dish or directv

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Which do you like best Dish or Directv? and why do like it?  I am thinking getting sat tv. 
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We have Directv.  Have had it for over 25 years.  If I was going to get it or Dish today, I wouldn't get either. There is NOTHING to watch.  NOTHING.  That is why we are so happy with Viasat.
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Do you still have directv? or turn it off?
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I have had both and no real difference. Try direct when they are offering fgift cards @ Sams etc.
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We went down to the lowest package.  $60.
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I have had Directv since its inception. Never thought about switching.

I use it for live sports and news. Not much else. If I am going to watch a series or something, that is Netflix.

Viasat can sort of my Netflix needs. They can't give me live sports. Tye connection is too slow.
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Did you ever try the bit rate thing on your Roku VetSat?
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I’ve had Dish for 20 years. Thought about switching several times to take advantage of offers. Dish has always been good to me. I can honestly say very few problems (like 2 with equipment) over the years and never had an issue getting the anything resolved.
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With directv you can watch some shows and tv in 4k.
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DirecTV has the best video quality.
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I've had Dish for around 15 years and am very happy with the service. I currently have the Welcome Pack which runs around $32 a month after taxes and the DVR fee. That package has around 50 channels including locals and for that price it can't be beat.
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I've only ever had DirecTV, and since Dec 2004.  It's worked well for me and they give me some pretty hefty discounts quite often.  Right now I'm getting $74 off for the next two months, then $60 for six months after that.  I've had a couple of issues over the years, but they've fixed it quickly.   With this said, I really hate the new GUI, but it's only because I'm used to the old one. 

I don't have my DirecTV receiver connected to my internet and won't do so.  I don't have enough high speed data to make it worth my while.  There are enough standalone apps from the specific channels/networks that I can use to stream on my laptop, which I connect to my TV with an HDMI cable, to make it unnecessary to stream through the receiver.  That way, I can still stream on my TV, while I control the data that's used.  DirecTV receivers and capped ISPs absolutely DO NOT MIX, unless you want to wave bye bye to all of your data in quick fashion, as they can, and often do, use data for a lot more than just On Demand viewing.  Plus, at least with the old GUI, connecting the receiver to the internet changed the GUI so much it was aggravating, as were the constant reconnect requests after I disconnected it from the net.  It was so annoying that I performed a factory reset on the receiver to get the GUI back to where it was and stop the reconnect requests.  I lost everything I had on my DVR, including a title I had been waiting to see for nearly two years and which I had recorded one day prior, but it was worth it.  

My folks have had DirecTV since the late 90s, save for two years.  They've been happy it, too.  The two years was with Dish, which was due to DirecTV not showing Cleveland Indians games during that time (they're HUGE Indians fans).  It wasn't DirecTV's fault, though.  The Indians chose to show exclusively on Dish in the market that covers this area for those two years.  Once they opened the market back up my folks went right back to DirecTV.  
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How do you get those discount?
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Basically, I call up and ask them if I'm still in a contract (me already knowing full well that I'm not), which immediately makes them think I'm looking at alternatives.  That's when they pull out the stops.  

The combined discount I have right now is the biggest I've ever gotten.  One is a $60 off per month for twelve months loyalty discount, and the other $14 is $7 off of two movie channels for six months.  I'm through four months of it, as of right now.  To be honest, the $60 discount was shocking.  I thought he said $16, but it was $60. 

The most common discounts I've been getting over the years are like the movie channel discounts mentioned above, and a much smaller loyalty discount.  Normally, the discounts don't add to more than $24 or so.

But, you have to give to get, meaning that if you sign up for DirecTV you probably won't be able to get much of a discount for at least a couple of years after your initial new customer discounts are over.  They want you to put some time in at regular price, or close to it, before they'll start giving other discounts.     
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I've had DirecTV since '11, Dish for 11 years before that, C-band roughly 15 years before that. No problems with anything, at least nothing unexpected. I called in after Thanksgiving last year, got $80 off for 12 months. Other people got sports or movie channels added in too, I never asked because I didn't care about those. Only gripe is at least once a day if I search (or other actions) it pops up asking to reconnect to the internet, which I won't do.
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I'm a dealer for both. Seen it all, done it all, HEARD it all. As for pic quality, Dish's Hopper 3 has the best by far....customers notice the difference immediately without me saying anything. The DTV Genie has a good pic as well but just not as good. 
The Hopper 3 has 16 tuners so DVR recording conflicts aren't an issue at all. It has some other neat bells and whistles as well.....remote finder, voice remote, simpler interface, etc. 
DTV tends to be cheaper depending on which channels you want. 
Both have 2 yr agreements. Dish's price is higher than DTV's the first year but after the price adjustment that kicks in the 2nd year, Dish is cheaper. Dish currently has a 2 yr price lock. 

Do yourself a favor and go through a dealer if possible. 

Andy
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That is true, but to get the Welcome pack you have to call Dish and ask for it. It won't let you sign up for it online.
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Andy What pro and con comparing going though dealer vs directly though compay as dish and att directv?
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Oh, that's easy. Call DTV or Dish directly and act like you are an existing customer. Then call a dealer. Case closed. 

Also, your local dealer has a vested interest in you being happy with your install and system....they  want referrals. The subcontractor that either company sends....well, let me put it this way....the last time you are going to see or talk to him is when he leaves your house. You'd be amazed and shocked at some of the crap I've seen subs do. 

Can you say crap on this board? Guess I'll find out. 

Andy
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It depends on your diet.
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That's a VERY interesting and disturbing post Stephen.

Andy
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James. No I haven't installed any of the G2s yet. Heard from other dealers about issues and I learned long ago not to install any new equipment until they get the bugs worked out. When I install a DTV the customer gets a reg Genie.....they are flawless. TQ's good review of it however might cause me to order them next time I need more equipment. 

Whatever you do, if you get Dish, do NOT let them talk you into anything other than the Hopper 3 and Joey 3s.......no Hopper 2 and no Joey 2s....trust me. 

And
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I’ve been installing Genie 2s for 6 months now. There fine as long as 3 bolt Steve doesn’t do the install. I’ve been a in-house employee for 9 yrs 1st with DTV inc and now with ATT. Sub contractors have always been a nightmare.
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I had DSS back when service was provided by Directv and USSB. For $5 a month I got MTV (the real MTV), MTV2, Comedy Central, The All News Channel and a few others I can't remember. The channels I mentioned were all I wanted to watch anyway so I was a very happy camper. Eventually USSB got bought by Directv and the package I had was discontinued. I canceled service and haven't had DSS since.
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DirectTV and I went all the way to the supreme court on a hacking charge. Thanks EFF for sticking up for me.....all it took was a.large donation. I think of them as extra evil with ATT in control now.

That said I love the new dish hopper 3 with it's 8? Tuners never a recording conflict.
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16 tuners....and it only takes one of the sixteen to record the Primetime anytime programs even though they are 4 channels. 

Andy
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I only have five tuners with my DTV, but it's enough for me to rarely ever have a conflict, and if there is one I just choose another airing time for one of the other programs/movies.  
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I have been with DirecTV almost from the first day that it was available in Michigan.  Back then the equipment cost over five hundred dollars and installed it myself to save money.  It operated with MPEG 1 encoding and could look quite blocky at times.  A talking face  might freeze in place with only the eyes and mouth moving, kind of like an old Clutch Cargo cartoon back in the day. Since then it has come a long ways and when I watched  Planet Earth: Blue Planet 2 in 4K I Don't think a picture could get much better. My Brother has Dish and I think my picture is much better but not certain what model Hopper he has.  I recently called DirecTV and they gave me a sixty dollar a month discount for a year.
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The $60/mon credit has been a recurring theme I've heard from customers lately. 

As for pic quality, you guys have got to remember that I am replacing one piece of equipment that is connected to a certain tv with another piece.....the tv is staying the same, the equipment is the only thing that is different. That's the only way you can compare apples to apples. 
On the other hand, I've had customers change from Dish's older hd equipment to the DTV Genie and they are impressed with the pic quality improvement. 
It basically comes down to who has the newest equipment. 
The tv also plays a big part in the equation. I install many systems where the customer is blown away with the pic.....while I'm standing there thinking to myself "what a lousy picture". It's because I see multiple tvs every week on a daily basis. And don't think that just because you buy a 4K tv that you are really going to see a difference. There are good 4K tvs and there are cheap 4K tvs. Most brands have at least two different models in a particular screen size....one is for the customer who wants big size but small price, the other one is for the customer who desires the better pic. 
Personally I think it is better to go with a smaller screen and better scaling engine than a larger one that doesn't look as good. 

Andy
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James , your back ! how's that 100 Mbps platinum working for you ? you got it and disappeared with no feedback for inquiring minds

anyway between the 2 directv is lesser of 2 evils if you have to go sat tv , but constantly going up , if there were other options I wold dump it in a heart beat  , if that sat plan you have is stable and your not burning thru a ton of data look at directvnow or some of the other streaming options with hulu ,