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Satellite Direct

by tom78212 / January 7, 2011 11:26 PM PST

I was able to get access to Satellite via a discount $29.99 vs $49.99.... I have an iMac and had to download the Microsoft Quicktime package. This was not easy because there was no direction indicating that during the download to customize the download. Technical help directed me to do this. However, after going through hours of downloading etc., I still could access only two channels of the several that I tried to open. One C-Span channel and one BBC news channel. Contrary to their advertisement, there were no major network channels offering prime time tv. NONE. While there are hundreds of channels around the world listed, most of those I attempted to access did not work. Of course, Satellite Direct has a disclaimer indicating that there is no guarantee that particular channels will be available or will download. Oh - and some of the radio channels I tried didn't open either. So while it sounds good, it's not worth the bother.

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wow, this is learning the expensive way,
by ahtoi / January 8, 2011 12:59 AM PST
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but thank you for the tip.

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***The only True Review you need to see***
by dcracing1 / October 2, 2012 5:23 PM PDT
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RE: ***The only True Review you need to see*** (yeah, who's gonna believe that so let me explain)
Previous types used: Readon Player
Get this service! It's the real deal - I'm glad I got this today, rather than a year a go or more.
Options: Satellite Direct Flat Fee of $49.99 or $29.99 if you simply try to exit/close the page and gives you the options to stay with the link/page

First, let me tell you how skeptical of this company that I was before buying this service. I already had the ReadOn Satellite player and worried if it might be similar. I've ran into too many scams and phishing scams on the internet to waste $50 (or actually $30) when I already had cable/satellite with Dish Network. I try to weigh all sides of Pros and Cons before making any funky purchase on the internet.

First here are some of the doubts that I ran into before making this purchase:SD looks like it has its own site, an internet magazine, stating how "AWESOME" their satellite service is.I, as a skeptical, looked at all the possible Scam this service is on the internet and that didn't help.

The more the negative the review of what a scam this is, the more I believed what a scam this is!
But, I bought it anyway on a whim! Hell, it's just $30.
Let me give you the heads up that this is Ten times better than the much simpler Readon Player! You literally will easily receive channels in the thousands with all the languages involved. I obviously only use the English versions like USA, UK and Australia so I get about 100 channels each, but bare in mind that some channels are duplicates on English

Pros:
You actually get 100s of Channels for each Country. You get both normal and premium channels such as CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, etc in addition to TNT, HGTV, HBO, Cinemax, Movie Channel, Showtime, TBS, CNBC, MSNBC,etc Too much to list!
Both Standard Definition and HD versions for each channels. Most Movie Channels comes in Real HD like DVD quality as I see on my Dish HD channels better than the normal channels.
Expect some other channels to come in at Standard Def unless it's upgraded later.
Advanced Satellite Direct offered after you get this service, which is an additional monthly service ($4.99 Trial/$9.99 after) loads up much faster than the Regular, although it's not necessarily better
Certain video players accessed, like iLive, Veemi or iPeek player come in much better than others among the channels
I can obviously watch TV and browse the internet on my computer!

Cons:
Even with my HP i7 quad core Laptop, the software takes about 3 -4 minutes to load up all the channels.
It'll probably take double that with a worse computer or weak Broadband!
Advanced version takes less than a minute - Isn't that funny?! (but if you're willing to wait, the monthly Advanced is NOT necessarily better at all)
The basic version, which does not have a Off button but a pause button will sometimes play both channels at once after playing the previous channel which leads to double Audio, sometimes double Audio from the pop up Ads also ===>

WHICH MEANS LOTS OF ADS AT FIRST LOG ON and the close (x) is so hard to find that you're almost forced to look at the ads.
I WOULD PAY AN EXTRA ANNUAL PAYMENT or APP TO GET RID OF THE ADS on this service as when an ad pops up during a movie, it plays the audio while I'm watching in the middle of the movie.
Avoid the "Missing Plug-In" ads as these ads are useless ways for you to download outside players
No TV/Programming guide
Even HD Channels come in with SD quality so know which channels are what with your "Favorites" function
Some or few channels are recorded in a loop, while most are Live Channels.
Some channels' servers are just out sometimes for some reason even if it was working before then it will be back on a day later or so.
(I bought this service mostly for the Live Local Channels, although Movie Channels are a great plus)
Some haters here HAS to be working for a Cable/Satellite Dish company is what I'm assuming!
So of course, I am keeping my DishNetwork HD cable service Wink
Some wrongly labeled channels cannot be edited - it'd be nice if I personally can change it from my perspective.
Ultimately, BUY this service. It's only a flat fee and when hooked to my HDMI line to my Plasma it almost feels like a Cable Service, but it does not have any type of Programming TV Guide or DVR
This is an internet based service, so if you have bandwidth restrictions, don't expect HD channels to run perfect indefinitely.

GET THIS SERVICE!, if you're willing to deal with the pros and cons of this service.
Don't get this service if you expect a perfect HD viewing for all channels with flawless performance all the time.
If they somehow could add programming TV guide and DVR, that would be SWEEEET!

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