View Full Version : Dish net, directTV or stay with cable...

08-29-2007, 09:39 PM
what do you guys think?
I am tired of the Cable pricing in my area NYC (crook bastards). the cable picture is really good but i don't think it's worth 72 a month including HBO. thinking about going to satellite their pricing is much more inline with what i am willing to pay... but how is the service, what kinda contrat do they offer?

Gayle in MD
08-29-2007, 09:45 PM
Stick with the cable. Pricing for either would be according to the area, I would think. You should inquire among New Yorkers, though. If you're talking about a dish on the roof, though, I hear their a pain you know where. If it is cable through the phone line, that's different.

Gayle in Md.

08-29-2007, 09:53 PM
nAz, I can get you a deal for just $9.95 a month for cable.
Thing is though it's only one Channel, Fox News....and you not only watch it....it watches you (that's an old joke)
My cable, internet bill is $110 a month....and when cable first started, I thought ...who's going to pay to watch TV????

08-30-2007, 10:38 AM
DirecTV == Rupert Murdoch - That's out

Dish Network has a few University channels which will often have very good lectures from leading researchers in a wide range of fields. Unfortunately the HD coverage was weak in my area so I went to Cable for the HD. With Dish I can get all the channels I care about (Sci-fi for Battlestar Galactica) in the $30 plan.

Cable is waayyyyy overpriced. My cable and Internet combine to something over $120/month.

All of them carry Fox News. If not for my Girlfriend I would drop them all so I wouldn't be paying for something so immoral and offensive.

08-30-2007, 11:40 AM
I am with DirectTV and have not had much problems yet. We switced over, for the same reason as you, about 3 months ago. The only issue we have is when there is a storm we sometimes lose the picture.

I went with DirectTV because of the NFL ticket.


08-30-2007, 12:44 PM
I had Charter cable for a long time with high speed internet service but it constantly went out for no reason and customer service was horrible. So I switched to Direct TV and have had very good luck so far. The only time you have any trouble is during a driving rain storm and when thats over the signal is back without waiting for a repair truck to repair a line down 10 blocks away. I would highly recommend getting Tivo with either one you go with. I think it's the best invention of the last 50 years. I could not live without it now.

08-30-2007, 01:25 PM
I've had excellent reception with my cable, and no problems...but it's way over priced. After reading this thread...and coincidently getting a Dish TV offer in the mail
....they made me an offer I can't refuse....I think I'll try it out.
I agree on the Tivo thing...I paid for a 3 yr service contract with Tivo, and basically got the box for free....like you...I'd be lost without mine....especially the "season pass" feature.
I'm calling up today to see about making the switch....

08-30-2007, 01:35 PM
I had satellite TV for years. It was much better than cable. I cannot have it where I live now and I have to have high speed internet for work.

There is one thing you can get with satellite TV that you can't get with cable.

The Playboy channel for about $5.95 a month. I used to set my TV to turn on that channel automatically in the morning when I would get up. I would get up and walk through the living room to be greeted by bouncing bimbos every morning. It's a pleasant way to start your day. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

08-30-2007, 01:35 PM
I have Dish, I think it's about $130 a month with all channels short of the porno ones. There are about 13 HD and I'm becoming addicted to the HD. I agree with someone about the university channels, some great programs. Of course, I only need Fox News and I'm probably wasting $100 a month for the rest. The other news networks don't have enough viewership to warrent a channel anymore. I do catch Katie each night as I like the "Perky" side of the news each day. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

08-30-2007, 03:22 PM
I switched from cable to dish about 2 years ago. I like dish. My mother in-law, who lives with me (for free I might add), preferred cable. So, as you can see, I will never switch back while she is alive.
We do lose signal during storm event, but no more losses than with cable. I got tired of cable going up, taking away some movie channels at the same time, and then telling me they were adding 5 channels. The 5 they added were 2 shopping channels and 3 channels were hispanic (nothing vs hispanics).

08-30-2007, 11:03 PM
hm looks like i will be taking the plunge this week and go with Dish network, i like the offer they have of four free boxes (HD)oh and screw mURDOCH /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
but the 18 month commitment and lack of free trial period is a bit worrisome.

08-31-2007, 06:20 AM
18 months! I definitely would not go for that. Have you talked with your neighbors who have satellite? What have they said?