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User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1355 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1234 times:

Which do you prefer?

I have both actually, because only DirecTV has the NFL package, and only Dish has the Indian subcontinent channels.

My only complaint is that DirecTV only has basically about 10 channels with HD. Does Dish have more? When will one or both have many more HD channels?


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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2244 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Hey, didn't I see you on another forum?!?

I have DirecTV and they're suppose to expand their HD programming with the new satellites that launched recently...



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User currently offlineStowAway From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 640 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1195 times:

I have only had DirecTV, but I have been very happy with them. The packages offered are a good deal, and they are much cheaper then cable. I have also heard bad things about Dish Network.


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User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

Well, my family has had Dish Network for free (all of it except PPV and the sports packages) for a while thanks to a deal between the company he worked for and a distributor. Our family never had a problem with Dish, which is strange considering we got it free even after my old man left his company.

I'm planning on purchasing an HDTV set for my room pretty soon and I'm gonna go with Dish. First of all, you don't have to purchase HDTV equipment with Dish Network, at DirecTV you have to purchase a $400 reciever if you want HDTV reception. You lease your HDTV equipment (for nothing) from Dish as long as you keep renewing your contract. Dish has a better 120-channel lineup than DirecTV.

Hands down, Dish Network!



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User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1174 times:

But Dish does not have the NFL package. The NFL Sunday ticket is an exclusive to DirecTV. This is a huge importance for some like me who live in one city but are fans of a faraway team that would never get televised.

The only thing exclusive about the Dish network is that you can only watch Indian subcontinent programming on Dish.

Thus, I have both. Neither is perfect. Far, far from it.



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User currently offlineFunflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

I only have DirecTv, there good a little pricy and I had to sign up for a year, but I only use it for MLB Extra Innings!


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User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1163 times:

Given DirecTV's plans and Dish's non-plan... DirecTV.

DirecTV plans all locals and 150+ nationwide HD feeds by 2007 or, Dish's we're not sure what we're going to do. Also DirecTV will have a Home Media Center by year end. It's a networked HD tuner that records 4 programs at one time an allows connection to 7 rooms. The system can be stacked to allow 8 recordings at one time and viewing of the recorded programs in 14 rooms. It records HD and plays HD in the remote locations. You can pause a program in one room and pick it up in another. The system has the same functions as TiVo and add interactivity when watching live programs.

By 2007, DirecTV will deliver 150 nation feeds, plus your locals in HD. Plus everything Dish has to offer because bandwidth used for locals in SD will be freed up when HD comes on line. Not even local cable will be able to compete with DirecTV when the dust settles.

[Edited 2005-04-22 17:23:08]

User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

On a technical POW I prefer satellite, easier to install, many more channels. When it's very, very cloudy sometimes I lose the signal, but that's rare.


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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2244 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

Correct me if I'm wrong, doesn't DirecTV offer the NFL package in HD?


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User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1148 times:

Quoting Homer71 (Reply 8):
Correct me if I'm wrong, doesn't DirecTV offer the NFL package in HD?

Yup, and only DirecTV. Give 'em two years and it'll be HD sports heaven as the only provider with plans and equipment ready to offer every sport in HD.

[Edited 2005-04-22 20:07:23]

User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

Will local channels be HD even in small podunk towns like mine?!!

Right now, I have to order regular basic cable for my local channels because I live in a small town and DirecTV doesn't have local channels for my market.



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User currently offlineFlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

I prefer the Directv system. That is what I have at home. My grandparents have dish network. I think that the directv is a lot better system. Also we could get a lot more and better channels with directv than with dish. We also got our local channels which is really nice. Our local channels are also still the same number as they would be if we were using an antennae. That makes them a lot easier to remember.
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Jason D.



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User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 1105 times:

Quoting JCS17 (Reply 3):
I'm planning on purchasing an HDTV set for my room pretty soon and I'm gonna go with Dish. First of all, you don't have to purchase HDTV equipment with Dish Network, at DirecTV you have to purchase a $400 reciever if you want HDTV reception. You lease your HDTV equipment (for nothing) from Dish as long as you keep renewing your contract. Dish has a better 120-channel lineup than DirecTV.

Hands down, Dish Network!

Ahh.. not so fast. Sure, you can get a "free" HD box from Dish, however, their LOCAL HD programming doesn't come from the "bird." How it works is that you have to connect an old time antenna to your satellite receiver in addition to the round antenna to pick up the local HD's over the air. This brings up a lot of problems... if you live farther than 10 miles from the source, you generally have to put up an outside antenna, and that gets you into zoning/neighborhood problems, and even then sometimes you can't get a good enough signal to get the programming. I don't have Dish, but I do have a TV with a built in HD tuner, and I live 23 miles from Downtown Nashville and I had to install an 8' antenna in my attic just to receive the locals. I don't get a few because of pointing reasons, if I move the antenna I can get some, but not others.. After some fine tuning, I get most but lack a few of the independents...
SO.. that being said, right now, Direct works the same way, but is in the process of launching new satellites to handle all of their local content thru the birds, so there won't be any need to have an external antenna for over the air local HD programming. Also, these birds will also allow even more local programming to those markets that don't currently get them.

Also, in my opinion, the Direct Menus are much better and faster. Dish??? It's ok, but with satellite provided local HD, better menus, and the NFL package, I have to disagree with you, its DIRECT, hands down.

The problem I have with BOTH of them is that their DVR's currently don't record HD in HD. And on top of that, if you have HD Dish you can't have the Dish DVR. That seems like a waste...
Comcast's Cable boxes do record HD in HD... and thats a big thing for me.. thus, that's why I have cable. What's the point of having an HDTV and a DVR when you have to record everything in analog????



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User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1098 times:

Just recently switched from Dish to DirecTV because Dish was constantly getting interrupted for some reason. I mean, it got really bad and very frustrating. I know it happens when there is bad weather but it was happening even when the weather was perfect. I will admit that it is taking some time to get used to DirecTV but it works well and so far no complaints. Oh, I will say that the control that comes with the DirecTV is cooler than the dish network control.

User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4125 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

I don't have HD but I really like Dish. Their international programming destroys DirecTV and I am really starting to like the new IMF (International Music Feed) Channel. Not only that, Dish has a brodcast agreement with Sirius.


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User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

Does anyone know if you have Directv that you could get local channels from say New York? I say this because if I my family was to get Directv, I want to make sure that I get channels like the YES NETWORK, MSG, FSN NEW YORK, and other channels in New York since my family misses those kinds of channels.

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User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

Quoting Yanksn4 (Reply 15):
Does anyone know if you have Directv that you could get local channels from say New York? I say this because if I my family was to get Directv, I want to make sure that I get channels like the YES NETWORK, MSG, FSN NEW YORK, and other channels in New York since my family misses those kinds of channels.

NO. Both Dish and Direct... you only get locals where you live. If they aren't available, say you live in a city where locals aren't on the birds, you have some choices, say the big 4 (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX) from select cities, such as NY, Atlanta, Chicago, etc, matching your time zone. But select channels such as FSN New York, not a chance...



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User currently offlineFlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1060 times:

I think that if you want the locals for a different city that you can do that. I know that in our reciever it has a place for you to type in a zip codes. So I think that even if you lived elsewhere that you could still get the locals for other areas.
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User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

Quoting FlySC (Reply 17):
I think that if you want the locals for a different city that you can do that. I know that in our reciever it has a place for you to type in a zip codes. So I think that even if you lived elsewhere that you could still get the locals for other areas.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. This has NOTHING to do with what locals you get. You're package, or "locals" information, is stored on your card and set by Direct or Dish, based on the billing address, and is irrelevant to the zip code you put into your receiver. Why then do you put your zip code into the receiver??? To tell you what heading you point your dish to on initial installation setup. It does *not* determine what locals you get in no way shape or form. Don't believe me??? Put in NYC's zip and see if anything changes.. shoot, for that matter, put in any zip and see if things change. They won't, except for the setup page telling you where to point your dish.

If you want to learn even more, Direct TV as of a few years ago is doing spot beams, where they actually are only beaming locals to a general location. Besides the big 4, NY, ATL, CHI, LA, the entire nation didn't get the locals beam... for instance, you couldn't receive the Las Vegas beam in Nashville, or you couldn't see Miami in Salt Lake City... the physical stream never reached those locations, so even if you had a receiver with a card programmed for a location far away, it wouldn't "see" the locals. There is a spot beam map floating around the internet somewhere, but the main point is that your locals are determined by Dish or Direct and there is nothing you can do short of illegal programming to change it, and that today, is impossible with Direct.

[Edited 2005-04-24 05:44:33]


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User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1051 times:

Not having either, I cannot say, all I can say is this, Digital Cable from Adelphia sucks.

User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 14):
Their international programming destroys DirecTV and I am really starting to like the new IMF (International Music Feed) Channel.

Not for long.


User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

Quoting Yanksn4 (Reply 15):

You can, if you have the sports package. you will get YES and MSG, plus every FSN channel in the country no matter where you live.



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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1018 times:

Dish sucks. Their technology is ages behind DirecTV and they have no strategy to offer HD locals in any markets.

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User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1012 times:

Quoting Yanksn4 (Reply 15):
Does anyone know if you have Directv that you could get local channels from say New York?

Ofcourse you could always lie about your address. You can't plug into the phone line though.



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User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

Quoting FlyVirgin744 (Reply 23):
Ofcourse you could always lie about your address. You can't plug into the phone line though

Ok, then where will you bill go?????? To New York when you live in Cleveland???

Direct and Dish both have it figured out....



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25 FlyVirgin744 : Two things: 1. Stop the paper bill. Pay automatically online. 2. Just know someone in the city you want locals from and use their address.
26 GuitrThree : So you give up your locals to see another??
27 FlyVirgin744 : Well you can always get your locals from an antenna or directv might not carry your area.
28 Post contains images JCS17 : I don't know. I still can't wrap my mind around having to buy an HD reciever for DirecTV. I can think of better things to blow $300-$500 on. First of
29 FlyVirgin744 : JCS17, My current hd directv receiver, the hughes HIRD-E8, runs on ebay just over $100 and it works perfectly. You may want to check that out. And I d
30 Funflyer : Thats not true, I live in New Hampshire, and I get the LA Morning News, just pay extra, and I get YES free.
31 Boeing7E7 : Yes. By 2007, there will be enough feeds for 240 markets. There are only 210. The satellite that went up last night successfully is now testing and c
32 4holer : I used to get all the Pittsburgh channels, with all of the accompanying local sports, here in PHX until Dish went to the spot beam satellites and that
33 Post contains images FlyVirgin744 : I'm in a college town so beer flows like water And smoking is banned at bars if they serve food (or a certain % of sales) in Florida.
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