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time warner cable vs. directTV

Discussion in 'Technology' started by tacomaman06, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:04 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    getting there....
    anyone got pros and cons for these....both of which i have had neither of. we are about to move into the new house......and are trying to decide whats gonna be better.
     
  2. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:06 PM
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    i haaaate my time warner cable..... the menu and everything is sooo slow and it lags a lot
     
  3. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:08 PM
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    Incognito

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    If you are thinking about getting HD Directv service, the guide/interface is very slow and lag-prone. It works great and looks good, but it's so s l o w...
     
  4. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:10 PM
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    I love DIRECTV... Customizable fav. menus, lots of channels, cheaper (IMO) than cable.
     
  5. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:12 PM
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    well....at first, we were thinking of going with direct tv, cause of the special they have, but i have heard from others that have it, about all the hidden fees and bs.

    we're kinda looking for something to roll into one.....tv and internet, but depending on how we go, may not be possible.
     
  6. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:21 PM
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    i vote for cable,it's rock solid. i'm a retired wow player and don't even think about gankin me with your lousy sat con.
     
  7. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:21 PM
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    xJuice

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    Cable
     
  8. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:25 PM
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    We just switched over from Cable to Direct TV, and we love it!
    Our cable boxes kept going out, the screen would get fuzzy a lot and would freeze the program.
    Direct TV is way better, but it is a little slower going through the menu, and some popular stations are not in HD like FOX, ABC, and I think NBC too.
    But there are way more advantages for getting Direct TV versus some of the negatives.
    They have some cool special channels for sports viewers, and If your into football, baseball, hockey, autoracing, and your a general sports fan, than It's for you.

    It also has more special features, and more recording space over the cable box.
     
  9. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:29 PM
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    Cable, Cable, Cable...DTV if anything goes wrong it is $80 to have them come fix it...TW if anything ever goes wrong they come fix it for free. Basically the same channels. TW has caught way up on the HD channels...the ones it doesn't have nobody watched anyway. The picture on TimeWarner I have no complaints with...I do think the audio on DTV is a little better though. I dumped DTV 6 months ago...even paid $250 to get out of my contract. That is how much I hated it...
     
  10. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:31 PM
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    switched from time warner to direct, and big mistake! In Wilmington nc none of the local channels are in HD, so that means no superbowl,world series, ncaa final 4 in HD! Of the 9000 channels i might watch 50, and if there is any storm clouds to the south then you might as well turn off the tv and listen to the radio. that kinda sucks living on the coast, if a hurricane comes thats no tv for a few days! GO CABLE, i miss mine!
     
  11. Oct 29, 2009 at 2:33 PM
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    we are pretty much leaning towards tw cable..........the input is good from ya'll tho. appreciate it.
     
  12. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:04 PM
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    I'm not sure if it's different by region, but TW here the HD channels are free with the digital cable packages aka. you do'nt have to pay so much per month for an HD package.

    Also, cable internet pwns
     
  13. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:12 PM
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    Direct TV has tons of cool features. The picture quality is great IMO. If anything I would tell you to go AT&T they are he only ones with anything better. Also as far as signal we never lost TV until the power went out during Ike, and that was on the back half of the storm.
     
  14. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:54 PM
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    If you want to bundle TV, internet and phone, go with cable. Also, depending on where you are, you'll get more TV channels than direct TV at the same price.

    And oh, during bad weather, direct broadcast TV sucks.
     
  15. Oct 30, 2009 at 9:27 AM
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    TRY THIS FIRST:

    Get yourself a cheap antenna. Either grab the one off of grandma's old TV or get some cheap thing from the store. Plug it in, voilà, instant HD channels with surround sound.
    I'm not a big TV watcher, but I still need to get news and a fair amount of channels. I went to Sears, bought the cheapest thing they had ($15) and plugged it into my LCD TV. I now have 25-odd channels at absolutely no cost. I still have cable internet, but I've dropped my monthly bill in half.

    Use this site to determine which antenna works best for you: http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Address.aspx


    If you are interested in internet speed, FiOS can't be beat. I had it for one year and felt like I had just robbed internet from some corporate network. Most of the apartment complexes around here had to make a mad scramble to get their units wired because they were losing too many people who had this as a move-in requirement.

    DirectTV is a pretty shady business. Expect vast contract changes, constant fluctuating fees, hidden costs, etc. Try calling them to sort things out and they can't even keep it straight.

    cable is pretty much safe and straightforward.
     
  16. Oct 30, 2009 at 9:36 AM
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    You should get DISH Network
     
  17. Oct 30, 2009 at 9:45 AM
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    Compare the pricing with your cable provider. Our cable company (comcast) kept raising our rates but not getting anything for it. The DirectTV was cheaper than comcast for similar coverage but the DiretTV, you get far more HD channels, & other specialty channels that you don't get on cable.

    We've had DirectTV for years. At first, the HD DVR box kept over heating and locking up. But since (last year?) they finally designed the box better and they sent us a new box. It's been fine ever since. Absolutely love it!!

    Cable had been pissing us off for years....never go back.
     
  18. Oct 30, 2009 at 10:28 AM
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    I have DTV and at first it was HORROR. Ordered the HD and DVR, but I wanted Picture in picture on my big screen. They said no problem, we will jsut do 2 receivers. So installer gets there and asks why the extra receiver, so I tell him, and he chuckles and tells me that they all use the same remote, so 2 receiver will not work.

    So they hook up the HD receiver, and it SUCKED. Picture kept sketching, freezing, and only when it was an HD channel. Called service (BTW, I have a protection package, so the service calls were no charge). They swapped boxes. No go. Thy swapped the dish out. No go. Swapped LNB's. No go. I finally, after two months asked to just cancel. Sure, for $800.00. I spoke with managers, supervisors, tech supervisors, none of them could figure it out, but I could NOT cancel. Explained to them that they have not met their SLA. None of them would tell me what the SLA said, nor is it on ANY paperwork or website. After about 20 different phone calls, one manager told me the SLA was that all they had to do is provide a signal to the house, and they have met that. WTF????

    FINALLY talked to a local DTV Employee Tech, not a contractor. He came out and went over and replaced EVERY connection point. Fixed. Just a simple crimp on connector.

    8 different service calls. One connector.

    That being said, I do like the service versus comcast cable. I agree about the hidden fees and whatnot. Know going in that you are signing a 2 year agreement, and if you upgrade a box, BAM, 2 more years. Change service or move, 2 more years. Anything anybody quotes or tells you on phone, get in writing. Go over some of the forums for DTV, and see what people are saying.

    Good Luck!

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  19. Oct 30, 2009 at 10:31 AM
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    The only thing I like about Time Warner is the On Demand options. Watching movies when you want, pause, rewind. That sort of thing. Other than that... Dunno? My dad has Direct Tv and it seems better overall. Best of luck!!
     
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    i know this is an old thread....but when we moved into the house...decided to keep cable. well...since they were having awesome deals everywhere last weekend...we ended up with a 40 inch samsung lcd hd flat screen....and direct tv was having some specials...so they'll be here monday to install the satellite!!!:D:D
     
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