DirecTv vs DISH
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Posted: 3/5/2013 4:54:22 PM
We have been with Dt for over 15 years. But with the latest increase. Our bill being $92. I am tempted to switch to Dish and at least save $ for a year.
What channels does Dish not have you wish they did? I noticed Dish has two HSN channels. Debating if its worth it to switch. Anyone regret switching?

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Posted: 3/5/2013 5:36:43 PM
I haven't compared prices recently. They both go back and forth with their promos don't they? We had Dish a couple of years ago and switched to DirecTV for the promo 2-year price (which is nearing an end). My dh says its a hassle to switch back, doesn't like incompetent installers in the house drilling whatever they need to in order to make things work, so he doesn't want to change back. From my experience between the two I preferred Dish only because of DVR reasons. I know they have different choices in DVR's now, but we are still with the basic set-up so if someone is watching a recorded program on a TV other than our main TV, no one else can watch something else that is recorded. If our dd is watching a recording in her room we can't watch a recording in our room. With Dish 2 TV's could play a recorded show and we were able to pause live TV in our bedroom - we can't do that with DirecTV. Not huge things, but that's pretty much what I preferred over the two. I didn't notice a difference in channel line-up. It took me forever to learn my favorite channel numbers when we switched.


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Posted: 3/5/2013 5:51:28 PM
My dh wouldnt either. Years ago, we always installed it ourselves and then just called to activate.

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Posted: 3/5/2013 6:07:44 PM
We've had both. Dish first and now Direct.

I know you are trying to save money but if you upgrade your DVR you can do the same thing with Dish. We can watch anything we want when other people are watching TV at the same time.

I happen to like the Direct TV line up a bit better but I have to be honest I don't watch much TV.

I do have to say I don't like how they have their channels set up though!


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Posted: 3/6/2013 12:01:38 PM
I encourage you to contact DTV and ask for the loyalty department. If you've been with them for awhile, they will bend over backwards to keep you as a customer. I have about $50/month in discounts right now - one will last 6 months and 1 for an entire year. Plus we have all the Showtime and Cinemax channels for free for a year. All because I asked. At the end of our conversation, the CSR told me to make sure that when we reach the 6 months and then 1 year end of discounts to call the Loyalty dept. back and they will see what they can offer.

Never hesitate to ask. They don't want to lose you! My dad is getting the daily newspaper for $4 a month, because he called up and told them he was going to cancel the paper at $25/month for 4 day/week service. It never hurts to ask.

Plus now DTV has the On Demand. Any show or movie that is shown on one of their channels, can be uploaded at a later date. I've never watched Homeland. Because of On Demand, I've been able to watch all of Season 1 and 1/2 of Season 2 at my leisure. Wonderful new feature.



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Posted: 3/6/2013 12:13:39 PM
I had DTV and now Dish. They both have their positives. If you are happy with DTV then call them and they will probably offer you a discount. I called when I was switching and they offered me all kinds of free stuff to stay with them, but Dish was here installing. I have had a few problems with Dish since I started in December. They still haven't sent me my gift card for Kmart I was promised, screwed up my bill, cut off my last month of free service to the movie channels, to name a few.

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Posted: 3/6/2013 1:52:08 PM
I'm interested in these responses because we're nearing our two year contract with DirecTV and I was also thinking about switching to Dish to save. I think the only major drawback of Dish is the NFL Network. With DirecTV, you can watch all of the NFL games which is awesome because I'm a Bengals fan living in Indiana & those games aren't televised here. So if Dish doesn't offer something similar (I don't think they do) we can't switch.

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Posted: 3/6/2013 2:00:15 PM
We have tried. But didnt ask for the loyalty dept. the just offered us free movie channels. Which were didnt have to begin with.
Whats the best approach? I dont wang to say im canceling and the cancel our account. I did threatened once to shut off my dvr and they did. Had to call back and have it corrected.

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Posted: 3/6/2013 3:33:56 PM
I prefer DirecTV- I could not get BRAVO with the dish and I watch tons of stuff on BRAVO!


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Posted: 3/6/2013 3:58:44 PM
Have you tried calling Direct and telling them you're planning to switch to Dish because of the rate increase? We did that with our cable and once we mentioned the competitor's name they dropped our rates.

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Posted: 3/6/2013 4:17:42 PM
We have had Dish for 4.5 years now and our rate is $98. New customers only have to pay around $60 for the same package.

My DH called and asked to down-grade our package (from 200 channels to 120 channel package) because our bill had gotten so high and if they would offer us a price discount to the same price as new customers (new customers pay $24.99 vs $49.99 for regular customers) and they said no at first.

He had to say we would be calling Direct TV and he wanted to talk with a supervisor before they would even offer anything. They then offered $10 off per month for only 6 months. My husband had to keep asking and finally got it down to $15 off per month for 10 months (they wouldn't go any higher or longer). Needless to say, we will be switching to Direct TV in 10 months.


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Posted: 3/6/2013 4:40:00 PM
Ok got $20 off per month. For 12 months, Not bad. Better than nothing. But they asked what I wanted to stay under per month. I should have said less

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