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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Should I go with Digital Cable, Dish, or DirecTV for my new house?

I am buying a new house in Plano and am needing to sign up for TV service. I have an HDTV and would also like a DVR service along with HD. What is the best service between the 3 for the price. Money is a little tight with me being just out of school so I need the best value. Let me know your experiences and pros and cons to each service. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 08:20 AM
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We have had all three and I prefer DirectTV. The number of HD channels they offer currently exceeds that offered by either Dish or especially cable. The only con to DirecTV is the lack of "On Demand" service but with a DVR there is less of a need for that feature. If you have Verizon FIOS in Plano that might worth looking into as well however.
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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 08:21 AM
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Verizon FIOS...Hands down best picture, no disruption in service, and is actually a little cheaper than cable. Had Dish in the past, starts out cheaper but they nickel and dime the hell outta you and not to mention if a storm comes through you will lose your picture.
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 08:23 AM
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The losing service due to a storm is a rare occurrence. I can count the number of times that's happened to us in the past five years on one hand, and it was for less than five minutes any time it did happen.
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If it's available at your address, I would go with Verizon FIOS.

It's somewhat affordable and offers a DVR and a pretty decent selection of HD channels. I've had it for over a year now and I'm pleased with it overall. A few problems here and there with the new menu system, but otherwise works fine. I also have the Home Media DVR, which is a pretty convenient feature.

Just shop around. The satellite providers are offering multi-room packages fairly cheap these days.

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it was not a problem to bring money to his house at 10pm.so why is it a problem to call and bitch.it wasnt a problem when we were all sitting around smoking pot together.yes i said it we all were smoking pot together.what now stupid.
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Another vote for Fios if you have it available. No problem with the service, but the remote fucking sucks. I miss the speed and flexibility of the Dish remote. The Fios one is slow and clumsy.

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Does Fios offer NFL network?
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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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How much do you guys pay per month with fees for Verizon?
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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 09:18 AM
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i think mine is $90 per month. thats with one HD DVR box and 3 reg. boxes. plus fios internet.
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If FiOS is availabe in your area, hands down, that's my choice.

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post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 09:26 AM
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my roommates have fios... i happily pay for directv.

i love fios internet. i dont mind fios tv, i just dont like that my internet got slower with the addition of fios tv.
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i think mine is $90 per month. thats with one HD DVR box and 3 reg. boxes. plus fios internet.
That's cheaper than what I had in Keller. 1 HD/DVR and internet was aprox $110 per month. Blah!
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If you live outside the city storms will knock your dish out a lot...I lose mine quite frequently during storms....in addition, when the weather is really bad it's been a bit un-nerving to lose the weather alerts on TV....have to go watch on the garage TV that has rabbit-ears.

I'm waiting to switch to Verizon TV myself....we already have FIOS internet and it rocks...the TV service is supposed to follow soon.

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Either FIOS or the new AT&T UServe. I vote Dishnetwork for satelite. I've used both and prefer the Dish. Not sure if what was stated about the HD channels with Direct is true either. I know it used to be the reverse.
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post #18 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 09:49 AM
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this argument is old. just pick the one with the best deal.

look for shortest contract, smallest equipment fee/rental fee (pay attention to additional fee for hd and dvr boxes), and lowest monthly fee.
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I had dish network and switched to uverse. To me the Dish was more user friendly as far as the DVR ane remote control goes but I like the picture and non loss of service with the Uverse.
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Either FIOS or the new AT&T UServe. I vote Dishnetwork for satelite. I've used both and prefer the Dish. Not sure if what was stated about the HD channels with Direct is true either. I know it used to be the reverse.
As of today, Dish Network states on the web they have "over 70 channels" of HD programming and DirectTV lists 85. Not much difference between the two as of today anyway.
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this argument is old. just pick the one with the best deal.

look for shortest contract, smallest equipment fee/rental fee (pay attention to additional fee for hd and dvr boxes), and lowest monthly fee.
Contract length doesn't matter much in this case, since the OP says he's buying a new house and thus is not likely to be moving again within the next several years. I actually prefer long term contracts for services like this. For instance, another example is electricity, where I can lock in a rate and know what price I am going to be charged long term.
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post #23 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 12:48 PM
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FIOS........ bundle a package, best deal, phone, internet, tv....
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post #24 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 02:09 PM
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I'm a Dish Network fan. If the install is done correctly then you don't have to worry about losing it during a storm.

They have a ton of HD channels, including a few that Direct TV does not have, which I enjoy. Check out both lineups and see which one you like best.

Also, x2 on comparing the best deal.

I have 1 HD dual tuner and 2 additional HD single tuners (so, HD in 3 rooms and SD in the fourth), with the "upgraded" channel lineup and HD programming, no movie channels and no DVR. It's like $80/month.
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I've had Dish, DirecTV, Cable and now Verizon FIOS. FIOS is the way to go. Dish has a better picture in my opion than DirecTV but Dish receivers are only available from one place - their web site. You can buy a DirecTV receiver any where.

If you can get FIOS though, go that route. The picture quality and reliability can't be matched with anything else that is out there right now.
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my roommates have fios... i happily pay for directv.

i love fios internet. i dont mind fios tv, i just dont like that my internet got slower with the addition of fios tv.
You need to call Tech Support. FIOS doesn't work like that. Your internet connection does not share the same wavelength as your TV data. Your TV and Internet over FIOS are not sharing anything. My internet speed/bandwidth stayed exactly the same with the addition of FIOS TV.

If you are getting a weak signal over a wireless router that will certainly makes things feel sluggish.

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You need to call Tech Support. FIOS doesn't work like that. Your internet connection does not share the same wavelength as your TV data. Your TV and Internet over FIOS are not sharing anything. My internet speed/bandwidth stayed exactly the same with the addition of FIOS TV.

If you are getting a weak signal over a wireless router that will certainly makes things feel sluggish.

i just blame my roommate then. he downloads the piss out of everything... xbox360 games, wii games, computer games, movies.

im just in it for the porn
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