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New HDTV will arrive soon/ Need help/Satellite, DVR,install

by Prandy / May 2, 2007 6:03 AM PDT

DishNetwork vs DirecTV - Should I switch?
A new Sony KDL-40V2500 40" Bravia LCD 1080p will arrive in a week or so. I currently have DirecTV (including a real TIVO) and plan to keep our current conventional 32" Sony as second TV along with the TIVO. Dish Network offers better short term introductory price and more HD channels, but DirecTV will be offering another 50+ HD signals in the next few months. DirecTV wants to charge $200 for an HD-DVR, sign a two year contract to essentially pay for the new HD outside Dish, and charge $10 per month for the HD signal on top of my regular rate. Dish provides the HD DVR for free but charges $20 per month extra for the HD Signal - but only requires an 18 month contract for the HD signal Dish installation and provides a $20 per month rebate for 10 months. It appears in the end, Dish Network will be less expensive BUT if the service, signal quality, or DVR is inferior to DirecTV, it is not worth making the switch. I understand it is not worth paying the absurd price for a genuine TIVO versus a $200 DVR.

Anyone have any comments that might be helpful in making the decision? Also, will my current DirecTV TIVO continue to work on my conventional TV if I switch to DishNetwork or will I have to settle for their regular DVR? Any other comments will be appreciated. Thanks.

BTW: I live in a suburb of Kansas City.

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DishNetwork

DirecTV will NOT be getting 50+ HD channels, if you ever seen there commercial they say 'Capacity too...'. There is a diffrence of having/getting & being able too.

Dishnetwork has their own DVR's, I got mine for $50 from them & have had it replaced Free 2x's, on my 3rd dvr now. I know about 3-4 months ago for New customers they had a free HD-DVR offer + $10 off for 10 months. & you don't have to pay that Tivo fee anymore. You have to call dishnetwork to get the best price & free goodies.

You have a link for that '$20 per month rebate for 10 months' because sometimes those apply to current customers too if you resign-up for their X # of month contract.

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Thanks for input. Link you asked for is in text.
by Prandy / May 2, 2007 8:56 AM PDT
In reply to: DishNetwork

I appreciate you taking the time to write. Link:

http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/our_products/dish_hd/offer/index.shtml

Unfortunately, fine print says the special offers are for new customers only. ............

In other words, they are just like DirecTV in that regard. Maybe I will call DirecTV and tell them I will switch to Dish Network to get their freebies if DirecTV won't give me what they give to new customers!!!!!

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DirecTV Claim to add more HD channels
by Prandy / May 2, 2007 9:18 AM PDT
In reply to: DishNetwork

Here is where I got the number 50 as oppossed to the 100 cliamed by DirecTV.

http://www.engadgethd.com/2007/01/09/directv-to-carry-100-national-hd-channels-in-2007/

Text:
DirecTV to carry 100 National HD Channels in 2007
Posted Jan 9th 2007 6:15AM by Ben Drawbaugh
Filed under: Industry, Satellite
We sure hope this means that the HD programming race is heating up and it's not just vapor ware. After all 2006 was a slow year for new HD channels. DirecTV has been boasting for some time about the number of HD channels they would have and today they have announced specific channels. The interesting part is that almost none only a few of the channels they announced today are currently offering HD programming. The channels announced today include.

A&E
National Geographic
Bravo
NFL Network
Cartoon Network
SciFi Channel
CNN
Speed
Food Network
TBS
FX
The History Channel
HGTV
The Weather Channel
MTV
USA Network

Currently DirecTV only carries 9 national HD channels and even with this list and as many premium channels we can think of there would still only be 30 HD channels. Throw in 20 or so for regional sports channels and is still only 50% of their claim. As much as we want to believe them, we have our reservations.


**********(Direct already TV carries our four local stations in HDTV here in the Kansas City area).

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ONE ADVANTAGE DISH HAS OVER DIRECT T.V.
by stewart norrie / May 3, 2007 5:24 AM PDT

VOOM only $5.00 extraThe hi-def package and VOOM are only $15.00 extra per month with the basic service I also dont need a d.v.r. because with all the excellent hi-def channels and 9 local over the air channels I have tons of hi-def to watch I have the old 811 hi-def system and would never upgrade it because the box has a digital hi-def tuner and also a anolog tuner The darn tuner is so good yhat I receive channel 3 and 13 in Sacromento And I live in san jose ca. with a cheap outside antenna stewe

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