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Old 12-31-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Direct T.V vs Dish

Howdy All got a question, just got back from a weekend trip and using the antenna I was able to pick up 3 digital channels 8.1,8.2,8.3. We have been talking about getting satellite again but it has been a few years, since we have had it. I would like some opinions who has dish, who has Direct T.v and could you give me the good ,bad and what ever else you might think of. I have the the commercial for the hopper can't remember who has it, I assume both companies would have some kind of dvr. Anyway if I could get some feed back I would appreciate it.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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I have had Direct TV for 8 years.
No issues with bills, great service and can manage from Internet.
I have changed service and billing was correct. I have turned it off for 3 months while out of town on business. No issues getting it back and billing was correct.

I had cable before and the bill was constantly screwed up and took for ever to get ahold of someone to straighten it out.

They have free installation, up to 5 TV I believe, and they have DVR with high capacity.

I love Direct TV

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This is one of those Ford / Chevy questions.

Both satellite providers have their pros and cons, and people that like and dislike both companys for one reason or another.

For us was have Dish Satellite service, we liked the fact that with Dish we only have one reciever that has two tuners and services both TVs with a remote for each TV.

The Dish Reciever is in the rear living area cabinet. Added a Sub-Woofer to our factory installed Jensen sound system and we are good to go!

Dish Customer Service has been great, system has worked fine with no issues, no billing problems.
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I to had direct tv, way back when you had to purchase the set up. I'm not for sure if you even buy the set up any more I guess like cable you have to rent everything. Robert I do like the ideal of having one receiver and two tuners, that would sure make it nice with the two boys I have, that on a rainy day we would not be stuck watching Sponge Bob all day. And Doug I have ATT Uverse as of now and I agree with the cable bills. How is the reception between the two, back when I had it if you had a hard rain you would loose the service for a bit does that still happen or has it improved thru the years. Keep in mind it has been a good 9 years or better since I had satellite.

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It's takes a really heavy thunderstorm to knock out the satelite reception. Maybe happens 2-3 times per year for 10-20 minutes.

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I agree with Doug, when you get those really dark rain clouds the Satellite reception will go out for a few minutes.

If the CG has cable available and the weather looks bad, we will connect both the satellite and the park cable, that way we just use the TV remote to switch back and forth between the Satellite and Park Cable when the weather is bad or we want local news where we are staying.

Also, it is Dish Network that has the Hopper DVR
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We purchased the Tailgater and 211K receiver last week. Easy setup, nice portability and a great HD...for that matter SD picture.

My question is how to we get the bedroom TV to work with it? Splitter? Diplexer?
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Larry, I use the VIP222K Reciever, it has two two Channel tuners in it and two remotes, so we can watch different channels in the Living area and Bedroom.

I feed the Channel 1 HDMI signal from the receiver to the living area tv and feed the Channel 2 standard cable output from the receiver to the bedroom TV.

By feeding the Satellite Reviever Channel 1 HDMI Signal to the Living area TV, I also can hookup park cable to the standard Cable input on the TV and use the TV remote to swtich input sources.
I also installed a manual switch by the reciever that allows me to swtich the bedroom TV between the Satellite Reciever Signal and the Park Cable Signal.

The Channel 2 remote uses radio signal and does not have to be in the same room as the reciever.
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Rob that is OK with your dish setup but with our Tailgater portable the 211K is the only receiver that is compatible from what I know.
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We have Dish in our home. I bought the tailgater and receiver last year. after the initial purchse it is only $7.00/month. I really like the fact that my home plan applies to the TT. I have had some receptio issues, but nothing serious. My brother has Direct in his camper and really likes it. I don't think there is much difference. The Tailgater is noce because the dish is motorized and searches for the satellites on it's own as opposed to doing the work yourself. Point the Tailgater to the South and it does the rest.
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