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Old August 7th, 2012, 12:13 PM
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We have Time Warner, and I think we are ready for a change. I am looking at Direct TV but remember the dishes on the roof years ago, that moved with the wind, rain, etc. Do you have it, and do you like your service?

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It would be a lot easier to answer if you'd say why you feel you're ready for a change. Bad channel selection? Bad service? Lousy signal? Other?

Satellite delivery is still subject to the old bugaboos, including rain fade. And of course you still need a dish, which some consider unsightly, and theoretically the dish can move and lose the signal, although if they're installed properly this shouldn't be too much of an issue.

So the question really comes down to "Compared to what?" If the situation with Time Warner is really outrageous, and if there is no cable overbuild available, you might as well try satellite and see how you like it.

We're fortunate to have FIOS fiber-to-the-home service and it is just fine. Techincally, it exceeds anything else I've seen, and the service has been OK (in the context of cable TV service overall). Of course, when something's wrong I can usually tell them exactly what it is, which helps. But I really put FIOS to the acid test routinely in the home theater where we do 106-inch hi def and full surround sound. They pass with flying colors.
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AR,

Sorry I didn't go into detail. The price has gone way up, with little or no extras. I want more football coverage.
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OK, so it's a cost/benefit issue.

If you've done your homework and believe that satellite offers more of what you want for less money, I'd go ahead and pull the trigger. Just be cautious of "introductory offers" that go away after a year, and other marketing gimmicks.

Also, I recommend against self-installation unless you know somebody who really knows what they're doing.
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We dumped COMCAST, the cable giant aka "The Evil Empire" for DirecTv three years ago and are pleased with the service. Today's dishes are much smaller and much more stable. However, we do lose service for a few minutes when a severe storm is directly overhead. However, when our neighbors lost cable for a couple of days during a blizzard, we had uninterrupted service.

We also have a protection plan to cover things like a destroyed or moved dish.
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I still have Comcast, and when everything is up and running, it is great, hi speed interet, etc...I would, however like to see the cost come down a bit, I recently purchased my own modem and return the one I had rented for the past 6 years. They charge $7.00 a month, so the one I returned had been paid for a few times over and they don't just let you buy that. So, I was able to get one at BEst Buy where they have a Comcast rep. in the store to set it up and once home, it was another easy fix to get the phone working, easy...

Receintly my daughter got rid of her direct TV, just tired of it going out everytime it rained, not a problem with cable..Then there is DSL, which I think is what AT & T offer, many seem happy with that too.
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We have Comcast for cable,phone and internet. No problems but yes $$$ but I think they all are
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I ditched comcast a long time ago.
I use uverse now for TV. If it were soly up to me, we would not have anyhting but internet.
I dont watch TV at all. I watch netflix or movies but NEVER TV.

I dumped comacst becasue they could not keep my cable internet working.
It was slower than dial up and 3 times the price.

I think they outgrew themselves.

If I were into sports I would have to look at the Dish package.
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I don't have a choice...I'm too far out in the country so I have to have satellite for everything including internet.

We had DirecTV for about six years and now on Dish. HughesNet for internet service.

The TV coverage is fine...wish I could say the same for the internet.
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I am an original subscriber to DirecTV when their service was split with USSB providing movie channels. These were the pizza pan dishes you installed yourself.

Move forward a few years...we upgraded to HD with DirecTV and the dish is a little larger and oval shaped. But, in all cases we never had the dish move and lose the signal. This includes having a EF-3 tornado pass 100 yards from the house and an EF-5 tornado that was a half-mile wide passing about a mile south of us. However, the other day a thunderstorm with a 60,000 foot cloud top sat just to the south of us and we had no signal for almost 45 minutes. But that is rare.

A big reason liking DirectTV is they offer NFL Sunday Ticket which means that I get all NFL games one way or another, either on the local network affiliate, on ESPN, NFL Network, or on the Sunday Ticket channels.

I don't like relying on a cable for my TV, which can be affected miles away by a car hitting a pole and then waiting for 'the cable guy' go fix it. DirecTV has been great in the 18 years we've had it.
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We have Dish Network for t.v. only. FIOS is not available in our area. We got rid of cable long ago.

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We are bundled with verizon,with Vios....I just paid the bill,and it was $147.00. My contract is up, Bruce called Comcast, and, it was higher, he then called Verizon,and we were told, with all concessions, and our devices..we pay the lowest rate possible.
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Trip,
I got the same thing when I called, for all the stuff we have, the price is the cheapest...hummm?
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It's hard to know who to believe sometimes and comparing apples to apples can drive you crazy...cable speak can be difficult to follow. We have 4 setups for tvs with some drvs,etc..if my billl hovers around this amount, I am ok with it, for the 3 services..not thrilled, but ok
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Thanks for all the opinions. I did a little research, and I am more confused.

I will continue to check into it.

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We have had DirecTV for over 10 years...hubby had wanted it for a while, but I was reluctant. Changed my mind when my 2nd child's first full sentence was, "Mommy, the cable's out again." The service was awful, and customer service was abominable!! I have nothing but praise for their customer service, and we even have kept service up during hurricanes and nor'easters! However, we have had trouble with it since having our roof replaced...which I attribute to the roofers, so I need to call and have them come and look at it. Plus, I couldn't live without the Sunday Ticket...since our team is from our home state and the only thing they show here is the Redskins. YUCK!
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We switched from Comcast/Time Warner to ATT Uverse and have been happy with it.

They have a forum like this where folks can get answers/fixes faster than calling and waiting for a level 1 tech to tell you that can be out in a week.
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My 2nd child's first full sentence was, "Mommy, the cable's out again."
Just one man's opinion, but if that was my kid's first full sentence, the course of action would be clear: cancel the cable and throw the TV in the dumpster.
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I have Dish, live in a thunderstorm and snow area and have few problems with outages.

When there is a major thunderstorm we lose reception for a short time. I also have two televisions that have both digital, over the air, antennas and satellite. This resolves the thunderstorm problem so I can see weather updates and major network programming. The biggest pain in the rear is when we have a heavy, wet snow and the snow sticks to the dish. You have to go out, in the snow, and wipe it off. So, I suggest that, for those who live in Northern climates, you have it mounted in an easily accessible location.

I really have no problems but I also have no other alternative where I live. We didn't get DSL until 2003. I do love the DVR and the ability to set it via Internet when you are away but that option is available to cable or satellite users.

I had DirecTV for a number of years but, about six or seven years ago, they offered DVR, four room hookup for free and free installation. I called DirecTV and they said it was for "New Customers Only" and for me the same package would be $500. They wouldn't budge so I canceled and went to Dish and got the same thing for free. I've been with Dish ever since. I still receive a "Come Back to DirecTV" letter about twice a month. Sorry, but you lost me for good. BTW: I have heard similar stories from Dish subscribers so it seems to be common in the industry.

Take care and I hope you find a good alternative.
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