- May 18, 2004
This guy writing the article is a near idiot and likely one of the few that can't have a dish for some stupid reason.
Also they didn't even mention how E* customers may like this. I have to believe that E* wanted in on this as well, since they would likely want it more than anyone else since they would finally have the major advantage that D* had for themselves.
Overall I'm not complaining. I had D* for a year without Sunday Ticket and I still loved it. That's not to say if I were to move into a better cable provider that I may not switch, but if they keep their service and channels the way they are and don't raise ST too much, I don't see that ugly dish going anywhere anytime soon. My cable service is just... ugh so God awful. I go on EngadgetHD.com and I see all these articles about how all these cable markets are getting more HD stuff, and there has NEVER been a mention about Cox in the Northeast. I feel so sorry for them, but then again, shame on them for not being a good consumer and doing their research (satellite availability issues aside.)
The guy in the article is just another frustrated cable subscriber who is unhappy with the service. I am thinking he must be one of the "many" people (as he would like to think) that cannot get satellite service due to "technical issues". Quite honestly I don't know what he's talking about. I know of many people in my area who have extensive trees facing the southern horizon and they can receive both D* and E* without a problem. Most people can find a way to receive a signal, it's just a matter of whether they want to make the effort (I know some people in apartments cannot for various reasons, and I am excluding them from my point, but most owners of houses can receive a signal if they try hard enough; not all, but most). Even without Sunday Ticket, which I subscribe to and think it's fabulous, DirecTV is far better than any cable system I have ever subscribed to in the past, and is far better than any system I have seen recently. If you are a sports fan, there is simply nothing better than DirecTV. You have access to virtually every professional game (with the proper sports subscription), and most games are now in HD! And, even if you're not a sports fan, you never have to worry about D* adding a new channel, or dropping a current channel; they add new channels generally as soon as they're launched, and I have never seen them drop a popular channel like E* or cable has in the past. And in regards to the pixelation in the rain, I personally only lose the signal about three times a year due to heavy rain; I used to lose cable about once a week when I had it years ago. I have seen various posts on many sites from cable subscribers complaining about this and complaining about that which always makes me smile and think "if cable is so bad, why do you have it?"