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Old 07-19-2016, 10:08 PM
Location: Sarasota FL
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I've had DISH for many years. I've had zero problems. I've never had a 'contract' because I bought and own my equipment. I don't need or want a DVR so have a plain 211k receiver. I live 40 miles from the Tampa area transmission towers so have an antenna to not only watch prime channels uncompressed but also all the many local sub-channels.
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:04 AM
Location: Huntsville
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I've had DirecTV and Dish for years. I left DTV once to go to Dish and after my contract was up we went back to DTV. When I got Dish, they promised me HD channels, however once I got set up I found out that we only received all of the HD channels if we were on autopay. Dish also started cutting channels, and wouldn't reduce our bills once we lost some of the channels we watched the most. The daily resets also caused some of our DVR recordings not to record correctly. Dish pretty much told us too bad. When my hard drive went out Dish had me a new replacement the next day. We sent the old receiver back the same day we got the new one, but were charged $400 for a device non-return fee. It took 4 billing cycles and almost one call per week to get it removed. Apparently the serial number they originally installed didn't match what was on my account.

DTV was much better (and we still have it). The first year was a discounted price, and the second year was full price. We have a comparable package to Dish, and at full price with 4 receivers and DVR, we pay about $18/month less than we paid with Dish. I've also had a Hard Drive go out on DTV and was promptly sent a replacement and returned the original receiver. We were never charged for the receiver we returned. Furthermore, every once in a while we get a call from DTV where they add a $5-$10/mo customer appreciation credit onto the account that usually lasts 3-6 months. Dish never did that. Directv will sometimes stick a package like NFL on the account even if you tell them you don't want it and if they do, you'll get a nice surprise when it starts billing if you don't watch the bill closely. That is the only issue we've had with them.
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Old 08-12-2016, 08:48 AM
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directv is the best their is even if service isn't perfect and pricing can get quite high
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Old 08-12-2016, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob_George View Post
So I am tired of Time Warner Cable for TVets and considering going with either DirecTV or Dish. Most of the comparisons I see online seem bias.

So what do you think the pros/cons of each are? The NFL package is free this season.....but i would never pay for it after that....so that is not a big deal for me.

What about the DVR boxes...Hopper vs Genie?

Thank you for any info you can share.
i have the hopper 3 and it blows the genie through the roof since it can record 16 shows at once vs the genies 5 shows at once. the hopper 3 also has or there comming out with a voice activated remote for it or they have already not a big deal to me you can watch 4 shows on one tv with the hopper 3 i dunno about the genie
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