Hughesnet plans out performing Viasat in my location

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So at my location I can get Viasat unlimited for $200/month. That gets me up to 12Mbps and 65GB priority. Hughesnet gives me unlimited for $130/month. That gives me up to 25Mbps and 50GB priority. More speed but a little less priority data, for $70 less.

I am not switching, but I wanted to point out how Viasat isnt even being competitive in certain areas of the country. Maybe they don't even want new customers?
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Having said what you just said, why would you not switch?
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They typically leave existing plan prices alone. They tend to create "new" plans with more features to get existing subs to pay more $$$$.
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What's wrong with having a Liberty plan?
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On a congested beam it is worthless. Better to have a Classic Plan with a five hour free zone as opposed to a three hour one, for $50.
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But wait! Isn't Viasat supposed to be so much more technologically advanced than Hughes? Surely with 2 high capacity satellites in orbit they would offer much better plans. I never thought I'd see the day where Hughes is the more attractive choice, but Viasat is sure doing a good job of discouraging new customers and alienating their current ones.
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I'll be honest, though I'm not in a position to move due to still being in a contract, at this point what's available to me from ViaSat is nothing that would entice me to move from HughesNet.  Plus, my speeds are considerably above their advertised speeds, so there's really nothing for me to gain by switching, but everything to lose.  

Having said that, this is only MY experience and what's available to ME.  It's going to vary from area to area, as is one's experience with HughesNet.  
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Viasat's business model may have changed. Maybe they prefer the more lucrative government, commercial, and military markets. Thus, they would rather residential customers go away to free up bandwidth for the more profitable markets.
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I am not switching, but I wanted to point out how Viasat isnt even being competitive in certain areas of the country. Maybe they don't even want new customers?

That is one method on beams that are too full to dissuade any new customers.  It looks better to raise the prices than to tell prospective customers that they can't be accommodated.  And on beams that are less saturated they can drop rates to try to get more customers.  I read on another thread today of a guy paying over $100 he claims for Liberty 12 and I think I was paying $65 or so for that plus the $10 for modem rental.  So the prices certainly are not the same for individual plans across the board.

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No they are not at all. Try explaining that variable pricing to the average consumer (and upsetting them in the process when they find out friends and family pay less for more).
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Actually, don't forget that you get 50GB of Bonus data on top of the priority data with HughesNet.  So, if one is knows how to set a downloading schedule, it's actually 100GB.  
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Good point.
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That should have been "one knows...", not "one is knows..."  LOL.  
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We are not the grammar police here. We get it :).
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no one said yet the main way Hughes out performs Viasat. No mucking with video streams! AKA no Video Data Extender(tm)
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Really? I didnt think it was optional.

I did see they have a disclaimer where it might not work for all video streaming.
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Same disclaimer Viasat uses - not all video streams can be detected and the methodology even gives some false positives detecting non-video content or even downloads as coming from "video" sources. Neither of them openly acknowledge the latter part of that but it's been documented on other ISPs and one user here has also - they all use the same technique. 
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I guess I found that disclaimer easier on the Hughesnet ad. Lol
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For Viasat it's covered under the term "typically xxxP" - the new "up to xx Mbps" ;)

But yeah you have to dig deep for it now in the data allowance policy legal documents and it's a passing reference easy to overlook ;)
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Personally, I would just leave the VDS off, and manually adjust the resolution of what I want to watch...  
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Outperforms on paper? or actually outperforms in the service provided - big difference. 

We all know hughesnet OR viasat could sell a 100,000Mps plan (i.e. thats *upto* 100,000Mbps - your actual results my vary, and BTW you need to sign a 24 month contract before you know what you will actually get....)

I'd like to have an actual apples-to-apples comparison of the actual service provided - the contracts of both companies are meaningless when trying to decide which plan to buy - i.e. an actual day-by-day performance for a typical user over a long-period of time (preferably in my zipcode).....been sitting on the fence for months and every time I think about ordering one plan or another (from either company), I read these forums and order nothing. 
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I guess Hughesnet offers the "opportunity" to provide faster speeds at a lower price.

If you already have some other form of reliable internet and are on the fence with satellite internet, you should stay there.
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I was thinking the same thing about outperforming on paper.  
 
Hughesnet makes me laugh with their 50 GB of bonus data during their late night zone.  Viasat has a truly unlimited late night free zone.  I'm on Liberty 12 and I have used 134 GB so far this month.  My plan restarts on the 4th of next month.

People complain about only having Liberty plans available in their areas, but as far as I am concerned, Liberty is the only true unlimited plan out there.  No hard data caps or video throttling.  
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But, as you more or less stated, you have to be lucky enough to be able to get a Liberty plan.  I certainly can't.  Cable and many fiber offerings are unlimited, too, but not everyone can get them.  
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Does Viasat  or Hughesnet service Eastern Russia near Latvian border?
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That'd be a no for HughesNet.  
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No for Viasat as well, currently Viasat only serves the USA however, TooWay does serve Russia http://www.tooway.com/ru/