adding satellite television

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dish or direct tv
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Patrick Kapko

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I would go with DirecTv. My DIL has Dish and, for the same price per month, they do not get as many of the channels I think are good ones. I've had DTV for 15 years, they offer a service plan so that you pay just 6.00/mo extra and, never pay for them to come repair, replace or re-aim equipment.

I also like the way the Genie system works (it does require WiFi (as in a wireless router in your home) but it does not use bandwidth. DTV only uses bandwidth if you watch On Demand. And I prefer the DTV DVR with Genie to the Hopper Dish offers.

Take a look at both, see what stations you get for what price and see which suits you better. Just watch out for Dish's price that's only for a set period of time then, will increase. Of course DTV loves to call you and offer premium channels free for three or six months, then bill you for them if you forget to cancel them before the trial is over but at least they call and don't activate them if you tell them "no".
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I sell both, install both and have had both in my home. I prefer Dish. Dish has a couple of things you can't get with DirecTV - like PrimeTime Anytime and Slinglink. They also have some packages that are cheaper than anything DTV has. I could watch my local channels no matter where I was in the world as well as set my DVR and watch recorded programs. I have watched my local news live from Europe and Japan. You can't do that with Direct. Dish also carries two independent local channels that Direct does not. Do your homework and read the fine print in the promotions. Be sure you know what you are going to be paying after the promotional rates are gone. Your Direct will go up $30 to $40. Dish will go up but a little less. Direct has a few more sports options like the NFL ticket.
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Whichever one you get be real careful about plugging the receiver up to your Exede or you could be like some others be on here posting that Exede stole all your bytes after just a few days into the month. Without changing some settings on you receiver their pushing programming over the internet to you receiver can use up some serious data. When I had dish I never left it connected to the internet.