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Vanity - Direct TV or Dish Network???
me | 8-21-03 | Dan

Posted on 08/21/2003 4:30:26 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan

Thanks in advance here.

I moved two weeks ago to my new apartment, and I found the cable provider is the same company my last one was. I don't like Comcrap...I mean...comcast, so cable is out the window.

Which is the better way to go? Direct TV or Dish Network. I'm on the fence right now. Thanks.


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1 posted on 08/21/2003 4:30:26 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: Dan from Michigan
Have used directv since 1997, no problems except in the middle of heavy snow storms or thunder storms.

Never used dish tv since a rep told directv was better.

2 posted on 08/21/2003 4:32:53 PM PDT by dts32041 ("moderate Arab" he's the one who detonates his bomb via remote control.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Direct TV.
3 posted on 08/21/2003 4:33:02 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Why not go out on a limb, isn't that where the fruit is?)
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To: Dan from Michigan
My parents had Direct TV and it sucked. They had fights about the contract, the equipment...everything.

They have Dish Network now, and they seem satisfied with it.

Better than the stupid Cox(&%&^%) Cable that I'm stuck with.

4 posted on 08/21/2003 4:33:37 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford (Leave me alone - I'm off my meds.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
DirecTV- its the only way you can get NFL Sunday Ticket
5 posted on 08/21/2003 4:34:36 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (This tag line has been intentionally left blank.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Dish Network
6 posted on 08/21/2003 4:35:09 PM PDT by beaureguard
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To: Dan from Michigan
I have DirecTV, my brother has Dish...I think DirecTV has a few extra channel but I think it's also a tad more expensive...and the channels in question are minor. I think Bravo is one as I recall. There really isn't much difference and we're both very happy.
7 posted on 08/21/2003 4:35:28 PM PDT by gorush
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To: Dan from Michigan
I have Direct TV. I got it on a gret promo, free dish, installation, price etc. and I really haven't any problems.
Don't know much about Dish
I have basic cable for local TV, however I haven't checked lately it may be available now through Direct TV
I quess programming packages , local stations and of course price would be deciding factors.
8 posted on 08/21/2003 4:35:45 PM PDT by apackof2
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To: Dan from Michigan
DirectTV rules - I love the NFL Sunday Ticket, can't get it on the Dish Network. Prior of the house had the Dish Network, I cheerfully discarded that antenna for DirecTV pronto.
9 posted on 08/21/2003 4:36:09 PM PDT by Recourse
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To: Dan from Michigan
Alot of APT's will ask you for Damage Fee's regarding SAT TV. Make sure you ask about that.
10 posted on 08/21/2003 4:36:14 PM PDT by cmsgop (If you Sprinkle When You Tinkle,...Be a Sweetie and Wipe the Seatie......)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Direct TV has an educational channel I like, PBSU. It is a great educational channel for older kids, with courses like statistics and calculus and SAT prep. Dish doesn't offer it.

I suggest you compare channels offered. There may be a channel or two you really like that the other doesn't offer.
11 posted on 08/21/2003 4:36:24 PM PDT by I still care
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To: Dan from Michigan
I think DirecTV owns Dish now, or vice-versa. Anyway, we had DirecTV for a good while and liked it. Good channel selection, nice picture quality. The only thing bad was that they kept calling us trying to sell us bigger programming packages, but they stopped calling when we told them to. :)
12 posted on 08/21/2003 4:37:03 PM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: Cathryn Crawford
Well, I've had both DirecTv and Dish Network, and I found DirecTV to be a far superior product.

Both basic packages are essentially the same price, and I find that you get quite a few more channels in DirecTV's lineup. Furthermore, I think DirecTV's on-screen guide is, for lack of a better description, "cooler."

The equipment is also leased or rented from Dish Network, something I didn't like. I also found that the additional cost associated with a second receiver (necessary if you would like to watch different channels on two different tvs at the same time) was quite a lot higher with Dish Network.

Just my experience. I've never had any customer service problems with either company.
13 posted on 08/21/2003 4:37:10 PM PDT by Viva Le Dissention
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To: gorush; Dan from Michigan
Yeah, and you definitely want Bravo, Dan. The have The Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, and Boy Meets Boy.

ROTFL! I couldn't resist. :-D

14 posted on 08/21/2003 4:37:31 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford (Leave me alone - I'm off my meds.)
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To: Lil'freeper
ping
15 posted on 08/21/2003 4:37:53 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("When do I get to lift my leg on the liberal?")
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To: Dan from Michigan
DISH rocks! And, if you really want to enjoy your TV get the PVR unit. You can rewind, record, etc. I've had both and DISH is MUCH better than Direct TV. Better programming, better customer service and better pricing.
16 posted on 08/21/2003 4:38:20 PM PDT by Rightone
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To: Dan from Michigan
I'm basically happy with Dish.I've had it for probably5-6 years. The only thing that annoys me (though it is good business) is they run specials to sign up new viewers, but when I asked about getting some break on upgrading to a new receiver (one that is TiVO like) I got no break. I said what about all of us loyal subscribers? They said no deal. AT the time it tweaked me enough I considered looking for other options, but I've basically been happy enough I've stayed put.

I've only had to call Tech Support a couple of times, both times I got someone who knew what they were doing and solved the problem with that one phone call. (But like many other tech businesses hold times were pretty long.)

I'm not a big sports fan, but I think there are (or were)some differences in sports programming.
17 posted on 08/21/2003 4:38:50 PM PDT by not_apathetic_anymore
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To: Viva Le Dissention
Maybe it was just the area that my parents are in, and the specific people. I don't remember the exact circumstances - I just remember that there was a big flap over it.

I haven't had personal experience with either.
18 posted on 08/21/2003 4:39:13 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford (Leave me alone - I'm off my meds.)
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To: Cathryn Crawford
I'll skip Bravo.
19 posted on 08/21/2003 4:39:20 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Boom Boom! Out go the lights!" - Pat Travers)
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To: Dan from Michigan
I would say Direct TV. It has NFL Sunday Ticket. I also prefer Direct TV since it carries the UFC, Pride FC, and KOTC, which I enjoy immensely.
20 posted on 08/21/2003 4:39:35 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen
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To: Dan from Michigan
Most people will not have tried both services. I chose DirecTV.

Calling TimeWarner to tell them to shove their crappy cable service was a lifetime highlight clip.

21 posted on 08/21/2003 4:39:51 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dan from Michigan; Bacon Man
At our last place, we had the Dish, and Bacon and Hap have DirecTV (or maybe it's the other way around). We all love our dishes, no matter the maker. (I miss mine . . . damn free Warner cable.)
22 posted on 08/21/2003 4:40:16 PM PDT by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Too bad. You're missing stellar programming. :-D
23 posted on 08/21/2003 4:40:19 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford (Leave me alone - I'm off my meds.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
I really like Dish Network, but I have heard that they may be merging with Direct TV?

AVOID Primestar! Expensive, not as many channels and SLOW to add on new ones as they are created.

Good luck!

Tia

24 posted on 08/21/2003 4:41:02 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Dan from Michigan
We've had DishNetwork for about 2 1/2 years, and have been very happy with it. The customer service has been very good, the two times we needed help with something. So far, the signal has been excellent during storms, which I've heard can be a problem. I can't say how it compares to DirectTV, but I'm sure others will have some comments about that.
25 posted on 08/21/2003 4:41:12 PM PDT by .38sw
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To: dts32041
we use dishnetwork. Really like it.

My advice would be to look at the prices and packages offered by both and go with the one that offers you the most of what you want for the least money.

Speed is included in the basic package for dish, if you're into racing, not sure if direct tv has it in that package.

We have not had problems with billing or changing programming, so they do have their act together in that area to. Reception is great except during downpours and power outages. :)
26 posted on 08/21/2003 4:41:31 PM PDT by tickles
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To: Sloth
No, the merger never went through.

I vote for Dish though. To the best of my knowledge, DirecTV doesn't have the recordable hard drive without an extra monthly fee. When we last inquired, you could buy one, and then you have to pay (I think) $10 a month extra to use it. We bought ours from Dish, and no extra fees.

These PVRs are a great way to watch teevee. Some evenings, we don't see a single commercial. Just start the show a few minutes late (about 15 or so) and zap every commercial.
27 posted on 08/21/2003 4:43:48 PM PDT by MizSterious (Support whirled peas!)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Dennis Miller advertises for Direct TV. Since he is a conservative now...I would go with them!
28 posted on 08/21/2003 4:43:57 PM PDT by journey7873
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To: Viva Le Dissention
You are wrong. We do not lease any equipment from Dish. Never did. We own it outright.
29 posted on 08/21/2003 4:44:45 PM PDT by MizSterious (Support whirled peas!)
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To: Dan from Michigan
dish 500, 150 package, PVR receivers. mmmmm mmmmm good.
30 posted on 08/21/2003 4:45:08 PM PDT by glock rocks (I took your advice and shut up... great... now I can't stop typing.)
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To: tickles
DIRECT TV!

The HD channels are AWESOME.
31 posted on 08/21/2003 4:46:00 PM PDT by JimFreedom (My patience is growing thin)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Until Bravo got bought by NBC, it was a pretty damn good channel. Now, unfortunately, NBC just uses it as a proving ground for some of its more questionable new shows.

I really liked "Inside the Actor's Studio," but now that's just become a promotional shill for NBC. They had Jay Leno on the other day--Jay Leno? So, yeah.

That aside, "Queer Eye" is actually a fairly entertaining show, if you like that type of genre--fashion, home decor, etc.
32 posted on 08/21/2003 4:46:21 PM PDT by Viva Le Dissention
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To: Dan from Michigan
My husband knows more about this than I do, but you should check this out before you get either.

We have Direct TV and it has 2 tuners. You can record on one of the tuners and watch TV on the other one. You can also record 2 shows at the same time.

I think that is the main reason why he picked Direct TV over Dish Network.

The following I definitely know about. I love the Direct TV. We've had great reception and lots of channels. It certainly is much better than cable.
33 posted on 08/21/2003 4:46:28 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Dan from Michigan
Directv since 2000..never a problem. Blizzard conditions might 'temporarily' cease programming; but my remote switches to antennae in the attic. You have the option of a combo dish for pc and tv as well. Directv allows you to place your tuner anywhere in the home (hidden away) for use with your remote if more than one tv. Those with the dish I know were not given that option and have to 'point' to the tv from within the room.
34 posted on 08/21/2003 4:46:46 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: tiamat
AVOID Primestar! Expensive, not as many channels and SLOW to add on new ones as they are created>>>>

didn't direct tv take over primestar? or was it some other sat. company?
35 posted on 08/21/2003 4:46:46 PM PDT by tickles
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To: dts32041
DirecTV with TIVO is a life changing experience.
36 posted on 08/21/2003 4:47:03 PM PDT by knowtherules (There are only 34 Basic Rules......SUV's Included.)
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To: Cathryn Crawford
Now that I think of it, it was TRIO, a channel that has a show called Studio 54 or 57 or something like that...I remember John Prine did an hour that was great...called my bro but he couldn't get it. I bet Dish gets BRAVO also...so take your pick. :{)
37 posted on 08/21/2003 4:47:34 PM PDT by gorush
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To: Dan from Michigan
Which is the better way to go? Direct TV or Dish Network. I'm on the fence right now. Thanks.

What's the dif? You'll wind up with 100+ channels running nothing but infomercials 12 out of 24 hours a day. And you still have to pay for it.

38 posted on 08/21/2003 4:47:34 PM PDT by HughSeries
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To: Viva Le Dissention
Hughes owns DirecTV & Newscorp owns EchoStar (DISH).
39 posted on 08/21/2003 4:47:39 PM PDT by Pro-Bush (Awareness is what you know before you know anything else.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
After four years of not watching TV, I finally broke down and got Dish Network out of consideration for my wife.

We chose Dish over Direct TV based upon the channels we wanted. Your tastes might be different.

Even with 50 channels, we still find that many evenings there is nothing we want to watch.

40 posted on 08/21/2003 4:48:04 PM PDT by snopercod
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To: Dan from Michigan
My Mom in California had Direct TV
I have Dish Network in Alaska

Both pretty much the same. I would go with Direct TV only because you can get the NFL Season Package.

This means nothing if you don't like football :-)
41 posted on 08/21/2003 4:48:58 PM PDT by hattend
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To: MizSterious
When I had Dish Network, the equipment was leased. Apparently, from what you've said, that has changed, probably with the demise of Primestar.
42 posted on 08/21/2003 4:49:21 PM PDT by Viva Le Dissention
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To: Viva Le Dissention
Possibly. We've only had it for about 7 years. It's improved a lot in that time.
43 posted on 08/21/2003 4:50:23 PM PDT by MizSterious (Support whirled peas!)
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To: not_apathetic_anymore
Call around to the independant dealers in your area.

I picked up the PVR 500 for 200 bucks, I thought it was a steal. It was about the cost of a good VCR but oooooh BABY is it cool!

Cheers,

knews hound
44 posted on 08/21/2003 4:52:19 PM PDT by knews_hound (Anyone else play Day of Defeat?)
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To: Rightone; Dan from Michigan
And, if you really want to enjoy your TV get the PVR unit

Oh Yeah! Definitely a must have. You'll never watch TV live ever again, it's so much better to record and zip through the commercials. Or freeze live TV while you go get something to eat.

PVR Is a must have (did I mention it's a "must have"?)

45 posted on 08/21/2003 4:52:29 PM PDT by hattend
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To: apackof2
Local programming like abc,nbc,cbs,fox,pbs etc is available for 5.99 extra with direct tv. I get two different pbs stations,and all those crappy ones like WB etc. Besides all the extra sports packages etc,they also have free concerts like manheim steamroller at christmas. Disney channel is free for what it is worth. Direct tv will be bought out by rupert murdock soon and it will be even better then.
46 posted on 08/21/2003 4:52:57 PM PDT by samantha (Don't panic, the adults are in charge)
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To: Rightone
I also have Dish TV with the PVR.

There is no reason to ever leave home.
47 posted on 08/21/2003 4:52:58 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (a 'true conservative' would rather keep Davis than elect Arnold just so they can say 'I told you so')
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To: Dog Gone
Calling TimeWarner to tell them to shove their crappy cable service was a lifetime highlight clip.

When our pretty basic TW bill got raised to around 45 zops a month, I called them and told them we were about to jump over to satellite, and then hem-hawed my way to the real point I had in mind: "any special offers to keep us in the family?"

For the next two years, until we moved, we only paid 21 bucks a month.

48 posted on 08/21/2003 4:53:32 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (40 miles inland, California becomes Flyover Country!)
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To: knowtherules
DirecTV with TIVO is a life changing experience.

I have Direct TV but not quite what TIVO is or does
Would you mind educating me?

49 posted on 08/21/2003 4:54:23 PM PDT by apackof2
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To: gorush
It's called "Sessions at West 54th," and one of the better programs on television if you like music.

As an aside, I can't remember who mentioned it, but SpeedVision is not included with the basic package in DirecTv, and neither is TVG, if you like horse racing. TVG is on the basic package on Dish, or at least it used to be.

On the other hand, OLN is included on the DirecTv basic package, and I don't think it is on Dish--and OLN has some pretty cool stuff, including the only coverage of the Tour de France and the Running of the Bulls, so if you like to see people get gored and run bikes up mountains, maybe DirecTV is the better choice.

Both (TVG and SpeedVision) are available on DirecTv for an extra $10 a month, or something like that.
50 posted on 08/21/2003 4:54:56 PM PDT by Viva Le Dissention
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