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For what it's worth...but, as for me,
I'm stickin' with DirecTV!!
If any of you have been following my posts, as you know, I'm building a new house and, an Home Theatre Room...24' x 15'. I was seriously considering going back to cable...after all, you all have been a big help with the info and Armstrong has made great progress in the past 10 years since I used them last. Most think, and I agree, they're ahead of Comcast.
Yeah, to get rid of the dish, the OTA rooftop antenna, extra wiring, blah, blah, blah and spending a little less was something I was looking forward to and was convinced my dish was gettin' the heav-ho...UNTIL...
Yes, until my neighbor, whose had a SONY HDTV for some time but never got an HD tuner took my recommendation and upgraded his cable to digital and Armstrongs new HD Tuner with PVR.
He got his installed January 9th and I was at his house immediately after the install. Man, was I shocked.
His picture sucked no matter what channel. HD, other than HDNet didn't look very good at all, and not much better than what he had before.
Naturally, I was a bit chagrined but the kicker for me was in learning that the PVR only has one tuner...unlike my DirecTiVo that has two. In other words, with Armstrong, I would not be able to record another channel while watching another. Right now I can record two different programs while watching a third through my HD tuner.
To top it all off, given all the bucks I'm spending, needless to say when it comes to my HT room, I'm dealing with the "wife factor" yet even she said "ain't no way I'm givin' up the TiVo and the option to record something different than what I'm watching".
Not knockin' Armstrong or those that have it and like it...different strokes for different folks but, as for me, I'm stayin' with DirecTV...albeit reluctantly but I am.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. Hope it helps others who are trying to decide between cable vs. dish. Remember, I have no predetermined loyalties that I'm blind to...nope, just wanted the best picture/sound for the best price. For me, it's the dish.