I'm an installer for direct tv and have lots of customers ask me whats better but i only have direct tv so i really wouldn't know. I've heard that comcast is great for new customers but after the first few months the prices get jacked up. but could have just been a flustrated customer.
I'm a current DT customer and a previous DN one. The reception is so much better than DN. In fact it has yet to black out all. With DN it would go out when the wind blew slightly, rained, snowed, ect....
It was the last straw when my dish had blown straight down out of alignment one day. The mounting bolts weren't tightened. I called them up and they said they would be happy to send someone out to correct the problem within the next couple of days for only $100. I blew up. $100 to tighten a bolt??
Canceled that minute and ordered DT. Happy so far. Even got a free portable dvd player out of it.
Wouldn't you know it the operator was trying desperately to change my mind, offering to waive the service fee and all......
yah i have DT also, has yet to go out and i'm going on 3 years now at this house. Cable is good i think, better picture but prices are retarded once u get out of the contract or after the first 3 months. altho lately i've been thinkin about going back to cable.
I had them all for many years, and still have some...this is a no brainer easy to answer...but an honest question for most...
Without a doubt, the best picture quality, best and most channels for the buck, best customer service, most channels and packages offered, and least down time is Directv (DTV)...
Dishnet(DN) and Bell ExpressVU (Bev - Canadian tv) satellite TV don't even come close to DTV ...and the ALL the cable operators are at the bottom of the barrel and are just a step up from rabbit ears quality and picking your pockets financially..
Directv..Cadillac Dishnet...Hyundai Elantra Cable...ride your bike or take the bus Gus
Satellite TV is 100% better than any Cable TV company in every aspect...
there was a customer that had a similar proble like yours pual, there dvr went out and talk to dish on the phone they said if they send it in they'll send them another one. and they did... but charged them $200 for it they were furious. when i showed up to do the install they wanted to know if it would be up today, kind of a stupid question but ok... anyway they called dish up and told them that there were canceling and going to direct note they have been with dish for 10 years. they started offering her all kinds of discounts and backcharging to her account saying that shes such a good customer. she said i know but this is bullshit and ended her dish network service. lol
the customer service with dtv is awesome. when you call them, you get someone to help you real fast. none of that waiting on hold for a long time sh!t. also they take the time to answer all your question as best as possible. when the person you are talking to don't know a certain answer they ask someone else real quick rather than giving you a half-assed answer.
I barely watch tv period. but i like recording all my shows so when i do want to watch them i can. i hate my tv running my life like if a show is on at 11pm or something just have it record and watch it later. although i think some people take it to far. i did an install where the guy had 1 HD DVR and 3 standard DVRs. house was full of all these over weight guys. its like fu<k man get up off your aZZ.
kyle since you are an installer, let me ask you something.
i have 2 dishes. 1 for hd and regular programs and 1 for asian channels. the installer told me i have to have separate receivers for both. is there anyway i can watch all from one receiver? cause 1 receiver is hooked up to asian channels and the other receiver is hooked up to the hd and normal programming.
isn't there anyway i can link both dishes so all channels can come from one receiver?
You'll need a 6x8 multiswitch international channels are picked up on an internation dish and then theres the ka/ku dish that picks up the hd channels ( 5 satillites ) and they'll be launching 2 more by the end of this year or so they say... but anyways the switch is about $50 i think the installer should of already put one in. or maybe he didn't know. but anyway theres 4 lines comming off the ka/ku dish (or the multi-sat which one do you have?) and one from the international plug all four into the 13 and 18v and the other in the in flex port 1 and you can run all your programing off of one reciever
I have Comcast as well and it's terrible! My cable T.V. somehow loses the audio signal every once in a while randomly and my internet service has gone out an insane amount of times. The only reason I stick with Comcast is because there's no other ISP in my area. They have the worst "technicians" as they are all sub-contracted and are usually very un-professional and look like bums. Not to mention they don't know their d1ck from their azzholes. I've had about 10 of these guys over at my place and none of them could figure anything out even though I told them it was the outside line that was causing the issue. Oh well, they changed the outside line and it has been fine since. I'm crossing my fingers though.
U can get satellite TV anywhere, as long as U have a clear Southwest "line of sight" to the sky and satellite location..it may mean putting the dish on a shed, garage, ground, post, side of house, roof, etc.....and worse case scenario , maybe cut a branch or 2...unless U live in the jungle...lol
Now satellite internet is VERY expensive , but also needs a clear line of sight...
directv is the shyt.. when first tivo appear directv had it and i had it..
now i have comcast.. because of the internet bundle.. but comcast cant compare to directv..
in everydamn channel theres an audible buzz that annoys you.. because the signal is analog. with directv all is digital.. btu the drawback is when it snow and allt he snow gets into the dish the signal goes out.. but u go up and clean it and thats it..
comcast bullshyt channels.. they dont have good channels like directv as standard then they arrange their channels like randomly and it suxs..
directv arranges the channels according to the category for example 1-22 local channels 22-70 kids channel 70-10 like discovery animal planet like channels 120-200 music channels
and like that and is really easy to surf channels and find what u like...
and lag issues with satellite is a purely civilian problem. I know pilots and crew chiefs who fly and control UAV missions from thousands of miles away and never had any problems with signal lag from any of our satellites.
i didn't start this thread to sell direct tv im to busy installing to care to much, I average in at about 70hrs a week. I just wanted to know what people had and why or why not they liked it so that i could answer the questions of the customer. I've always had DTV so i didn't know how the others compared. which is kind of odd really why would you ask questions while im installing it? shouldn't you do that before?
Most installers in FL, install both Dishnet, Directv, and FTA...they don't care what people watch, as long as they get paid for the install...these are independent contractors, and have no obligations to any provider..in fact I have never seen an installer , with a Directv truck or whatever...they all use their own vehicles and equipment...I know installers who will do a DTV install at one house and walk next door and do a DN install...and since FTA, is just normally a DN or Bev install , they do dish/cable/switch installs for FTA...FTA install is no different than any other, except which LNBs and sats U align ...when dish and cables are done, all u need to do is pay the man, and program the receiver...the installer makes his money, and you decide what U want to put in for a receiver..its all the same..
If it's being transmitted all around me anyway, and it doesn't cost the provider anything if I decode it, what's the harm? I say it's up to the provider to create a "hackless" system. I know, more FTA = less paying customers....blah blah blah.....
As a child I remember listening on my fathers CB radio. I'd ease drop on "skip" from 1000 miles away at night. Should I have been charged for that?
And for the record my sat bill is $70/month. Maybe I should spend more time with my buds over in the sat section lol.
Most people never heard of FTA (Free To Air)...but its 100% legal and FTA shops are located everywhere now..there are tons of FREE channels available on FTA...Hyundai was the first FTA receiver in NA, 30 years ago..