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Old 05-22-2007, 03:17 PM
 
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Default Fairfax County TV options

I'd like to hear feedback on Cox cable, direct TV and Dish network. Any particularly one highly recommended or not? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:47 PM
 
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I'm in Loudoun, but we use Direct TV. Satellite is more an issue of where you're living and the height of other buildings and trees around you. I know people who have chopped the tops of trees out or put up 8 foot poles on their roof so the satellite dish can receive a signal. I find satellite tv cost less than the equivalent cable. But, each has their pros and cons.
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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I've used Cox for a long time. We have two cable drops, one of which also carries the internet. It's a tad expensive I guess, but the service is pretty reliable, and the choices are good. Not a lot to complain about, which may be about as good as it gets in this industry...
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:25 PM
 
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I had Directtv for years and it was very decent. It barely went out, even during most thunderstorms. The only reason why I switched to Dish Network was because of the option of more channels for a slightly similar price with direct. But whatever you do, don't do Comcast!!! Its the stereotypical example of a cable monopoly that has declining service for increasing prices.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:25 AM
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I had Directtv for years and it was very decent. It barely went out, even during most thunderstorms. The only reason why I switched to Dish Network was because of the option of more channels for a slightly similar price with direct. But whatever you do, don't do Comcast!!! Its the stereotypical example of a cable monopoly that has declining service for increasing prices.
comcast is in arlington and city of alexandria, not fairfax county. Don't do comcast. i'm basically stuck with them b/c the direction my building faces. cox is alright, but i've always liked directv better. had cox back in Hampton decent experience. directv came right back on after hurricane isabel (when power came on of course). cox took a little while to get back on.
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Old 05-23-2007, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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Comcast took over for Adelphia here in Loudoun-then promptly proceeded to jack the prices. My first choice is always Dish Network-I can't get it due to trees, so we have DirectTV, which is great except for during big storms.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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I have had DirecTV for almost 6 years and can't say enough good things about it. My neighbor (he has comcast) is always having problems with the reception or sound and comcast wont do anything about it. Plus, if you are a football fan, there is nothing better than NFL Sunday Ticket.
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:03 PM
 
Location: TX
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I pay less for comcast than I did for adelphia! I got them to give me an intro rate for a year (instead of 3mo) 29.95 for cable (extended basic...no hbo etc..)and 27.95 for high speed internet. with taxes my bill is 60.26 per month!
I was paying 45.00 for cable with adelphia and 39.99 for internet with them!

Be careful with Dish network...the prices sounded good but I had to sign a 3 year contract with them or be charged aprox$150.00 if I broke service before then.

My advice get quotes from all your providers then call them and see if they will "outbid" the other. That's what i did and comcast met the price of Dish and lowered my internet fee.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:30 PM
 
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Cable or satellite you can lose service during big storms. Where do you think cable gets their product from? They use satellite dishes to get the programming and then send it out via cable. The difference I've found is cable can go out for hours after a storm, but satellite alone tends to only be out during and right before the heaviest rain/snow/sleet.
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