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In your area, which satellite TV provider seems to be more popular: DirecTV or Dish Network?

Where I currently live (Gilbert, Arizona), DirecTV seems to be more popular since I have seen more houses with DirecTV dishes than those with Dish Network dishes. Interestingly, where I previously lived (Rio Rancho, New Mexico), Dish Network seemed to be more popular there.
 

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For a while Dish was more popular simply because they had locals before DirecTV. And they were slightly cheaper.

I think DirecTV has closed the gap and maybe even overtaken Dish simply due to having more HD programming at a time when people were buying their first HDTV. Cable had next to nothing and Dish was behind DirecTV so people went with DirecTV.

In my neighborhood, DirecTV has at 4-1 advantage over Dish.
 

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Herdfan said:
For a while Dish was more popular simply because they had locals before DirecTV. And they were slightly cheaper.

I think DirecTV has closed the gap and maybe even overtaken Dish simply due to having more HD programming at a time when people were buying their first HDTV. Cable had next to nothing and Dish was behind DirecTV so people went with DirecTV.

In my neighborhood, DirecTV has at 4-1 advantage over Dish.
It depends what type of HD you want,DISH has more basic channels in HD,where DirecTV has more sports and Premium channels in HD.

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CCarncross said:
I think it definitely depends on the type of community you live in/near. I think at times Dish is considered cheaper, so that makes a difference to some.
When you use DISH's Duo DVRs for 2 TVs it is,but that is only if you have a HDTV and a SDTV.If you need HD for two HDTV,then I believe DISH is more expensive.But then you can transform a DISH's VIP211k into a HDDVR with a one time $40. fee when you hookup a EHD.A VIP211k has one satellite tuner and one OTA tuner:)
 

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Herdfan said:
For a while Dish was more popular simply because they had locals before DirecTV. And they were slightly cheaper.

I think DirecTV has closed the gap and maybe even overtaken Dish simply due to having more HD programming at a time when people were buying their first HDTV. Cable had next to nothing and Dish was behind DirecTV so people went with DirecTV.

In my neighborhood, DirecTV has at 4-1 advantage over Dish.
Yep, in Rio Rancho (and the Albuquerque market in general), Dish had local channels 3 years before DirecTV did (Dish in 2001, DirecTV in 2004). Also, in the Albuquerque area, existing DirecTV customers were required to upgrade to the 3-LNB oval multi-satellite dish to get locals, and I believe the 5-LNB slimline or sidecar dish is required for the HD locals there (both of which were typical for small to mid-size local markets).
 

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Unless they've changed it again, Dish moved our SD locals to a satellite that is behind the hills for a lot of people, and many of them switched to DirecTV at that time. Dish seemed to be the leader before then.

It seems to be about 50/50 now. As far as HD customers, I see more DirecTV HD dishes.
 
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