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Why should I "not pick" DirectTV for HD Sat Svc

Badfrog
05-21-2008, 12:00 PM
Been a Dish customer for years. Finally decided to go with HD Sat Svc. Dish won't waive existing customer upgrade fees of about $175 out of pocket expenses for me. That gives me new install, new HD 722 DVR and a new SD receiver.

Direct TV will give me the same config and services for $3.00/mo less and then about $400 in rebates over the next 12 months.

Is there some hidden reason "not to pick" Direct TV ?

Thanks in advance

HD Goofnut
05-21-2008, 12:06 PM
Been a Dish customer for years. Finally decided to go with HD Sat Svc. Dish won't waive existing customer upgrade fees of about $175 out of pocket expenses for me. That gives me new install, new HD 722 DVR and a new SD receiver.

Direct TV will give me the same config and services for $3.00/mo less and then about $400 in rebates over the next 12 months.

Is there some hidden reason "not to pick" Direct TV ?

Thanks in advance

I have had DTV for about 6 months now and have been thoroughly impressed. I had Comcast before that and their definition of HD was compress everything and they didn't have many HD channels. I have DTV's HD DVR package plus the Starz/Encore package and it runs me about $90 a month, which I think is relatively cheap. It cost me about $200 to get the HD DVR Receiver when I first got it in November and they also cut my bill by 15 dollars for the first 5 months of my subscription. Also, don't forget DTV has the most HD channels of any cable or satellite provider.

cheezz
05-21-2008, 01:17 PM
I have had DTV for about 6 months now and have been thoroughly impressed. I had Comcast before that and their definition of HD was compress everything and they didn't have many HD channels. I have DTV's HD DVR package plus the Starz/Encore package and it runs me about $90 a month, which I think is relatively cheap. It cost me about $200 to get the HD DVR Receiver when I first got it in November and they also cut my bill by 15 dollars for the first 5 months of my subscription. Also, don't forget DTV has the most HD channels of any cable or satellite provider.

I would switch to Directv now but then have to stay with them for a year's obligation which is a deal breaker for me. What if their pq is the same as Comcast?....then I would be screwed. Sooooooo, waiting for FIOS.

cheezz

mcbeevee
05-21-2008, 01:34 PM
Is there some hidden reason "not to pick" Direct TV ?

Don't know if it is hidden, but if you get an HD-DVR, there is a 2-year commitment.

:)

Badfrog
05-21-2008, 03:06 PM
The 24 month contract is the bad part ..but I am hooked on DVR ..Oh well ...

I appreciate the comments so far .. !

stonedog23
05-21-2008, 04:28 PM
I would switch to Directv now but then have to stay with them for a year's obligation which is a deal breaker for me. What if their pq is the same as Comcast?....then I would be screwed. Sooooooo, waiting for FIOS.

cheezz

So you're not picking DTV because of pq you have not even seen yet, while comparing it to Comcast? You could ask yourself the same thing about the FIOS you are waiting on, which by the way is in very few spots in the country. Good luck either way.

tumblingdice03
05-21-2008, 05:02 PM
I've had DTV since 2002, and have no reason to give you to not join. In fact, I have no plans to leave anytime soon, if ever myself. I know some hate the 2 year contract, but I've always felt I'm happy with them and not going anywhere else for 2 years plus, so the contract has never been an issue to me.

cheezz
05-21-2008, 10:51 PM
So you're not picking DTV because of pq you have not even seen yet, while comparing it to Comcast? You could ask yourself the same thing about the FIOS you are waiting on, which by the way is in very few spots in the country. Good luck either way.

Comcast was great until they started overcompressing HD channels. Wanna try DTV but the contractual part scares me. I don't wanna be stuck with something that I am not satisfied with. That's why I have a hi def tv....for watching hi def broadcasts. If it is guarranteed that DTV is better than comcast....then I don't mind the 1 or more years obligation.

cheezz

edders
05-21-2008, 11:54 PM
decide by the programing each offers, over the long run that is what counts. DirecTV does have an excellent Football package. If you are a sports fan than DirecTV would be the way to go.

Badfrog
05-22-2008, 08:25 AM
Thanks you folks ..If there was a really bad negative reason ..I guess it would have surfaced by now ..LOL

So ...off I go and become a new DTV subscriber ..24 month contract and all..LOL ..

BTW ..net net of the deal vs. Dish that told me "no deals" on a Dish-it-up for existing customers..!! STUPID STUPID STUPID company !

For the HD DTV package and basically same programming as Dish SD ..over my current config with Dish

- $3.00/mo less and added Home Protetcion Plan and HD extra Pak
- $301 monthly bill reduction over the next 12 months (all the specials combined)
- An addition $75 cash back on on my Citi card thru a 3rd party retailor on Citi's cash rewards program.

Thanks evryone ..!

WestDC
05-22-2008, 09:43 AM
As with any contract if you are not satisfied with the picture or service, you can cancell it within 72 business hours after the install with no penatly. Miss that window and you bought it for two years.

Buff
05-22-2008, 12:47 PM
Been a Dish customer for years. Finally decided to go with HD Sat Svc. Dish won't waive existing customer upgrade fees of about $175 out of pocket expenses for me. That gives me new install, new HD 722 DVR and a new SD receiver.

Direct TV will give me the same config and services for $3.00/mo less and then about $400 in rebates over the next 12 months.

Is there some hidden reason "not to pick" Direct TV ?

Thanks in advanceI have had D* HD for almoast 2.5 years. Most of the time, the picture is great. However, I lose the HD channels in a light rain and the SDs in a medium rain. I still get enough pixilization on the locals to be very annoying in clear weather. I have had the Dish knocked out by lightning, and the box replaced twice. Service calls take 2-3 days. My son has had Fios for over a year w/no problems, a better picture, and he pays less (bundle). Also no contract or fees for equipment. I can't get Fios or I would. If Fios or Brighthouse is an option for you, consider it.

glennb1
05-22-2008, 01:11 PM
I have had D* HD for almoast 2.5 years. Most of the time, the picture is great. However, I lose the HD channels in a light rain and the SDs in a medium rain. I still get enough pixilization on the locals to be very annoying in clear weather. I have had the Dish knocked out by lightning, and the box replaced twice. Service calls take 2-3 days. My son has had Fios for over a year w/no problems, a better picture, and he pays less (bundle). Also no contract or fees for equipment. I can't get Fios or I would. If Fios or Brighthouse is an option for you, consider it.

If you lose HD channels in a light rain and the SDs in medium rain, and still get enough pixilization on the locals to be very annoying in clear weather you need to get your dish re-aligned.

Not sure what having the dish knocked out by lightning has to do with why not to pick DIRECTV.
:confused:

inazsully
05-22-2008, 01:22 PM
I would switch to Directv now but then have to stay with them for a year's obligation which is a deal breaker for me. What if their pq is the same as Comcast?....then I would be screwed. Sooooooo, waiting for FIOS.

cheezz

So if you know that FIOS offers better PQ you should easily be able to find out if "D" also provides better PQ. Just go look at somebody's. The time obligation is not really a big deal since they offer more HD channels, and the PQ is terrific, and the price is right, what would entice you to switch during the obligation period? If you think that somebody is going to come out with something better,the odds are it will be Directv, since they have been leading the way for some time now.

Buff
05-22-2008, 08:28 PM
If you lose HD channels in a light rain and the SDs in medium rain, and still get enough pixilization on the locals to be very annoying in clear weather you need to get your dish re-aligned.

Not sure what having the dish knocked out by lightning has to do with why not to pick DIRECTV.
:confused:Glenn, I have had the dish realigned twice. It has not helped much. Underground cables aren't as susceptable to lighting strikes as a dish on a metal pole.

mluntz
05-22-2008, 10:11 PM
Been here since "95" and not going anywhere! As long as the football is here, I'm here to stay.

I can't remember ever having a serious issue in all these years. The picture quality is as good if not better than anyone else.

glennb1
05-23-2008, 05:31 PM
Glenn, I have had the dish realigned twice. It has not helped much. Underground cables aren't as susceptable to lighting strikes as a dish on a metal pole.

Buff, I don't know of anyone that's ever had a dish on a metal pole struck by lightning.

Most local electrical codes state that the dish installer must ground the dish and mounting bracket to prevent damage from lightning strikes.

Buff
05-23-2008, 06:05 PM
Buff, I don't know of anyone that's ever had a dish on a metal pole struck by lightning.

Most local electrical codes state that the dish installer must ground the dish and mounting bracket to prevent damage from lightning strikes.It not only knocked out the dish, it knocked out my AVS receiver too. Also, if the dish is mounted on a steel TV tower with steel bolts and the tower is sunk three feet in the ground in a cy of concrete is it not grounded? I am not trying to be a wise ass. I live in the lightning capital of the US (So Florida), but code enforcement is sparce. I may need to get an electrician out here. Sorry about hyjacking the thread! Thanks!