I can confirm Andy is 110% right about that.
Keep in mind Hughesnet's latest satellite is just more of the same, based on technology developed almost a decade ago (and technology basically stolen from Viasat). Viasat-2 is going to be a completely new platform, with the latest and greatest technology. Now that is a double-edge sword. You are going to be able to get the most advanced satellite internet available, but being brand new technology, there will be more bugs I am sure at the start.
Just ask yourself this. Do you want a flip phone or a mobile device with the latest features and functionality?
You have waited this long. I don't think a few more months is going to be that bad vs, committing to a two year contract and regretting that decision.
There are some other reasons I decided to add a second ISP to our options. We have a small business that we have been operating on the second floor of our Cape Cod style home. For the most part our use of Viasat was to communicate with our customer base via email and occasional Facebook paste. Our business is "Long Arm Quilting" which is a computer controlled via software, DC motor controllers, along with a very sophisticated PC software. Our original PC ran Windows XP and or equipment vendor had an agreement with Microsoft to use a specific version of XP. The Vendor did not want these PC connected to the internet - in the event of a need for XP patches these were provided via a CD or the user could download to another machine then using a USB micro drive then walk it over and install the patch/SW upgrade. This is now being changed - my wife and I atteneded a Long Arm Quilter's conference and the Vendor is now (in beta testing) "CS-7" which encourages the use of the internet to share quilting patterns via a cloud service, buying quilting patterns via an on-line store, doing on-line searches for specific patterns,...
Anyway I could continue discussing other reasons why I have both Viasat 1 and Hughesnet Gen 5 but this post is getting LONG. I will patiently wait to see what options Viasat 2 will provide with the hope that both the cost and capabilities will be attractive.
Keep in mind Hughesnet's latest satellite is just more of the same, based on technology developed almost a decade ago (and technology basically stolen from Viasat).The following article confirms the theft of ViaSat's technology: http://spacenews.com/41781loral-agrees-to-pay-viasat-100m-to-settle-patent-suit/ Please keep in mind that, if Hughesnet can steal from ViaSat, then Hughesnet can also steal from you (and likely will).
Interesting that Hughesnet's latest satellite, which uses ViaSat's stolen technology, has only 110 Gbps throughput as opposed to the current 140 Gbps throughput that ViaSat1 has. So, once enough Hughesnet customers move from Hughesnet's absolutely unworkable legacy plans to this latest Hughesnet satellite, which likely won't take very long, then there will be an even worse crunch for those Hughesnet customers than what you are currently seeing with your Exede service. Further, that crunch will likely be permanent, since Hughesnet has no new technology to step up to.
ViaSat, by contrast, has ViaSat2 already on its way to add to what ViaSat1 already provides, and ViaSat2 will more then double ViaSat's throughput capability. Further, there is also ViaSat3 to look forward to. Based on this, I would say that Exede is the preferred choice.
Bev, respectfully, I disagree. We have Dish and our Dish receiver is attached to our router. We choose not to record VOD, or any content which streams. As for PPV, Dish has offerings that are on-demand (which will consume your data) or regularly scheduled movies and events for rental - the latter will not consume your data.
In our circumstance (and others may vary), we must attach the receiver to the internet or a land line in order to purchase PPV (one could call in an order, but our PPV tends to be impulse buys, so calling isn't terribly convenient). This applies regardless of if we are purchasing on-demand or just "normal" PPV. In order for the feature to work, you must have that connection. We do not have a land line, so our hand is forced.
As for Dish uploading to the mobile app, once again I disagree. The user can set a preference to sync with the mobile app or not. That pref can be set with the Dish receiver or with the app. It does not automatically sync recorded content to the mobile app - you have to explicitly tell the app that's what you want.
I do agree on one point. If you want to be absolutely certain that your sat TV provider consumes no data, sure.... disconnect. Just do so knowing that you are using a sledgehammer to kill what a flyswatter could also handle - and also knowing that you could be inconveniencing your use in other ways.