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With the launch of TWC SportsNet coming up this Monday, October 1st, and being the huge Laker fan that I am, I did not want to take any chances and miss any Lakers coverage (Behind-the-Scenes Exclusives, Player Interviews, Pre-Season Games, etc.) So, just a few days ago, I signed up with Time Warner Cable - Los Angeles (no premiums - just basic programming with Sports Pass) to supplement my D* programming.

As an added bonus, I now have Pac-12, ESPN Goal Line, and I'm looking forward to checking out NFL Redzone today to see how it compares to Sunday Ticket Redzone.

I do plan to cancel TWC's services as soon as D* carries the Lakers network, as that is the only channel I'm truly interested in.

I'm just curious, how many of you out there are running dual systems (or more) because there is a channel (or channels) that you absolutely had to have.
 

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I signed up for Comcast recently to access the PAC-12 network.

As much as I dislike Comcast, their Xfinity setup has grown on me and I'm finding myself watching Comcast more than DirecTV during the week. I just hate the way they group channels, but other than that, I'm surprised as they've come a long way since I last dumped them many years ago.

I may ultimately fully bundle with Comcast and suspend my DirecTV account after the NFL season, or at the very least dump the premier and sports package and get the bare minimum, with just two receivers for Sunday Ticket and that's all.
 

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I have UVerse along with DirecTV because I got a discount for TV when I installed their internet. Their PQ isn't as good, but the recent addition of the Longhorn Network is nice.
 

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I have Directv and Comcast with about 90 SD channels. I have comcast internet and internet is cheaper with basic cable than internet only. I'm only supposed to get channels 2-13 but I still get most everything they offer in SD. The only time I watch anything on cable is during rain fade, an SEC ball game on CSS (not offered by Directv) or the news in another market that is on cable but not Directv.
 

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Right now I have D*, E* & Comcast HD preferred x3play - but after getting another 722k (for FREE) from E*, I'm getting ready to pull the plug on D* as we speak.

Got sick & tired of what that **** HD GUI did to my slow-a$$ POS HR20 receivers - & the fact D* refused to do ANYTHING about it whatsoever. Plus, I got tired of waiting on them to spoon feed out a new basic HD channel here or there at their leisure - while both E* & CC have had the HD channels I've been wanting from D*, NOW!

Between CC giving me new customer pricing for 2 years, & E* upgrading 2 DVR's & 1 SD receiver, to 3 HD DVR's & 1 HD receiver for FREE, as well as waiving my DVR fee for 2 years (due to previously having fee-free DVR's) - it was a no-brainer for me to dump D*'s a$$. This in spite of the fact I have had FREE (lifetime) DVR service with them since 2004; not much value to me if the receivers & prog suck that goes along with it! Truthfully, I was surprised by how easily E* agreed to do all those upgrades for FREE - considering I was already a Welcome Pak sub w/supers only. Same goes for CC; I had limited basic & internet with them already as well. Nice to see 2 companies willing to take care of existing customers that ARE willing to buy more services from them.

Even though CC's Moto HD DVR ain't exactly the most advanced, (but it IS a DCX3501, which is the best Moto DVR they now make) at least I do NOT have to keep waiting 20+ seconds for the guide to come up, or for my DVR'd shows to come as well. Same goes for the 722K receivers; they may be a couple years old, but they run circles around my HR20's - not to mention it's nice now having 3 hours of guide info on ONE (wide) screen.

After the 2 year contract (& promo pricing) is up on both of these E* & CC packages, I'll re-evaluate who's got what (& for how much) then - maybe D* might actually catch up by then, with what CC or E* has in basic HD now! :rolleyes:
 

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DBSNewbie said:
I'm just curious, how many of you out there are running dual systems (or more) because there is a channel (or channels) that you absolutely had to have.
I am subscribing to Xfinity as well as D*, to get H2, Red Zone, and St Louis Cards games, as well as all the channels in the "HD Extra Pak" which are included in the Xfinity basic package for no extra charge, and Free HD.

After the discount off my internet service, and the savings of the Sports and Extra pack from Directv I would need to get the above sports channels, its only costing me about $10 a month extra during the two year promo pricing.
 

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I have Comcast limited cable only because I have their internet and it is cheaper with limited cable than without (by about $1). There is one local cable news channel on it that I sometimes watch. Dish Network carries it but DirecTV does not carry it.
 

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Optimum triple play for $79. It's the cheapest way to get phone and Internet.
 

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DirecTV & DISH

I subscribe to DirecTV for NFL ST, NBA LP, Full-time HD RSNs. I now subscribe to all the premium movie channels through D* since last year when the additional HBO/MAX HD channels were added and because of the far more HD VOD content then DISH. However, I used to subscribe to HBO/MAX through DISH and SHO/TMC & Starz/Encore through D* because at that time that gave us the most premium HD channels doing it that way.

I now subscribe to DISH mainly for the HD channels D* doesn't carry such as: GSN, LMN, ID, Cooking, HLN, H2, OWN, EPIX, Reelz, MAVTV, Indie/RetroPlex, PAC-12 Networks etc. I'm actually no longer in a contract with DISH and own the receivers, so I can suspend or cancel service at anytime which is always a good thing, especially if I decide to try out U-Verse or Charter which are both also available in my area.
 

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I have DirecTV and a very basic package from TWC. The only reason we have cable at all is that to get the best price for internet and phone we needed to have at least minimal cable service. It pretty much works out to getting cable for free.

While I do have it hooked up to all the TVs, as a backup for the rare occasion that the sat goes out, the one place we use it alone is the kitchen because my wife likes to watch the local news in the morning and it's just not worth getting another sat receiver for that.
 

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I also had to go the same route like the OP.

I'm down here in San Diego and have had TWC, AT&T U-Verse, in the past and now D*.

Bottom line is when comes to sports & sports teams the Lakers are my #1 priority and I literally bleed purple & gold.The NBA is my favorite sport over the NFL.

For the past 8 years when the Lakers old TV deal was FSN West & KCAL 9.I was wasting $180 or $115 a year on NBA League Pass to watch for about 15 to 20 non nationally televised Laker road games since us Laker fans here in SD never got KCAL9.The Lakers home games we have had since the days of Prime Ticket back in the 80's, then saw Fox buy the channel and it was changed to Prime Sports in the early & mid 90's, and eventually became FSN West in the late 90's.

I was originally going to suspend my D* account until D* worked out a distribution deal with TWC SportsNet.But I had to be considerate to my renters in my house who one person is a Raider fan and needs NFL Sunday Ticket.The other renters heavily watch premium movie channels.Also since I just signed up with D* 4 months ago and have a bunch of discounts I did not want to lose them by suspending my D* account.

So this past Saturday I had TWC install a HD box in my room where also my Directv HR34 DVR box is and also my AT&T U-Verse DSL home network gateway is.Luckily my Sony Bravia TV has 4 HDMI input ports.

I'm on the TWC digital variety pack and I'm paying $47 a month.Did not opt for a TWC HD-DVR box because it was another $8 fee.Did not sign up for TWC Sport Pass channel tier because I honestly don't care about the PAC 12 Networks and I have NBATV since I'am on the premiere package with Directv.I thought and wished my TV had a cable card slot since it would have saved me more money.

Hopefully TWC SportsNet and D* reach a distribution deal to carry the Lakers new channels by the start of the NBA regular season at the end of the month so that I cancel TWC.

The new RSN channel dedicated to the Lakers is really nice.
 
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