like the service.
     
  7. TDK1044

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    For starters, they could only give me a 3HD/1SD profile....a lot of people in my area were worse off than me with a 2HD/2SD profile. Your profile is dictated by how close to their VRAD box you are. So although I could watch one show and record three others, only two of the three others could be in HD.

    Their Motorola DVR was a joke. Constant glitches, picture freezes, and worst of all it would sometimes fail to record for no reason at all.

    The HD picture quality was average at best, and unwatchable with fast moving sports.

    The only good thing was their SD picture quality which was very good.

    I only suspended my D* account, and I couldn't wait to get back. :)
     
  8. TAK3210

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    Sounds pretty bad. I take it you have copper from your house to the VRAD? About how far are you from the VRAD? They put one in my neighborhood a little while back and I'm curious how close you *really* need to be to it for good service.
     
  9. TDK1044

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    Yes, their service is all copper to the house from the VRAD, unless you are fortunate to live in a new construction house built within the last three years in a few selective areas.

    I was about 800 feet from their VRAD. If you are more than about 3000 feet from the VRAD, you probably won't get service at all......at least nothing usable.

    Now that D* offers the HR34 with its five tuners, and it can either stand alone or be added to their Whole Home DVR, you'd be crazy to go to U-verse for TV in my opinion. :)
     
  10. sigma1914

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    Distance has no affect on PQ, only internet speed and number of HD streams.
     
  11. TDK1044

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    Picture quality, I agree. It's crap at whatever distance, but your profile is dictated by the distance. I had a 3HD/1SD profile, but my neighbor who was about 2500 feet from the VRAD could only be given a 2HD/2SD profile.
     
  12. TAK3210

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    They keep sending me those phone/internet/tv package deal flyers, which would save me some money every month. But, I don't want anything that gives me headaches. I think I'm more than 800 ft from the VRAD, so thanks for the info. I wonder if they'll ever get the bugs out. Esp. with the old copper wiring houses like mine. To tell you the truth, I'm surprised it works at all over the copper wiring to the house.
     
  13. TDK1044

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    Their VOIP/internet package is pretty good....just steer clear of the TV component. :)
     
  14. TAK3210

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    Might need to check that out. You haven't had any problems with VOIP? My sister has it from the cable company and their phone is always going out. Of course, it is the friggin' cable company, so... :lol:
     
  15. TAK3210

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    Might have something to do with the glitches/freezes, though, right?
     
  16. sigma1914

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    Their internet has been excellent for me.
     
  17. TDK1044

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    I haven't had a problem with VOIP, but it's the luck of the draw I guess. One thing to bear in mind is that if you have a home alarm system connected to a land line, you will probably need a new alarm panel installed if you go to VOIP.
     
  18. TAK3210

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    I'll keep that in mind, thanks. :)
     
  19. MoInSTL

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    I considered the new customer deals and trying it out. Then I remembered going through all of the growing pains (the delete button showing up when wanting to watch a recorded show) and all the other things that have occurred in the 10 years I have been with D*. While it isn't perfect, IMHO the firmware and service is more mature and I didn't want to go through all that again. I did change my slow 1.5 DSL to 12MBps UVerse two weeks ago. I was too far away from the CO to get any higher DSL speed. I had a good installer (former D* installer who installed my sat dish) and it was painless.
     
  20. PCampbell

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    I am 1000 feet from the VRAD and my Internet is great but could only get 2HD streems.
     

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