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Satellite Tv?

I am going to get one or the other SOON.
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DISH all the way. had direct for 2 years and made the switch and im glad i did!
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direct tv FTMFW!
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I'm interested in this as well. My parents have been considering getting a bundle.. we have DSL and phone through embarq, but were also considering getting satellite. Perhaps this may help them decide whether to switch to VZ and combine phone, internet, satellite, and cell phones, or....not
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I'm interested in this as well. My parents have been considering getting a bundle.. we have DSL and phone through embarq, but were also considering getting satellite. Perhaps this may help them decide whether to switch to VZ and combine phone, internet, satellite, and cell phones, or....not
dish is tied up with embarq so all mine are wrapped up into one bill
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Dish Network is what I have. I like it, no problems.



BTW this thread should be in off topic......
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i used to work for Dish Network installing... and Direct TV for tech support/sales.

Out of the two, I find Dish Network equipment/settings/menu's aesthetically pleasing. Direct has a bigger chunk of the market.

Biggest problem you're going to run into is rain blocking the signal. That's something you can't avoid. I operate a multi-million dollar satellite at work... and thunderstorms still knock it out. When I installed my parents system back in 2002, I made sure that the digital signal reader for the satellites were well above the "standard' (higher than the signal checker on the Dish tv box could read) and we NEVER had a problem with signal unless there was a tornado in the area. Then in 2006 when my parents house was hit by a tree, the installer did just the "standard" signal strength and they lose signal quite frequently. So just be nice to the installer and they might hook you up
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If you like saving money, here's some food for thought. Check out "Free to air receivers". Stumble upon the right forums and you'll be headed in the right direction.

Cheers.
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If you can't get Free to Air, get DISH.
I had Direct when I lived in the country for the length of the contract.
Rain, snow or a gentle breeze would knock it out.
However, when you get which ever one, mount it on a post in the ground, and build a wood lean to over it to keep the elements off of the transducer, (I believe that is what they are called) and install 2 ground rods, one for the dish, the other for the lean to.
I have seen them placed inside of three sided Plexiglas enclosures with a steep angle on the receiving side, that does help in bad weather, they tell me nothing helps when a tornado comes by though.
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I just wish Dish Network would allow you to delete some channels for other channels

I would love to get rid of the NFL network for the MLB network

Some channels I have never watched and some I wish we had so i could watch
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directv ftw!!!
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i used to work for Dish Network installing... and Direct TV for tech support/sales.

Out of the two, I find Dish Network equipment/settings/menu's aesthetically pleasing. Direct has a bigger chunk of the market.

Biggest problem you're going to run into is rain blocking the signal. That's something you can't avoid. I operate a multi-million dollar satellite at work... and thunderstorms still knock it out. When I installed my parents system back in 2002, I made sure that the digital signal reader for the satellites were well above the "standard' (higher than the signal checker on the Dish tv box could read) and we NEVER had a problem with signal unless there was a tornado in the area. Then in 2006 when my parents house was hit by a tree, the installer did just the "standard" signal strength and they lose signal quite frequently. So just be nice to the installer and they might hook you up
So what I gather is by default the INSTALLERS will just do a standard signal strength setting?? but if I ask, they can get a much STRONGER signal strength by fine tuning it??? Hmmmm this seams silly, why would they not set it at it's highest strength during initial install?? Just curious.Thanks
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If you can't get Free to Air, get DISH.
I had Direct when I lived in the country for the length of the contract.
Rain, snow or a gentle breeze would knock it out.
However, when you get which ever one, mount it on a post in the ground, and build a wood lean to over it to keep the elements off of the transducer, (I believe that is what they are called) and install 2 ground rods, one for the dish, the other for the lean to.
I have seen them placed inside of three sided Plexiglas enclosures with a steep angle on the receiving side, that does help in bad weather, they tell me nothing helps when a tornado comes by though.
Yea I prolly won't be watching tv while a tornado is bearing down on my dish.

Thanks for the advice.
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On my directv there has to be a freakin powerful storm or very heavy cloud cover to knock the signal out. The signal has gone out twice this year so far.
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dish network ftw. DVR is the best ive used (timewarner cable, directv and dish), guide is the best ive used (same options). its simple but very affective and free HD is a bonus and weve never had an hidden charges. its been the same 50$ month for 2 years for how ever many channels we have
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I had Dish for 5 years and loved it. I never had to call them once. I switched to Direct two years ago, so I could get the NFL Sunday Ticket. I love the NFL, but hate Direct TV. I have spent 5 hours at a time with them on the phone, trying to get my TV back on. They call me all the time trying to sell you something else, which is a nusiance. If I ever stop watching football I,ll go back to Dish the next day!
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So what I gather is by default the INSTALLERS will just do a standard signal strength setting?? but if I ask, they can get a much STRONGER signal strength by fine tuning it??? Hmmmm this seams silly, why would they not set it at it's highest strength during initial install?? Just curious.Thanks
Well... it normally takes about 10min to get the satellite to get within standards. i spent an hour getting it in good... on a external antenna pole... in the rain. it's like doing anything, you have a friend working on your truck, he's going to change you oil and make sure everything under the hood is squared away. where as just a mechanic at jiffy lube MIGHT change your oil and that's it.
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Get dish, directs picture isnt as good, and the reason they dont fine tune the dish is its piece work, the more u do the more cash u make, oh and when freetoair gets going again hopefully soon thats really what u want because of its first word which is free.
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I heard Dish has better **** than DirecTV.
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I ordered Dish Network, the tech will be here in about 30 minutes,thanks for all the opinions.

I passed the credit check so I don't need a $99.00 plus first month package payment down.

What I am getting is the ( classic silver 200 ) with over 220 channels locked in for 37.99 a month for 12 months.
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