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Dish Network vs TWC

xXFingerZXx
02-13-2006, 11:44 AM
I just saw an ad on tv stating its only $19.99(or something like that) for Dish, so I'm wondering is the DishNetwork better then Time Warner Cable?

I'mnew to these sorta things so bare with me on my dumb question(s).

drock912001
02-13-2006, 02:42 PM
Trust me anything is better than TWC,especially from a price standpoint.We get gradual increases on satelite like every 3-5 years.I had TWC and was seeing rate increases on the regular.Now they are expanding customers gotta foot the bill.

IndyDishSlut
02-14-2006, 11:26 AM
I just saw an ad on tv stating its only $19.99(or something like that) for Dish, so I'm wondering is the DishNetwork better then Time Warner Cable?

I'mnew to these sorta things so bare with me on my dumb question(s).


Yes, 40 channels for $19.99 a month. It's the basic cable version of Dish without the Premium stations.

SHOSHOSHO
02-14-2006, 02:27 PM
If you have an HD TV then the answer would be no Dish is not better than TWC. Your picture with an HD set would be worse than D* which is already bad. Digital Cable has a far superior picture than either Directv or Dish. HD also is far better than Directv or Dish. Now the only variable is; what TWC network are you on. Here in Buffalo (soon to be TWC from Adelphia) I have found that digital cable and cable HD blow Directv and Dish away based on picture quality. As far as price I do not know as my main concern is quality not price. I do know that I am actually paying less with Cable than I was with Directv with HD package.

cmd
02-15-2006, 12:17 PM
I finally stepped up the decision making and here is what I've found re: pricing:

DISH: 1 $300 HD/SD dual DVR upgrade + 1 SD/SD dual tuner + Top 120 + HD DVR fee + HD OTA access fee = ~$72/mo

TWC: 2 HD DVRs + 1 standard cable outlet + DigiPic 1000 + $12/mo for Sirius (I've got to have it now) = ~$84/mo for 18 months (then increases to ~$106/mo there after).

Now with TWC, they are HD up and ready to go. NO $300 out of pocket expense. No over the air HD business. BUT TWC after 18 months TWC would cost me ~$34/mo MORE. Interestingly if you figure this out on a 2 year TOTAL cost, TWC and DISH come to nearly the same amount. So cost is nearly a wash with ONE HDTV.

It looks like where TWC is now ahead of DISH is with multiple HDTVs. DISH only will offer 2 tuner promotions per customer per year (a dual tuner counts as 2), therefore with DISH's lease offers I cannot have 2 HD sets this year. Next year I could lease a second 622 (probably) but it would most likely cost an additional $300. That means it would take another year (now I'm in year 3) for DISH and TWC costs to be equal again.

Conclusion: I'm back to leaning towards TWC. They offer HD local NOW -- no OTA antenna to mess with while DISH is getting locals set up, speaking of locals -- I'd also get the Weather Channel's local weather. TWC SD is questionably better than DISH. TWC requires no out of pocket expense. Also TWC install is a matter of days not weeks. The CSR said realistically installs are taking 3-4 weeks now. No definitive conclusion, but I'm on TWC's side of the fence right now.

Carbonfiber
02-18-2006, 04:52 PM
If you have an HD TV then the answer would be no Dish is not better than TWC. Your picture with an HD set would be worse than D* which is already bad. Digital Cable has a far superior picture than either Directv or Dish. HD also is far better than Directv or Dish. Now the only variable is; what TWC network are you on. Here in Buffalo (soon to be TWC from Adelphia) I have found that digital cable and cable HD blow Directv and Dish away based on picture quality. As far as price I do not know as my main concern is quality not price. I do know that I am actually paying less with Cable than I was with Directv with HD package.

Because you know, compressed HD feeds traveling through miles of cable are SOOOOO much better then using Dish for HD. What planet are you from? And just so you know, using an Off-air antenna to receive your locals will give you your best possible picture. Its straight from the local stations transmitter to you. No middle man.

budg
02-18-2006, 07:03 PM
I had dish for a year and anyone who says the picture quality with dish is anywhere near as good as twc is not being honest with themselves.I have a 48 inch wide screen tv and we dumped dish because the quality was so poor ,especially on the local channels.Tried the ota antenna and it didnot work . We had an 811 reciever and a regular dvr.withtwc we have a hd dvr,locals in hd, free hbo for 18 months and outstanding pq.All this is only costing me 60 bucks a month. And no contract.It was a nobrainer!

josem3
02-19-2006, 06:16 PM
cmd, I'm a DN dealer but with TW cable deal for 18 months is the way to go now. After 18 months, you better check again the options with satellites. No money on front is always a good option if the quality pic is the same or better.
Today, the better HD pic is coming from OTA.PERIOD. NO digital cable or either satellite can give you that pic. The difference is small but it is there. Beside, it is FREE is you able to install and get all the OTA signal. ;)

cmd
02-20-2006, 03:38 PM
I had dish for a year and anyone who says the picture quality with dish is anywhere near as good as twc is not being honest with themselves.I have a 48 inch wide screen tv and we dumped dish because the quality was so poor ,especially on the local channels...

I wish I could watch TWC and DISH side by side. I've been back and fourth for a couple months. With DISH I enjoy having Sirius on every stereo in the house -- I'm hooked! However watching local network last night on our 46" CRT the picture quality was TERRIBLE -- to the point of nearly unwatchable! On shows such as LOST people's faces had a blotchy almost annimated look at times. It looked like it was almost an intentionally rendering effect to preclude a horror sequence. I even checked to make sure the noise reduction was off and sharpening was correct on the set.

drock912001
02-20-2006, 09:36 PM
If you have hd get an ota for your locals.Its a lot clearer than anything cable or dish will beam into your house.With the ota it's uncompressed with the providers you have a filtered signal.Some retail outlets use cable and dish for comparisons,might wanna call around and see.

scherrman
03-11-2006, 10:38 AM
DishHD is the best I've seen so far. I love it. 24 HD channels plus locals looks amazing and sounds great. I would never get any kind of cable.

Manke
03-14-2006, 02:21 AM
DishHD is the best I've seen so far. I love it. 24 HD channels plus locals looks amazing and sounds great. I would never get any kind of cable.

Not 24 try 31 now with Dish and the vip622 blows any of the competitors away. Its over the air tuner is great, beats the 942. The 622 is all the 942 wanted to be and the 942 could not be touched by any other box by any other vender. :yippee:

pishta
08-12-2014, 08:23 PM
Because you know, compressed HD feeds traveling through miles of cable are SOOOOO much better then using Dish for HD. ..
Its digital man, 0's and 1's. Miles of coax or miles of fiber or 23000 miles of RF. Sat compression is higher than cable compression even though 90% of cable is sat fed anyway. OTA is 1:1, no doubt the best local programming. Ill tell you this: The TWC guide sucks compared to the DirecTV guide and DISH is even better. I got the regular silver converter and the Samsung smaller version, Samsung has better guide look but both look "Nintendo" compared to DirectTV and DISH's "PS3". And every guide page on TWC has an add on the bottom that has to be passed over if you want to scroll down channels to the next page, and its only 6 channels shown per page? Cant complain on the price though, triple play with 30MB internet for $120, will drop phone and go minimal TV after 1 year is over as FTA has a huge amount of channels and OTA is good here in L.A. plus everything streams over a good internet connection nowadays.

garys
08-13-2014, 12:23 AM
Is there a reason you want to post to a thread that's been dead for 8 years?

jim5506
08-13-2014, 05:22 PM
Newbie!

isszguy
08-16-2014, 11:27 PM
Today, the better HD pic is coming from OTA.PERIOD. NO digital cable or either satellite can give you that pic. The difference is small but it is there. Beside, it is FREE is you able to install and get all the OTA signal. ;)

Well, yes if you watch the 4 big networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.)

The previous 4 channels get very little of my viewing so I need cable or satellite, mainly for sports, but we also watch a few TNT, AMC and others. I just became a NetFlix subscriber and there is a LOT of content there that I've been watching.