Skip to comments.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.
If you think cable is expensive, you ain’t see nothing yet.....red
Broadcast TV channels apparently typically send less compressed data streams.
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.
Neither. Turn your TV off.
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.
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.
Netflix and an antenna.
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!
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.
Have had good service with Direct, but it ain’t cheap - guess neither is.
We’ve had Dish for many years and LOVE IT!
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!
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.
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...
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.
AT&T Uverse....if you have it offered in your area
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?)
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.
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.
I have had them both.
As soon as my contract with Direct is over, I’m done.
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!
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.
PS I’d drop the dish but hubby won’t give up outdoors!
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.
I second this advice.
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.
Spend thirty bucks on an antenna, you’ll be amazed at the beautiful signal you get!
“My theory is if its storming hard enough to stop the satellite signal I really dont 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.
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.
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
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.
My sister gets her dsl through her cell phone. But, I don’t know how its done.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Skip it. TV is a life-stealer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.