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Old 02-06-2014, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Lake Wallenpaupack
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Have any of you switched from Comcast to DirecTV? My husband and I have been contemplating it for a while now. My main concerns are:

- Do I get local channels (WNEP, etc.)?
- Are there fitness work outs available like there are On Demand via Comcast?
- What about internet?

Any help or advice would be great!
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Old 02-06-2014, 02:13 PM
 
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- Do I get local channels (WNEP, etc.)?
I believe they do but if they don't and assuming you can get reception, using just an antennae you can get the local channels. It will actually be better video quality than either cable or satellite. If you any antennae laying around try it out. f not first try the cheap 5 dollar models. If that don't work research and try a more expensive one. There is no such thing as a "HD" antennae but the more expensive ones may work better as far as the reception goes. The video quialyt will be the same no matter what antennae you use, it either works or it doesn't . There is no in between.

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- What about internet?
If they offer it that should be your second to last choice right before dial up. Satellite internet is not very good at all. If you're going to drop the cable internet check the options for DSL from the phone company. That's all you really need for browsing websites, email, youtube etc. It's going to be cheaper and as long as you aren't using some really high bandwith services like Netflix you'll be fine.

If you call Comcast call and complain they'll lower the bill. Repeat once a year.
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Scranton, PA area
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I'm almost positive you will still get the local channels... Talkback on Newswatch16 is 100% needed.. that is pure entertainment! haha Anyway, you should get them and if you dont, a normal antenna like coalman stated would do the trick.. but i'm almost certain you get the locals.

With internet, you absolutely need to get Comcast internet... unless you dont use the internet much at all.. but with todays tech and streaming of videos on netflix, hulu, etc.. theres a good chance you do. Since you probably want a good internet connection.. do not go through DirecTv ... they use Verizon internet which is DSL and real slow! Especially if youre trying to use netflix or do any sort of online gaming... forget it. So you need to go with 2 seperate bills..

I have many friends who use DirecTv for cable and Comcast for internet...and I just bought a home that already is set up with a satellite and I will be doing the same.. (as a Rangers fan, and after 7 years in PA, I NEED MSG, which directv only has...i've had enough of Root and CSN)..and Yes, it seems like a minor pain, bc you now have two bills as opposed to one, but I think its the best deal. You get a good deal from directv.. and good internet from Comcast.. HDcable would probably cost like 40-50/month first year and then get bumped closer to 70-90 the second year of contract (this will all depend on what channels and package you purchase).. You can get a good internet speed deal from comcast for 30 a month.. It seems a little less convienient to pay 2 bills but its honestly probably cheaper... the comcast bundle thing just irks me.. I feel like you get a great introductory price but every month they start slipping more and more charges in.. then next thing you know, youre paying $150 a month for cable and internet.. I rather keep that a $100/month or under for the two, so I think Directv for cable with comcast internet is the way to go.. downside, directv has less of an "on demand" use.. My friends who have directv even will straight up say "Its not that great, I never really use it. I dont have a need to..but I'm sure some people use it"... the DVR function of Directv works best for those things.. if theres a certain program you like that you know is shown on tv.. just set to record and you have it whenever you want.. I'm not sure about the weather having an effect on the satellites either, but its a risk I'm willing to take.. hey, if you dont have cable for a day.. its not the end of the world.. read a book, spend time with your friends and family outdoors! .. or if youre truly that lazy of a couch potato, theres always still movies..

Anyway, good luck with your choice.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:56 AM
 
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Make darn sure you get reception. We initially signed up for Dish when we built here in the woods. We moved in in October and things were fine until May, at which point the trees leafed out and we realized we'd either have to become wood-cutters or switch to cable. ... there was no way to get reception, as we were facing a wall of trees to the south-southwest (where the satellite orbits).

Plus, I know that in really bad stormy weather, you will lose the satellite signal. Don't know how big of a problem it is up here.
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Upper Midwest
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I guess it all depends on what matters to you.

My honest opinion? It's just TV. Juuuuust TV.
I don't need everything super high-def, I don't need some ridiculous contract locking me in. DirectTV..... there's something about a company that will pay $4 billion to hold exclusive rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket and who will really charge the kind of money they want for cancellation that I just don't trust.
I'd rather just go with some contract-free cable like Charter, Time Warner, etc.

And I don't believe in bundling services, with ANY company. That'll get ya. Everytime. I had a triple package years ago: cable/internet/phone. Started off about $115.00 for a year. Price creeped up slowly every year. It reached about $155-160.00 toward the end. Cell phones really started taking over so, I went to drop that phone line. The phone rep told me that it was literally was only going to save me $5.00. Not kidding. So needless to say, I was locked. Even if I dropped that landline, I still couldn't afford a cell phone too. And my area had no other options for cable. I only got out of it when I moved across the country. THEN I got my cell phone. lol

So yeah. I don't believe in bundles. Saves you money for a while and that's it.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:06 PM
 
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And I don't believe in bundling services, with ANY company. That'll get ya. Everytime. I had a triple package years ago: cable/internet/phone. Started off about $115.00 for a year. Price creeped up slowly every year. It reached about $155-160.00 toward the end.
With Comcast I just call and claim poverty every year when it creeps back up and they drop it again.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:05 AM
 
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With Comcast I just call and claim poverty every year when it creeps back up and they drop it again.
I hate the game that played dealing with these 'service providers'. It is the same everywhere. They are worse than the old 'used car dealers' and 'rug salesman' ever were. It's like a shell game with tech services that often the customer doesn't even understand.

It's one reason I dropped cable/satellite TV services years ago (and no longer miss them) and am also now on no-contract cell phone service. It saves a few bucks... but more important for me I don't talk to the cable/satellite people any more .
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