Originally Posted by Jhon
Again, like I said in my post, my direct equipment was 2 years old. But the big thing is the amount of tuners. With direct, you could only do two live things, with Comcast I think it's 6?. So if there are three or 4 show on at the same time, I can get them all. The other is the REAL on demand. You watch when you want to watch, not on a schedule. Has direct changed that stuff? I know that Dish now has 3 or 4 tuners?
When my two years was up, I called direct and asked what kind of a deal could they give me. They said they could cut 14 bucks off my bill but I would lose 1/2 of my channels. I went to Comcast and got more that I was getting from Direct PLUS Blast internet for less than my direct bill.
Of course after I dropped Direct, they gave me a great offer. Too little to late.
I may go back to direct. They keep giving me great offers. And whenever my deal with Comcast is up and they won't give me another deal. It's nice to play one against the other.
Did you get a nice deal to go back to Direct?
I know the Comcast installer was pissed because he wanted to use all the direct wiring, but I made him leave it alone and install his own, so if I go back to direct, I can do it myself.
The current high-end receiver from Direct is the Genie - either the original HR34 from about 2 years ago, or the newer and much faster HR44. The HR44 and HR34 run the same software, but the 44 is much smaller, uses less energy, and is quite a bit faster. Both are whole-home DVRs and have 5 tuners (X1 has 4 active tuners). It's also nice that you can add an AM21 to your DirecTV receiver and integrate all your digital local channels if you have an antenna (great for sub channels that Direct may not carry, as well as for rain fade during bad storms).
As for OnDemand, as long as you have an Internet connection you have access to a decent OnDemand system (although not quite as good as Comcast as much of it is in standard definition - good SD but not HD). The premium channels' OnDemand tend to be in HD.
And yes, I got a really sweet deal - they cancelled my balance due from before I switched to Comcast, they upgraded me to the HR44, gave me a $200 cash card (which hasn't arrived yet... hmm...), and I'm paying about $60/month for every channel including Sunday Ticket. Of course the price will start creeping up in chunks every 3 months, but the key is to call back when you notice the bill is too high and find out what specials they can give you. As long as you pay your bill you're usually eligible for deals. And I think the great deal that I got was because I actually cancelled service for a couple months and then went back - when I was just talking about canceling they were just going to give me a few credits, same as you.
But back to the X1, I guess it shows potential, but it's been on the market (in some markets) since early 2012 and it still can't record right, so who knows if that potential will ever be realized. I like the excitement of beta testing software, but this was too much. The Genie has 5 tuners, a massive hard disk, is extremely reliable, has about as perfect picture and audio quality as you can get unless you're lucky enough to have FiOS, has much better (and more sophisticated) automatic searching and folder organization, lets you extend recordings up to 3 hours (important on Sunday nights in the eastern time zone when afternoon sports, and in my opinion satellite is much more reliable than cable overall.
Funny story - the week after I went back to Direct, the entire neighborhood lost Comcast for about 4 days after a strong storm pushed through - talk about rain fade!! DirecTV didn't even lose the signal in this storm (it was mostly a wind event), but I lost my Comcast Internet for 4 days and all my neighbors lost their TV, Internet, and in some cases phone. For 4 days!
Anyway, I don't mean this to be a commercial for DirecTV. People seem equally happy with the Dish Hopper, and the classic Comcast Motorola boxes are also very reliable and speedy. Too bad they couldn't offer a 3- or 4-tuner version on that platform. To me, the X1 is all beauty and very little brains. But hey, they can use the word "cloud" now!
And if Comcast is your only choice then maybe 4 tuners that work 75% of the time is better than 2 that work reliably.