Dish Network to DirecTV

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  1. down2cyz

    down2cyz Member

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    I have had Dish Network for 11 years but am really tired of the constant rate hikes without changing channel lineups. Thinking of giving Direct tv a try.

    Any opinions positive or negative. I always liked the alternate channels to watch college sports, are these available on Direct? We need two room dvr and HD. Sunday ticket is also an attractive perk.
     
  2. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

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    I have directv. i have the sportspak so i can get the twins games.

    After 2 years my rate jumped to about $105/month with 3 HD receivers.
     
  3. Farnsworth

    Farnsworth Well-Known Member

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    Get ready for the repost police.

    I vote direct tv though.
     
  4. Agclone91

    Agclone91 Well-Known Member

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    I prefer Directv, but if rate hikes are your concern it's probably not what you are looking for.
     
  5. HandSanitizer

    HandSanitizer Well-Known Member

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    every single provider raises their rates each year for the most part.
     
  6. CarlHungus

    CarlHungus Well-Known Member

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    I used to think DirecTV is the way to go, but it seems like Dish has the better sports options. I don't think you can go wrong with either
     
  7. 2020cy

    2020cy Well-Known Member

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    If you don't nfl ticket dish is ok. Otherwise switch every two years.
     
  8. veteran4cy

    veteran4cy Member

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    I have direct for 7 years and pay 105 for 3 receivers no hd and no dvr. I have been told by many people that the way to go is to switch carrier every two years to keep your bills down and get the best deals.
     
  9. boone7247

    boone7247 Well-Known Member

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    I am coming up on my two year anniversary with dtv. Rate is going to go up. Per an installer I know they don't want to lose customers, he said to negotiate. So I will give dtv a chance otherwise I will be going dish or comcast. Depending on who is offering the better deal.

    Dtv interface is okay, but some times my genie acts up. It won't record a show I tell it to, it moves slower than dirt, just little thing over all it isn't bad. I will say I would have a hard time giving up Sunday ticket, but if I can't get the down I will move to a different provider.
     
  10. 2020cy

    2020cy Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure you can get nfl ticket online this year. Not as convenient as on direct but still available.
     
  11. demoncore1031

    demoncore1031 Well-Known Member

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    I had Dish Network for years and never had any complaints... DirecTv on the other hand is the worst company I have ever had to deal with. My bill is different every month and is quite a bit more than the price I was quoted. The HD box in my bedroom overheats if I don't have a fan on it. The box in the living room says "searching for signal" at least 5 times a day and I don't even watch that TV all that much. I have to hit the little red button to reset the receiver. It will also change channels on me by itself. The rude people in customer service keep telling me that I would have to pay to have someone come out to fix it. BS!! Once football season is over, I'm switching to DISH.
     
  12. kingcy

    kingcy Well-Known Member

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    If you want your rates not to change Direct is not the way to go. Few bucks here few bucks there and then I wonder why the hell I pay so much.

    Just tell them you want to cancel, give them 2 weeks to disconnect and all of sudden they come up with a better deal for you.

    Networks and Cable are going to kill themselves. The constant rate hikes for a pile of stations and shows not many watch it going to come back bite them in the next few years. It is becoming harder and harder to pay high bills for only a few shows or networks.
     
  13. HoopsTournament

    HoopsTournament Well-Known Member

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    I have Dish. First got it because of superstations. Kept it because of the fact that I could back up recordings to a hard drive. I have over 500 movies recorded on hard drives. If I ever switched, I would lose those. They have me hooked.
     
  14. shawn_200m

    shawn_200m Active Member

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    I had Directv for a long time and just switched to Dish about 2 months ago when Directv refused to negotiate with me. So far I am impressed. The DVR is much better than Directv's, faster, easier to use. The on-demand selection is really good and the DishAnywhere App lets you watch live tv plus anything on your DVR from a mobile device or computer with a wifi connection. Its also nice to have Longhorn network, Pac 12 network and WatchESPN access included.
     
  15. Clonehomer

    Clonehomer Well-Known Member

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    Dish does have the LHN for the ISU football game. Don't know if you're a cyclones.tv subscriber, but if not this may be important to you.
     
  16. SCarolinaCy

    SCarolinaCy Well-Known Member

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    I have had Direct TV for several years, after continuing problems with cable. I have HD and two TV. SO FAR, the sports pack ESPN and Fox Sports has been very good for ISU/college sports. Don't figure to save any money. One thing I do like is that you can call and change channels/packages to lower price every month if you want, with no charge. Make sure the wife/ neighborhood is happy where the dish is going to be located.
     
  17. wxman1

    wxman1 Well-Known Member

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    We have DTV with absolutely no complaints other than price. Maybe we are the minority but we have never had an issue with the billing or equipment.
     
  18. peteypie

    peteypie Well-Known Member

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    I don't have problems with DirectTV either. The rates creep up, but just call them up, tell them they are too expensive, and they will lower your bill.

    I tried to do that with Dish Network, they said they couldn't negotiate, so I cancelled and called Direct TV. 5 minutes later I got a call back from Dish offering me a better deal. I told them it was too late, all I wanted was a better deal the first time I was on the phone with them.
     
  19. Gunnerclone

    Gunnerclone Well-Known Member

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    Flip a coin. Dish does a good job of marketing that they are the better deal, but DTV's ecosystem blows them out of the water. I have Dish currently and have had DTV in the past as a disclaimer, I like both.
     
  20. sunnysideup

    sunnysideup Well-Known Member

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    I've been a DirecTV subscriber for about eight years and I'm about ready to pull the trigger to go to Dish. I don't need the NFL Sunday Ticket package and Dish seems a hell of a lot cheaper for the stuff you get plus if I wanted to stay and upgrade to the Genie I would have to pay full cost where as if I go to Dish I get the Hopper for free.

    Plus like somebody else above said, every two years I can just jump back and forth between the two and take advantage of the state fair deals and such.
     

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