Originally Posted by BiggAW
U-Verse also gives you significantly viewed locals in HD, in the FWIW category.
Actually no - EVERY local channel in (all) our providers offerings, are part of our DMA; NONE are SV. (Spfld/Decatur/Champaign) If you look up our market, all 3 of our PBS stations ARE very much part of our DMA; our DMA is a little "different" than others.
However, the differences are:
DirecTV does actually carry WEIU, but ONLY in SD.
(that's why it's NOT checked) Uverse does not carry it at ALL. Both CC & DISH carry it in HD market-wide, as you noticed.
While technically (according to Nielsen) it IS part of our DMA, it's OTA signal really only reaches more the southeastern region of our area; it is VERY difficult to receive OTA in Springfield at all.
As far as our (2nd) ABC - WICD-15 is actually a semi-satellite of our (primary) WICS-20 ABC affiliate, & are owned by Sinclair. But they do air separate weekday newscasts, & run different local ads. WICD's OTA signal is primarily for the Eastern (Champaign/Urbana) side of our DMA, while WICS is for the Western (Spfld/Decatur) side.
On all our area cable systems, they only carry one or the other, depending on the part of DMA they are in. U-verse & DISH carry BOTH stations regardless of where the sub is, since they obviously are broadcasting the same signals across our entire market.
DirecTV (again) has NEVER carried WICD, even in SD.
We also have a 2nd FOX affiliate for the Champaign side, WCCU-27. Again, it a satellite of WRSP-55, but has no local newscasts, except for one they get from WICS@9PM. (Sinclair now owns them as well
And just like above, local cable systems ONLY carry 1 or the other. U-verse is the ONLY provider that carries it at all across the entire market - & in HD, actually. Neither DISH nor DirecTV have ever carried it.
(I didn't add it to the SS, because the prog is actually identical; truthfully, WICD really doesn't mean all that much for us - except there have been a couple times when WICS went out, but WICD was still on)
if you go here, you can see how our DMA is laid out:
Why do you have Comcast TV? That's just a waste of money if you have DISH. And the channel differences seem rather minimal.
As I told you, it was NOT that much more to upgrade my limited TV & internet service to X3, when I added the phone service about 3 years ago. (sorry, I am NOT ready to go cell-only!)
AND when I moved last year, CC started me all over again on the very SAME promo I had before...& threw in FREE DVR as well.
Again, when my promos run out, I'm probably going to take another look - &, at the time I did the X3, I was still on DirecTV's limited HD lineup.
Basically all of the providers have all the main HD channels, plus some.
Well as I said, maybe you & I (& everyone else) have different ideas of "basically" & "some"...
Generally, PBSes are pretty similar. My two are out of sync with each other, so I guess it's good I get two, but I'd survive with one.
Again, there's that "generally" - actually, WEIU's lineup has quite a bit of different programming than our other 2 PBS. Again, the more choices on things like this, the better to me. (& in HD, of course)
Also, when I had DirecTV, I actually had Chicago locals - sorry, but their flagship PBS WTTW-11, is a FAR cry from our podunk PBS's downstate!
What is all that crap? I see Sundance mixed in with a pile of crap.
Again, NOT going to get into a discussion on you think is/is NOT crap - same thing on what constitutes crappy TV service.
AND, are you trying to tell me that DirecTV is better - yea, like I care about multiple Disneys in HD, ION HD, QVC HD, etc???
I like those (others) on DISH, & since I'm paying the bills...that's really all that matters at the end of the day.
I just can't take DISH seriously when they don't feel like bothering with the NYC DMA or the state of Connecticut (the Connecticut Huskies are often on SNY, which they don't carry).
OK, well then you should probably NOT switch to it then - again, NON-sports fans ain't gonna give a rats-a$$
We have HBO, but all the good stuff is on HBO- I don't see much need for the other HBO channels. I guess it would be nice to get them in HD, but let's face it, they have one good channel and a bunch of channels with old re-runs so that they can advertise that you get 10 channels for your $15/mo or whatever, but in reality, all people want is the real HBO. It's got all the shows that people are paying the big bucks for.
Except for promos I've been on w/DISH, I really don't care to pay for it AT ALL, at least at the going rate it's at these days!
I have plenty of basic channel shows that I don't have time to watch on the DVR...good thing that DISH lets me offload as much as I want to an external HDD - I'll catch-up when I retire in a couple years.
DirecTV is a premium service with premium equipment, and they charge a premium price for it. DISH is a value-oriented service, and has equipment that is cheaper.
You need to research this; sorry to have to say this as a DISH sub, but DISH's equipment (leases) are actually MORE expensive than DirecTV's.
A sample of their prices:
- additional Hopper DVR - $12
- additional single room DVR - $10
- additional dual-room DVR (w/PIP) - $17
- Joey thin clients - $7
- single room HD receiver - $7
- dual room HD receiver - $14
But, after having both kinds of receivers, I NEVER want to have to go back to DirecTV's crap receivers again; unless by some miracle, they get them speeded up. Also, DISH's EPG shows the prog in 3 hour blocks, while DirecTV's is STILL stuck at 90 minutes! Also, DISH doesn't plaster ads throughout their EPG, like DirecTV's does.
IOW, I would rather pay a little MORE for a receiver, & get some thing that I don't have site around & wait for it to react to the remote each time! Hence, it follows what you just said - DISH charges more for equipment, & it's shows in how well it performs.
That's a TERRIBLE idea. There are tons of people who casually follow sports, and would switch providers is DISH just got rid of their RSNs.
We'll have to agree to disagree on this one; again, only a FRACTION of the entire TV viewing audience, cares about (pro) sports on TV. That's why SO many people are fed up (MYSELF included) when $5-$10 of our bills go for the MOST expensive channels on basic pkgs.
Unfortunately, until more people state cutting the TV cord, it's not going to get much better. (& I DO include myself in this...