We live in a rural area in SE Kansas and our local, independent cable
provider just announced he will close shop at the end of July. I
would be irritated but he guy is 72 years old and has provided
excellent service for years. He can't find a buyer and is worn out.
We are comparing Dish vs Direct. Quite frankly Dish seems to be
looking better, but:
What do you guys think?
I have direcTV and I'm not that unsatisfied but I'm paying over $60 a
month now that all my discount and all their price increased have
kicked in. We watch a few channels a lot and a lot of channels not
If I was starting fresh and could get the new customer discount, I
would go with DircTV but since I can't seem to get anymore discounts,
I'm thinking of going as a new customer to dish network so I can
upgrade my equipment and get a good price for the first year of a two
year agreement. It would be nice to have DVR since we don't have that
now and dish seems to have a good deal going for new customers.
I talked with a guy down the road that just quit directv for dish and
he says one might as well just change between the two every two years
to upgrade the equipment and keep the price low for half the two years
of the contract. I still am having trouble making the final decision
to change tho. I've never had dish network before.
On Sat, 23 Jul 2011 08:31:09 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski"
Almost. It's be completely clear as soon as you tell us which of
those two things your uncle was actually doing? We all want to know!
And we all SHOULD know, because that sentence might get on facebook,
someone's aunt, mother, or wife will read it, and it will go viral on
the internet, and soon David Letterman will say it on his show.
Besides that, everything you post on the internet will be archived for
all eternity. Someone may read this 20,000 years from now and be
confused if it's not clearly known which of those things your uncle
I had dish for over 14 years but cancelled them when the jacked extra
receiver fees and DVR fees a LOT.
my extra receiver fee increased from 5 dollars a month to 17 bucks a
month and theres evidence they are going up again.....
see http://www.satelliteguys.us for in depth discussions of satellite
When I first started working at DISH Network I was amazed that so many
channels even existed! I did further research to see how they matched up
against other major TV providers and I was surprised by what I found out
about the price, programming differences and how all their customer
services matched up. BestTvForMe.com was the best site I found with no
bias and I still recommend it to this day to anyone who asks me which TV
provider is the best.
I found much of it useless. It rates "packages" as an item from on to four
stars. What really matters is what packages are of interest to you, not to
him. The number of channels is meaningless if they are not the ones you
want to to watch. He breaks down the cost per channel for each supplier.
I don't care if one supplier has 900 channels at 2’ or one had 200 at 40’ if
they are not the ones I want to watch. I may use 25 of the total in real
IMO, they're both rip-offs. It's nothing to be running a $90-100 mo
bill from either of these providers. To get animal/nature chans,
science/history/learning chans, home/food/DIY chans, Turner, the news
feeds, the whole spectrum of cable, we were paying DTV over $90 mo.
That's with NO premium movie chans or even local access and PBS! We
did get TCM. For PBS and local affiliate access, we'd have been
paying almost $100 mo. Still, no premium chans. I checked with Dish
and to get similar programing, we'd pay a similar price. Screw
I now get Netflix for $30 mo. Four DVDs a week and 24/7 streaming
videos. Most of the crappy TV stuff (is there any other kind?) is
available, if that's your bag. I get news off the web.
Speaking of poles, there's a mistake some folks make: they mount the dish on
Much better to concrete a 2" metal post in the ground and mount the dish
about seven feet up. Alternatively, bolt the sucker to a railing on your
deck. And, yes, you can bury the cable.
By having the dish where you can easily reach it, several wonderful things
* It's easier to aim.
* It's easier to service or replace.
* It's easier to clear the snow, leaves, or other obstructions from it.
Mine was driven in the ground with a post driver (no concrete) by the
installer, and has been there 5 yrs without any movement. AND it's back
behind the detached garage completely outta sight from the street or the
house. Comes in on a 170' composite (2cat 5's and 2 quadshield coax)
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