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    Cable vs Dish TV vs Direct TV

    I'm in Phx currently with Cox service (internet & cable). Does anyone know which is better? I can't find a decent objective review online. I don't need sports package or need VOD.
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    Cable is almost always better for internet, but if there are old lines run where you live, you might have issues. In that case go DSL.
    DIRECTV is absolutely the best for TV, with or without sports or HD. Most especially with either or both. DISH is a little cheaper, but so is their service and equipment. DIRECTV draws more channels from more satellites and holds better in the weather than DISH.

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    thanks. yea I think the internet service is fine w/cox, though I experienced multiple hang ups/freeze but I'm starting to think it's my netgear router.

    as far as switching to satelitte, I'm also leaning toward DirectTv at the moment. I've always had Cox for everything though I've canceled my phone line for awhile. For the same service if price differential is less than $5/mo then I probably wouldn't switch.

    One question to those with satelite - right now w/Cox I only have 1 cable box & the other 2 tv just connected to the wall/coax and I was able to get the channel lineups up to 99. Does satelite works the same way?
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    Do you own your own home or do you rent? I ask because I live in an apartment and Direct TV needs approval to install the dish on the building. In my case the rep on the phone told me they can do a "bucket install" which is putting cement in a bucket then a pole to attach the dish to. After waiting 3 hrs for them to come install it the service guy 1) barely speaks English and 2) Said he needs approval to attach the dish to the building. When I said that I arranged for a bucket install he said his company don't do that. He called his boss & I called Direct TV. His boss speaks to me & says some install companies do the bucket install but they don't. Direct TV told me that yes I did arrange for a bucket but has no control over what the installation companies do. After complaining to over 5 different people at direct TV including supervisors they did nothing for me! They wouldn't even try to find another installation company that WOULD do the bucket install for me!

    Looking at online reviews afterward there were others who had issues with the install process. Yes Direct TV has good programming as well as the quality of the signal. But if you need any repair or customer service work they don't do squat! So I would ask around to people in your area about not only the programming & signal quality but ask if anyone needed service AFTER the install and see how THAT was...
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    Mikespe - Thanks for sharing your horrible story.I lived in a home (BofA owned it ) so that will not be an issue however customer service is important but quality of signal is probably my main concern. Most of the neighbors I chat with have Cox but a couple have satelitte (both Dish & Directv).
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    I know that. It is difficult to install in apartments in general because of the constraints apartments put on the installers, and then DirecTV has a standard that they have to meet. Its hell on the installer, too.
    Anyway, there is one reciever per room, it works very different than cable. Each reciever communicates directly with the dish to draw the frequency range that each channel is broadcast on. The reciever decodes it and sends it to the TV. It is $6 for each additional room, but the quality is outstanding.
    DISH uses one receiver to control 2 rooms sometimes, using an RF remote for the second TV, but this works slow, and if you get a hardware failure, it takes out both TVs until you get it replaced.
    DIRECTV also supports 1080p and 3D for some ppv movies.
    If you decide to go the DIRECTV route and need help, pm me and I can help a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graymayre View Post
    I know that. It is difficult to install in apartments in general because of the constraints apartments put on the installers, and then DirecTV has a standard that they have to meet. Its hell on the installer, too.
    Anyway, there is one reciever per room, it works very different than cable. Each reciever communicates directly with the dish to draw the frequency range that each channel is broadcast on. The reciever decodes it and sends it to the TV. It is $6 for each additional room, but the quality is outstanding.
    DISH uses one receiver to control 2 rooms sometimes, using an RF remote for the second TV, but this works slow, and if you get a hardware failure, it takes out both TVs until you get it replaced.
    DIRECTV also supports 1080p and 3D for some ppv movies.
    If you decide to go the DIRECTV route and need help, pm me and I can help a little.

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    My point is that Direct TV made a promise they couldn't keep. The sales rep said whatever she needed to get me to purchase Direct TV...WITHOUT verifying whether the installer would be able to follow through on her promise. I wouldn't want to lock into a 2 year contract with a company that lies then does nothing to fix the problem. If Direct TV was worried about standards then the sales rep wouldn't have offered to do the bucket install. Cable may be expensive but at lease I'm not locked in to a contract & I can cancel at any time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikespe View Post
    My point is that Direct TV made a promise they couldn't keep. The sales rep said whatever she needed to get me to purchase Direct TV...WITHOUT verifying whether the installer would be able to follow through on her promise. I wouldn't want to lock into a 2 year contract with a company that lies then does nothing to fix the problem. If Direct TV was worried about standards then the sales rep wouldn't have offered to do the bucket install. Cable may be expensive but at lease I'm not locked in to a contract & I can cancel at any time.
    I understand that, and it happens alot. I don't agree with it. They was to do whatever they can to sell it and get a technician out there to try to make it work. Sometimes it just can't be done. The sales people aren't the brightest bunch and it pisses everyone off down the line to the technician, and it is left to him to disappoint the customer and explain how the sales rep was wrong. But sometimes it just wont work, and no one knows it until the tech comes out to do the assessment. I'm sorry to hear that and it sucks because the sales reps are stupid sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graymayre View Post
    I understand that, and it happens alot. I don't agree with it. They was to do whatever they can to sell it and get a technician out there to try to make it work. Sometimes it just can't be done. The sales people aren't the brightest bunch and it pisses everyone off down the line to the technician, and it is left to him to disappoint the customer and explain how the sales rep was wrong. But sometimes it just wont work, and no one knows it until the tech comes out to do the assessment. I'm sorry to hear that and it sucks because the sales reps are stupid sometimes.

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    Actually 2 people in my complex HAVE the bucket install already! They just had a different install company do the installation. That's the inconsistency with direct TV...there should be ONE sent of installation rules and ALL the installation companies HAVE to follow them.
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    The low def channels are better on Direct TV than local cable. High Def about the same. I have friends with Dish that seem to be happy. We're happy with Direct TV.
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