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Hey everyone...im thinking of making the switch from comcast to direct tv...comcast is asking waaaaay too much money for such a small channel lineup...i already have permission to have a dish installed from the apartment landlord...do u all think its worth it? is there any "small print" that i should be aware of that direct tv wont tell me about?


In my area, direct tv would be teaming up with qwest for my internet...are they any good? let me know what u all think as i am looking to call them this weekend...any help is greatly appreciated!!


Thanks in advance!
 

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As far as "small print", I would advise going to their website and carefully reading all of it you can find - because there's plenty of it from the satellite companies that they won't "tell" you about up front.


I guess the biggest differences are that with cable you don't have to pay to upgrade anything - with satellite, you most likely will. Also, with Direct, you cannot avoid the two-year commitment, and everytime you upgrade anything, they will "re-up" you on that.


Comcast broadband would probably be better for internet than Qwest with Direct. Lots of bad reviews about Qwest on the internet.


Have you at least tried to get Comcast to lower your bill first?


As far as "more channels", that depends on what you're looking for. More sports or movies? I could see that. Because if you just want more of those "standard" type cable channels, those are just as repetitive and uninteresting as the ones in the basic package, unless there's something in particular there they have that you want (can't imagine what, though - stuff like "DIY", "The Cooking Network" and "History International" show mostly redundant programming. If it's that you've gotten dissatisfied with the declining quality of the basic channels, those aren't really any different now, either. They all show stuff that was shown on the "parent" networks, or other networks owned by the same corporations in the not-so-distant past. Most of it you've probably seen before. "History International" is even known to take footage that they've used before, such as from their "Nostradamus" programs, and re-assemble and re-edit it into something they can get away with calling an entirely new program, with a new date stamped on it. And "The Cooking Network" shows a lot of old cooking shows, like Rachel Ray reruns, from when before "The Food Network" went to all "reality", and "that's awesome, dude!" shows. You should at least probably check Dish, too, to see if you'd actually like the programming you'd get for your money better. It's not "more", but "what").
 

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The best way to think of Directv is to think of them as a cell phone company. You have a contract and they have you for two years. I have not had any problems with them myself. The quality of the HD is the best I have seen. No, they do not have every single channel in HD. Price wise, the first year is great after that there is not a whole lot of difference between them and your typical cable company. They have been good to me to give me discounts here and there. I stay with them for one reason - the quality of the HD picture.
 

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I like D* for the sports. As one poster noted the HD picture is great. I live in new jersey and it was pretty heavy rain all day yesterday and the rain fade was the worst I experienced, but we got 5 inches of rain. If you can live with that, then get it. I had satelite internet and it sucks. TV great internet no.
 

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I signed up last month. The only important catches are you have to sign a 2 year commitment and they will auto-enroll you in the protection plan, which you need to cancel before 30 days or be charged. Other than that there were no equipment or other hidden fees. You don't need to hook you receivers up to a phone line anymore either.
 

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My sister recently signed up for DirectTV and it is great. I can't speak to the contract, but the quality of the picture and the number of channels you get is fantastic, and she pays less than I do for FIOS with less channels, but faster internet. Overall I was very impressed with DirecTV from what I have seen at her place. My dad is going to make the switch over from Charter as well. Charter really sucks so it's a no-brainer. The free NFL Sunday Ticket almost had me signing up for it too, but I don't think I could switch away from FIOS internet. Overall, it is a really great service, and seems to be a much better value than the other guys as long as you can get decent internet service to go with it.
 

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You could always keep the Comcast internet and go with satellite for TV, although you're not going to get any "bundle deals" that way. But the first year of satellite should be really cheap, with the introductory offer.
 

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I've had Directv for years and no problem with them. PQ is awesome (HD) and channels don't cut out like they did with cable. Comcast did have better on demand. All satellite programming goes out with real bad weather but then I just watch what's on the DVR.

I had Directv and quest dsl when living in CO and had no problems with either while in an apt.
 

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go to satelliteguys.us/forums for more info.
The only problem with that is that it's more of a dedicated fanboy site, as each forum is dedicated to a specific service.


It's best for "continuing questions", after you already have the service, or for more specific inquiries about each one if you don't yet.


You're actually more likely to get fairer-balanced comments here, if you're not any further than the blank slate, "should I go with this or that service" stage yet.


But I guess it can't hurt to just read there, as long as you're the type to not let any unavoidable biases sway you.
 

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I switched from Comcast to DirecTV about 18 months ago. I have no regrets.


DirecTV's DVR is much better than the one offered by Comcast in Houston.


DirecTV has more HD channels. (This was the reason I left Comcast.)


It is not necessarily any cheaper. I have the Premier package with DirecTV and had the similar offering from Comcast. Once the discounts disappear, the price is about the same; DirecTV may even be a little higher.


The protection plan may be worth it. One of my DVRs failed in the first 6 months. It was replaced at no cost.
 

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My sister recently signed up for DirectTV and it is great. I can't speak to the contract, but the quality of the picture and the number of channels you get is fantastic, and she pays less than I do for FIOS with less channels, but faster internet. Overall I was very impressed with DirecTV from what I have seen at her place. My dad is going to make the switch over from Charter as well. Charter really sucks so it's a no-brainer. The free NFL Sunday Ticket almost had me signing up for it too, but I don't think I could switch away from FIOS internet. Overall, it is a really great service, and seems to be a much better value than the other guys as long as you can get decent internet service to go with it.
So don't. I do FIOS for internet, and DirecTV for TV. No reason you couldn't have both, but for different purposes. I literally pay $46.64 each month for 25/25 internet from Verizon FIOS. Can't beat that deal.


Also, IMHO, dbstalk is a better forum for dedicated DBS talk, especially DirecTV discussions.
 

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You could always keep the Comcast internet and go with satellite for TV.
+1, That's exactly what I have.
 

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I have the "premier" package with all the extras(which includes MGM HD, Sony HD etc) with 3 HD DVR, 1 regular DVR, 1 regular HD and 3 more SD receivers.


My bill is $175/month and I won't ever drop it. Yes, directv gets you with having to buy your DVR and whatever else. But, at the end of the day, when I go to friends houses and their Fios or Uverse picture pixelates every 5 minutes...it drives me nuts.


95% of the time, Directv is as clear as OTA HD(Comcrap/Fios/Uverse don't come close to OTA)
 

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I've had DirrecTV for many years, and have been very happy with it. In particular, I think they have pretty good customer service, which is important to me. But I get my internet via DSL through another provider. I saw no need to get internet through DirecTV.
 

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I've had D* for almost 10 years and they've been very generous with programming and hardware comps. In my case I'm always weighing the switch to FiOS TV where I would pay more than I ever did with D* to get the 3 DVRS we use. I would likely have to give up multiple DVRs or possibly go to 2. Having more than 1 gives so much more flexibility.


The DVRs are great. Their new MRV (Whole Home DVR Service) is excellent. Dbstalk.com is a lot of fun and has a lot of helpful posters as someone said.


You don't need to have the protection plan. If you don't have one, they'll still replace your DVR but for $19.99 S/H. One of mine just went bad and they send a tech to replace it as a "loyalty" service. He even changed a bad piece of the dish for nothing too.


I'm just losing patience with losing the signal in storms. We've had several thunderstorms and snowstorms in NY this year and even with peaked signals you'll lose it. Someone said that's a good time to watch what's on the DVR. That's often a suitable option but not when when you're trying to record something or when you're watching a live sports event.
 

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lol, so much misinformation in this thread


First of all, FiOS has better picture quality than DirecTV. The reason for this is very simple. They don't re-encode anything. If the network sends them a 17 Mbps MPEG2 feed like HDNet does, they pass it on through untouched. If the network sends them a 7 Mbps MPEG2 feed like AMC HD does, they pass that on through as well. That is why there is a quality difference between FiOS channels: some networks just have crappy feeds. It's not Verizon's fault and if the channel looks like ass it's time to write complaints to that channel.


I can tell you that they shouldn't look any better on DirecTV. In fact, they should look worse. DirecTV re-encodes every feed they get to 5-7 Mbps H.264 due to the limited capacity of satellite. Assuming they're getting the same network feeds as Verizon instead of their own sweetheart feeds of 5-7 Mbit/s H.264 sent to them directly from the networks, they will look worse than FiOS. So let's re-cap: Verizon passes through everything untouched, including your local over-the-air HDTV channels like CBS, NBC, etc. They will look identical to the OTA broadcasts. Comcast varies by market. DirecTV always re-encodes everything.


Secondly, Verizon has 23 more HD channels than DirecTV has so this claim that DirecTV somehow has this awesome HD lineup is false. DirecTV's HD lineup is actually rather pathetic these days, falling far behind every other one of the big cable/satellite/telcoTV companies except for Charter, Mediacom, Suddenlink, Insight, and CableOne.


You can get 25/25 Mbps uncapped Internet access + Most HDTV channels on their system + Phone from Verizon FiOS for $85-$99 in most markets. For $115-$135 a month you can get that Internet connection upgraded to 35/35 Mbps and every single HD channel on their system including all premiums like HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc. I fail to see how Verizon is not the cheapest option anywhere. Period.


Now as for Comcast, it depends on your area. They don't have a unified national channel lineup and video encoding standards like Verizon and DirecTV do. Some Comcast areas will have pathetic channel selection and will re-encode everything to lower bitrates to fit in more HD channels when they don't have enough capacity. Prices can vary dramatically. Asking if DirecTV is better than Comcast without telling us where you live is not helpful at all.


The last thing I will address here is the Internet connection. Comcast has bandwidth caps. That should be a deal breaker for everyone. Qwest does not have any set usage limits. So the answer on this one is simple: Get Qwest.

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I've had D* for almost 10 years and they've been very generous with programming and hardware comps. In my case I'm always weighing the switch to FiOS TV where I would pay more than I ever did with D* to get the 3 DVRS we use. I would likely have to give up multiple DVRs or possibly go to 2. Having more than 1 gives so much more flexibility.

Then it's time to get a CableCARD and a CableCARD tuner such as the Ceton InfiniTV 4. Paying $50 a month in rental fees for a bunch of DVR units? Time to ditch 'em. The Ceton InfiniTV 4 can record four channels at once and you can put it in a PC with unlimited storage capacity and a much better interface than any of the DVRs any of these companies put out. You can have a Ceton InfiniTV 4 paid off in less than a year with the amount of money you'll be saving by not having to rent expensive DVRs from the cable company.
 

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I've had DirrecTV for many years, and have been very happy with it. In particular, I think they have pretty good customer service, which is important to me. But I get my internet via DSL through another provider. I saw no need to get internet through DirecTV.

I have the same setup.



I will say this however...although DirecTV does have good customer service, and they will usually offer you some great deals, if you do sign up with them, check your bill every month. You can read the DirecTV thread and just last week you have a couple AVSers talking about extra charges on their bills. Every time I've made a hardware or programming change, every time, they manage to charge me for something I either didn't order or charge me for something they said they weren't going to charge me for. It's the one and only major complaint I have with DirecTV...they have some pretty questionable billing practices.
 

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All posters, except one, seem to rave about PQ on D*. I have no complaints witht he PQ and I find it comparable to E* which I also have.


At one time, I did a comprehensive comparison of the DVRs from D* and E*. You might do a search for that post. There is a difference in the bells and whistles. Also in the programming. D* does not offer AMC, BBCA, or TCM in HD while E* does This is important to me (can you say Mad Men and Walking Dead. Don't get me started on the Killing).


My main complaint with D* is the slow speed of the DVR. I have 4 D* DVRs and they are slow as in "freeze up".



I agree with the admonition to check your monthly D* statement.
 
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