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Old 04-30-2008, 08:13 PM   #196  
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:02 PM   #197  
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(Caution - this will sound like a spurned lover.)

Have had Directv for 7-8, maybe 10 years at least and have been pretty satisfied. Price wise and service wise. Channel selection decent, some annoyances but nothing critical. Until the YES network started up. DTV didn't have it ("We're gonna have it in out new lineup with our new satellite.") As rabid Yankee fans, we got CableVision (CV) added (Yes was part of local cable service offered). Okay, kind of a pita with two different tuners, but $15 (maybe even less) a month extra wasn't too bad to watch all the games.

Other than YES, we still preferred DTV, even though CV offered a lot more local channels. DTV beat them on movie packages/selection overall, for our tastes.

Okay, here's comes HD. DTV only offered 8-10 channels and CV was more or less the same. So we upgraded to hd (TIVO) receivers. At the time we were using the original TIVO service that was part of DTV. Still no YES though. Then DTV offered YES (but not in HD). As CV had YES in HD, we kept it for baseball season (now around $60 month though for HD receiver & dvr service).

Now DTV (couple years ago?) comes out with new receivers (HR 20?, $600-$700?), but no TIVO interface. Interface really really sucks. Almost as bad as CV's. Constant aggravation with new receiver (one TIVO box went west and we had no choice but to "upgrade") but we put up with it as "When new satellite goes up, everything will be better.") Well the new satellite went up (lots more hd channels) and things didn't get better. As a matter of fact, aggravation level got *much* worse. Some programs would mysteriously not record. Or show as recorded but not play. Or lots of "Searching for sat msgs (771?)".

Often the new HD channels are blank (old origional hd channels from a different satellite work fine on the TIVO receiver. ("Engineers are aware of the problem and working on it." was the eventual inevitable response after each of innumerable calls to tech support, each of which required shutting down, disconnecting, changing cable, reloading, throwing salt over my shoulder, ..... ad infinitum)

I should mention here what kept aggravation level peaked was the perfectly fine, super easy to use, pleasant, no problem, helpful TIVO interface on the one hd tv downstairs, which we preferred to the aggravation (even with added hd channels) hr20?. We swore if TIVO ever paired with another provider (regardless of whom it was) and had two tuner capability as our current one does, we would switch in an instant.

Last week, I upgraded our internet service from Verizon DSL to CV's OptOnline. (went from about 600 kbs to 7,000 kbs) and when taliking to one of the techs he mentioned the new TIVO Series 3 box for cable.

The next day (after researching on net) I bought two HD TIVO receivers (Circuit City - $299 each) the next day and CableVision is coming Tuesday to install them.

Oh, and for the record (and this is NOT sour grapes), CV's hd picture is better than DTV's, both brighter and sharper, significantly so. We know because we have had both receivers side by side and would switch between them watching the same channel (mostly YES, but others as well). Note CV has fiber optic to the poles and coax to the house.

And one other thing for the "engineers", I now believe the 771 searching for satellite problem is probably weather related. The 771 problem has been particularly irksome the last few weeks (more often than not no hd channels at all on the hr20), at the same time a (high/low?) weather system stalled over the East Coast and we experienced continually easterly winds off the ocean. When that pattern cleared (yesterday), there were no 771 msgs. I'll bet high (maybe a particular kind of) clouds interfere with the new satellite transmissions.

In any case, I'm getting it off my chest. As I've asked at least a dozen techs to please pass this on to DTV execs (it won't happen) and suggest the Board of Directors of DTV should fire any and all execs involved with the decision to deep six TIVO. Or at least reduce their stock options.

Until one has used TIVO side by side with other programming guides and DVRs, he doesn't know how poor the others really are. Not to say some don't offer *some* advantages (the interactive feature IS nice), but *nowhere* near enough to warrant a change from TIVO. FWIW, if one switches from TIVO to "upgraded" boxes one would probably arrive at acceptance. but having to use one of each every day is a constant reminder of how inferior anything other than TIVO is.

BTW, I've tried to post this on the "offical" DTV forum but it wouldn't accept it.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:33 PM   #198  
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I've been with DTV since 1994 - wouldn't trade the service for anything.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:57 PM   #199  
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I've been with DTV since 1994 - wouldn't trade the service for anything.
And if I didn't know better, I wouldn't have switched either. DTV has way more selection of hd channels than Cablevision, and that's great, but if they are unavailable 10 to 25 percent of the time (my experience) the additional selection just isn't worth the aggravation. Especially when favorite programs doesn't record because the hd satellite "isn't available".

(Note some DTV hd channels (10 or so, notably the networks) come over the "old" and so don't "cut out" nearly as much.)
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:37 PM   #200  
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And if I didn't know better, I wouldn't have switched either. DTV has way more selection of hd channels than Cablevision, and that's great, but if they are unavailable 10 to 25 percent of the time (my experience) the additional selection just isn't worth the aggravation. Especially when favorite programs doesn't record because the hd satellite "isn't available".

(Note some DTV hd channels (10 or so, notably the networks) come over the "old" and so don't "cut out" nearly as much.)
I can speak as someone who has had Cable HD (Comcast) and 3 satellite providers (Voom , then Dish then Directv). I have watched Time Warner HD in my friend's place in NYC and FIOS in my friend's place in Wheaton, MD. The Cable HD that I saw (Comcast and Time Warner......though I never saw Cable Vision) has nothing over Directv (not even over Dish). I must admit though FIOS might be the best to my eyes but the number of good quality HD stations that Directv has me very happy to be a Directv customer. Customer service at Directv is by far the best that I have seen. I never have had any problems with my reception or picture quality. I have 2 HDDVRs and while they are not as good as the Dishnetwork HD DVR, they are far better than the motorola DCT 6412s that I had with Comcast.
I probably will never go back to Cable.......although FIOS might lure me!
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:26 AM   #201  
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I'd probably switch back to Direct-TV IF they could fix the far too frequent "Searching for Satellite" outages of HD channels. (For those who may not be aware, the HD channels, except for 10 or so, come from a newer recently launched satellite.) As stated above, anyhere from 10% - 25% of the time the HD channels from the new sat are unavailable.

Innumerable calls (over months after the new sat went up) to Direct during outages bring no answers. Go through all the unplugging, setting up, reading sat strengths, yadayada.. EACH TIME.

My guess the problem is high clouds interfere along the East Coast. (I live on the ocean -a barrier island actually -in NJ)

Add the lack of TIVO (several generations ahead of any other DVR service), it just became too much.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:58 PM   #202  
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Old 08-21-2008, 07:46 PM   #203  
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:58 PM   #204  
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I'd probably switch back to Direct-TV IF they could fix the far too frequent "Searching for Satellite" outages of HD channels. (For those who may not be aware, the HD channels, except for 10 or so, come from a newer recently launched satellite.) As stated above, anyhere from 10% - 25% of the time the HD channels from the new sat are unavailable.

Innumerable calls (over months after the new sat went up) to Direct during outages bring no answers. Go through all the unplugging, setting up, reading sat strengths, yadayada.. EACH TIME.

My guess the problem is high clouds interfere along the East Coast. (I live on the ocean -a barrier island actually -in NJ)

Add the lack of TIVO (several generations ahead of any other DVR service), it just became too much.
First - You must be the only one experiencing outages. 10%-25%!!! That is a most arbitrary number. I have never had an outage or searching for satellite signal! I've had some major storms here in the Northwest with no problems. I've had D** for 13+ years with only one outage recently due to incredible storm and lightning (Incredible display, like watching discovery channel but kind of scary). The D** receiver is much better than Tivo!! I was reluctant to switch from Tivo but now I love it. The Tivo menu is burdensome by comparison.

Sorry you had a bad experience maybe a bad receiver or bad install. You are missing out!!!!
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:38 PM   #205  
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Where are the standard definition NFL football channels? Are they still on channels 700-719 satellite 101W?
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:18 PM   #206  
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Where are the standard definition NFL football channels? Are they still on channels 700-719 satellite 101W?
This year, SundayTicket has the range of channels 701 to 717.

702 is the 8-Game NFL Mix Channel
703 is the RedZone Channel

704-717 are game channels

The Superfan (HD) channels are the same as the SD channel numbers, but with a "-1" suffix added.

704-717 SD are from sats at 101 WL

704-1 to 717-1 HD are from DIRECTV11 at 99 WL
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Thanks gct,
That's exactly what I wanted to know.
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:54 PM   #208  
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whats the difference between sunday ticket and superfan
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:17 PM   #209  
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Anybody have a simple database of DirecTV's Total Choice channel lineup in database format - e.g. Excel, with the following columns: Channel Name, Channel Number, Channel Description?
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:23 AM   #210  
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Sunday ticket is not HD. You must pay $100 extra for HD superfan!!!!! That sucks!!!!!!
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