Direct TV vs. Dish Network

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by 12fretter, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. 12fretter

    12fretter New Member

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    It is baffling trying to wade through all the features and channel lineups. So hopefully, someone here has already done it and can recommend one over the other.

    I have Comcast cable now, and once again, they raised their prices, now to the point where I don't want them anymore. So I'll be keeping their high speed internet only. I have been looking at Direct TV and Dish. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. The channel lineup aside, I would like to hear about the viewing experience between the two. In other words, is Dish's The Hopper better than Direct TV's The Genie? I'm leaning more toward Direct TV but there is one channel on Dish I would really like to have. Dish seems cheaper, both short and long term. But the Hopper is confusing me.

    From what I have read, you can watch three different programs on three different TV's with each Hopper plus two Joeys. But there is ambiguity in a lot of comments about that. The Genie says 4 live or recorded on 4 different tv's, no ambiguity. The charges per extra TV are comparable, so that's not an issue.

    I'll stop here to see if anyone comments. Thanks to all.
     
  2. shootah45

    shootah45 New Member

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    What about Verizon's Fios it depends where you live ? I'm in same boat as you Comcast I'm paying 180.00mnth trip play
     

  3. 12fretter

    12fretter New Member

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    I very briefly looked into Fios but it doesn't look as if you can do a lot with it. It's all about streaming but I didn't see anything about local programming, network channels or live TV. It seems more along the lines of Roku and Google TV than a replacement for Comcast. I'm not willing to give up local and network programming, so Direct and Dish are my only options. I'm in East TN, and like you, my triple play has gotten way out of hand. My first step is to buy a domain name and get my family's email addresses changed over to the domain. Once we get all our contacts switched over to our domain, then it won't matter who our internet provider is, we just point the email alias to our current address and no one needs to know. That will allow us to free up from Comcast internet eventually. But for now, I want to dump the landline (VoIP) and cable and get a dish plus MagicJack.
     
  4. Therunner

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    I switched from Direct TV to Dish due to the price increase with Direct. Both seem to be just as reliable as far as signal strength, plus they gave me a free DVR upgrade for switching.
     
  5. sputnik1988

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    Well, iirc dish doesn't have AMC, but the do have The Blaze, so...
     
  6. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    They do now, they brought it back because of customer complaints. I have directv but my mom and dad have dish and they, well my dad, is now addicted to The Walking Dead.

    Personally I prefer directv as of now, i like the programming.
     
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  7. 12fretter

    12fretter New Member

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    Its so hard to keep track of the must-have channels...I'm glad you brought up AMC because I, too, am addicted to Walking Dead. Dish certainly is cheaper. After the three month promotions that both have, if you opt out of them all, the remaining first year prices are $57.99 for Dish (two tv's total), and $67.99 for Direct. Second year pricing is $87.99 for Dish and $90.95 for Direct. Dish looks like it levels off there, but after the second year of Direct, it goes up another $20 to $110.95.

    And I just got my MagicJack going again so I can officially order Dish and dump Comcast cable and phone. They hit me hard on the internet only pricing, but as I mentioned, it won't take long to switch over all email addresses to a new personal domain, set the aliases up for some as yet unknown internet provider, then tell Comcast to stick that too.
     
  8. rhyno13

    rhyno13 New Member

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    I just switched from Dish Network to Direct TV. I like the fact that most of the channels on Direct are in HD. Plus it is about $7 cheaper a month for the exact same programming.
     
  9. partdeux

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    OTA with a TIVO.

    For those can't miss shows, you can purchase them directly from Amazon for a nominal fee and have them show up on the TIVO.
     
  10. Zombiegirl

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    We switched from Dish to Directv because they lied and said you could get HD on two TV's with one box which wasn't true among other things. I'm very persuasive so whenever my promotional rate is up I call and they keep it low. Our bill is $65 per month.
     
  11. ricepaddydaddy

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    We became Direct customers when they bought PrimeStar, and had them for years until we got fed up with them jacking up the price.
    Switched to Dish, and they were much better for a number of years. But due to budget cutbacks here at The Ol' Homestead we lately had to drop to the lowest tier. No NATGEO, no SpeedTV, not much of anything.
    We live out past the end of the blacktop, cable doesn't come out this far and the big city is too far away for an antenna.
     
  12. 12fretter

    12fretter New Member

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    I've been looking at these numbers all day and I cannot agree with the pricing component of this statement. Dish is cheaper for the first 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 24 months, and every month after that.

    On the HD part, there are more sports channels in HD in the Direct lineup, but for TV and movie channels, again, Dish has more in their lineup. Here is what I found.
     
  13. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    The only issue I have with directv is the fact that they want me to pay an upgrade fee of 219 bucks to get hd channels and dvr but they'll give it to new customers for free. That kinda arritates me, but I have channels my dad doesn't and we have the same level package.

    Plus it seemed like every other month the service would go out with dish and I'd have to call and ended up talking to someone in India or Bangladesh. With directv my service only goes out in very bad storms and once because heavy snow filled the dish (easy fix on my part).
     
  14. steve666

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    Before my apartment complex decided that we could no longer have a satilite dish I had DirectTV and was well pleased. I have a friend who switched from DirectTV to Dish and switched back because he thought DirectTV was better and another who changed from Dish to DirectTV and was happy with his change.