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Old 06-21-2007, 08:17 PM
 
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Artcgal-I just noticed the other day that Verizon has a package deal with directv, might be something worth looking into. Thanks for the info on Charter. We have them for internet, and my biggest complaint is when I have a problem they won't come and fix it unless I tell them I am canceling my service- then they are out right away. That can totally be a local thing though- glad to hear you haven't had problems with them.
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:23 PM
 
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Hi all, just joined here and this is my first post. :-)

We've had Charter cable for the last 10 months and it's never gone out on us ever. Lots of people I know have Dish and they lose their connection if there's just a slight wind/rain going on.

We also have DSL with AT&T and very rarely have had any issues with it.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Artcgal-I just noticed the other day that Verizon has a package deal with directv, might be something worth looking into. Thanks for the info on Charter. We have them for internet, and my biggest complaint is when I have a problem they won't come and fix it unless I tell them I am canceling my service- then they are out right away. That can totally be a local thing though- glad to hear you haven't had problems with them.
We did look into Verizon...but, they aren't in our area either (I would LOVE this since we have our wireless service with them). We are moving to a new "on-the-grid" neighborhood.

Okay...I just phoned Verizon again to see if they are now here...and, the lady rudely aid, "we don't service Fort Worth, Texas."

Oh well! LOL!
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Hi all, just joined here and this is my first post. :-)

We've had Charter cable for the last 10 months and it's never gone out on us ever. Lots of people I know have Dish and they lose their connection if there's just a slight wind/rain going on.

We also have DSL with AT&T and very rarely have had any issues with it.
You won't lose your satellite connection due to slight wind or rain. The only time you'll lose your service is whenever there are heavy, heavy rains in the area; rains that will also knock out the service from the cable provider.

Where do you think the cable providers get their service? Yep, from the very same satellite that DirecTV and Dish Network get theirs. If people you know are losing service from a little wind or rain, they most definitely need to check out how well their dish is connected to the roof as I suspect it's not mounted professionally.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:32 PM
 
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You won't lose your satellite connection due to slight wind or rain. The only time you'll lose your service is whenever there are heavy, heavy rains in the area; rains that will also knock out the service from the cable provider.

Where do you think the cable providers get their service? Yep, from the very same satellite that DirecTV and Dish Network get theirs. If people you know are losing service from a little wind or rain, they most definitely need to check out how well their dish is connected to the roof as I suspect it's not mounted professionally.
Perhaps. I just know that in a school meeting of about 20 of us, all but a couple had satellite and they all were in agreement about how easily they lose their signal. Maybe it's just our area?
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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You won't lose your satellite connection due to slight wind or rain. The only time you'll lose your service is whenever there are heavy, heavy rains in the area; rains that will also knock out the service from the cable provider.

Where do you think the cable providers get their service? Yep, from the very same satellite that DirecTV and Dish Network get theirs. If people you know are losing service from a little wind or rain, they most definitely need to check out how well their dish is connected to the roof as I suspect it's not mounted professionally.

We had DISH before YEARS ago...and, it went out on us all of the time. We had them come out and make sure it was mounted correctly, as well as in the right "angle"...etc. They found nothing wrong with it. Just the weather.

Now...with our Charter Cable...I am NOT lying! We have NEVER had problems!! We did have a summer of trouble with the Internet...but never the cable TV. This is why I wish we could get Charter to where we are moving.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Perhaps. I just know that in a school meeting of about 20 of us, all but a couple had satellite and they all were in agreement about how easily they lose their signal. Maybe it's just our area?
We've had either Dish Network or DirecTV for almost 10 years and the only times we've lost signal is when there is a very heavy thunderstorm to our south, in line of site with the satellite. It is a tad bit frustrating when the weather gets bad, because it's usually at that very time when you're wanting to watch the weather on TV to see just what is up. But, overall, I'd say I'm very happy with the quality of service. We'll be switching to fiber optic (ATT U-Verse) in a week or two so we'll be using neither cable or satellite.

It could be the area you are in. If there are obstructions in your line of site and the signal is generally weak overall, it wouldn't take much to disrupt that. Or, it could be that you have a lousy amplifier at the dish.

All that matters is that you're happy with what you have, and if Cable does it for you, more power to ya!
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:06 PM
 
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We've had either Dish Network or DirecTV for almost 10 years and the only times we've lost signal is when there is a very heavy thunderstorm to our south, in line of site with the satellite. It is a tad bit frustrating when the weather gets bad, because it's usually at that very time when you're wanting to watch the weather on TV to see just what is up. But, overall, I'd say I'm very happy with the quality of service. We'll be switching to fiber optic (ATT U-Verse) in a week or two so we'll be using neither cable or satellite.

It could be the area you are in. If there are obstructions in your line of site and the signal is generally weak overall, it wouldn't take much to disrupt that. Or, it could be that you have a lousy amplifier at the dish.

All that matters is that you're happy with what you have, and if Cable does it for you, more power to ya!
Very true. haha
The area I live in has part that is very heavily treed as it's an older established neighborhood. Some parts are less so. We somewhat run the gamut of the whole range of land types, house types and sizes here. I imagine anything is possible.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:59 PM
 
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We've had either Dish Network or DirecTV for almost 10 years and the only times we've lost signal is when there is a very heavy thunderstorm to our south, in line of site with the satellite. It is a tad bit frustrating when the weather gets bad, because it's usually at that very time when you're wanting to watch the weather on TV to see just what is up. But, overall, I'd say I'm very happy with the quality of service. We'll be switching to fiber optic (ATT U-Verse) in a week or two so we'll be using neither cable or satellite.

It could be the area you are in. If there are obstructions in your line of site and the signal is generally weak overall, it wouldn't take much to disrupt that. Or, it could be that you have a lousy amplifier at the dish.

All that matters is that you're happy with what you have, and if Cable does it for you, more power to ya!
I know I have great line of sight to the south. In fact, the installer was able to mount the Dish dish on the brick of my house instead of on the roof. But I still get many outages. I'm thinking that it's the Dish receiver. I've been too lazy to call Dish tech support to have them send someone out to take a look.
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