DIRECT TV or DISH? Any advice?

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Since: Apr 11

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#1 Apr 10, 2011
Hi,

We are moving in with my elderly mother-in-law for a few months to help her get through some surgery. She lives in a rural area of Sweetwater. She has never had cable tv - she really does not watch much tv. The only cable available to her is Direct TV or DISH. I am wondering if anyone in the Sweetwater area - hopefully rural- could tell us the good and bad about either one of them? Thanks very much for your help!
TVperson

Athens, TN

#2 Apr 11, 2011
I had both back-to-back 4 years ago.
My Wife and I both liked Dish better, the quality of the picture and the quality of equipment was just slightly better than Direct back at that time.
We lived in Tellico Plains.

Dish has free HD and DirecTV has more sports packages.
Dish tends to be cheaper for smaller packages.

Look up their channel lists on their websites, be sure you are looking at the correct list for the package you want, and do NOT fall for the cheap prices for several months scam that they push, the regular price is insane and you will get charged a huge fee if you don't keep it.

Personally, if I were not a big TV watcher, I would go for a small cheap package from Dishnetwork.
TVperson

Athens, TN

#3 Apr 11, 2011
..As for the technology.

Both operate much the same.

DirecTV points at satellites higher up in the sky, which means they can clear some buildings and trees better than Dish but in my experience they seemed to black out during storms more often than Dish.

Both are very resilient when it comes to weather, if they are aimed properly they have much fewer outages than cable companies try to claim that satellite TV has.
Usually by the time the weather gets bad enough to know out satellite TV the cable has went out too.

Either can be installed by any person who understands how to do it, no PHD required.
I did both of mine myself with the signal meters on the box, a good level pole and a compass and understanding of which direction to aim in and how high.

Since: Apr 11

Location hidden

#4 Apr 11, 2011
TVperson wrote:
I had both back-to-back 4 years ago.
My Wife and I both liked Dish better, the quality of the picture and the quality of equipment was just slightly better than Direct back at that time.
We lived in Tellico Plains.
Dish has free HD and DirecTV has more sports packages.
Dish tends to be cheaper for smaller packages.
Look up their channel lists on their websites, be sure you are looking at the correct list for the package you want, and do NOT fall for the cheap prices for several months scam that they push, the regular price is insane and you will get charged a huge fee if you don't keep it.
Personally, if I were not a big TV watcher, I would go for a small cheap package from Dishnetwork.
Thank you very much for your reply. Your information is very helpful!

Since: Apr 11

Knoxville, TN

#5 Apr 11, 2011
well its really an option of the lesser of 2 evils here..Personally id go with Dish..direct tv's customer service is God awful
Who Let The Dawgs Out

AOL

#6 Apr 11, 2011
You might want to check about AT and T Uverse.I dont know if it is offered in that area, but I had both Direct and Dish at one time they were both nightmares. Thankfully, Uverse was offered in my area and it has been great. There are no outside dishes. The box that goes inside is very small and compact.. I have had zero problems. Good luck
guest

Athens, TN

#7 Apr 11, 2011
Who Let The Dawgs Out wrote:
You might want to check about AT and T Uverse.I dont know if it is offered in that area, but I had both Direct and Dish at one time they were both nightmares. Thankfully, Uverse was offered in my area and it has been great. There are no outside dishes. The box that goes inside is very small and compact.. I have had zero problems. Good luck
UVerse is a very limited service available in very few communities, there is no such service anywhere close to Sweetwater TN, Athens is the closest UVerse town and it does not have full service yet.
you want fries with that

Dandridge, TN

#8 Apr 11, 2011
I would recomend Dish. I was a Charter subscriber for almost 25 yrs but they got too expensive. I switched to Dish and get more channels at a cheaper price. Customer service is very helpful.
Had dish

Knoxville, TN

#10 Apr 11, 2011
run away from dish! We had been long time Direct customers.
Dish offered us this wonderful package so we went for it. Our price was supposed to be locked in for 24 months. On our first bill they went UP ! Alot! When we jumped them about it, they said it went up for everyone. They said it didn't make any difference that we were new and just got our pkg., when it was across the board raises. After fighting for 2 months, they finally let us out of our contract. We then started recieving dirty, threatening letters from the company that installed it. Long story short, we went back to Direct. They are your safest bet !
guest

Athens, TN

#11 Apr 12, 2011
Had dish wrote:
run away from dish! We had been long time Direct customers.
Dish offered us this wonderful package so we went for it. Our price was supposed to be locked in for 24 months. On our first bill they went UP ! Alot! When we jumped them about it, they said it went up for everyone. They said it didn't make any difference that we were new and just got our pkg., when it was across the board raises. After fighting for 2 months, they finally let us out of our contract. We then started recieving dirty, threatening letters from the company that installed it. Long story short, we went back to Direct. They are your safest bet !
DirecTV does the exact same thing, so does most cable companies and even phone/ISPs.
Dish still has better prices for smaller packages and free HD.
Also they have more satellites, which mean less compression in the picture and a higher quality picture.
Their boxes are also faster with better guides.
guest

Athens, TN

#12 Apr 12, 2011
UHF wrote:
Rabbit Ears
Many people in the middle area of East TN, such as around Athens or Sweetwater, live half way between the Knoxville and Chattanooga TV towers, which means no channels have a strong signal.
The changeover to digital has made the problem even worse.
Where a person used to get a watchable but fuzzy signal they now get nothing at all or some colored blocks and sound blips.

Since: Apr 11

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#13 Apr 12, 2011
you want fries with that wrote:
I would recomend Dish. I was a Charter subscriber for almost 25 yrs but they got too expensive. I switched to Dish and get more channels at a cheaper price. Customer service is very helpful.
Thank you again for all the replies. From what I can find out the Dish or DirectTV are our only options. My mother-in-law lives on a farm in a very rural area of Sweetwater. My husband and I are addicted to TV haha so we have to get something if we are going to care for her for several months. You folks are so helpful!
Had Dish

United States

#14 Dec 9, 2011
Run just as far and dast as you can AWAY from Dish.
They are rip off artists. They have their own setup to beat people.

Since: Apr 11

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#15 Dec 14, 2011
Had Dish wrote:
Run just as far and dast as you can AWAY from Dish.
They are rip off artists. They have their own setup to beat people.
Just wanted to update you all. My husband and I have moved permanently to rural area of Sweetwater. We decided to go with DISH and we love it. Maybe we are just lucky but we have had no problems yet. I did call Customer Serve twice to ask a couple of silly questions about the remote and they were very helpful. I do appreciate all the feedback I got. Thanks a bunch!

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