IowaCowboyWant to go back to IowaPremiumReviews:
[DIRECTV] Thinking of switching back to DirecTV I have Comcast with two TiVo boxes and High Speed Internet, and the bill is getting kind of high. I am thinking of using Comcast just for Internet and switching back to DirecTV (had DirecTV a few years ago until Comcast offered a better deal but that deal did not last).
I have two TVs, one is an HD and the other is SD. I still have my DirecTV dish on the roof and was used for HD service in the past but the wires were cut.
Looking at DirecTVs website, they seem to be offering some sweet deals.
I am just looking for advice if I should make the switch or stay with Comcast.
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I would say choose the DirecTV. Do not talk about existing equipment when you order. I would do the on line order as a new customer. The installer can inspect existing coaxial cables, mounts, antennas, splitters, and hardware for condition. In many cases they will remove the old equipment and install new just to avoid the possibility of corrosion having degraded the items. You do have a big choice to make if you want a DVR. The newest HMC has the ability to record 2x the older HD DVR. You can also get a Tivo but it does not work in whole house mode. For your usage I would get the older HD DVR and a regular SD receiver. Get the $5.99 protection plan. I have seen entire systems destroyed by lightning strikes replaced from antennas to receivers at no charge under that plan. Otherwise you get big bills when damage occurs.
Steve MehsGun Control Is Using A Steady HandPremium
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Id stick with cable. I have both Time Warner Digital Cable and DirecTV. Full packages with each, whole house DVR with each. I prefer cable for a few reasons. First, DirecTVs HD line up is really poor. Second, with cable there are usually no upfront costs. With DirecTV I paid $100 for my HR34 and $200 for my HR24. Now I wouldnt have an issue with this, but I paid $324, including tax, for two HD DVRs that I dont even own. These are property of DirecTV, Im paying monthly lease fees onto of an initial upfront cost. With Time Warner, Comcast and all the other cable companies, you pay nothing upfront for the hardware. Another plus of cable, you have an issue with hardware, you take it back to the local cable store and exchange it for free. My HR34 has been pretty flakey, and quite frankly for how much this thing is hyped Im very disappointed in its performance. If there was a DirecTV Store, Id probably swap it out. And if theres a problem with your cable service, call up and its taken care of at no charge. No rip off monthly protection plans, which I would NEVER EVER in a million years get.
If TiVo is your thing, there is the new THR22. Personally, with my first go around with DirecTV, I had a couple of DirecTiVos and absolutely hated them. As said above, the DTiVo doesnt support whole house DVR, and the big thing for me, it doesnt support 3D.
I initially got DirecTV a few months ago when Time Warner pulled MSG. I will pay anything to watch my Sabres. Then less than two weeks after I got DirecTV, TW and MSG made up. Im keeping DirecTV for the 3D content and I want NFL Sunday Ticket. After football season, I may just cancel and pay the ETF, but as a TV, electronics and media geek I like having access to both, and I like playing with the DirecTV stuff, no matter how shitty I think it is.
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