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Old 12-10-2011, 01:42 PM
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I'm getting fed up with my local cable company and considering switching to something different. I have to say that the offeres from Direct TV seem to be great on paper, but i'd like to hear some first hand experience from those who have this provider. So, if you've got Direct TV, are you satisfied?

Here are a few of my questions

*How bad is reception effected by weather?
*Does it go in and out like cable? My cable service is unreliable

I'd just like to get a run down from those who have made switch themselves.
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:53 PM
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A really heavy rainstorm will knock the signal out, I'm talking torrential downpour. Other than that service is ALWAYS perfect for me and has been for the past 5 years. They can keep regular cable I am a huge fan of direct tv. When the landline cable tv gets knocked out after hurricanes and such directv still works perfectly, I love it.
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:07 PM
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Watch out for cancellation fees! Make sure it is what you want.
From Direct TV "Cancellation Fee Varies If you do not fulfill your Programming Agreements, DIRECTV may charge you a pro-rated fee of up to $480."
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Mine worked fine through Hurricane Irene until we lost power. It seems to be hit or miss with the weather. It has to be a really bad storm to affect it.

The DVR on Directv is 100x better than cable. It has a ton more memory.

Where I live, digital cable is not an option so I have to have Directv. If I had the option of choosing between the two, it would be Directv.

If you're a sports fan it's a no brainer, get Directv.
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Thanks for the info. As far as sports go, I'm not a huge fan, so it's not a big selling point for me. I like the outdoors channels for all the fishing shows but that's about it--how does direct tv do with those types of channels?

Direct TV does not offer internet correct? So i'd have to keep my internet through my local cable provider.
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Originally Posted by TravHale View Post
Thanks for the info. As far as sports go, I'm not a huge fan, so it's not a big selling point for me. I like the outdoors channels for all the fishing shows but that's about it--how does direct tv do with those types of channels?

Direct TV does not offer internet correct? So i'd have to keep my internet through my local cable provider.
You DO NOT want satellite internet service, trust me.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:18 PM
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Direct TV good stuff DISH Sucks

Weather only in BAD BAD storms Make sure they dial the signal meter in to 99-100 %

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Originally Posted by TravHale View Post
Thanks for the info. As far as sports go, I'm not a huge fan, so it's not a big selling point for me. I like the outdoors channels for all the fishing shows but that's about it--how does direct tv do with those types of channels?

Direct TV does not offer internet correct? So i'd have to keep my internet through my local cable provider.
I think Directv has 4 outdoor type channels. All of these show hunting/fishing shows pretty much all day. One of these channels is about to change to an NBC sports channel. I can't remember which one so you'll lose one there.

There is no internet for Directv. You do need a phone line or internet to order movies though. I would keep your internet with what you currently have. Satellite internet or those Verizon Mifi hotspot things suck.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:34 PM
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I like my Directv, but if AT&T Uverse was available in my area I would switch.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:41 PM
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I like Direct tv I can take it anywhere ! EZ Peezy I have a "Bunker" that is off the grid It is run off a Diesel Generator and Photo Voltaic ,,, Nice to have TV there Only Sat Phone and HF Ham Radio ...

Running a 48" Round dish hardly any rain fade

You can get a 24-36" Dish and really cut down on rain fade ...
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:43 PM
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Horrible, horrible service. Liars. Plain and simple, the cable/satellite industry is the clear leader in terrible service. Worse than the airlines if you can believe that. I have had nothing but problems with Direct TV and their constant lies and misreprensations.
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:20 PM
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Ours went in and out with rain and wind...check out the cancellation fees...they advertise hundreds and hundreds of channels...we ended up generally watching only about 6-8 weekly....movies generally suck unless you pay extra...did my 2 yrs and got out...don't miss it at all...have a $100 dollar antenna and get 23 channels and netflix streaming for $8 a month...
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:26 PM
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DirecTV is much better than any local cable service I've had to put up with. No issues with wind/rain (except torrential downpour) if your dish is installed properly and there are no TREES in the way. Important that the dish have a clear line of sight to wherever it is it needs to point to. The newer equipment (especially their whole house DVR) is pretty good and just this week they made a big deal about upgrading the guide to be faster.

There are usually good promotions to sign up under, just like with cable, but as with most I think it's probably a 2 year contract with 1 year of super low rates.

Laughing that nobody said this yet: PM me when you decide to switch, I'll send you a friend referral code which I think saves both of us $10 a month off for the first 6-12 months. (in addition to any other package you find you want)
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I've had Direct TV since 1998, and would never consider cable or dish. Upgraded to HD about 1.5 years ago, and they have TONS of HD channels.

I love it.



PS: A HUGE rain directly in the path of the sat signal will block it for a minute or tow, but its rare - maybe once a year, and I have never had it go out more than a couple of minutes. Seems like we always get the signal back pretty quickly.
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I have had Direct TV for about 10 years. As most services they all have pros and cons. As far as the reception in weather (snow/heavy rain) you will start to lose your HD signal first. If you are watching a channel on HD you can go up one channel and watch it in what I think is analog until the storm is bad enough to block the signal all together. I added an over the air antenna to pick up local channels at no cost and just switch to this antenna when Direct TV is out. You can check you local over the air reception here. http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Address.aspx

Changing channels is slower than most cable systems.
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The storms/rain thing does bug me, and I hate their customer service too but in the end imho DTV is the lesser of all evils. Plus, as long as they keep giving me credits they are far cheaper than cable for me. I've been with DTV a long time and each year I call them and threaten to cancel, they throw $20-30/month for a year my way, so I hang on. Until that game stops I don't see myself leaving.

Oh, as far as snow on the dish I have a dish heater and it really does work. Rain? Not much you can do about rain.

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Old 12-13-2011, 06:33 AM
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Sounds like I need to really think about it before I switch. Thanks for all the info.
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For all those that have Direct TV, what do you do for Internet?
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Originally Posted by davedowneast View Post
For all those that have Direct TV, what do you do for Internet?
Mine is through local phone co.
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