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Old 10-14-2014, 01:02 PM   #1
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Thinking of Dish vs Direct TV

At home we are getting ready to dump our U verse Internet/TV combo as the promo period has expired. Not pleased with the internet service at all and will likely change. This has brought up something that might be worth thinking about and that is going with Satellite at the house with the possibility of using a portable antenna for the RV. I am not big on TV at the campsite with the family but I do miss the sports and Saturday football in the fall. At the racetrack i can see this as a big benefit. I don't necessarily like the looks of the dish on the house, but we should be able to shield it from view on one side of the house. Still looking into this. In any case, anyone have experience with either provider and who has the better benefits when it comes to a mobile set up?
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Old 10-14-2014, 01:15 PM   #2
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I just had direct tv hooked up in my house and plan on having it in my tt next summer. Direct tv was good. Was turned off of dish because of foreign sales people.


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Old 10-14-2014, 01:22 PM   #3
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If I didn't have Uverse (i work for the company and get a discount plan), i would go with Direct TV for the NFL Ticket package. Previously had Direct TV and was very happy with them. I miss having the football package.

On a side note, AT&T bought Direct TV. I hope this leads to the NFL package being on Uverse in 2-3 years.
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:35 AM   #4
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Dish has a pay by the month with "no contract" plan. Direct does not.

If you have Comcast or Fios at home (like we do) and want satellite on the road, Dish is the way to go, IMO.
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:27 PM   #5
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On a side note, AT&T bought Direct TV. I hope this leads to the NFL package being on Uverse in 2-3 years.

That'll never happen!


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Old 10-16-2014, 08:42 PM   #6
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I just moved and went with Uverse for the house. We had Direct for about 10 years and they were great. When I dealt with their customer service they were great each time. Only drawback was the interference from the weather during a storm.
ATT hasn't been bad so far and tried them because of a good promo deal.
If we do watch TV while camping it's just to watch a DVD. My neighbor has Direct and all he does is take a receiver from house with him. He says there's no extra charge for it.


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Old 10-16-2014, 08:51 PM   #7
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I have Dish at home and will never go back to Direct. I don't care if they offered me free satellite for 5 years. I was a customer for 7 years, dvr went out one night for no reason on a Sunday. They said they'd send someone out Thursday. After paying a monthly bill for 7 years, I think they should have been at my house the next day. I told them, "if you wait until Thursday to send a technician, the technician will be picking up your equipment" I called Dish on Monday and have had them for the last 8 years. Love it. I also have a tailgater so I just take a box out of the bedroom and put it in the RV for tailgating and when we go camping. No charges and I get the same channels I get at the house. If I am out of state, I would have to call Dish to get locals wherever I am, but I usually don't. Over the air is fine with me for news and such. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:37 AM   #8
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I have Dish at home and will never go back to Direct. I don't care if they offered me free satellite for 5 years. I was a customer for 7 years, dvr went out one night for no reason on a Sunday. They said they'd send someone out Thursday. After paying a monthly bill for 7 years, I think they should have been at my house the next day. I told them, "if you wait until Thursday to send a technician, the technician will be picking up your equipment" I called Dish on Monday and have had them for the last 8 years. Love it. I also have a tailgater so I just take a box out of the bedroom and put it in the RV for tailgating and when we go camping. No charges and I get the same channels I get at the house. If I am out of state, I would have to call Dish to get locals wherever I am, but I usually don't. Over the air is fine with me for news and such. Hope this helps.

Bombdoc, I'm getting ready to dump DTV and switch to DISH and was wondering which model reciver you are using to take on the road? Is it HD/DVR? Does the tailgator require two coax cable to feed the receiver? How do you mount your tailgator?
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:53 AM   #9
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Bombdoc, I'm getting ready to dump DTV and switch to DISH and was wondering which model reciver you are using to take on the road? Is it HD/DVR? Does the tailgator require two coax cable to feed the receiver? How do you mount your tailgator?
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Bombdoc, I'm getting ready to dump DTV and switch to DISH and was wondering which model reciver you are using to take on the road? Is it HD/DVR? Does the tailgator require two coax cable to feed the receiver? How do you mount your tailgator?
I have the Winegard Pathway X-1 and it is HD AND DVR ready.

Costs a one time fee of 40 bucks to turn on the DVR and an HD package.
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Thanks guys, I'm interested in getting a package deal from DISH (receivers,home installation, tailgator, etc) when I make the moveto DISH and try to get as much as possible for the least amount while I can. I'll just take one of the home boxes on the road with me so no need to activate each time I hit the road. My old slimline Directv dish fell over one too many times and I've not been able to point it lately without cursing. I like the idea of having the system point itself while I enjoy a cold beer.
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Thanks guys, I'm interested in getting a package deal from DISH (receivers,home installation, tailgator, etc) when I make the moveto DISH and try to get as much as possible for the least amount while I can. I'll just take one of the home boxes on the road with me so no need to activate each time I hit the road. My old slimline Directv dish fell over one too many times and I've not been able to point it lately without cursing. I like the idea of having the system point itself while I enjoy a cold beer.
The X-1 is DISH only and will NOT work with Direct.
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The X-1 is DISH only and will NOT work with Direct.

Yes, I plan on switching out my entire home and RV satellite systems from DTV to DISH. I no longer want to have to point my own dish on the road. Thanks again guys.
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Yes, I plan on switching out my entire home and RV satellite systems from DTV to DISH. I no longer want to have to point my own dish on the road. Thanks again guys.
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I have had DirecTV since 1994 when they first came out and was on a waiting list to get it. What minor problems I have had over the years have always been dealt with swiftly and professionally. As far as camping with satellite I can tell you that I am the resident TV guy that goes around helping others getting there systems aimed. I have found that all dish systems (HD and standard) is way more sensitive to aim and is next to impossible with ANY obstructions. Direct also has its corks. I am a huge TV junky but when it comes to camping I have learned to stay away from HD from either provider. I suggest an 18 inch round dish with standard receivers. Once I grab my satellite to set up, I'm watching TV in five minutes. Never have I not been able to get signal with this setup. A good meter and compass is also required.
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We have Dish at home - With a two year contract they furnish the receiver and the manual Dish - You buy the Dish tripod - about $40. That requires manual setup. Adds $7.00 per month to your Dish bill. Takes a few times to learn how to point the dish but works fine.
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If you have Dish dvr's in your home and do a lot of recording can you just unhook them and hook them up in your RV and watch what is recorded if you don't have a sat. dish?
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I directv at home and foolishly bought a HD receiver and satellite for HD tv in the TT. Very hard to aim by yourself and get HD. It is SWiM technology and the antenna power meter is not compatible for aligning the dish. Yes I have the apps on my Iphone and they get me real close to the signal. If I were to do it again I would do like Dolphballs did and go with SD system. Great picture and just a meter and compass will get you up and running. If I didn't have directv in the house I woukd go with Dish, more options for satellite TV than directv.
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If you have Dish dvr's in your home and do a lot of recording can you just unhook them and hook them up in your RV and watch what is recorded if you don't have a sat. dish?

I believe from my days as a dish technician, your DVR needs a signal from the satellite in order to watch the stuff on your dvr. May have changed in recent years but you couldn't watch the dvr without a signal a few years ago. Jmo


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If you have Dish dvr's in your home and do a lot of recording can you just unhook them and hook them up in your RV and watch what is recorded if you don't have a sat. dish?
Just did what you ask this summer.
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