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    whats the real difference between direct and dish

    SO what are the real differences between direct TV and DIsh..i have had the dish for almost a month and am very happy with the service, infect I cant tell much of a difference between dish and comcast, another man I worked with also switched to dish and we were talking to another co-worker about how happy we are with it, he asked what the difference between dish and direct were, and the only thing I could think of was the NFL sunday ticket, I am sure there has to be more then that..could anyone fill me in? Also if i reccomend friends to switch to dish is there a referral reward of anytype, if so how do i get it?


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    dish network has dual tuner boxes and is thus cheaper for multiple TVs, and they use different dishes

    Did you switch from comcast regular cable or comcast digital cable? See, when I switched it was from regular (expanded) cable, but at one point when I switched from DSL to cable internet I decided to try their digital cable out of curiosity, and the equipment seemed so... old fashioned, that I canceled the service after like 3 days.

    But yeah, one of the other differences is Dish Network is owned by Echostar while DirecTV is owned (majority controlling shares anyway) by News Corp (murdoch and friends) -- that may or may not be your cup of tea (it sure isn't mine).

    lol, political differences aside - people always talk about how great directv boxes are, I've never used one so I can't say, but it seems to be like this:

    Directv box > dish box > cable boxes..

    *shrug* really though, when you set up a favorites list on the dish box or lock down all the channels you don't want, you have a list of the channels -- and only the channels, you want to regularly surf! No need to scroll through pages of PPV ads or shows you might not like (and if someone switches the lists well, that's what channel locking is for -- best part is you can hide locked channels too!)

    That channel management is something comcast's boxes couldn't dream of having it seems

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    The differences include what LIL DMA are served and those not. The two are about 99% exact, just like the price, PQ, and channels offered. The dual tuner boxes from DISH offer a $5 saving per month per each box over #2 but at a reduced PQ. EX: 2 boxes save $5, 4 boxes save $10. DirecTV has the NFL and no one else does. DirecTV has a better plan for future growth and a better general record on hardware stability and CS. So if you don't need the NFL and your DMA is served by DISH, it is a clear toss up regardless of the over-hyped night & day differences some try to play off. They are 99.95% the same after you take out the NFL package.

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    DirecTv receivers are cheaper, smaller, and changes channels faster. Dish Network's dual tuner receivers is a big advantage though on monthly costs. You can save $5-15 a month in additional outlet fees with the dual tuner receivers.

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    Hehe like I said, those who praise directv receivers being faster have GOT to try a cable receiver. Man those things are like dinosaurs!

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    DirecTV also has dual tuner receivers. Dish has dual output receivers, which DirecTV and Cable do not. They are not the same thing.

    As for Cable receivers being dinosaurs, it depends on the model. My Moto 6412 is fine. The interface was a little nicer on my old Dish 721. But, not by much. Also, the 6412 is more stable, especially since Dish introduced all kinds of new bugs with their last couple of SW updates. And, you can't beat the true OnDemand of Cable. That's argueably their coolest feature and biggest advantage.
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