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Old 01-24-2007, 08:55 PM
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Alright here's where I stand. I am currently under contract to purchase a new house, and the current owner of the house has Dish Network. I have called and they seem to offer A LOT more for the same about as Cable. I am also considering checking out DirecTV.

I'm looking for Feedback on all three. I would say currently I am leaning towards Dish Network. Seems that they have the best deal. Let me know what you guys think, it's just that my cable company is getting out of hand especially since they now have HD, and I am paying for it for like 8 channels. When Dish offers like 28 HD channels, and over 250 Channels plus HBO all for the same I am paying at Cable.

My other main questions is does Dish Network of DirecTV offer me MY LOCAL WEATHER CHANNEL

Just let me know your thoughts.

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Old 01-24-2007, 09:33 PM
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I just switched from DirecTV to DISH - better receivers, better service.
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:55 PM
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My wife keeps asking me about the Weather Channel? Since we live on the Outer Banks like to have it during Hurricane Season.. Do either DISH of DirecTV offer it?
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Old 01-24-2007, 10:06 PM
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Dish does have the weather channel.
The only problem I have with Dish, when it rains hard I loose the signal.

I would recommend having an antenna for back up
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No network channels (ABC, NBC, CBS) on Dish by order of a Federal court, from what I understand. (do a google search)

on edit: I think that it was no local network channels, but you could get either east coast (New York) or west coast network feeds.
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Old 01-24-2007, 10:49 PM
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That may have changed as I have all the local channel on Dish
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Old 01-24-2007, 11:17 PM
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Old 01-24-2007, 11:19 PM
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get cable... you can get you highspeed net access and phone lines all in one...
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Old 01-24-2007, 11:51 PM
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marker150 - 1/24/2007 9:06 PM

Dish does have the weather channel.
The only problem I have with Dish, when it rains hard I loose the signal.

I would recommend having an antenna for back up
You either have an object blocking or a bad point. You should only lose signal during the worst of rain events, maybe 3-4 time per year. Get a service call set up.
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Old 01-24-2007, 11:53 PM
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CaptWill - 1/24/2007 9:42 PM

No network channels (ABC, NBC, CBS) on Dish by order of a Federal court, from what I understand. (do a google search)

on edit: I think that it was no local network channels, but you could get either east coast (New York) or west coast network feeds.
In all Dish Network markets, local channels are available - $5 per month.

call 888.233.3474 and they can (in most cases) add them right then. In some areas of the country you may have to have a dish upgrade to get them.
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My wife keeps asking me about the Weather Channel? Since we live on the Outer Banks like to have it during Hurricane Season.. Do either DISH of DirecTV offer it?
Dish also has an interactive weather channel. You can set up "favorites" like you do on the internet and get your local info as well as other locations.
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:05 AM
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you could'nt give me DirecTV, customer service bites big time. Had no problems since switching to Dish. I get all the local channels and Weather channel. Sure would like cable for the net, but it don't run this far in the woods.
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Am on first name basis with Charter servicemen, internet not so high speed, tv picture fouled up at times. Seems like too many subscribers on the lines. Spending lots of money per month for not very good service. Not sure if “Direct” or “Dish” would be any better. So we will live with it until something perfect comes along, if ever.



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Old 01-25-2007, 12:18 AM
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Crap, had a nice big reply post and I accidentally cleared it.....

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Bottom line - all are viable options and depends on channel line up, cost, and how you want to pay your bill. Many local phone companies have partnered with Dish and Direct to provice a single billing option.




I am National Training and Quality Assurance Manager for a Dish, Direct and cable subcontractor. For sure PM me or post for additional info if you want to go with the sat option - or - if you are getting cable for the fist time. Many, many things you should know.

victory 1 had a thread on this last year if you want to look it up.

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Old 01-25-2007, 12:20 AM
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one drawback to cable telephany - gotta have power. I would have been without for 9 days from the ice storm if I used that service.
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You mentioned HD channels; DirecTV is where you want to be if you are into HD. They are out there with HD channels but making space for a billion more HD channels. Ok, maybe not a billion, but they serious about being as HD as possible.

If you have DirecTV and subscribe to Showtime or HBO you automatically get the HD version of that channel, too. You might want to ask Dish of they also give you the HD version of the premium channel you subscribe too.

I think Dish has more HBO channels. When you subscribe to HBO you get something like 7 HBO channels with DirecTV and maybe 10 HBO channels with Dish. That's also something else to consider.

Around my neighborhood DirecTV is always a single sat dish, Dish Network is always a pair of sat dishes. Don't know why that is.

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Eyeball - 1/25/2007 12:51 AM

You mentioned HD channels; DirecTV is where you want to be if you are into HD. They are out there with HD channels but making space for a billion more HD channels. Ok, maybe not a billion, but they serious about being as HD as possible.

If you have DirecTV and subscribe to Showtime or HBO you automatically get the HD version of that channel, too. You might want to ask Dish of they also give you the HD version of the premium channel you subscribe too.

I think Dish has more HBO channels. When you subscribe to HBO you get something like 7 HBO channels with DirecTV and maybe 10 HBO channels with Dish. That's also something else to consider.

Around my neighborhood DirecTV is always a single sat dish, Dish Network is always a pair of sat dishes. Don't know why that is.
The second dish is for Hispanic channels. (found out the hard way) it was free tho.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:24 AM
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If I'm not mistaken, to get any or all of the Direct channels you only need one LMB....it would be set to 110°. To get all of the DishNet channels you need two LMB's.....one pointing at 110° and the other at 119°.
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The dish set up depends on your location in the country - Direct has usually one LNB, Dish two for the basic programming. Depending on what you want in high def, international programming you may get a triple sat dish that has an LNB with three "eyeballs" on it or (again depending on geography) a multiple dish solution. Drive around and look at other houses in your area - you will see the predominate dish type. You may see some Dish network "superdishes" which are about 3' oblong. Those are old technology and you will not get one of those ugly SOB's on your home.

Technology wise, Dish is way ahead of Direct although they tend to roll product/services out before they're really ready and Direct take a slower pace and puts tested products out there. The Dish DVR and high def units really are amazing at that they do.

Dish is the place to be for high def in the future - Direct right now. The 110 sat was just put up there a few months ago by Echostar and has a much greater capacity than the old 110, freeing up the 105, 61.5, and 118.7 birds for future programming. This also is what allowed the shift to the small dish in all markets, killing the dreaded superdish (or stupordish as we called it)



I like Dish better - I really don't watch TV - the recievers allow for much more flexible installations as far as location within the home and typically takes less drilling for fewer penetrations and in more parts of the country has a single dish solution...


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redneck joe - 1/25/2007 12:20 AM

one drawback to cable telephany - gotta have power. I would have been without for 9 days from the ice storm if I used that service.
The Cable TV amlifiers would have been out too.....
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