With Dish, you be socked with 10 DVR fees. At that point, one would simply switch to their "Everything" package, which has no DVR fees. (Of course, the "Everything" package is far from it. It doesn't even include locals! Another $5!)
Any idea on the range of the radio remote? Ideally, we'd have the DVR upstairs (family room), and the second TV in the basement (excercise room) with one floor in between (main floor).
The one DVR controlling two TVs independently is worth the price of admission alone. To be able to watch recorded content on either TV is amazing.
It would be hard to switch to any provider and give this up.
True, unless the TV's are HD's then it's not buying you anything since the 2nd feed is only SD. I know I'm not the average customer but I do have three HD sets.
Really odd. I'm also doing a comparison like Gary and for what I want, Directv is $28.00 cheaper than Dish. I wouldn't get the Voom channels but I'd get the HD games in Fox Sports Bay Area (RSN). I'll wait until the summer to make the switch but so far looks like Directv is the winner for me.
With DirecTV you will save money on monthly fees if you opt for their platform. With Dish you will pay more in fees (they have really odd ones too like HD enabling fees) but they currently have the only multi-room DVR. Unless your a hack, then you can get DirecTivo units, hack them (it's legal) and then setup multi-room viewing with all the DVR's. I know a dude that has 600 hours, plain ridiculous if you ask me. You can also hack the HD Tivo, but they are getting pricey.We've been with DirecTV for a few years. It's OK. We just have one TV hooked up.
We'd now like to upgrade. Ideally, we'd like a set up where:
- 2 (or 3) TVs
- 2 TVs able to view content from the DVR
And I'm just completely confused as to what to go with.
For starters, any comparisons between the two provider's DVR systems? I haven't been able to find much in the way of recent reviews of what Dish is offering in terms of the interface and ease of use.
If we want to watch TV from the DVR from two TVs, do we need two separate DVRs? That seems less than ideal, as then we need to maintain them both in terms of setting up recording. Ideally, we'd have one 'main' DVR that any of the TVs could access.
Programming in general...is there really much of a difference? The channels we mainly watch are:
- all the locals
- Comedy Central
- IFC (The only one I'd REALLY miss not having...)
Local channels...what's the deal with Dish? I'm seeing news reports saying that they don't carry them anymore after Dec 1 of '06. Is that true? Their website still advertises them.
HD...we don't have HD yet, and likely won't for another year or so. So, by then it'll probably be time for us to reconsider again. That said, my parents have HD via DirectTV and it doesn't really seem to be worth it, as they get maybe 6 channels at the moment (minus the premium channels).
Sports...I'm an odd guy. I can live without the sports packages. ;o)
Any advice appreciated!
You really can't make such blanket statements about Cable anymore. In many areas, not all of of course, it's pretty damn good, better than satellite in most ways other than price.Bottom line it is a personal choice, you can pick both apart all day long, because they both suck at something (lots of things) but in this day and age cable TV is just piss-poor so satellite is really the only choice unless you live in a FIOS market. If you can wait a year, I would suggest you do and see who (D* or E*) comes through on their 2007 promises.