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Is PQ really better on D*?

Private Shrink
07-19-2005, 09:10 AM
I currently have non-HD DirecTV with a TIVO, and I'm remarkably happy with it on my 40" Sony CRT. But I want to move up to HD (everyone here can probably relate to that). I'm trying to decide whether to give Comcast a try (little upfront costs, more HD programming), but the current PQ of my DirecTV along with superior customer service has me wondering if, when all is said and done, D* will provide a better HD picture (they say they're adding more stations all the time, and that an "announcement" is imminent). I called D* and they even made what I thought was a generous offer regarding the HD DVR, OTA antenna, etc. that makes me wonder if I should just upgrade with them. Among my concerns, I've never had a problem with PQ, and many posts here describe a multitude of problems with receivers, etc. And when it comes down to it, do people think the HD shows from D* look better than the HD shows from Comcast? Any input would be much appreciated.

iserum
07-19-2005, 09:50 AM
the PQ on the SD channels on D* is better as compare to analog channels on cable, the digital cable channels are same PQ as dish, HD PQ will be same on both, i have dumped Dish because of these reasons,

1) they were asking $600 for HD DVR which i get from Cable free (dual tuner HD DVR.)
2) more HD channels from Cable INHD1 and INHD2, and TNT HD and Discovery theater was included in digital package, do not need to get HD package that include HDNet, HDnet movies and ESPNHD.
3) do not need extra receiver in other rooms.
4) most important one is all local HD (which brings most of new HD programsand Sports) are included in digital package no outside antenna needed as in D*.
Cable channles will convert to all digital same as dish channles by end of 2005.
it is tough call for u , i would suggest get cable and don't disconnect your D* service try cable for month and you can decide which one to dump, usually cable will give you some promotion deal for first six months or so, you can go to minimum programming on D*.

jpnuzzo
07-19-2005, 11:05 AM
There is one additional point to consider that not many people mention: the additional commitment.

I upgraded to D* HD in Feb 2004. I was anxious to complete the upgrade during a period of good-weather , did not want to swap my dish with snow on my roof. :) So I bought my HD rcvr and dish at a local Circuit City on a Saturday morning.

I called to activate my new rcvr, and the CSR informed me that an additional 1 yr service commitment is required. I've been a subscriber since 2000, but that didn't matter: the new rcvr required a new 1-year commitment.

It's a significant hidden cost, esp. if you are unhappy 3 months later. (I've been satisfied with it... trying to be patient for more HD channels)

jpnuzzo
07-19-2005, 11:09 AM
i would suggest get cable and don't disconnect your D* service try cable for month and you can decide which one to dump, usually cable will give you some promotion deal for first six months or so, you can go to minimum programming on D*.

Key point here is deciding whether to trade-in your D* equipment... my local cable co. keeps offering $400 for my D* equipment if I'll switch (I won't).

If you trade-in and later want to return to D*, I don't know whether you're eligible for any free/reduced-cost equipment promotions.

iserum
07-19-2005, 12:24 PM
in exchange of dish my local cable company offered me $30/month for a year with HBO and HBOHD included in the package with all cable channels, TNT HD and Disc HD included in digital tier package. CBS, Fox, ABC, NBC and PBS HD channels aso included.

2 tuner HD DvR ($6 monthly fee)
Free premium on demand 1 year free

Bright house neworks is going all digital by Dec 2005

i have 11 HD channels, i do not watch most of the non HD channels anyway. and there is no comittment.
I am nt going to goto dish untill they have local channels in HD through their satellite, because i do not get good reception through antenna at my house and all good new HD programms are on local networks.