Skip to comments.(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.
Direct for sports...other than that there is little difference.
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.
Aren’t they both owned by the same conglomerate?
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.
Wasn’t it Dish Network that had the All-0bama channel back during the election? You might want to consider that.
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.
I think they tried to merge but were refused on grounds of anti-trust.
Fox News, CNN, ESPN, Cartoon network, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Almost any sporting event
I switched from Dish to DTV abut two years ago. IMO DirecTV is far superior.
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.
I got tired of fighting them and switched to Dish - so far so good
My mother-in-law (who lives way out in the country) has direct TV and it’s pretty good.
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
Neither. Netflix. Buying cable pours massive $$ into the pockets of the left.
I should have typed “satellite or cable”
Talk Radio. Eschew TV
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve had Direct TV for 8 months without a problem. We chose it over Dish and cable solely because of MLB.
We had Dish for years, then switched to Direct TV.
As soon as our contract was up, we went back to DirectTV.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
We have Direct TV. Love it!
Neither. I stopped watching television about eight years ago. It’s not much more than a social, political and economic propaganda receiver.
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.
I’ve only had a TV about 2 years since I left my parents’ home.
I really, really hate TV.
Of the two, BTW, Dish is far more anti-conservative with its policies.
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.
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.
Verizon FIOS? It’s comparable and excellent.
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!
Dish Network customer here - no complaints except for that.
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.