Originally Posted by davehancock
Was your DirecTV issue due to the snow actually falling, or to accumulation on the Dish? When I previously had D*TV I had the dish mounted where I could clear off any snow.
But, my main motivation is that TW is ripping me off. Basically with Earthlink/D*TV/Ooma my bill in the 2nd year
would be $148 ($106 initially) vs the "promotional" rate of $161 I am paying now (which expires next month). I see others have received MUCH better rates from TW ($102) from TW with better services (30Mbs RR, Whole house DVR, HBO, Showtime, TMC). The thing that I am most interested in is the new receiver with 5 tuners!!
Honestly I'm not sure, I didn't bother to go out and check. All of my satellite dishes are installed on the roof, but due to trees that grew since I got rid of DirecTV, the line of site was not there anymore, so while the new DirecTV Slimeline is on the roof, it's in a less then convenient location to sweep off then where the old DirecTV Phase 3 is mounted. I was watching some pre draft show on NFL Network when I got home from work Monday, the picture started to pixelate and break up and I got the Searching for Satellite message. Not all of the channels were out, but within an hour most were. Tuesday morning when I when I woke up at 3AM it was still out, when I got home from work, everything was back on. We didn't get much accumulation last week.
Having 5 tuners can definitely be useful, but the HR34 is more of a pain then anything. I do not like the user interface at all, the SD interface was better IMO. The ads in the EPG are intrusive and annoying, browsing the On Demand content can be cumbersome, and the HD selection is just not there, both with On Demand content and linear channels. I frequently get searching for satellite messages that pop across the screen for a brief second, on clear days and my signal strength across all five birds is great. Knock on wood, this happened in about a week now, but the receiver frequently tells me that my TV doesn't support 3D when I tune to a 3D channel, requiring me to do a red button reset.
95% of my recording and viewing is done on Time Warner. I do record a few shows on DirecTV. The 30 sec skip is nice, but has to be reprogrammed everytime you reboot, which for me is a few times a week, either due to not getting the 3D channels, or doing a CE software update. I did have an issue about a month ago, where all of my shows just stopped recording on DirecTV. I had to delete all of the timers and reprogram them in. Never had that with TW.