Originally Posted by CardassianVol
It will be good to see as long as the quality is ok. I moved to Middle Tennessee in November and now I am back in Knoxville. I tried to get DirecTV installed yesterday, but there was only a poor line of sight, so Comcast is rolling out this morning. I am anxious to see what is offered now.
Well, my story had a happy ending. Comcast wouldn't install their stuff without a supervisor here because my landlord totally remodeled this house and wanted things done a certain way. They said they would call my landlord and arrange a time that everyone could be here. A week later, I called them and they saw the note in their system, but they had never scheduled or even attempted to schedule an installation date. I told them to cancel the entire thing.
I decided to give DirecTV another try after talking with my landlord and I came to understand that the first DirecTV installer was either lying, lazy or totally misunderstood the location and method needed to install the dish. The second try worked out much better and I get a perfect line of sight with signals in the 90s on all satellites. It is amazing how much more smoothly things go when you watch people like a hawk instead of holding a baby and sitting on the couch waiting for bad news.
I definitely agree with MRM4 that there is not really a contest between Comcast and DirecTV as far as picture quality goes. Certain channels, like ESPN networks and Turner networks look great on Comcast because they allot them more bandwidth than most other channels, but if you go off into 3 per QAM land where you have Food Network, Spike, SyFy and quite a few others, Comcast just plain isn't as good. I'd still rate Comcast quality above Dish Network though. I had Xfinity on the Nashville system and Comcast in Knoxville last year, and they looked exactly the same to me. Nashville actually has Sportsouth HD though. I can't believe Knoxville hasn't added it yet... Not my problem though.
I am VERY happy with DirecTV! My only minor complaint is that basically every other provider has passed them in HD channel count if you go by what is available nationally. Comcast did it by sacrificing quality and cramming more channels into the same bandwidth and Dish did it by sacrificing quality (there are no full resolution 1080i channels on Dish and they use lower bitrates than D*) and making regional sports channels part time HD. There is no perfect provider I suppose...