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Should I get DirecTV or stay with Time Warner?

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Right now, we have Time Warner's SignatureHome and we have constant problems with channels going out, internet and phone going out for a few mins and then coming back. We have some small cisco boxes and there are constant problems with the HD picture and they seem to not care and not do anything to fix it.

So I am thinking we should keep internet and phone and switch the TV to DirecTV and it will make the bill alot cheaper.

What do you think? Is DirecTV any better then Time Warner? Picture Quality?
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I have had DIRECTV for over 12 years, and I could not imagine going back to cable. When I visit relatives or friends who have cable, using their DVR's are incredibly frustrating. I say switch.
jordanhallmann said:
Right now, we have Time Warner's SignatureHome and we have constant problems with channels going out, internet and phone going out for a few mins and then coming back. We have some small cisco boxes and there are constant problems with the HD picture and they seem to not care and not do anything to fix it.

So I am thinking we should keep internet and phone and switch the TV to DirecTV and it will make the bill alot cheaper.

What do you think? Is DirecTV any better then Time Warner? Picture Quality?
My signature says it all. Upgrade to DirecTV and use Time Warner for internet like I do.
DirecTV gives me better service from 45,000 miles away than Time Warner does from ten miles away.
jordanhallmann said:
Right now, we have Time Warner's SignatureHome and we have constant problems with channels going out, internet and phone going out for a few mins and then coming back. We have some small cisco boxes and there are constant problems with the HD picture and they seem to not care and not do anything to fix it.

So I am thinking we should keep internet and phone and switch the TV to DirecTV and it will make the bill alot cheaper.

What do you think? Is DirecTV any better then Time Warner? Picture Quality?
Depends on what you are looking for. DirecTV is a great provider, the only thing that I could think of that would hold you back is Time Warner's on-demand service. DirecTV has a similar on-demand service but it's not instant, it's based on your internet speed and takes a few to buffer so you can watch it. If that's not a big deal to you, I would highly recommend DirecTV.
We're quite biased here since it's a satellite site. ;)
Since you would be "new", you might get the fastest/newest hd dvr and a bunch of freebies. I've been with 'em for 17+ years, have a dvr that's 5 years old and takes forever to do the simplest tasks. Just search this forum for "slowness" and "slow receiver" and you can read for hours. I was thinking of dumping DTV for TW cable!! DTV has been most unhelpful with the situation.
Podkayne said:
Since you would be "new", you might get the fastest/newest hd dvr and a bunch of freebies. I've been with 'em for 17+ years, have a dvr that's 5 years old and takes forever to do the simplest tasks. Just search this forum for "slowness" and "slow receiver" and you can read for hours. I was thinking of dumping DTV for TW cable!! DTV has been most unhelpful with the situation.
I'll help you... www.solidsignal.com
You too can the fastest/newest HD DVR. ;)
I thought SignatureHoe was supposed to come with personal advisors for issues?

At least here, there is a big difference between picture quality, DirecTV wins hands down and the DVRs can store more hours to boot.
sigma1914 said:
I'll help you... www.solidsignal.com
You too can the fastest/newest HD DVR. ;)
Darn it, I was perfectly happy with my HR 20-100 until Feb. 9 when the dreadful 0x59e was pushed to my DVR. I'm now an expert at all the workarounds to address the now nearly unresponsive nature of this box. My point is that DTV did this to this DVR, and I shouldn't have to pay a penny to get a DVR that changes channels when I direct it to, displays a list in less than 10 seconds, can delete a program in less than 10 seconds, can complete a smart search in less than a minute, and in general behaves like it did BEFORE the redoubtable 0x59e release!! Roll back this stupid software (at least to my box) and give me back my DVR, please! I'll repeat: I shouldn't have to pay to fix a problem that I didn't cause!
Podkayne said:
Darn it, I was perfectly happy with my HR 20-100 until Feb. 9 when the dreadful 0x59e was pushed to my DVR. I'm now an expert at all the workarounds to address the now nearly unresponsive nature of this box. My point is that DTV did this to this DVR, and I shouldn't have to pay a penny to get a DVR that changes channels when I direct it to, displays a list in less than 10 seconds, can delete a program in less than 10 seconds, can complete a smart search in less than a minute, and in general behaves like it did BEFORE the redoubtable 0x59e release!! Roll back this stupid software (at least to my box) and give me back my DVR, please! I'll repeat: I shouldn't have to pay to fix a problem that I didn't cause!
I agree. DIRECTV really ought to phase out the HR20,21,22,23 boxes.
hilmar2k said:
I agree. DIRECTV really ought to phase out the HR20,21,22,23 boxes.
Eventually they will. Just won't happen over night. A mass phase out of the 20-23 series receivers would come at a high price forcing DirecTV to pass the cost on to the customers.
MysteryMan said:
Eventually they will. Just won't happen over night. A mass phase out of the 20-23 series receivers would come at a high price forcing DirecTV to pass the cost on to the customers.
Yeah, that's what "phase out" means. To eliminate something one phase at a time.
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I switched from TW to DTV and love it. I did it via Verizon bundle (now Frontier). Don't think TW has a DTV bundle deal. Do you have the Verizon service in your area? If so, investigate it.
Best thing is to see if you can find a dealer or friend and try the Direct DVR. If you do go with Direct it is best to get your DVR from a dealer so you can be sure to get an HR24.
hilmar2k said:
I agree. DIRECTV really ought to phase out the HR20,21,22,23 boxes.
At the very least the 21,22,23 (ESPECIALLY the 23). The 20-700 is still a horse
sigma1914 said:
We're quite biased here since it's a satellite site. ;)
True, but TW is the second largest cable provider so many of us have either had it or know someone who does.
Xsabresx said:
At the very least the 21,22,23 (ESPECIALLY the 23). The 20-700 is still a horse
Yeah, I almost left the 20-700 off the list, but they are getting very long in the tooth. While it is still a workhorse, I still think they ought to be retired.
The only thing I dislike about Directv is the 2 year committment. I'm within a few months of the end of mine and would like to add a 3rd receiver, but I won't because I'm not committing for another 2 years. Time Warner is the cable company in my area and I'm thinking of checking them out vs. committing to Directv again.
Switch to DirecTV and look down your nose at the poor Time Warner saps who don't have NFL Network. It doesn't matter if you actually watch it... you can be elite by association.
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