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(Vanity) Which do you recommend: Dish or Direct TV

Posted on 03/02/2010 7:49:55 PM PST by taxcutisapayraise

I'm in the process of selecting a satellite TV provider since I'll be moving soon when I buy a house. I found an old FR thread from 2003 on the topic of Direct TV vs. Dish TV. The market has changed since then.

I only have two TV locations. I don't need the premium channels, just the basics, especially Fox News.

Any suggestions and information will be appreciated.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: directv; dish; dishnetwork; help; satellitetv
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1 posted on 03/02/2010 7:49:55 PM PST by taxcutisapayraise
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Direct for sports...other than that there is little difference.


2 posted on 03/02/2010 7:51:05 PM PST by JohnD9207 (REGISTERED RIGHT WING THUG!)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Yeah, don’t use either.

You’ll lose the signal when it rains and beware of the long term contracts. They lure you in with low rates and then throw in hidden charges.


3 posted on 03/02/2010 7:51:31 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Aren’t they both owned by the same conglomerate?


4 posted on 03/02/2010 7:52:47 PM PST by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise
there is a third alternative

:^)

5 posted on 03/02/2010 7:54:27 PM PST by robomatik
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To: taxcutisapayraise

I’ve had both and I would recommend Direct TV hands down. It actually gives me a better signal in storms (Dish Network went out a lot more). Also, Direct TV always has some sort of promotion going on and existing customers can get it just for asking.


6 posted on 03/02/2010 7:54:30 PM PST by mnehring
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Wasn’t it Dish Network that had the All-0bama channel back during the election? You might want to consider that.


7 posted on 03/02/2010 7:54:52 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... WWW.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: Freddd

Direct is solid. You never lose the signal and you get more channels for less money than the hated Comcast. It is very good for sports and they have some decent specials from time to time. Pretty upfront about what you will pay if you stick it out. At least they don’t go up every six months like cable.


8 posted on 03/02/2010 7:55:25 PM PST by Patrick1
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To: Freddd

I think they tried to merge but were refused on grounds of anti-trust.


9 posted on 03/02/2010 7:55:53 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise
I have both. Dish goes out more in storms here in NJ then Direct. I am stuck in a contract with DirectTV or I would just have Dish as it is cheaper (I think). I could only get Direct in my summer trailer which I don't have any longer so it was either pay over $300 or finish the contact. When we get lots of rain Direct stays on & Dish goes out until the storm is over.
10 posted on 03/02/2010 7:56:07 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Alcohol/drug/dementia testing & term limits ought to be mandatory for politicians.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise
Watch TV online instead Here

Fox News, CNN, ESPN, Cartoon network, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Almost any sporting event

11 posted on 03/02/2010 7:56:14 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

I switched from Dish to DTV abut two years ago. IMO DirecTV is far superior.


12 posted on 03/02/2010 7:56:19 PM PST by clintonh8r (Nobody's 'bot!!)
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To: Freddd

Direct tv is in my opinion much better.also when you call dish for service you can never understand the foreigners on the other end. When I go camping it’s much easier setting direct’s dish.


13 posted on 03/02/2010 7:56:56 PM PST by manonCANAL
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To: taxcutisapayraise
Both about the same quality. Stay away from DirecTV - if you get locked in a contract, they rake you over for termination fees, receiver fees, etc.

I got tired of fighting them and switched to Dish - so far so good

14 posted on 03/02/2010 7:59:38 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: manonCANAL

Kfl


15 posted on 03/02/2010 8:00:09 PM PST by An American in Turkiye
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To: taxcutisapayraise

My mother-in-law (who lives way out in the country) has direct TV and it’s pretty good.


16 posted on 03/02/2010 8:00:42 PM PST by Roux (Ignorance can be cured but stupid is forever.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Keep in mind if you want free equipment and cheap service they sign you to a 2 year contract like a cell phone with big cancellation fees. I would rec Directv if you can get your own equipment


17 posted on 03/02/2010 8:02:21 PM PST by omega4179 (jdforsenate.com hunt some rinos 2010)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Neither. Netflix. Buying cable pours massive $$ into the pockets of the left.


18 posted on 03/02/2010 8:03:02 PM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

I should have typed “satellite or cable”


19 posted on 03/02/2010 8:04:14 PM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Talk Radio. Eschew TV


20 posted on 03/02/2010 8:07:32 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: taxcutisapayraise

I think it depends on your location because in my area we are not allowed to get local networks on Direct. We do fine tho on Dish. We do have a problem when it storms with Dish tho.


21 posted on 03/02/2010 8:07:35 PM PST by GrannyK
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Having had both, I prefer Directv at this point. Dish is not bad though, look at both intro promotions, find out your full charges for both and decide from there. Both require two year commitments.


22 posted on 03/02/2010 8:08:01 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Roux

Of the two Direct was the only one whose satellite we could hit (lots of trees around our house). It’s been pretty good so far, only blinks out during really heavy rain or sometimes fog if it’s thick enough.

LQ


23 posted on 03/02/2010 8:08:03 PM PST by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

I’ve had DirecTV forever. I live in a rural area. I wouldn’t give it up for anything. We’ve never had a problem with it.


24 posted on 03/02/2010 8:08:09 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare - Another DemocRAT "jobs" program doomed to fail.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

We’ve had Direct TV for 8 months without a problem. We chose it over Dish and cable solely because of MLB.


25 posted on 03/02/2010 8:11:53 PM PST by cookiedough
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To: taxcutisapayraise

We had Dish for years, then switched to Direct TV.

As soon as our contract was up, we went back to DirectTV.


26 posted on 03/02/2010 8:13:16 PM PST by earlJam
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Really intersting, not one vote for Dish. I switched from Dish to cable after 10 , mostly because it was cheaper and I don’t care about sports, not one attempt to get me back. Now I get promos from DirecTV about every other week. The first one that lets you choose ala carte programming will get me as a customer for life.


27 posted on 03/02/2010 8:15:50 PM PST by bigbob
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To: taxcutisapayraise

I’ve been with DirecTV for 10 years and I love it.

One big tip to avoid rain fade: INSIST on your installer getting the signal strength to the high 90’s on the scale, with 100 being the highest. There will be no difference in picture quality if the signal strength is below 90%, but you will avoid rain fade for everything but torrential downpours (to your south) with a very high signal strength.

Some installers are lazy and won’t fine-tune the dish for a higher signal strength.

Lastly, if you want a referral to DirecTV, PM me and we’ll both get a $100 credit. :)


28 posted on 03/02/2010 8:17:07 PM PST by Carlucci (Sarah Palin: Demonstrably Good!)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

i have had both and we prefer dish network. it is cheaper for more channels, we get our local stations, and we get some movie channels that would have been extra at directv. directv refused to give us locals. we do have trouble during storms but we had that with directv also. we are not big sports channel people so that is not a big deal for us.


29 posted on 03/02/2010 8:17:35 PM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Take a sledgehammer to the TV. You’ll be better off. Or, if that’s too much for you, sell it to someone you hate whose brains are already full of liberal mush anyway.


30 posted on 03/02/2010 8:18:30 PM PST by EternalVigilance (They're too busy grabbing power outside their jurisdiction to do their actual job within it.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

We had Dish up in Minnesota for a few years because we got locked into contracts. Every time a storm came, the service would go out for anywhere from a minute to 10-15 minutes (usually it was on the shorter side, just a minute or two).

When we moved to Texas, we had been with Dish long enough to not be locked into a contract. Directv had a deal for new customers and Dish refused to match it. So, we went with Directv.

Directv only goes out in about 25-33% of the storms and the time ranges from about a second to 4-5 minutes at the most. About 80% of the time, it’s like a “blip” - a second or less - not even long enough for the receiver to recognize it as having to re-program the channels.

Directv, in my opinion, is FAR better.


31 posted on 03/02/2010 8:18:56 PM PST by KeatsforFirstDog
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To: taxcutisapayraise

We had Direct Tv and liked it . We switched to Att UVERSE for 200 channels TV, 6 meg internet and all distance telephone for not much more than what we were paying for telephone/internet, or Direct TV individually. Plus there was no contract,


32 posted on 03/02/2010 8:18:57 PM PST by flyover
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Whatever you do, I recommend you get a two-tuner PVR/DVR, and lease it, don’t buy it. They need to be replaced every couple of years or so because the hard drive spins so much and unit cooling is very poor. Plus, you can upgrade to the latest and greatest model when they come out.


33 posted on 03/02/2010 8:19:15 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

They are basically the same: overpriced, and neither will work in bad weather.

If you have other options, choose cable or one of the fiberoptic services. We had DirecTV and switched to AT&T UVerse when it became available. 100% better, price, reliability, and service.


34 posted on 03/02/2010 8:19:50 PM PST by Jedidah (Character, courage, common sense are more important than issues.)
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To: stainlessbanner

We have Dish through AT&T. What a waste......we tried to upgrade to HD and they wanted us to pay for the equipment since they have since switched to Direct TV! Needless to say, we will be going with the best deal when our contract is up.


35 posted on 03/02/2010 8:21:29 PM PST by proudtobeanamerican1 (Prayers Up! It's our last defense!)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

We’ve had DirecTV for eight years here in So. Calif. and have no complaints. In two weeks we’re moving to Tennessee and plan to resume service with them.

Because of our length of time with them, they gave us 15 months of Showtime free. We never watch Showtime, except “The Brotherhood” once in a while, but they appreciate and like to keep their customers.


36 posted on 03/02/2010 8:22:53 PM PST by MayflowerMadam (Never argue with a man whose job depends on not being convinced. (Mencken))
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Dish is corporately connected with a big collection agency. When you cancel your service and they screw up your payments/credits, you will hounded by the collection agency.

I have read this, it is not first hand experience.

However, when I left them 4 years ago, I returned the equipment via UPS and I still have a file with the proof of shipment.

I have gotten to where I generate a paper trail for everything I can.


37 posted on 03/02/2010 8:26:10 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Directv is the better choice. hands down. Dish is a distant second. (my mother in law has Dish and we’re there every Sunday for lunch). the only positive thing I can say about Dish is I can cycle through the guide faster when holding the remote button down. that’s the only good thing I have to say about it.


38 posted on 03/02/2010 8:26:46 PM PST by model B (attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference -- Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: driftdiver; taxcutisapayraise

We had Direct T.V. for a number of years without any significant loss of service during inclement weather. We really liked the variety of channels. I cannot speak to Dish - Never had it. Unfortunately, when we moved into our present house we did not have a direct line of sight to the satelite and had to settle for our local cable T.V. (wish we had Direct back).


39 posted on 03/02/2010 8:26:47 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

We have Direct TV. Love it!


40 posted on 03/02/2010 8:28:05 PM PST by GloriaJane (Pro-Choice = Pro-Death........ Pro-Life = Pro-LIFE!)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Neither. I stopped watching television about eight years ago. It’s not much more than a social, political and economic propaganda receiver.


41 posted on 03/02/2010 8:31:04 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Jedidah

Thanks for that excellent tip about ATT UVerse. I checked it out but unfortunately I do not live in a state (AZ)where their service is available.


42 posted on 03/02/2010 8:32:47 PM PST by taxcutisapayraise (Making Statism Unpopular)
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To: familyop

I’ve only had a TV about 2 years since I left my parents’ home.

I really, really hate TV.


43 posted on 03/02/2010 8:33:08 PM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Of the two, BTW, Dish is far more anti-conservative with its policies.


44 posted on 03/02/2010 8:33:43 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

You can get news on the internet. It’s a lot faster to read yourself than to watch other people read out loud. And there’s ads and other junk.


45 posted on 03/02/2010 8:33:57 PM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: SoldierDad; taxcutisapayraise

The weather issues with satellite services may vary depending on where you live.

Us Texans remind each other that if you don’t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes and it’ll change. With spring storms here in tornado alley, a dish oriented to the southern sky too often has communication obliterated. I simply got fed up with losing service in the middle of favorite programs.

If you live where heavy weather is rarely an major issue, you may have better luck.


46 posted on 03/02/2010 8:35:15 PM PST by Jedidah (Character, courage, common sense are more important than issues.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Verizon FIOS? It’s comparable and excellent.


47 posted on 03/02/2010 8:36:13 PM PST by Jedidah (Character, courage, common sense are more important than issues.)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Direct TV hands down. Have had them at least 15 years in 4 different houses across 3 states. Cost is about 20% of cable in our area. Only one service problem-neighbor cut cable when he was running weedeater along the fence- and repairman left me his personal cell number if I ever needed him again. We watch Discovery, Dirty Jobs, History, HGTV, golf, FOX and NCIS. Not really good reception during the hurricane though!


48 posted on 03/02/2010 8:37:19 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: bigbob
“The first one that lets you choose ala carte programming will get me as a customer for life.”

BINGO.

Dish Network customer here - no complaints except for that.

49 posted on 03/02/2010 8:37:43 PM PST by decal (The Key To Flexibility is Indecision)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Forgive me for being blunt, but actually NEITHER. I subscribed to Dish for a year & went back to cable ‘cuz I couldn’t get my “Local On The 8s” on satellite.

Yes, they did have “Local...”, but instead of honing in on the weather, radar view, & forecast of the area where I live like my cable company does, they broke the lower 48 states into 4 quadrants & mentioned only various cities across the country during that 2-minute period. Living in AR as I do, I need it to be a lil mpore precise, especially w/ the Spring tornado season just around the corner.


50 posted on 03/02/2010 8:43:20 PM PST by ChrisInAR (You gotta let it out, Captain!)
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