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Old 12-15-2008, 01:05 PM
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My cable bill has gotten way too expensive ( jumped from $135 to $170) and the cable company refuses to give me any deals. I had the IO triple play but the promotion ran out. I tried Fios but had many problems and was very frustrated with their customer service who is impossible to reach. I am not considering keeping my cable for internet and switching to satellite TV. What are the problems with satellite?

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Old 12-15-2008, 01:12 PM
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Direct TV. I've been with them since they first started and have been totally satisfied. Have only lost my signal a few times during really intense thunderstorms. They offer games on there now too. Pretty cool. I'm theatening to add Tivo, but I don't watch that much TV.

I would keep the Fios for internet though. Way better than satellite.
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:23 PM
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Another happy DirectTV customer here. We had over 140 inches of snow last winter and maybe lost the signal once or twice-if that and it was for a few minutes-not for a prolonged period of time. If there are really hard thunder storms then the picture may crystalize for a few minutes but not for long. The picture and especially HD picture is much better than cable. Plus for us, they offer all the sports packs-NFL Sunday ticket, NHL Center Ice and MLB Extra Innings-so we are able to watch all our sports teams even though we moved away.

We had very bad ice storms up here Thursday and Friday-lost power for about a day. Once we got our power back, our dish was back. There are still people in the area who don't have TV because even though the power is restored the cable is still out.
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:28 PM
Location: New Jersey
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I've been with Dish Network for a very long time. Each time I compare, I find that the DirectTV prices were higher. I recently called up DN and told them I was thinking about switching to cable for the promo deal and they offerred to take $10 off each bill for 12 months.

Anytime I have a problem, they resolve it quickly and when I ask for credits, they don't argue with me.
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:33 PM
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Default Dish

Check prices. Dish is a little cheaper, their service is outstanding and the DVR has been rated better than Direct TV. No problems with 2.5 years of service!
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:48 PM
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We have had directv for 6 years and have only had minimal problems with reception (only in really bad weather..... you can get a mosaic effect or lose the picture). We used to have a townhouse and couldn't put the dish on the roof. Instead, we had it on a pole in the backyard which made it convenient for brushing off snow. We now have it on the roof and will have to see what the winter brings.

We chose Directv because of the NFL Sunday Ticket package (dh is a sports addict) so it was really the only option for us. I have heard rumblings that Directv's contract with the NFL expires next year but I have also heard that they will, likely, re-new. Who knows? It doesn't matter to you if you don't "need" the football package.

In any case, we have been happy with Directv, overall, and they have excellent customer service (unlike Verizon).
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:13 PM
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We found DN to be cheaper, but we've only had it for 2 months and have had to replace two receivers and our smart cards (???) already. Not the most reliable experience we've had, but te cost is still so much lower we're not ready to switch yet. But one more broken receiver in the next month or two and we're outta here. We lost our DVR'd Heroes, House, and the final episode of The Shield. It was not a happy time.
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by mczabe View Post
We lost our DVR'd Heroes, House, and the final episode of The Shield. It was not a happy time.
Trust me, you haven't missed much on heroes. In a nutshell: everyone gets progressively stupid.

It will be redeemed around Episode 19.

That's when the main writer comes back.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:14 PM
Location: Splitting time between Dayton, NJ and Needmore, PA
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To the OP,

If you are a sports nut, or just love the NY Yankees , then DirecTV is the way to go as the YES Network is not on DISH Network.

Other than that "major" issue for me , both services are the same other than subtleties in pricing and the DVR issue.
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:31 AM
Location: The Beautiful Pocono Mountains
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We've had them all!!! Call IO and ask for the retention department. They will give you the current promotion. There is no question.

I am now getting rid of FIOS and Directv. I've had Directv since 1999. They nickle and dime you. I'm going to get my internet phone and tv's for what I'm paying for 1 tv, internet and phone through FIOS. We have the other 3 tvs on Directv (confusing, I know). And what I like is there is no contract. I'm so tired of the contracts. I found that I liked the IO internet better than the FIOS. I'm going to get my HD free and 3 of my receivers through IO. They improved their phone service and there's plenty of channels now from them for the tv.

I only really had the Directv for the NFL Sunday ticket each year. I may suspend service with them and maybe reactivate it next fall for football season. The NFL ticket used to cost $139 per season, we're now at $250 and what makes me nuts is this - I pay for the NFL, and I pay for HD through them, and in order to see the NFL in HD, I have to pay another $100 per football season in addition to the regular charges. Drives me crazy!!!!

If you're going to get Directv, buy your own receiver from Best Buy or something. Then it's yours and you won't be charged a monthly fee for them.

Sorry for rambling.
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