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Old 10-22-2008, 11:42 AM
 
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Question DirectTV or Time Warner Cable

Ok....we close on our house next week and need to know what y'all think of Time Warner Cable and DirectTV.....not sure which to go with....We live in Alabama now and have TWC and have had no problems...but not sure if the same is true in NC????
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Depends what you're into, I guess. For sports and Bravo - gotta go DirecTV.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:53 PM
 
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DIRECTV has many more high definition channels than Time Warner Cable and this was ultimately the main reason I left. I simply don't watch much programming that isn't HD anymore (only one of my four tv's isn't an HDTV) and it was so frustrating being with TWC because they're adding HD programming at a snail's pace. Additionally I wanted NFL Sunday Ticket/Superfan and TWC doesn't offer this. I didn't have major problems with my cable service but I did have big problems with TWC's HD-DVR receivers. They were so buggy (freezing up when I'd move the box to dust or if the dogs ran by, etc...) and I got tired of having to constantly reboot them. I now use TWC for high speed internet only. DTV's HD-DVR receivers are much better (no freezing up or rebooting). Rain fade hasn't been an issue, it has to be pouring down rain for the signal to drop (most storms/rain aren't intense enough to disrupt the signal) and it is only out for a couple minutes (until the rain passes or lightens).

The only con to getting DTV is you must have a clear view of the southern sky (the dish faces this way to pick up the signal from the satellite). If you live in a neighborhood with a lot of tall trees or other objects that block this view then satellite might not work for you.
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Cary
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I'll make this easy and to the point.

Get DirectTV. If that's a problem for you get a library card and read a lot of books. Time Warner is that bad. Just.Don't.Do.It.
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: FL
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Ok....we close on our house next week and need to know what y'all think of Time Warner Cable and DirectTV.....not sure which to go with....We live in Alabama now and have TWC and have had no problems...but not sure if the same is true in NC????
I've had TWC and Directv and I still have Directv but not TWC. That's my answer. Plus, I'm into HD and right Directv and Dish are the leaders of pack when it comes to that.
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Old 10-22-2008, 03:17 PM
 
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Unfortunately, the quality of Directv and Dish Network HD service is of rather poor quality, due to the high compression of the signal. Most people would say TW HD is sharper and more stable. TW provides good service in the Triangle.
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Old 10-22-2008, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Cary - A great town for me
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If you want uninterrupted, top quality service, pick TWC. If you like outages every time there is a dark cloud, pick DirecTV.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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If you want uninterrupted, top quality service, pick TWC. If you like outages every time there is a dark cloud, pick DirecTV.
Exaggerate much?

Sure, Directv will go out briefly during heavy (HEAVY) downpours - but for me it's well worth the occasional outtage to have much better picture quality. I also really enjoy Bravo, which TWC does not carry. In my opinion, both are overpriced once your initial "new customer" discount expires. Thankfully I can still get Directv at my current house despite having lots of trees - I would have really hated to have to go back to TWC.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:03 PM
 
Location: FL
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Unfortunately, the quality of Directv and Dish Network HD service is of rather poor quality, due to the high compression of the signal. Most people would say TW HD is sharper and more stable. TW provides good service in the Triangle.
Uh, no it's not. Try MPEG4 which reduces the compression needed. Directv & Dish Network use MPEG4 compression technology. I've seen TWC HD and most people wouldn't see any difference in the quality between the service providers. Plus with HD you either get it or you don't, so stability is not an issue with HD on any system be it TWC, Comcast, Directv, Dish or Verizon Fios.

If you're going to give out info tell the truth.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:06 PM
 
Location: FL
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If you want uninterrupted, top quality service, pick TWC. If you like outages every time there is a dark cloud, pick DirecTV.
Exaggerate alot? Once again, if you're going to provide info tell the truth. Directv does not go out every time a dark cloud is above. C'mon now!
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