I think phase two has improved the HD quality quite a bit. I used to say it was 95% of DTV now I would say it's 99%. Most HD stuff looks better than DTV now but Uverse is still over compressing when the video is very dark, like a night sky with only a few stars you’ll see blocking. I'm betting they use VBR compression instead of a constant bit rate.2) Objectively I think Uverse HD quality is better. No I haven't run any tests. However I've watched the lovely ladies on HDNet and a few programs on HD Theater, and I'm impressed. I've always felt D*'s picture was a little soft.
I have seen cash back offers from $225 to $275 with ordering online; could you give us the details on that $300 deal you gotThought I'd throw my 2 cents in here, it's been awhile since I've visited SatGuys.
I've been with D* for about a year and a half. While I wasn't super disappointed, I was on about a 3-month problem cycle. In other words every 3 months they came out to replace something. I went through 3 LNB's - they must have terrible QC on those.
Anyway, my HR-20's hard drive bit the dust a week ago, and I had an infuriating call with D* in which they walked me through removing batteries from my remote. This irritation caused me to look up what uverse offers existed. I was able to get $300 cash back by talking to their livechat.
Anyway, I have both active at the moment and I can say a few things:
1) I completely agree with technikal's brief review. I don't like the way skip works, their remote stinks (but I use a Harmony), and their VOD stuff is both low quality and a poor selection.
2) Objectively I think Uverse HD quality is better. No I haven't run any tests. However I've watched the lovely ladies on HDNet and a few programs on HD Theater, and I'm impressed. I've always felt D*'s picture was a little soft.
3) The 6mb Uverse package is performing better with standard web browsing than the 9mb Cox package I was on. Although it's less bandwidth, latency seems far, far better - it feels like I"m on broadband again, no more waiting 10-15 seconds for a page to load.
4) Apparently phase 2 rolled out the day I got my installation. The installer was briefly confused when the box he just hooked up said downloading update. Then he said something like "Oh, phase 2 must be out now". Apparently they've been waiting for it for awhile and didn't know it was coming. I'm not familiar with how it worked before, but the menus and guide are decent. It's no TiVo but I've come to accept the fact that nothing will be.
I haven't canceled D* yet. I'm waiting a week or two to make sure everything keeps working well. But, so far I'm pretty impressed. I always hate changing providers and learning something new, but so far it seems like it was a good move.
I got the same deal. I told them I was considering leaving DTV because of all the equipment trouble and they offered an extra $100 to sign up. In the end I got a $200 check and a $100 visa gift card. Recived them both before even the first bill was due.I have seen cash back offers from $225 to $275 with ordering online; could you give us the details on that $300 deal you got
It doesn't make a difference where you live (by the way I'm in ELP also). I manged to get $325, $300 cash back and $25 in the form of a Visa card. All you have to do is use the live chat and sometimes they will offer it to you.I would like to say, I dont know what you all said or did, but I just finished chatting with somebody for uverse and I was told that the max back was $200 and that there was no $300 back. I told them that I still had a commitment with D* until April and if I couldnt get the $300 I was not interested. They told me bye. I dont know if it makes any difference, I live in El Paso, Tx.
THDVR Phase 2 just finished rolling out a couple days ago, Phase 3 will enable 3 hd streams but there is no date for that roll out which might be a little while IMO. It all depends on how far you are from the VRAD also. When deployed to get the highest number of HD streams you must be on the newer profile which will support the streams. UVclass 11 32mb which is for customers 2200' and closer.Does anybody out there have any idea if and when they(ATT) plans to have at least 3 HD streams. That is one think that is keeping me from signing up. Again thanks for the help.
If you are 2200' or closer you can get the 4 streams (2hd/2sd) They do have a new profile that will allow 3hd streams but that won't come until phase 3 (no date on that roll out).Also, I see on their website, they have 4 Streams per household. Does that mean, 4 different people can watch 4 HD channels at the same time? Or from what I have read, does that mean 2 HD streams and 2 SD?
Does anyone know if they are getting MLB Network soon?
I too still am keeping Dish, but the service with Dish is the welcome package.Review Update on Uverse:
Ok, I ve had Uverse over a year now. It is new to my area.
After loads of trouble. Several equipment changes and over 9 service calls.
Uverse finally works great!
No more picture freezing or picture drop outs.
Im very happy ''now'' with the service. I hung in there and it really has gotten better.
So, the HD picture is almost equal to directs HD. SD is by far the best. Dare I say Uverse has more primium channels in HD then the two sat cos?
Love the new HD shorts..Nice addition.
Ok whats the downside?
Limited streams and you cant yet pause live tv with non dvr units at least not in my area.
I still have dish..Why??? Dvr is still better than anything out there.
But have down graded since they took down Voom.
Just cant say goodbye to that darn 722 dvr..its that good.