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Old 03-22-2008, 09:34 AM
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Which is better: Direct Tv or The Dish Network?

Which is better: Direct Tv or The Dish Network?
I'm thinking about dumping the overpriced Comcast cable and switching to satellite tv in hopes of getting more channels for the same money, or at least better channels.
What do you all use, and do you like your satellite better than cable?
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i have dishnetwork (7 years now, it is great), but i have friends who have directTV and they say it is great too. so i can't really tell you which is better, but i think cable sucks--->
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I have Direct TV (Hughes) and my brother-in-law (right next door) has Dish. There's basically no difference. Might be one of two channels one or the other of us doesn't get, but unless that turns out to be your "favorite", then I don't think it matters much in terms of programming.

However, depending on your location, it might matter in terms of the satellite you can pick up. That is why by brother-in-law has Dish. We have a LOT of trees on our properties and the Direct TV guy just couldn't get a good signal on Johns property - while the signal comes through fine on mine. So John had to opt for Dish - whose satellites are in slightly different positions in the sky.

I'm wondering, however, why you would really want to switch. We are in a rather remote spot and our cable provider only carries about 15 channels. So pretty limited. That's the only reason we went to satellite. I think cable in general provides better service, fewer interruptions (we don't get a picture when their is heavy rain or heavy snow) and at a comparable or better price.

The other nice thing is that many cable companies also provide high speed internet service.
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Thanks for the replies.
A couple of reasons I'm thinking about switching is that I don't get the Speed channel, and Comcast removed the TV Guide channel. You know, Tv Guide channel lists the channel numbers and time.
Comcast freakin' took that away! They don't even want the customer to know what the hell is on! Can you believe that sheeet?
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Both offer alot of tv. I think right now dish has more high def chs than dtv, but more high def is the future for all providers. DTV menu was always better my opinion, and they don't have a ton of satellites to point at like dishnet has. If you are not afraid of watching hacked tv, then go with dishnet. You can buy a free to air receiver for $150 and get wide open chs including ppv's, no high def's yet. Dish cards and receivers are hacked too but you need to find someone who can do it for you, which is playing with fire if you get caught in the usa. DTV is not publically hacked at present time from what I seen. FTA works ok but you need to keep up with the updates periodically and is not hard to do yourself. I have a motorised 4' dish and pull in about 2500 chs from a dozen sats or so , always something to watch for free. If you choose to subscribe, call a dtv or dishnet dealer and see what they have to offer.....I know some will give you all the equipment for free if you sign up. Another option is if you know of someone already subscribing, get them to purchase another receiver and activate it and say it is for the cabin at the lake, and it is something like $5 / month extra , you take it and use at your place.
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FTA, pansat 2700a reciever, everything dish network has to offer all payper view channels free.
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Free?
Now you are talking! I had no idea it could be received for free. I'll look into this.
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A couple of reasons I'm thinking about switching is that I don't get the Speed channel, and Comcast removed the TV Guide channel. You know, Tv Guide channel lists the channel numbers and time.
Comcast freakin' took that away! They don't even want the customer to know what the hell is on! Can you believe that sheeet?
Comcast is trying to make everyone use their HD and digital boxes. A special remote has the guide on it, but Comcast here still the guide on channel 99 for use on our tvs without a box. They all have a way of getting into your wallet...
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One thing I like about satellite is, I can watch various shows at different times from different time zones...........eg...Right now, it's 11 pm and I am watching Cops, normally on at 8 here in the east, from a Pacific time zone station.

BTW, I use the Canadian Star Choice system.....and for internet.....the Canadian branch of Hughes.................Tell my again how slow that is Dewey............
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Free?
Now you are talking! I had no idea it could be received for free. I'll look into this.
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go to dssrookie.com you will see what all they have.
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Free?
Now you are talking! I had no idea it could be received for free. I'll look into this.
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dsstester.com is a better website for FTA
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We have always been happy with Dish but as someone said there are happy Direct TV users - - - I personally think it depends on the area and maybe the franchiser ???
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