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Old 10-13-2013, 08:19 AM
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We recently moved to the Copperfield/NW Houston area from Albuquerque. In Albuquerque, we had DirecTV for TV plus Comcast for internet. It was too expensive.

So, when we moved to Houston we opted for the Xfinity Triple Play for a cheaper rate.

Our experience with Xfinity has been underwhelming (installer was a jerk; took over a week to get second TV working; internet not geolocating correctly, and much more), and now we just discovered Comcast doesn't offer NFL Sunday Ticket. As a result, we are quickly re-thinking our decision in case we want to get out of Comcast during the 30-day grace period in our contract.

However, with so much rain in Houston I'm skeptical about the quality of the DirecTV signal. In Albuquerque, we lost our signal every time we had a thunderstorm (which, granted, was only 5-6 times a year, but we had a 100% outage rate during every storm). I don't want to switch to DirecTV only to discover we have no signal every time it rains.

Can anyone in northwest Houston area who has DirecTV share their experience? I have about a week to decide whether or not to stay with Comcast for TV, so I appreciate any input at all.

Thanks so much!
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:27 AM
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We have had Direct TV at last 3 year in the Champions area. It rarely goes down. Maybe 2 times a year. It is better than when we had Comcast. During a black cloudy drizzly day, it might go off for 10 minutes.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:39 AM
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Make sure it is aligned properly so you have the strongest signal. The weaker the signal it picks up, the more often you will lose signal. I have Dish and when I first got it all it had to do was rain lightly and it would lose signal. Had them come back and realign it once I realized it only had signal strength of 30-40% depending on the satellite. Now have signal strength of 75-85%. Only lose it during heavy rain now.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:03 PM
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Thanks a lot for this info. I'm going to talk with my husband about switching back to DirecTV. I know it's more expensive over the long run, but we always had great service from DirecTV, as opposed to the crapola we get from Comcast.

Again, many thanks!
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:57 PM
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We're south of Copperfield and have only been down twice this year for storms, you'll be fine. Contact Brent if you want a good deal on DTV, he installed ours and many other people on Texags.

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Old 10-13-2013, 11:36 PM
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You can also setup your TV with an antenna as a backup
My signal doesn't go out with antenna.
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