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Direct TV or Dish Network? Need help deciding.

Posted on 05/31/2011 5:06:16 AM PDT by 30Moves

I am new to Television - have only had cable for 2 years and the price keeps inching up. I want to change to satellite TV and I keep getting the ads for both Direct TV and The Dish. I can't make heads nor tails of the offers and wanted to know if anyone could point me in the right direction? I am a techno-peasant so please be gentle with me. Thanks.


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1 posted on 05/31/2011 5:06:17 AM PDT by 30Moves
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To: 30Moves

If you think cable is expensive, you ain’t see nothing yet.....red


2 posted on 05/31/2011 5:08:53 AM PDT by rednek ("Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.")
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To: 30Moves
Just step away from the TV and get a life.

Broadcast TV channels apparently typically send less compressed data streams.

3 posted on 05/31/2011 5:10:45 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 30Moves

I have had all 3. Price is about the same. Right now I have Direct. Dish went out every time the wind blew. Direct is a little better.


4 posted on 05/31/2011 5:11:51 AM PDT by mathluv ( Conservative first and foremost, republican second - GO SARAHCUDA!!!!)
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To: 30Moves

Neither. Turn your TV off.


5 posted on 05/31/2011 5:13:46 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: rednek

Direct TV hands down. Try to find a friend that has direct TV and use them to get 100 bucks off your deal. I kicked Comcast to the curb and haven’t looked back

Also go buy a cheap digital antenna. If you have heave storms etc its good to have a backup.

My theory is if its storming hard enough to stop the satellite signal I really don’t need to worry about whats on the discovery channel. I need to be watching the local weather.


6 posted on 05/31/2011 5:14:16 AM PDT by Nashvegas (What do you get if you offer a liberal a penny for their thoughts? Change)
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I prefer Dish. I had Direct for 2 years and as soon as my 2 year contract was up I switched to Dish. I wish I could tell you why easily, but I cant. I think Dish is more accessible when there are questions, etc. It seems I get more HD for less $. There are too many middlemen between you and Direct. I thought I had signed up with Direct directly, but I was hooked in by a ‘middleman’ and when my unit was struck by lightning...I thought I would never get to the right person to solve my problems.

It just feels like Direct lives by the ‘Greed is Good’ mantra and Dish is less voracious and more tuned in to their customers. Dish costs less $, also if only a few dollars, at least I think so.


7 posted on 05/31/2011 5:16:10 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: 30Moves

Netflix and an antenna.


8 posted on 05/31/2011 5:16:25 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: 30Moves
I am new to Television - have only had cable for 2 years

Wow! You should have been around when TV's relied on tinfoil wrapped rabbit ears for reception and you had to constantly screw around with the horizontal and vertical hold buttons........

Now those were the days!

9 posted on 05/31/2011 5:16:44 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: 30Moves
No particular wisdom here. We lived on the outskirts of a village and when we left, it still didn't have cable. We tried, dishes and Direct TV. Clouds, birds flying over, would interrupt service. Finally got Direct, but it was 869 channels of *all* the same junk. My cable bundle [closer to civilization now] is obscene: $173./month. Looking at UVerse. FWIW....


10 posted on 05/31/2011 5:18:57 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: 30Moves
I've had both (as have some other commenters). Cable seems on the whole to have less "outage" than does Direct. I believe Direct has a better line up "for the buck". But in this industry, prices are anything but stable...and they always rise.

Question: do you have a digital HDTV? If so, you might want to check out this website: www.antennaweb.org. Click on the button labeled "choose an antenna" and follow the simple directions.

If it indicates you can use an indoor antenna, pick up a $29 Philipps model over at Sears and give it a try. If it works, you can get up to 15 or so HD channels for nothing!! If it doesn't, or you don't get enough channels, you can return the device to Sears, no questions asked.

So - and if it works - you now have free HDTV for the sum total of $29! And no monthly cable or Dish bill to worry about.

11 posted on 05/31/2011 5:18:59 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be ERADICATED....NOW!!)
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Currently I am using Dish Network and have for the last 12 years. When I was buying my newest TV, the salesman I was talking to went on about how he quit cable and now only pulls shows from off air or the Internet. Just about all the networks play reruns of their newest shows the day after they premiere. He said it takes some getting used to, but after one year, he doesn't miss cable and has saved over $1,000.
12 posted on 05/31/2011 5:19:51 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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Have had good service with Direct, but it ain’t cheap - guess neither is.


13 posted on 05/31/2011 5:19:57 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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I live in VA. I have been a Dish Network customer since 1998. They have three satellites over the Atlantic and three over AZ. I have the VIP 922 slingbox which was great while I am traveling or when I was in the hospital. I can watch TV from home on my cell phone. I am not a big fan of Direct TV and they seem to always be playing catch up with Dish.
14 posted on 05/31/2011 5:20:08 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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We’ve had Dish for many years and LOVE IT!


15 posted on 05/31/2011 5:22:02 AM PDT by TSgt ("Some folks just need killin'" - Karl Childers (Sling Blade 1996))
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Can you get AT+T U-verse?

I’ve shied away from the satellite companies because you have to sign a contract - and have a satellite dish.

I’ve got Brighthouse and AT_T U-Verse to choose from for wired service. As always, with choice, the consumer wins!


16 posted on 05/31/2011 5:23:37 AM PDT by IamConservative (If being a vegan is such a good idea, why do vegans try to make vegetables taste like meat?)
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Every time a storm goes overhead the signal gets lost. So if you want to see whats going on while in a storm - forget about it.

I have HDTV Cable and Internet (20 Mega Bits per second) and prefer that my service does not go out. Dish networks go out with every storm.

17 posted on 05/31/2011 5:25:32 AM PDT by sr4402
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We’ve had DirecTV for about 10 years. When we moved from CA to TN, did a lot of research, comparing DirecTV, Dish, and Comcast cable (only cable available where we live). Stuck with DirecTV.

To bring in the stations we like, including Fox Business, we’d have had to buy one of the most expensive Comcast packages, upping our cost about $20 more each month. Dish customer reviews online were discouraging, and it didn’t even offer some stations we like. Anyhow, FWIW...


18 posted on 05/31/2011 5:25:46 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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Direct TV keeps inching up too. Good luck getting someone to come to your house to service your system without paying! I wish there was an alternative to cable and satellite...

Mike

19 posted on 05/31/2011 5:26:51 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: 30Moves

Netflix + DSL + Wii =

all the TV shows and movies you'll have time to watch, WITHOUT commercials OR exorbitant monthly fees!
20 posted on 05/31/2011 5:28:41 AM PDT by it_rr (but the caravan moves along)
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To: 30Moves
Some random thoughts:

You will need a dish, probably on your roof (meaning drilling holes in the roof, which hopefully won't leak). If you have obstructions between you and the satellites (trees or tall buildings?) you might have trouble finding a good place to put the dish.

You may have to have new cable pulled to each TV (depending on what's already in place).

You will need a satellite receiver for each TV. You don't get any "analog" channels that can be received directly by a TV.

You will probably lose your reception during heavy storms. If you live in a heavy snow area, you may have to worry about getting snow off of the dish (which is up on your snow-covered roof).

If you live far away from the local TV stations, you might have trouble getting network programming from the satellite.

Traditionally, Satellite TV had a better picture than cable, but that will depend on your local cable provider.

Costs will probably be comparable.

Hope this helps.

21 posted on 05/31/2011 5:29:54 AM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: 30Moves

AT&T Uverse....if you have it offered in your area


22 posted on 05/31/2011 5:30:24 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: MayflowerMadam; 30Moves

They all send multitudes of flyers to me to get our business. I’ve written each back and said “When I can choose ONLY the Channels I WANT, I will sign with you!” (not gonna happen but why should I pay for channels I hate?)


23 posted on 05/31/2011 5:32:01 AM PDT by NewCenturions
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To: 30Moves

Sat isn’t a bad deal if you aren’t interested in premium channels. If you are, then you might find it more expensive than cable.


24 posted on 05/31/2011 5:34:24 AM PDT by Melas
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We have Direct, and I like it. If you like the NFL, you can get NFL Network which gives you Thursday night NFL games you wouldn’t otherwise see and NFL news in the early evening. The only problem with satellite is that sometimes when we get a storm, or occasionally just rain and/or strong wind, the satellite goes out. Often times, though, it’s only out for a few minutes and will come back even if it’s still storming.


25 posted on 05/31/2011 5:35:08 AM PDT by Pinkbell
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I have had them both.
Both suck.
As soon as my contract with Direct is over, I’m done.


26 posted on 05/31/2011 5:35:21 AM PDT by PalmettoMason (Blacks are not inferior, but it is racist to hold them to the same standards as everyone else.)
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To: 30Moves

I have Dish and have been pleased with it for let 9 years. I chose not to pay for the part that contains the networks and literally don’t miss them at all!


27 posted on 05/31/2011 5:38:44 AM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: 30Moves

Our main TV in the family room I pay over $40mo. for Dish, there’s only 1 channel I watch on it and it is Fox news, my husband watches the “outdoor hunting” channel.

In another room I bought a Digital TV antenna which cost $40 (one time) and I get 13 channels that are much more enjoyable than any over the dish.

GO FIGURE!
PS I’d drop the dish but hubby won’t give up outdoors!


28 posted on 05/31/2011 5:39:01 AM PDT by conservativesister
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To: 30Moves

I have Direct TV. My only complaint with them is that they keep “finding” a million new stations to offer me, none of which I watch, to justify modest rate increases.

That said, their service is second to none. You’ll have to go through a maddening set of voice mail options, but once you get to real, live, Tech Support person you will be talking to an American, who speaks English. And one who is yours & will not rush you off the phone. This is not going to be like calling your cellphone company and talking to someone in Indonesia or the Phillipines. And dealing with their broken English and noisy backgrounds. When your equipment “goes” (and mine has over the years) they are responsive. You’ll get a new thing on your doorstep within 72 hours. sometimes faster than that.

There are things that Direct TV has, that Dish does not. I am a sports fan and I have the package that includes MLB, NFL, and NBA networks. Direct TV also has Fox Business, which Dish did not have, the last time I checked.

Good luck!


29 posted on 05/31/2011 5:40:31 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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I have tall trees in the southern direction that prevent me from getting satellite TV. Hope you don't have that same issue.
30 posted on 05/31/2011 5:41:02 AM PDT by McGruff (Run Sarah, Run. Restore this country to what it once was.)
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To: PalmettoMason

I second this advice.


31 posted on 05/31/2011 5:42:23 AM PDT by winodog
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To: it_ürür

How do I get DSL without cable? I don’t have a home phone - just a cell and I live in a rural area in E. Tennessee. Limited availability.

Does Netflix through Wii have closed captioning? My daughter is deaf so I really need CC.

AT&T Uverse is not available in my area.

I only want television so I can keep up with politics. I have lived my whole life without TV and politics but the election of O got my attention so I got cable.


32 posted on 05/31/2011 5:47:36 AM PDT by 30Moves
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To: 30Moves

Spend thirty bucks on an antenna, you’ll be amazed at the beautiful signal you get!


33 posted on 05/31/2011 5:48:27 AM PDT by mrsmith
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“My theory is if its storming hard enough to stop the satellite signal I really don’t need to worry about whats on the discovery channel.”

I think the satellites are over Texas. Here in New Hampshire, the angle of the antenna is so severe that any decent rain cloud will interrupt the signal. Additionally, the combination of TV and Internet on our cable system has a big enough discount to make it about $20 cheaper than satellite.

I’ll keep cable and wait for something better.


34 posted on 05/31/2011 5:49:18 AM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: 30Moves

I think you’re going to hear conflicting things. Personally, dealing with DirecTV staff, installation, etc. was a frickin’ nightmare, couldn’t get the local stations unless you bought yet ANOTHER box. Switched to Dish and it’s been good, but like one post said, every once in a while the satellite will go out on you-—but that happened with DirecTV, too.


35 posted on 05/31/2011 5:49:59 AM PDT by swatbuznik
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We have Direct TV - it just keeps going up. Its ridiculous - but there really aren’t any options in OKC. Cox cable is lousy...red


36 posted on 05/31/2011 5:52:22 AM PDT by rednek ("Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.")
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To: Daisyjane69

Dish has Fox Business, and the sports networks you mentioned. The only think direct had going for them was their exclusive deal with the NFL for Sunday Ticket.

I’ve had Dish for 11 years. Yes, you may lose the signal for a few minutes when a big storm is coming, but I’ve only had trouble with ice building up on the dish once.

You get more channels for less money than cable.

One thing you do get on the dish that you don’t on cable is the multiple feeds of networks. East coast and west coast. So if you miss something you can always watch/record it 3 hours later.

Also, the Slingbox is awesome if you travel a lot. I can watch my TV, including controlling the DVR from anywhere with an internet connection.


37 posted on 05/31/2011 5:53:57 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: 30Moves

My sister gets her dsl through her cell phone. But, I don’t know how its done.


38 posted on 05/31/2011 5:54:32 AM PDT by Netizen
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If you’ve got fast enough Internet, consider an AppleTV and Netflix Streaming ($99 + $9/month).

I gave up advertising-driven TV years ago. Now watch what I want, when I want, commercial free. I’ll deal with the delayed availability in favor of better content. Ads suck.


39 posted on 05/31/2011 5:56:29 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: Carpe Cerevisi; 30Moves

Exactly. Now that my FIOS contract period is up I’ll be getting all of my TV from Netflix through my Wii. Tons cheaper and I can get exactly what I want.


40 posted on 05/31/2011 5:56:31 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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We have Dish and I HATE it! I hate the line up of programs and I hate the remote and I hate the way you have to record programs. We had Direct TV for years and never had a problem with it......... until they dropped a channel my husband loves. We dropped Direct TV and went to Dish........ in 2 months Direct TV got the channel back but we are stuck with Dish, Mr Ditter won't switch back (for some unknown reason). Did I mention I HATE Dish?
41 posted on 05/31/2011 5:57:36 AM PDT by Ditter
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I have had DISH since 1996, except for a 5 year period where I lived on the south side of a steep valley and could not see the Satellites.

I have every channel DISH offers, including all the HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, TMC, and it costs me $112/mo. Direct TV is a LOT more than that. Comcast is even more than DirectTV.

I signed up for automatic bill pay and as a result I have free HD for life (saves $5/mo).

I get all my local channels in that price too.

I have a DVR that serves TVs in 2 rooms, that records 30 hrs of HD programming (and I cant even fathom how much non-HD ... like 300 hrs). I can record in one room and watch in another.

To those who talk about DISH going out but Direct not ... thats BS. It is all in the skill of your installer. My house previous to this was in a gap in the mountains where I routinely got 70 mph winds, and I never lost signal because I created a wind break and bolted the dish to the house. My parents on the next mountain over lost signal every day because they installed with metal bands wrapped around thier chimney. Install it to be a permanent fixture and you will be fine.


42 posted on 05/31/2011 6:00:52 AM PDT by RainMan
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To: SoothingDave

I’m in St. George, Utah and if I get a big ice buildup, Katy bar the door! LOL I’m only 6 miles from the AZ border.

Thanks for the additional information; I’ll look into it!


43 posted on 05/31/2011 6:02:13 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: 30Moves

Click this link, click ‘choose your antenna’, and enter your zip code: http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx

I live in a rural area near you and get 2 Kingsport stations each with 3 channels in HD (well, 2 of the channels are weather).

You’ll get more, free, with CC and HD.


44 posted on 05/31/2011 6:02:41 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: 30Moves

Skip it. TV is a life-stealer.


45 posted on 05/31/2011 6:10:03 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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Our son-in-law got us set up with Direct TV. Really great HD and a huge variety of channels plus the local network stations. Quite reliable, though sometimes close lightening flashes can cause the dish to lose signal for a short time. However, I still have cable just for my land line phone and Internet service.

Major problem is that despite all the channels there isn't all that much worth watching. If you are looking for movies and documentaries consider instead a Netfliks subscription with their new Internet streaming video option...buy a streaming video box for about $60 and $8 per month for unlimited videos.

46 posted on 05/31/2011 6:10:17 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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TV pretty much sucks; just get high speed internet. Most of what you’ll want to watch is available on the Net or by way of Netflix. More and more, we listen to a.m. radio for sports.


47 posted on 05/31/2011 6:24:55 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: 30Moves

Why fund the left? YouTube and NetFlix ($96/year) give you all you need. Television is a sewer, and, no, sports, the “History Channel”, etc. are not excuses for giving hundreds of dollars a year to our enemies.


48 posted on 05/31/2011 6:29:55 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: 30Moves

No captions on streaming Netflix. We have Roku. I am just a bit hard-of-hearing (more like “hard-of-understanding”, especially if there is a foreign accent)and we get DVDs on our Netflix, as well as streaming, because the DVDs are mostly cc.

We have DSL through a landline, but they are electronic mobile phones. We have one hard-wired landline in the shop in case of power outages. Thee are glitches with streaming. If there is any DSL problem anywhere on the network, we lose the connection. It does come back, of course, and we can fast forward back to our place. It is annoying, but if we get heavy storms to the South, we lose sat TV, too.

We have had DirecTV for ten years. This month it went to $75 for the package that includes FNC and FB. We had already decided to cancel it, so the price rise just added to the problem. There is so little that we watch, it isn’t worth it. We are in hill country and an over-the-air antenna doesn’t always work out here. Our TV is not HD, so there is that problem, as well. We have a business package, so we can’t take advantage of the TV bundle, AFAIK.

I had a deaf worker who had hearing aids and she would always turn on the sat TV for music while she worked. She also insisted everyone just speak normally to her, as she could lip read. Not sure if she could lip read fast enough for TV or if she was missing the speech from off-camera actors.

You don’t get anything new or different on TV, in regard to politics. I usually have the same information they are putting out via the internet and I have it sooner than FNC. Breaking news is online. There are clips from all the interview programs on either the network sites or You Tube. I can get Beck or other shows without commercials via the internet, too.

You might want to look into whatever residential bundle your local ISP offers. I have seen ads that offer Internet and sat TV along with affordable rates. One landline is included.


49 posted on 05/31/2011 6:34:20 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Rich21IE

I install both Dish Network and DirecTV. If it were my money, I would go with DirecTV. Hands down better equipment and they have much higher standards for your equipment to pass initial setup standards. Dish Network does not have such high standards. What this means is the tech who is going to install your satellite has much more training than the Dish Network guy. It also means your dish will be aligned properly and you will experience very little signal loss. I highly recommend going with HD service and that people get a DVR so you can watch what the heck you want to watch when you want to watch it. If you want to get a referral code, you can use the following number: 1-888-869-0616 Use Promo Code “26962” and this will get you a Visa check card for $100 and a friend a Visa Check Card for $100. If you do not know of anybody who has DirecTV, see if Jim (owner of Free Republic) has it and send the offer to him as a thank you. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a private reply.


50 posted on 05/31/2011 6:36:23 AM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter
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