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Your driving force..

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by HinterXGames, Feb 17, 2013.

What is your driving force in choosing a provider

  1. Pricing

    0 vote(s)
  2. Technology

  3. Programming Options

  4. Customer Service level

  1. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    For me it was not about equipment in the beginning, it was about a combination of programming and pricing, but since i only had expanded basic cable service before they went digital with no hd besides locals and no cable boxes just straight connection to tv. But now i have all the hd programming i need and hd dvr's and best pricing compared to comcast.
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    True mobile access or using mobile devices within the home?

    FIOS has an iPad version and it seems to have many of the same features that DIRECTV offers with their iPhone version. Neither seems to approach the functionality (away-from-home) that one would expect from using the term "mobile access" when applied specifically to DVR management.
  3. VLaslow

    VLaslow Active Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    The programming makes the decision for us. If I were to lose three critical channels, DirecTV becomes just another of many similar services.
  4. Racer88

    Racer88 Icon

    Sep 12, 2006
    The most powerful driving Force there is right now of course....

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  5. Phil17108

    Phil17108 Mentor

    Apr 10, 2010
    Programing, technology & reliability work together.
  6. studechip

    studechip Godfather

    Apr 16, 2012
    You can see 101 but not 99 and 103? That's a very tight window!
  7. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    What would you expect? The fios app can schedule and delete programming. It reports on your dvr status including what's on it and disk space.
  8. crkeehn

    crkeehn Godfather

    Apr 22, 2002
    My dish shoots through a notch between two tall trees. One of them is on my property (I think), one of them is not. It is a very tight window.
  9. renbutler

    renbutler Godfather

    Oct 17, 2008
    That's the primary reason why I haven't made the switch myself.

    I'd probably give U-Verse a try, otherwise.
  10. Bill Broderick

    Bill Broderick Icon

    Aug 25, 2006
    Long Island
    Initially, I became a DirecTV customer (in 1996) because of customer service and programming (for me, Customer Service = overall satisfaction of a service). The crappy service the Cablevision provided caused me to go to a satellite service and Sunday Ticket caused me to go with DirecTV over Dish.

    Now, it's Technology, Programming and Customer Service in that order.
  11. inazsully

    inazsully Icon

    Oct 3, 2006
    Funny thing is, if you asked the same question with the same choices on the Dish Forum you would get exactly the same answers.
  12. alnielsen

    alnielsen Godfather

    Dec 31, 2006
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    Same for me. Comcast (or was it Continental Cable back then) would go down for hours on clear and bright weekend day for no apparent reason. Picture quality was better too back then. That was 15 yrs ago. I haven't looked back.
  13. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Funny thing is...I originally picked DirecTV for programming and am still with them largely for programming but my more recent experiences with Comcast and Fios (and even Tivo) have left me cold not only for programming but for technology.

    Comcast DVRs are horrible. Fios are better but still cumbersome and missing a lot of key features I have grown used to. Neither does a good job with grouping programming. Tivo was very nice when a DirecTivo but a cable card implementation is more of a mashup than an integration and I hated it (so much so that I gave away my Tivo and chose to use the fios DVR).
  14. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    To me, it's NFL Sunday Ticket, and HD sports packages.
  15. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Tight is a matter of perspective. The satellites are less than five degrees apart in Raleigh so the window you need is a little over 5' wide at 30' away from the dish.
  16. crkeehn

    crkeehn Godfather

    Apr 22, 2002
    Tight enough that both the installer and supervisor were unable to obtain a line of sight for either side satellite.
  17. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    Sunday Ticket is probably the biggest thing for me. That being said, if Sunday Ticket moved to a cable provider, I would probably stay with DirecTV. Technology is a close 2nd for me. The DVR's are DirecTV seem to work great for me. I would not trade my HR34 for anything.
  18. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    I voted Technology, but that was mainly because I am tied to the DirecTV DVR system. I have too much stuff recorded to give it up. Plus although I was opposed to it when it was rolled out, I have really come to like the dual SD/HD channel #'s. When we visit my M-I-L, she sits and watches SD programming because she "forgets" to tune to the HD version (she is on UVerse and their HD channels the 1000 version of the SD one). DirecTV has also thwarted my parents on this aspect.

    Second is programming. Simply put, being grandfathered in with the Distants, I simply can't go anywhere else or I'll lose them. ST used to be a factor, but with a teenage daughter, I simply don't have many free Sunday's to do nothing but sit and watch football.
  19. archer75

    archer75 Godfather

    Oct 13, 2006
    They all have the programming I want. And the sat companies have DVR's that have several tuners and plenty of storage so it all comes down to price.
  20. JeffBowser

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    None of the above for me. I picked my provider based on who had the best post-hurricane signal. Satellite hands down. DirecTV won over Dish at that time simply because the local paper had a DirecTV ad instead of a Dish ad that week.

    Sometimes it's simply about luck, not about your marketing drivel, the abysmal crap spewing out of studios these days, nor even your price, if you are remotely competitive.

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