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Old 08-06-2008, 12:00 PM
 
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I'll be moving to ABQ from California at the end of this month. Currently I have Dish Satellite TV and get great reception here. My NM realtor mentioned she had a friend who had satellite TV in Abq and that it was always going out. (more than her comcast cable). Perhaps because of the weather? Can anyone else chime in on their experiences with satellite tv reception. I'll be in the NE section of the city, not far from La Cueva High. (In case that matters). Oh, and I'm really looking forward to the move!

Also I'm planning on getting high speed internet from comcast. Any reason not to do that?

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
Thanks, Sandy
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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I'll be moving to ABQ from California at the end of this month. Currently I have Dish Satellite TV and get great reception here. My NM realtor mentioned she had a friend who had satellite TV in Abq and that it was always going out. (more than her comcast cable). Perhaps because of the weather? Can anyone else chime in on their experiences with satellite tv reception. I'll be in the NE section of the city, not far from La Cueva High. (In case that matters). Oh, and I'm really looking forward to the move!

Also I'm planning on getting high speed internet from comcast. Any reason not to do that?

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
Thanks, Sandy
I have Directv & it works great! Sometimes with heavy cloud cover it might start pixeling or if it's a heavy rain storm you might lose the signal for a few minutes. However the interuptions are far & few, a couple of times a year and they last about 30 seconds to a couple of minutes.
Even with those minor interuptions, it is way better than Comcast!
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Old 08-06-2008, 02:38 PM
 
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I have Directv also. We had it back in Maine and brought it with us.
For internet, I have a aircard from Verizon.
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Old 08-06-2008, 09:14 PM
 
Location: DENVER
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your satellite system is only as good as the installer that put it in ,dish has a movers pkg I'm sure you already know make sure that whoever shows up has at least 2years of experience and is an hourly employee and works directly for the company and not a sub contractor , as an hourly employee they will take the time and do it right and not rush through the job ,you might lose signal once in a while due to thunderstorms but thats just mother nature for you .
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I've always understood a relatively unobstructed view of the southern sky to be the main prerequisite for good satellite reception. In this, Albuquerque has to be a great city. Relatively few trees and a relatively flat cityscape along with the natural bowl between the foot hills, valley and west mesa is almost like stadium seating for the city. Empirically, my experience is exactly the same as observe's. A few drop outs during the worst of storms, but otherwise, no big deal. I will say its frustrating when you can check the superdoppler update right when things get hectic around you, but there's always the internet.

I had a funny thing at a previous residence where it was a wide open view but I would sometimes experience a loss of signal during the middle of the day in crystal clear weather. We were in a straight line from an airport runway in the area, and sometimes when the wind, and the position of the landing plane was right, they would intercept my signal as they passed over!

el borracho's comments about the quality of the installer were right on. There's a point during the installation where they pull up a screen that shows the signal strength. They have guidelines for general positioning based on your location, but they can tweak that with this measure of signal strength. If you want to be sure, hang around and act interested. I did, and my guy turned it into a 'source of pride thing' to show me he maxxed out the signal strength.

I didn't personally have that great an experience with Comcast's broadband service. I had quite a few times when their service was down (not like every month, but compared to what I experience now, which is never.). Also, cable services share their signal with service areas, meaning when everyone on Comcast on your block is online, you're all sharing the same pipeline. Now it's a big pipeline mind you, but I still noticed slowdowns in the evenings and on weekends. If your use is mostly during the day, when everyone is at work, you'll probably never notice. I've got Qwest dsl now. They have an upgraded speed package that puts my marketed downloads at 7mbps and I've been very pleased with the service. Always on, always fast, and has never been interrupted in the two years I've been with them.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Burque!
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The only issue we had with our sat. was dusting the snow off once or twice a year.

Otherwise not a single problem.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:01 PM
 
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Default Thanks!

Thanks to all for all the feedback. Much appreciated!
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Old 08-07-2008, 08:36 PM
 
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I have Dish network where I live now...and I love it! But unfortunately the apartment complex im moving too in ABQ charges 100 dollar fee to install it even though I can get it transferred for free. They say because of roof damage but I have the sneaking suspicion its just a way to get extra money. So im going to let my mom take control of it and transfer it to her house here.

Ive gotten so used to it, but I suppoe its comcast for me...what do prices run?
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:15 PM
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Location: Arizona
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Anyone know how AT&T internet is in the ABQ area?
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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I have DirecTV, which is great, and fewer outages during a monsoon thunderstorm than what I had with Comcast Cable TV in Colorado, under the same circumstances. I, also, have Comcast Internet, which I still prefer over any other broadband delivery system.
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