Originally Posted by steveken
Looks like tomorrow is the day 16 joins the 21st century and goes HD on their news.
They goona beat KARK huh? Interesting. Well, April 13th will be my last day with DirecTv. I have suspended my service for 1 yr, pending the additions of all the missing HD channels currently carried on Xfinity.
I am very pleased with my Xfinity/2TB Tivo Premier combo, and the Pace HD receiver tied into my HTPC DVR. Working very smoothly, PQ is great, and I sure cant beat the $39/mo for a year (plus $14 for the M-card and HD cable box rental.
After 1 year, if Xfinity is true to their word, the second year should go up to $57/mo for the next year, then raise to their $78/mo rate.
PQ is comparable. Some channels on DirecTv are crisper (1080i ones mainly), but most have an annoying Dolby Digital dropout several times in a show due to their encoders losing sync with the video. Havent had that problem with Xfinity.
Tivo's SUGGESTIONS, which I have been meticulously programming for the past month, has now faithfully started recording me all sorts of shows I would never have noticed on some of the channels I dont frequent, so I dont even have to pick what to watch now, the Tivo picks it for me.
I have disconnected all my DECA/and other equipment, and spent the afternoon installing it at my parents house over the past weekend, so they now have two HD DVRs and a HD receiver with whole whole service, and a SD receiver in the bedroom. Bought them a H23-600 for the computer room, and installed SWM, using the spare coax cables to the kitchen and living room to route a roof mounted OTA antenna to their HR20 and HR21/AM21 so they can watch TV during storms.
Xfinity gives me all the basic cable channels in HD, that DirecTv has refused to carry, in their quest to up the PPV movie count, using a good percentage of their new satellite which promised more basic HD, to pander to the impulse movie buyers, even starting up a $30 per movie system where you can watch it a month before it comes out on Blu-Ray (in compressed and diminished quality).
DirecTv has gone off the path of supplying my basic need, and hence Xfinity has been working hard, as I found out, adding those basic needs and revamping their lineup and support people, who are now totally friendly compared to my last encounters with them several years ago.
I am keeping my DirecTv system hooked up, in the off chance that they change their tune, and add the channels I watch, and lower the price of the sports packages, which are now all out of my price range. Apparently to add to their CEO Mike WHites 32M annual salary.
Anyone on here that happens to have a TIVO HD (Series 3) they upgraded to a Premier, I would be interested in talking to you, if you wish to sell it.
Series 4's are a dime a dozen on ebay and resellers and I already have one of those, so looking for a series 3 to try out.