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Old 09-21-2011, 02:19 PM   #16
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I have Comcast broadband/tv and am getting ready to do the same as Pete. No landline for phone.
I've never had internet through a satellite and would probably keep comcast for this. But my tv bill.... $95 and I don't have any premium channels. I get the free Encore channels which rarely have anything on, or the movies are 20yrs. old. "Rocky"? Who hasn't seen that series a hundred times already?

I've heard a few bad stories about dish from some of the tenants at the apt. complex. They were about the installation and their crews.
If they(crew) have to move the dish far away to get a signal over the tree tops, they don't want to bury any cable.
They want to do the least as possible to get it up and move on to the next install. This is not really a big deal for me here, but you might check it out if you have a yard.
They have a guy that comes out before hand and checks where the dish would have to be to pick up the satellite's signal.

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Old 09-21-2011, 09:50 PM   #17
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Landline? What's a landline? Just kidding.

I haven't had a landline since 2002.

I would like to have one but with taxes the cheapest one I can get ends up being upwards of 40$/month.
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After 10 years with Dish TV, we changed over to Direct HD they have a package that is hard to beat. Also look in to the $100.00 offer for you and a friend. I still have a landline for DSL so I use Skype or Google talk for most of my telephone calls. If all else fails we use a pre-buy calling card if I need the LL. I never thought I'd say it but Direct TV has Dish TV beat in my area.
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I live in tornado alley. All spring and all fall t-storms almost daily. Dish and Direct both go out every time it sprinkles. Have A t & t for phone and DSL. Cable for TV. Tried Netflix for movies, but everything they stream is 2 years old.
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I live in tornado alley. All spring and all fall t-storms almost daily. Dish and Direct both go out every time it sprinkles.
Which is exactly why I switched back to cable. Losing the local news and the weather channel during severe weather is not an option.
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After 10 years with Dish TV, we changed over to Direct HD they have a package that is hard to beat. Also look in to the $100.00 offer for you and a friend. I still have a landline for DSL so I use Skype or Google talk for most of my telephone calls. If all else fails we use a pre-buy calling card if I need the LL. I never thought I'd say it but Direct TV has Dish TV beat in my area.
I have been going back and forth on this as well. I initially put in DirectV many years ago (8 bit receivers), so that I could get NFL ticket. It was relatively cheap at the time. Over time, I decided to go back to cable.

When I got my 60" HD TV I wanted to go back to DirecTV, but they were real pricks. Since I had an account 6 yrs earlier, they didn't consider me a new customer and I would have to pay over $600 for the equipment as a result. I was so pissed, I went to Dish.

I like dish, but miss NFL Ticket. I see all of them as a trade-off too.

Cable

Advantages - doesn't go out during storms, easy to get into all rooms, can get digital local channels as well as local channels.

Disadvantages - limited HD channels, can be pretty expensive depending on the company.

Dish
Advantages - The most HD channels, two separate sets of satellites (east and west) which makes it easy to get one set to work, price isn't bad.

Disadvantages - Storms (we have had many big storms this year and it goes out for 2-5 min each time), No NFL ticket (NFL Redzone sucks as well), no digital local channels

DirectV -

Advantages - Decent amount of HD channels, Best sports packages, (NFL ticket & other sports as well).

Disadvantages - Price (especially sports packages - NFL ticket), Storms - same issue as Dish, digital local channels


The one thing about having a dish is when the signal drops, I know I have 3 minutes to get outside and lock everything down, a big storm is coming! However, it has happened a lot this year for some reason, more than any other year.
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Pete, I believe I read once, we are both in middlesex county. anyway, I made the switch from direct to comcast. My equipment was old, wanted to up grade,, the bundle with comcast seemed good enough. been with them sinse aug, short sample size.. During the "big" storm a few weeks back,, never lost power but bundle, tv, phone, internet was out for 6 days. After coming back on, it went off 5 more times for at least an hour. Sister down the road never lost her direct tv. she did have a problem with direct a while back, lost her signal, took them 10 days to get someone out there, malfunction with the connection at the dish, water followed the cable down, shorted out the box. Seems requardless which way you go, they all have good and bad,, I believe they all require a 2 yr agreement.. funny that comcast told me on the phone, "we don't have contracts", they followed that up with an e-mail containing our "agreement". Good luck sorting it all out.
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Since I had an account 6 yrs earlier, they didn't consider me a new customer and I would have to pay over $600 for the equipment as a result.

I had dish for 5 years and switched to Direct about 4 years ago. I had never been a Direct customer before but I still had to pay for the DVR equipment. Kind of a strange deal, you pay up front to lease the equipment, you don't own it. If you discontinue service you have to return it, not that it is any good without the service anyway.

Dish's shared receivers would not work for me. I like having an independent receiver for each TV. My dvr's are all dual tuner so I can watch one program while recording another, or record two and watch something I previously recorded without conflicting with another room.

Dish would not even allow me to get a 5th tuner, that and having to get the shared receivers to upgrade to HD made my decision. Definitely one I don't regret.

Cable is not something I'm willing to go back to, my cable box was horribly slow, the guide worthless and good luck even getting a single DVR, let alone more than one.

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