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Old 01-23-2006, 06:10 PM   #1
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I was wondering if any one has switched from Dish network to Direct TV, and if so, how do you feel about the service from Direct TV?

I've had Dishnetwork for about 10 yrs. also have a dish on the MH., had been happy until Jan 1 st. when Dishnetwork removed Lifetime and LMN from their lineup, and my wife is very upset with them because these were her 2 favorite channels.

I've contacted Dish and Lifetime and am ready to change to Direct TV, would appreciate any comment about Direct TV's customer service and RV accomidations.

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Old 01-23-2006, 06:10 PM   #2
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I was wondering if any one has switched from Dish network to Direct TV, and if so, how do you feel about the service from Direct TV?

I've had Dishnetwork for about 10 yrs. also have a dish on the MH., had been happy until Jan 1 st. when Dishnetwork removed Lifetime and LMN from their lineup, and my wife is very upset with them because these were her 2 favorite channels.

I've contacted Dish and Lifetime and am ready to change to Direct TV, would appreciate any comment about Direct TV's customer service and RV accomidations.

Sincerely:

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Old 01-23-2006, 06:16 PM   #3
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I've had very good service from them, only needed it once and that was when we added local channels and needed a satelite dish upgrade. As far as RV accomidations go it works great except I can't get the local stations on it, because of the equipment on our RV, but everything else comes in fine!
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Old 01-24-2006, 12:21 AM   #4
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I have not switch but have had Direct TV since we left C Band 10 or so years ago. As a mater of fact Direct TV is the way to go in the mobile industry. Since they use one bird for almost all channels for TV other than some foriegn languages and nation programs; it is much easier for the recieving equipment to find and track this style of transmission as compared to Dish that has two birds it has to switch back and forth depending on which channel you are trying to watch. We always recommend Direct for programming.
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Old 01-24-2006, 04:40 AM   #5
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Dish also does not air OLN, which carries the RV Today show.

On two recent trips (with Dish), I could not find the 110 bird in Mobile and the 119 bird in Orlando. But I'll keep it for a while since I am supposed to be able to receive my Atlanta stations anywhere....and I'm also locked into a contract for another year or so.

We are closely watching what Dish claims to be outrageous demands by the stations as an excuse to cut service. While the contract states that station offerings may vary, it would be interesting to know what the FCC says regarding cutting services, but not prices.
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Old 01-24-2006, 05:06 AM   #6
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We've had DirecTV from day one, when we switched from cable TV. We have the TIVO based DVRs and it is awesome. There are no problem dealing with DirecTV. We just had it installed at home and then take a receiver with us in the RV when we go. One particular advantage I found is that DirecTV's bird is higher in the sky that Dish, which makes it easier to get out if you have trees around you.
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Old 01-24-2006, 05:06 AM   #7
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I've had DirecTV for 5 year at home and in the coach. In my opinion it is the provider of choice because all programming is on one satellite.

I have never needed service so can't comment on that aspect. I think service is rarely needed and DirecTV's service is provided by independant contractors. In many areas it will be the same as Dishes.
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Old 01-24-2006, 06:38 AM   #8
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How do you TIVO one channel while watching another in the coach??? Do you have 2 downleads coming from the roof???

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We have DirecTV at home (2 receivers, one of which is HDTV) and in the RV. We've been with them for over 10 years and are quite satisfied. The second home receiver and the RV receiver are billed as mirrored receivers to the main HDTV home receiver, and we pay only $4.99/month (IIRC) for the mirrored receivers.

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Old 01-24-2006, 08:37 AM   #10
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We switched from Dish to DirecTV a couple of years ago. Mostly for the reasons that RVWizard mentioned. Much easier to set-up for one satellite. Also having trouble at the time with Dish after moving a receiver and getting it to work again. Was a real hassel when taking the receiver from home to MH and back. Dish was very little help with fixing the problem. Actually found the solution on one of the forums but in the long run wasn't worth the hassel.

DirecTV has been helpful, courteous, and professional in all dealings. Have had no second thoughts about the switch.
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We did the switch 2 years ago. Mainly because our automatic satellite dish did not support Dish Network without doing a manual search for some channels. Plus, as already stated, setting up a portable satellite dish is much simpler with 1 bird.
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Went from Dish Network to Direct TV in 2005. Would not go back.

Our local channels seem to have a larger 'spotbeam' with Direct. That means we can travel further from Salt Lake and still get local. When we get too far, we call and have our local channels switched to the area we are in.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom N:
DirecTV ... is the provider of choice because all programming is on one satellite. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not true.

While the bulk of the programming on DirecTV is on one satellite, if you want to watch ALL programming that DirecTV has to offer, you must be able to see more than one satellite.

We've been Dish Network customers for many years now, and have always been happy with them. We have never watched any of the channels that have apparently been dropped, so that's not of any concern to us. We also have never watched any programming on the 110 satellite -- everything we want to watch is on the 119 satellite, so we've never worried about trying to tune in 2 satellites.
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We have Dish Network and we watch some programming on the 110 satellite. It's no problem as we have a Winegard dish that automatically switches between satellites when we change channels. We also call and get the local channels where we are when we are too far for our home locals.
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