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Old 05-30-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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DISH or Direct TV

So of the two satelite providers, what do folks prefer? I am leaning towards DISH. The DISH prices seem better and their fee structure seems less confusing. DISH is also a little cheaper. I am planning to get a dish for the house and take it on the road when we travel. My cable company has let me down for the last time and I am looking for alternatives.

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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We have been with DISH since back in the 90s when it was EchoStar. It seems that in recent years their customer service has become less than what it used to be like so many other businesses that grow. In my opinion, if you decide on DISH and if there is a DISH agent in your area that has a good reputation, I would sign up with him rather than going through the website or 800#.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:29 PM   #3
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What happens if something craps out? Do they just bring you are new one or do you have to buy it?

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:48 PM   #4
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It is possible to purchase the equipment, but typically you rent it as part of the monthly price. If there's a problem they send you a replacement and a box to put the dud into and give back to the UPS man. The frustration I have is convincing the guy on the phone that the equipment has has gone bad. If you are a customer of a local agent, you can either take it by his location or schedule an appointment for an onsite visit and that seems to be hassle free. You asked a good question and down the road it might save some misunderstanding if you know up front if the equipment is yours or theirs. I don't know, but Direct may be the same. I'm sure someone who has Direct will respond here. Those I know who have Direct seem happy with there offerings also.
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We've used both providers and find Direct tv is better all the way around. After the sign up period both the prices are comparable. We have Direct in our home with two receivers. We just put the second in our AS and it only cost $7.00 per month for the extra receiver. I find Direct is also easier to find sats. JMO.
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We have had Dish for 13 years. The reception is good although when there is an intense thunderstorm it may suffer, but that is rare. Technically they are very good and things don't break. Snow, probably not a problem for you, can hurt reception, so I go out and broom the snow off the dish—wet snow is the worst.

Calling them is awful. First you get someone who can't speak English well. I tell them to get me a native English speaker and after a long wait, they do. That person has little authority, so I ask to get a supervisor. That takes a long time, but that person can make decisions. I have succeeded in getting my bill reduced by complaining and threatening to go elsewhere. They sometimes try to charge extra fees and I say I won't pay them and they give in almost immediately. It is a silly game, but it works. I don't have to call them often—every 4 or 5 years and it is always about changing the service or the bill.

Direct TV has an incomprehensible price structure and it seems their specials are short term and then the bill goes way up, but the info on the price structure on their website is impossible to understand—not a good sign.

Both plus cable are terrified of everyone going to the internet for TV, so they are easy to push around. If I had the time, I would figure out how to do it, but I have better things to do and internet service is not very good where we live either.

So if you don't want to figure out how to use the internet for TV, I'd recommend Dish. I don't know how it works on a trailer because I can live without my favorite channels for days at a time and don't want to spend the money for a receiver and antenna for a trailer. Dish has an internet satellite service since they bought Hughes.net and they claim they have improved it a lot. You get a discount on it if you bundle. I don't know how well it works, but would be interested in finding out if it works well.

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... The reception is good although when there is an intense thunderstorm it may suffer, but that is rare. ... Gene
This will happen regardless of the provider. A thunderhead pouring down rain blocks the signal just as a big tree in the way.

We also have a 2nd receiver that we toss in the AS if we feel compelled to take it along with a Winegard Carryout. DISH and Direct appear to charge the same fee for the extra receiver.
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What happens if something craps out? Do they just bring you are new one or do you have to buy it?

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I have Dish and on the road use a Dish Tailgater automatic dish I am very happy with. There is one that works for Direct but is more expensive.

99% of the problems I have solved with Dish Technical support on the phone.

Dish also has a inexpensive insurance plan that covers the equipment and most of the service call cost.

Dish also has free HD.

Dish will also let you save a few bucks by deactivating a receiver if you are not going to be using it for a while.

I had Direct but found them more expensive
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Do you get ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox with DISH or Direct TV? Do you pay extra for them? I don't care if they're "local" channels. NY or LA are fine with me.
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So of the two satelite providers, what do folks prefer? I am leaning towards DISH. The DISH prices seem better and their fee structure seems less confusing. DISH is also a little cheaper. I am planning to get a dish for the house and take it on the road when we travel. My cable company has let me down for the last time and I am looking for alternatives.

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We had DISH for six years and now have had Directv for about five years. I prefer Directv for the primary reason I hated Dish's customer service (or lack thereof). I find each contact with Directv to be short, easy and I can speak English and get the correct answer on the first call.

We installed a roof mounted Directv antenna on the roof of the A/S and carry a DVR. As far as TV watching it's like being at home. When I call Directv from the trailer they're happy to help and they have never hassled me about using the DVR on the road.
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Do you get ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox with DISH or Direct TV? Do you pay extra for them? I don't care if they're "local" channels. NY or LA are fine with me.
At one time DISH would provide either the east or west coast network feeds if you provided them a copy of your RV registration and a statement that you had a receiver installed in the RV. They now provide local channels as part of the package. I've not tried, but I understand if you call the 800# and give them the zipcode where you are they will simply switch your locals to those in the market for that zipcode.
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You guys know that Dish was bought out by an Indian Company (no not TATA Motors) but another company. Customer service is in India not the USA, which is why they have no concept of American culture and habits and logic. That being said, I'm fed up with Direct TV. The fact that Direct charges for HD, and Dish doesn't, especially now that you get it free with non-pay tv broadcasting it, and with DISH charging over $70 for basic channel program packages with 70% of the shows telling you have to reduce your Bumba Butt, jewelry, knifes etc.. It's extremely irritating !

The lesser of the two evils in my opinion is Dish. You can also buy your receiver and RV package from Camping World.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:01 PM   #14
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I called DISH today and their sales people are not from India. I did not call tech support. Maybe I should.

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