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Cable rates = Blisshead going Satellite. Advice?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Josh Ryan, Mar 9, 2004.


  1. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Have gone up again. For a company (Comcast) as confused as they are, I am unwilling to pay. After looking at Direct TV's website, I can pay less and get more channels. Anybody have Direct TV? Any comparisons? I've already ordered a business DSL package for my TB addiction.*





    *Please don't waste anyones time by posting "I'm cooler that you because I don't watch TV." I like the Simpsons, TechTV, and a select few other channels. My wife likes HBO's "Six Feet Under". Just think of your competetive edge if we keep rotting our brains for three hours a week, feel smug, then move on. Thanks!
     
  2. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO

    Direct TV is the bomb... most places have the free DishPVR/Tivo HD recorder special going with it... the thing that makes Direct TV the coolest is the Freeview concerts... usually pretty good...

    One word of caution for the other SatTV provider, Dish Network... they are in a snit with Viacom over license fees and have pulled viacom programing from their service... i.e. CBS stations, MTV stations...

    "DISH Network sincerely regrets that all MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and VH1 programming is currently unavailable. Viacom owned CBS stations are also unavailable at this time.

    These channels and CBS stations, owned by Viacom, have proposed excessive rate increases which we feel are unreasonable. Viacom is demanding rate increases nearly 4 times the rate of inflation for various cable channels, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars in fees that would increase the cost of our services to you. "
     
  3. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Yep, I saw that. Cool, Direct TV it is then. Are there any other choices?
     
  4. I've used both Dish Network and DirectTV. DirectTV is my favorite. Mainly because DirecTV is cheaper, and has MuchMusic (now called Fuse), whereas Dish doesn't have MM and is currently cutting about 20 channels from their lineup.
     
  5. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    I *THINK* that's it on a national level... at least that's all there is in the DFW metroplex... and I'd guess if there was another provider that it would be in this market...

    another bonus: Direct TV was owned by the Hughes corperation... old Crazy Howard's company... gotta give props to any company who's founder kept his pee in bottles and wore Kleenex boxes as shoes...

    I'm facinated by the man.
     
  6. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001

    You've sealed the deal for me. Kleenex pee bottle man, sign me up! :hyper:

    --ever see the Simpsons in which Mr. Burns opens a casino? :D
     
  7. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    Seriously combining threads here... but no! i don't think I have... maybe seen parts of it... but I can't recall... I think I need to go search for transcripts!

    Oh... the one thing that no one mentions about the sattv... ALL of them loose signal in VERY bad weather... but the siren's pretty much have to be going off for it to happen...

    and DirectTV has games! solitaire/minsweeper/reversi type things but they kept me and my son busy for an hour or so every once in a while.
     
  8. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Yeah, that was definitely a Howard Hughes parody...especially when he ordered Smithers at gunpoint to jump into the "spruce goose" and held up a little model airplane.

    I read a Howard Hughes biography but I don't remember what it was called. Very fascinating. In the end he was basically kept drugged, controlled and got bilked out of his money by (apparently) a group of Mormons. Strange stuff.

    Just to continue the off-track convo.

    brad cook
     
  9. secretdonkey

    secretdonkey

    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    We used to have DirecTV but switched when we jumped from DSL to cablemodem. Compared to TimeWarner digital cable, DirecTV had a better navigational interface and was cheaper. We did suffer occasional and brief interruptions during bad weather using satellite, but I have run into signal/glitch issues with Cable, as well. I'd take DirecTV back in a second, all other things being equal.

    :bassist:
     
  10. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    We used to have DirecTV at a video store that I used to work at. It was awesome watching baseball games ALL DAY when I was working boring shifts like Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. I think my parents are gonna get it to back home before summer to so that will be quite sweet. Just remember to hook it up to a decent stereo or something for the MusicChoice channels and stuff, they're pretty sweet.
     
  11. natrab

    natrab

    Dec 9, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    DirecTV is sweet!

    Makes you watch more tv though...
     
  12. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I ordered a DSL package from the business side of Verizon, 1.5down and 384 up. Should be good enough. I HATE the way my cable bill sneaks up a few bucks every month.
     
  13. I've had direcTV for about 6 months and am pleased and disappointed the same time.
    Overall the quality and signal is good. The free concerts are also good.
    I've had the signal drop out w/ bad weather & overcast days, but it disappears for minutes at a time, but that not been the problem. To me its been expensive. I subscribed in sept got the football weekendpass, every channel and 3 room installed for $75/month. Once the promotion ended, DirecTV charges you for pretty much everything; extended+local channels =$49.99 ,they charge $5/month each for rental fee on the 2 additional recievers (even thou they were installed free) they charge $12/ every third month for their TV guide (even thou many of the program times are rescheduled), each premium channel=$11, (hbo, sho, cinemax=$33) it adds up real quick.
    So you might want to do the math to ensure your getting a good deal.
    Lastly if your a Icontrol fiend,I've not found anything like it on DirecTV
    frank
     
  14. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Oddly enough, the cable company just upgraded us t0 3mbps downstream and 384up. Well worth the $50. I've cancelled the DSL. I'm still going to look into Direct TV though.
     
  15. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX