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Satellite or Cable TVsnapdragen
Nov 11, 2003 8:33 AM
I currently have Comcast cable. I've been looking at Direct TV - for a couple of dollars more it looks like I can get many more of the stations I'm interested in (BBC America, IFC) I'm curious what others are using, why they chose it, and how they like it. Does location matter? I'm in the Silicon Valley.

have had bothColnagoFE
Nov 11, 2003 9:01 AM
Satellite is cool if you are into lots of sports and such. You can get a gazillion options for watching games and movies. Downside is that you need a dish of some sort and weather can and does sometimes affect the feed--though not that often. I have cable now. I get all the channels I want and am not all that interested in movies on demand and such. If I were though I could get digital cable. Cable seems to always work and is a bit cheaper than dish. With standard cable I also don't need to have a separate reciever for extra TVs. I just plug em in and they work.
I loved Direct TV, but ...Live Steam
Nov 11, 2003 9:02 AM
living in the NE it was often interrupted by foul weather - heavy rain and/or snow. Barring the interrupted signal from inclement weather, the digital signal for audio/video was excellent. I now have cable and also BB from Roadrunner. Satellite cannot offer you BB Internet access that is anywhere near as efficient as cable. You need to weigh what you require against the cost.
easy choicemohair_chair
Nov 11, 2003 10:04 AM
Go DirecTV. I live in San Jose and I've had it for years with never any problems. With cable, it was always going out, and the price was always going up, plus, to get any new channels (such as OLN) I had to upgrade to digital cable, which meant more money for the same crappy service. I tossed it and went satellite. It's cheaper than cable, offers more, and is a thousand times more reliable. There is some weirdness in that some channels broadcast the undelayed east coast feed, but that actually is a nice feature to have.

I have a DirecTV box with Tivo built in, which is the best possible way to go. Also, if you have a Dolby Digital sound system, you can get boxes with digital outputs so you can watch some channels and some pay per view movies in glorious 5.1 sound.
DirecTV by farpitt83
Nov 11, 2003 11:28 AM
Do you have young kids? The programming for kids is amazing. 4 disneys, 3 nickelodeons, PBS kids, just tons.

I'm an out of market football fan and love watching Steeler games (I know, 3-6, but I still watch).

Also, the picture quality is noticibly improved over analog cable. Digital cable is about equivalent, but usually costs more. The TV guide of the driectv recievers is much nicer than the digital cable one. If you have the choice, I like the RCA receivers better than Hughes, Phillips or Sony. You need a clear path to 101 and 110 degrees for the dish to work. The exact latitude, longitude and azimuth for you are available at

I could get HD signal if I chose, my cable company doesn't and has no provision to carry it.

No BB internet, but I'm still on cheap dial up and satisfied.

Word of caution: Watch your installers and be sure they do a good job and you're happy. They don't get paid (don't show up) for warrantee fixes and it's tough to get them back.
Ditto on the Direct TV suggestions from others..(nm)eyebob
Nov 11, 2003 2:20 PM
re: Satellite or Cable TVjrm
Nov 11, 2003 3:10 PM
East bay here. Started with AT&T TV and internet cable service. It was OK. Then comes comcast and the rates on both services increase around 50%.

With the TV i went the directv route. Its great programming and getting the east coast feed for HOB Stars, IFC and Sundance channel is real nice. One thing i dont like is the OE satalite receiver/remote the system comes with. Its cheap stuff but then what can expect they use if they want to compete with cable.

Service interuptions are seldom and in most cases weather orientated.
Dish Network here, and it's not for everyone...No_sprint
Nov 12, 2003 9:16 AM
I'm happy. I've got two PVR systems as well. They're awesome. I hated cable, it always went out, dealing with their company, their monopoly, dropping off their boxes when you move, the repeated install charges when moving (I've moved a lot). I take the Dish stuff with me, no installation charges, etc. It's cheaper than both digital and analog cable for what you get.

Downside, you must purchase your own equipment. I got great deals, however, for the high end stuff, it still costs a bit. All equipment has limited warranties (not lifetime) though replacement programs offer really good rates ($20). I wouldn't suggest it for some. Many people like the cable type stuff, they own the stuff, less DIY.

My signal has never gone out from weather.
re: Satellite or Cable TVsnapdragen
Nov 12, 2003 7:23 PM
Thanks to all - I appreciate everyone's input. Now to make the decision.....I hate that part!