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Dish Network or Direct TV?

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maddogdecker

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I would never go with Dish. I have Dish now, the little bit of rain or anything and it will go out. My friend has direct tv and his doesn't go out only once out of ten times. Does it go out. Dish goes out nine out of ten times.
 

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maddogdecker said:
I would never go with Dish. I have Dish now, the little bit of rain or anything and it will go out. My friend has direct tv and his doesn't go out only once out of ten times. Does it go out. Dish goes out nine out of ten times.
You might have a bad peice of equipment...I've never had problems in the rain and heavy cloud cover.
 

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Yeah I was going to say your dish might be mis-aligned. Might want to check that signal strenght again. Maybe a faulty LNB?

I have DirecTV and our signal hardly ever goes out. It has to be raining REALLY HARD or there has to be a serious thunderstorm cloud in the pathway of the signal in order for us to lose signal. I LOVE DIRECTV! I hate CABLE!!! We have every single channel available and the bill is like 90 dollars a month for 3 receivers. I have no experience with Dish Network, but I can say I've been a happy directv subscriber for the last 6 years.
 

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it doesn't matter what service you have. both are equally at the mercy of very harsh weather.

it depends on your equipment and installation.

Dishnetwork is definitly a better deal, if you have a friend call and get a "dish club card" and refer you, you'll both save a lot of money.

dish's CEO has his own show once a month and takes calls from customers. they have AMAZING customer service and if you have any equipment problems, they'll send it next day or 2 day air. for free.

i've had TONS of problems with directv, and i eventually switched to dishnet.

dishnetwork is the only satellite company that is trying to work with "indemand" to bring the "on demand" technology to satellite.
 

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I have been with DirecTV for 10 years and both cable and Dish have tried everything to change me over. There has always been a short term savings with the "other guys" but never good enough to equal what DirecTV offers or has the potential to offer. Besids that, no one else has more birds. :)

About the outage problem...

This morning we had a storm that knocked the SAT out. About 1 minute into it I just switched to another transponder and I was at 79% in a MAJOR monsoon storm of Arizona. With enough more birds you can do that :)
 
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I have had Directv for 3 years now, at my summer cabin. They crack me up, they've pissed me off a couple of times, so I tell them I'm through, I want to disconnect the service. That's when they start with the freebies. They gave me 3 free months of service and 6 months of free HBO and Starz.

Overall, it is a good product for the money. My sister has Dish, and is happy with it. It's nice to have both available so that you can threaten them when you need to. Try that with cable, lol.
 

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Dish!

Dish all the way.

UNLESS you want the useless sports crap like football, then your only choice is Direcrap.

I have had Dish since shortly after it started, and 3 moves (pack'd it all up and moved, no dishmover nonsense) and ZERO ISSUES. None. Customer service, never used them. My 5000 just plugs away quite nicely. My only gripe is their lack of online ordering for upgrades, constant CALL, CALL, CALL.... I detest telephones like you can not imagine, so thats a personal peeve and not really a Dish issue, but in the 21st century I should be able to order an upgrade via the web. If you have the backend tied to show me billing, add programming, then why can't I order an upgrade? ?

As for rain fade, thats going to happen at Ku frequencies and 18" dishes.

You can mitigate it by going with 24" dishes for each satellite. Any one having rain fade during moderate rain has alignment or other equipment problems or has trees or other obstacles in the site path of the sat belt and needs to have it checked or the obstacles removed.

Can't beat the price $100/month for every thing all movie channels, E/W networks (I don't do locals, don't need em, E/W is the same. Don't watch news, wx - EMWIN, 1 wire WX station, sports - yawn...... over paid "children"), "super stations" like WGN, WWOR, etc. mainly to fill in the WB/CW, x-UPN, etc.. About the only thing I don't get is the foreign stuff, the terrorists networks (which dish should drop) and the sports crap and the waste of space HD crap, been there seen it, not impressed with HD.

So from a happy BIASED Dish customer... I VOTE FOR DISH!
 

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DirecTV user for many years. I have had no problems and have everything but the porn channels and keep 5 receivers going including an HD receiver, Tivo & Ultimate TV receivers and love it all.

As for customer service, I don't know as I never need to call.
 

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Directv Rules

I have been with them for 7 years, had all my neighbors on Dish and have converted every last one to Directv, 100% satisfied customer.
 

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I have had both. I like diretv better than dishnetwork. Directv's service is better than dishnetwork. Directv signal is better. During a hurricane in 2004 I did not loose the signal. With dishnetwork a Little thunderstorm comes through and you loose your signal. That was after a service tech adjusted the dish to get a full signal.

Go with directv.
 

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They both have their drawbacks....If you have a big screen HDTV, the SD picture quality on both is going to be lacking. In addition, both services downres the HD programming so you don't get full bandwidth HD (however, I've never found this to be a real issue since the HD on DirecTV looks fantastic to me most of the time). At the moment, if you primarily want HD, go with Dish....they have many more options for HD. If you are thinking more about the future and are a sports fan, look at DirecTV as they will have more HD channels next year as well as NFL Sunday Ticket (which is only available by one other outlet in Canada I believe)
 

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gccflscan nbc cbs and all the rest of the networks are nothing but garbage imho. i get directv for the sports and my wife watches what she wants on a seperate receiver. just because you don't like or possibly don't understand what's going on doesn't make sports garbage.
 

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I've been with DirectTV for a little over 5 years - great signal 99.9% of the time. HD channels are very clear and the audio is fairly stable. The main problem I have is going behind the install guys to fix what they jack up when I have them do any additions or enhancements.
 

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had direct switched back to cable. i guess it depends on the area you are from. trust me when i say the tech from the vendor they used was so unprofessional it wasn't funny. i had 3 guys yelling the percentages through the house while turning the dish to get a lock because the tech said the piece of equitment they sold him to do it the right way was a pos and he wasn't buying another one since his broke. needless to say that plus a bunch of other issues turned me off big time. now i have the phone,cable,net package from comcast and for the most part i'm pretty happy and no more getting woke up by the wife in the middle of the night to call direct tv for the famous searching for signal message on the screen.
 
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