Well! I can tell this is going to be a fun topic...
Anyway, I've only had DTV for a few days but I already like it better than Comcast... My two cents:
Originally Posted by Devereux *** Reasons to Buy DirecTV ***
1. Terrific picture.
2. More HD channels, most with better picture than cable (Comcast 3-packed areas)
3. MUCH better DVR.
*** Reasons Not to Buy DirecTV ***
1. All too frequently the receiver must be reinitialized using the reset button; this takes 10 to 20 minutes, so if you are intending to watch a program, you're out of luck.
I take it you never used a Motorola DVR. Resetting them is a weekly ritual, daily somtimes even.
2. They bill for premium channels not ordered and then state since the channels were available reversal of the charges are not possible.
Yeah I'm sure they randomly add premium channels to your bill
5. They nickel and dime you to death with extra charges (e.g., more than one receiver, HD reception).
I take it you've never looked at a cable bill?
6. The remote is not ergonomically designed, (blah blah)
The remote is OK, and there's always universal remotes.
7. Only one channel is available from local stations that broadcast multiple channels. For example, the local PBS station broadcasts one hi-def channel and three standard definition channels, but only the former is available.
Nobody watches those subchannels anyway - really, another weather channel? IMO skip that crap and use the b/w for more HD channels.
8. The audio and video are not always in sync; sometimes resetting the unit helps, sometimes not.
Apparently this is a common complaint but I can tell you right now sometimes this is at the source - ie the originating channel. TBS/TNT in particular are notorious for this, happens on cable too.
9. Changing channels is not instantaneous, in fact, not even close, taking 4-11 seconds.
Using "native" output does increase the lockon time, but channel changing isn't instant with cable DVR either.
11. Although you "purchase" the DVRs at $200 each when initiating service, you don't really own them and must return them to DirecTV or be charged once again for them.
Don't know what your deal is but I own mine.
12. Attempting to record only the new episodes of a series does not work if the same episode appears later in the day or the next day (e.g., some news shows on MSNBC). The DVR will record multiple copies of the same show, unnecessarily using hard disk space.
Again, common with cable DVRs as well. Half the time you tell it to record only "new" episodes but it records every single one. Once I even had it record 2 copies of the same show - at the same time! No DVR is perfect.
13. If DirecTV physically damages your audio video equipment on installation, they refuse all responsibility, refusing to pay for repair costs (after initially agreeing to do so and firing the tech). I'm out several hundred dollars in replacement costs.
Ah, so I think we found the motivation for your little rant here...
As with everything.