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I'm contemplating switching to Dish Network based on the deal that Allsat.com is running.

 

Up to 4 TV's, up to 2 HDTV receivers and two DVR units...

 

What do people here have? I'm just curious about people that have Dish vs. DirecTV and what drove them to that.

 

Thanks,

 

Glen

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We have DirecTV, and my in-laws have Dish. We chose DirecTV for the DirecTivo, an interface we like, and the selection of channels. We don't like the Dish interface - it seems clumsier & slower than DirecTV, though I'm not sure how much of that's down to teh particular units my mother-in-law has.

 

No idea on the HD side of things.

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Depending on price, that seems like a hell of a deal. I used to have Dish (I have Comcast cable now, so I could get broadband), and I chose it as they had a few more HDTV channels (at that time, I don't know about now) and Dish said they were never going to downgrade HD signals to regular quality for certain broadcasts (concerts, sports, etc), and DirectTV allowed that they might. It might be moot which one you choose, as there are are always rumblings about a merger, but it's usually derailed by monopoly concerns.

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Originally posted by adamsappel@Mar 21 2004, 04:55 PM

I have Comcast cable now, and I chose it as they had a few more HDTV channels.

This is why I haven't been swayed to get a dish. Plus after $9.99/mo for the hd package, it's almost as expensive as cable. :?

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1. I have DirecTV and a DirecTV Tivo.

 

2. I liked the channel selection better (more channels). And it was less expensive. Much cheaper than cable with all of cable's little reoccuring costs that add up monthly.

 

3. NFL Sunday ticket!

 

4. Isn't Dish Network having issues with ESPN? I've seen a few commercials by ESPN urging viewers to complain to Dish, though I don't remember what the complaint was. No ESPN, if true = Would mean no Dish for me.

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Originally posted by JTello@Mar 22 2004, 02:57 PM

4. Isn't Dish Network having issues with ESPN? I've seen a few commercials by ESPN urging viewers to complain to Dish, though I don't remember what the complaint was. No ESPN, if true = Would mean no Dish for me.

I thought Dish was having problems with channels owned by Viacom, like MTV, Spike and so on. Remember the fight they had about two weeks ago?

 

-j

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Voom was reviewed in the latest sound and vision and they weren't too kind to it. It's too early to jump on their bandwagon for some part time HD.

 

I have Directv and can't say I've had issues at all. I love my Directivo and it's quite solid as service. The pricing is quite a bit cheaper than cable for me.

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I had Dish from March 2000 until about a month ago.

 

I had some major issues with existing hardware, new hardware installation (5 months just to get an installer to put up a new dish) and poor customer service that finally drove me away. I now have DirecTV with a DirecTivo and am loving it. The dual-tuner and interface are sweet and I do not regret the switch for a minute. We chose Dish years ago over cable for obvious reasons and over DirecTV due to their cheaper package prices. However, we are now on the same basic package with DirecTV and am paying a bit less.

 

I'd say go with DTV, but I am also a jaded former Dish customer, so my opinion may not be the best to base a decision on. ;)

 

Chris

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DirecTV is bitskimming/recompressing their HD channels, check threads at AVSForum.

 

I am lucky to have good cable and the following HD channels over cable:

 

NBC

ABC

CBS

PBS (x2)

HBO

SHO

DiscoveryHD

InHD

InHD2

HDNet

HDNet Movies

 

I would have to buy a $500 stb and get a rooftop antenna to get HD locals in my area with DirecTV. If I did switch, I'd go to DISH (but I don't want an antenna).

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  • 1 year later...

Hey, I just heard that XM Satellite Radio is coming to DirecTV, and I am really excited about this:

 

Channel 822 - Cinemagic (Movie Soundtracks) Man, I hope this lives up to my expectations. I had written Music Choice a couple of letters asking for a movie soundtrack channel with no luck.

 

The complete lineup is here: http://www.directv.com/see/pdf/XM_channel_lineup.pdf

 

what the heck is "Deep Tracks"? They call it 'deep album rock'.

 

We're also getting an electronica and Underground Dance channel.

 

The switch to XM goes into effect on 11/15.

 

Carlos.

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  • 8 months later...

Bump...

 

DirecTV has announced a new Titanium package. It offers every channel, every movie, every pay-per-view event, every adult channel and every HDTV station. It will also include up to 10 HD DVRs and a 24/7 concierge service.

 

Membership is reserved for a select few. Titanium is available for one yearly payment of $7,500. Available 6/28/06.

 

http://titanium.directv.com/

 

 

Don't everyone get in line at once.

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  • 6 months later...

Just ordered the directv hd dvr. I guess they have been in short supply so the install isn't for a month. I currently have both Directv and Time Warner, but I'm going to get rid of Time Warner. They're prices just keep rising for shitty service. Going to move my current hd receiver to the bedroom and put the dvr on the main tv. Also ordered 3 regular receivers for the other tvs.

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I've been living with DirecTV and the new HD-DVR for about 2 months now and I've come to the conclusion that it sucks. The interface is restrictive, it either records every episode of a program or just not the particular episode I wanted, the HD picture quality is horribly compressed...I could go on and on.

 

Hopefully the DVR (HDR20?) is upgradeable. I'd like to see a software fix applied.

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