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Some of the threads have discussed cable versus satellite -- but my questions are more specific:


(1) Which satellite provider -- DISH versus DirecTV -- has the best picture and audio quality?


(2) Do both offer about the same number of movies broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1?


(3) When I last looked at a DirecTV receiver the program guide was far superior to what is offered with the DISH 6000. Comparing the latest models head to head which has the best program guide?
 

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Both Dish and DirecTV have very close picture and audio quality. In general, from what has been said, Dish tends to be more washed out but have less pixilation, DirecTV tends to have richer color saturation and a bit more pixilation. Picture quality fluctuates and varies from channel to channel and sometimes even day by day, depending on if and what channels are moved around on different transponders. IMO, picture quality is too subjective to consider when making a decision between Dish and DirecTV, look more at the programming you want, and hardware options along with what current offers are out there.


For Dolby Digital, Dish Network offers, HBO E&W, Starz E&W, Showtime E&W, about 10 PPV channels and all of the HD channels. DirecTV offers all the channels Dish does in DD, plus they also have Showtime Too, Showtime Shocase and Showtime Extreme, but only 1 or 2 PPV channels in DD. On the premiums, a lot of content is in 2.0 NOT 5.1. This is solely up to the programming provider not Dish or DirecTV.


The successor to the 6000, the 811, should be out soon, the guide should be stored in the memory for faster access. The DVR921 will have the guide cached on the hard drive.
 

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One is a bad as the other! Rolled off compression!
 
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