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Initial post: Mar 1, 2010 12:35:26 PM PST
Egó,ňr says:
I'm getting tired of Verizon's BS, over priced services and rate increases. If they can offer new customers an $89.00 triple bundle for 2 years then that's all they should charge their existing customers.

My current bill is $148 for all 3 services, no extra movie channels at all. I have Magic Jack installed and ready to go so I will be dropping my phone service with them.

With that said, any recommendation as to Dish Network vs. Direct Tv would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 12:40:39 PM PST
Will be anxious to hear how your Magic Jack works. I too, am annoyed at the price increases by the phone companies.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 12:43:48 PM PST
Shmohawk says:
I just did a comparison between the two a little while ago to determine who best to go with. They will basically cost the same. You pay extra for local channels with Dish Network but it basically matches the price of DirecTV who have the local channels built into the cost of the package.

One thing I do like about Dish Network (whom I chose) is that you can have one receiver per two tv's. With DirecTV you have to have a receiver for each tv, and you pay a lease fee for each receiver you have.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 12:46:48 PM PST
C. Roegner says:
My parents have dish network and my brother has direcTV, they are happy with both but my brother has had a few problems with his directv and getting it fixed in a timely manner.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 12:49:04 PM PST
No on demand with direct tv and satellite service is very dependant on weather. If it snows or rains hard, you could lose reception. snow covers your dish, goodbye reception until you clear it. Want an HD box, they will charge you $100 for it and more for the channels. I can't stand Direct TV and will go with Comcast as soon as my 2 year contract ends.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 12:49:38 PM PST
HuskyKMA says:
We have DirecTV and like it. We compared packages channel-by-channel between the two and DirecTV was more in line with what we wanted.

You may find this comparison between the two useful:

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 12:52:29 PM PST
John Adams says:
I don't know if you are going to save a ton of money after you replace your internet access. For regular HD service, one DVR receiver, and not even all the regular channels I am paying DTV $80 a month after tax now (thanks to the rate hike last month). If I wanted all the regular channels it would be $90 a month. If I wanted more than one receiver it could easily top $100 with no premium channels. Just for TV. I checked into Dish and it wasn't any cheaper unless I got rid of the channels I watch. If I do that I might as well get an antenna and pay $0.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 12:55:10 PM PST
I have installed a Magic jack and you cannot tell the difference from a regular phone. I have used this about 2 months now without any problem.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 12:58:20 PM PST
T. Boehm says:
I've had both and currently have Dish. After all the introductory prices and offers are done, you have basically the same programming. Pricing changes will always be adjusted over the years so that one of them will never have an advantage. So what does it come down to? The equipment. The DVR's from dish network are far superior in ease of use and functionality. The ability to skip through commercials on playback is much quicker and easier with. They also offer equipment options of using one DVR to control two rooms etc. Bottom Line...Dish

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 1:05:19 PM PST
I have had DirecTV for years and LOVE IT! Don't believe those cable commercials that claim dishes lose signals all the time. What a lie. The price differences betw. Dish and DirecTV are too close to call. With DirecTV though you get the NFL network which is awesome. Yes I pay for an additional receiver. The DirecTV DVR remote is a bit cumbersome but we still have the TiVo setup on one and LOVE the ease of the TiVo remote functionality. Stay tuned because DirecTV is in negotiations with TiVo to reup their contract together for HD recorder. When that happens, I'm ditching the DirecTV DVR and going with the new TiVo HD DVR all the way. I love TiVo!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2010 1:05:27 PM PST
..... says:
I had been a Dish Network customer for 5 years until the CBS debacle last year. They take away channels (not just CBS) and increased rates at the same time. I got no response from their customer service department regarding why I should pay more for getting less. I then switched to DirecTV, and have had no complaints to date, but it has been less than a year. For what it's worth, I think everyone has different experiences with different companies, whether it be where they live or the direction the dish is pointed.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2010 1:07:07 PM PST
P. Stein says:
Magic Jack.

Read the reviews. One of the one star reviews is mine, and its too high.
Purchased at Walmart. Installed and worked great the first call. Never worked well again. Static issues. Slowed my computer to a crawl. Drove me crazy with pop up adds to take a 5 year plan. Privacy issues.
Did a bandwidth test and the computer speed had dropped to near dial up. I'm on Roadrunner high speed.

Returned to Walmart. Clerk said they had a lot of returns. Took a lot of time to delete all the magic jack files.

PS. Why do you need a landline of any kind? Cellphones are the way to go.

Best of Luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2010 1:13:16 PM PST
P. Stein says:

Actually, Direct TV On Demand works very well. It's through the internet. Once I used it, and saw how well internet streaming worked, I reduced my DTV package to the bare minimum, and am using Netflix streaming and other cable channels, free through the internet. All play on my large screen TV. I plan to cancel DTV totally once my termination fee gets down to $ 200.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 1:15:37 PM PST
P. Stein says:
Added. Google: deleting magic jack files.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2010 1:21:09 PM PST
Good to know, I'll look into it, thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2010 1:22:04 PM PST
In response to Mom and Teacher...I have had direct tv for 1 1/2 years and lost my signal 6 times due to inclement weather. With the big snow storms in the past few weeks, my dish got covered and I wasn't about to go on my roof to clean it off. A hard rainstorm also can do it. Believe it. It happens.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2010 1:29:30 PM PST
P. Stein says:

It's easiest if you have the computer in the same room as your main TV. I put in a wireless Linksys G router, but used a wired ethernet cable from my router to the DTV DVR. The ethernet cable was about 15 ft long. I hooked it to a workgroup switch, $ 25 at Walmart. That gives me 4 free ethernet connections under my TV. One for my ROKU. One for DTV DVR. One for Blu Ray. One for my Apple Laptop - when I want to watch cable shows. Wireless is a problem. DTV sells a pricey equipment for wireless, and won't refund your money if it doesn't work. You do need a good broadband speed. I went from DSL to cable internet, and all the freezing went away.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2010 1:32:08 PM PST
S. Catron says:
>>PS. Why do you need a landline of any kind? Cellphones are the way to go.<<

What happens if you need to call 911? Do you trust your cell phone service not screwing it up?

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 1:34:05 PM PST
Call Verizon and ask thier opinion. Odds are good they will get you with a customer retention specialist who will extend you that same deal or better.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 1:35:43 PM PST
Had direct TV was happy until I wanted to upgrade to HD they were going to charge me $100 for the HD-DVR + $100 for a new dish. Called Dish got a 2 TV system for free with free install. Now I get a letter from Direct TV every week asking me to come back. I told them wouldn't it have been better to match your competitiors deal in the first place?

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 1:43:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 1, 2010 1:54:03 PM PST
I have had both DirecTV and Dish Network -- not at the same time. I currently have Dish and Time Warner cable.

When nasty storms pass between your antenna and the satellites you will lose signal for short periods. Longer if the storm is really big or follows a path that keeps it between you and the satellite. This will not happen with the various flavors of cable because it is wired. Those who tell you that the signal is never lost do not live in places where storms happen. They certainly do in New England -- in winter and in summer. But, I consider it a minor nuisance -- in part because I also have cable on my primary TV.

I can comment on splitting a receiver between sets. It saves money but it sucks. At least if you have a DVR. You can get confilicts in recording and playing when two users are programming it from separate locations.

I can also comment on the DVR capability. The Dish DVR is vastly superior -- if for no other reason than the 30 second forward and 10 second back skip features. There are several reviews on the net that rank the Dish DVR as the best there is.

I cannot comment on pricing -- as I have nearly everything that Dish offers.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2010 1:46:04 PM PST
E. Sa. says:
In response to Damon M. Friedlander ----
Yes, on the rare occasions, you do lose satelite signal from weather, but how long is it out? (not including piled up snow , which how often does it snow that much)

10-30 mins. And when cable goes out? That'd be hours to a day, MINIMUM.

Which would you rather have?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2010 1:52:58 PM PST
Um, in response to E. Sa. I was DVR'ing a show, lost that. That's not too good. Look, it's nothing against Direct TV, I would just rather have cable. I've lost my signal yes for 30 minutes a few times, an hour or so other times, all night last week. If that's worth putting up with, then go ahead.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 1:59:24 PM PST
Well, call me crazy but I switch every two years NO MATTER WHAT. I go with whomever has the best deal at the time. I prefer Dishnetworks DVR's tho' and wish other providers had them Control 2 tv's with 1 box - and the controls for skipping commercials are great (30 sec. fast forward).

Once my contract w/ comcast is over I'll be switching again...

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 2:05:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 1, 2010 2:11:55 PM PST
jnsloantx says:
I have DirecTV and hate it. They are every bit as bad as TW cable in increasing rates every two months. We are currently paying $100 for basic service. EVERYTHING is extra. You pay $200 for a DVR (rental only) and pay $10/month for the service. You pay $100 for HD receiver and have to pay $10/month for the service... The idiots who installed the system, which happened about a dozen times over 8 months completely screwed up our in house wiring. Every installer who came out found major problems with the existing installation, fixed it and the service went out within hours. And, don't get me started over the billing screwups. Every month, there was an error, in their benefit. When I called to fix it, it took hours (each month) and then they added $10 to change the service???

My service went out yesterday for half an hour. We had a slight drizzle... It goes out everytime we have a slight drizzle, or clouds, or a bit of wind... I never thought anything could make me go back to TW cable. I was wrong...
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