Cable vs Directv
by keno989 - 12/9/05 9:34 AM
In Reply to: Cable vs Directv by silver1953
I have had DirectTV, Dish Network, Voom (before they went closed down as a provider), and Cable. I am now with Adelphia Cable. Here are some of the problems I found with the Satellite Services ("DirectTV and Dish Network"). Please note that these problems may not be directly related to your situation because of your personal preferences:
1) I love High Definition and will not watch a show in analog. That's why I had Voom for over 2 years. But, I really enjoy watching the following programs in High Definition: CSI, CSI Miami, Without a Trace, Surface, Two & 1/2 Men, Lost, Numbers, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Close to Home, PBS specials, and others. I could NOT watch these shows in High Definition on the Satellite Services because it requires an "over the air" antenna placed on my roof (so in reality, the Satellite Services were not providing HD local channels). In my location the only channel I received through the roof antenna was CBS and that was spotty. (I could not get a waiver from my local channels so no network feed was available.) With Cable, I get all my local channels in HD...Crystal clear.
2) I hated that ugly looking satellite dish in my backyard. I hated, even more, those 1950's style antennas on top of my roof. It looked like I lived in a trailer park.
3) With Cable I was able to lease (or rent) a HD DVR from my cable provider for $11.00 a month. The Satellite Services wanted hundreds of dollars up-front.
4) There is no long term commitment (or contracts) with cable.
5) Since my house was built around cable connections, I can have a television in any room I wish. We currently have televisions in the family room (110" HD projector system), my daughter's room (HD connection), our bedroom (HD connection), the rec room, and the kitchen. Satellite Services could not run the cable to some of these rooms like the kitchen.
6) When you install Satellite Services, the installer will charge for extra services...like burying the cables and longer lines of cable. Not cool.
7) If I have a technical problem that requires a service technician, the "cable guy" is out here within one day (or even the same day). Not true with the Satellite Services.
8) I get a price break on my internet connection with cable. And it's the fastest available anywhere (6mb).
9) Since I live where it rains and snows, the Satellite would drop during storms. Not cool.
10) You stated you will not need a "off-air" antenna because you live in Southern California. Wrong...if you want HD local channels you have to have that ugly antenna.
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