Comcast vs Direct vs Dish

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  1. utvol0427

    utvol0427 Chieftain

    I currently have Comcast and I'm tired of dealing with them and I'm thinking about switching providers. Comcast, Direct, and Dish are the only options available to me. What are everyone's experience with each?

    I'm also toying with the idea of dropping cable completely and going with streaming.

    Any input is appreciated.
  2. bigpapavol

    bigpapavol Chieftain

    Streaming as a lone option just doesn't work.

    I'm comcast and it's good enough with Roku and Xbox live for sports.
  3. OrangeEmpire

    OrangeEmpire Take a chance, Custer did

    Had direct tv and loved it. When we moved the jackasses said they couldn't set up for the trees in the yard. So we settled with Comcast but I despise their service. So we are going to go with Dish and see what happens.
  4. lumberjack4

    lumberjack4 Chieftain

    I think DirecTV does the best job with sports.
  5. Dick Huffman

    Dick Huffman Guest

    I'm a longtime DirectTv guy but after seeing a friend's Dish, it'd be hard for me not to endorse them.
  6. justingroves

    justingroves supermod

    Direct has always been good to me
  7. utvol0427

    utvol0427 Chieftain

    Any difference in picture quality between Comcast and Direct?
  8. g8terh8ter_eric

    g8terh8ter_eric Contributor

    AT&T U-verse, FTW!!!
  9. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

  10. _Crew_

    _Crew_ Contributor

    Direct. ...Dish isn't a bad option.
  11. droski

    droski Traffic Criminal

    Just switched from direct tv to dish because of the PAC 12 network and it was $50 a month cheaper. Downside to dish compared to direct tv: no Sunday ticket, dish dvr isn't as good (close, but direct tv is better), more sports channels on basic tier, better customer service. Ways dish is better: cheaper (after promos run out it's still $20 a month cheaper than direct tv was for me), better multi room recording, sling box built in (can watch any channel and dvred show on my phone and iPad anywhere). I've found the signals and hd to be interchangeable.
  12. CardinalVol

    CardinalVol Uncultured, non-diverse mod

    Have DirecTV and love it. Despite any claims of others, the only times I have ever lost signal during storms is when I was considering shelter in a closet.

    Other than unforeseen sky-rocketing prices, the only thing that will make me switch is if they don't carry the SEC Network next August.
  13. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    Had DirectTV and hated it - lost signal once per week, minimum. Just like AT&T was with the iPhone, there's a reason DirectTV has to corner market with Sunday Ticket, IMO.

    Have had Dish for 5 yrs, love it.

    As for streaming, I'd say less than 10% of my TV viewing outside of sports is "live" shows. 90% ATV2, and DVR.
  14. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Put Custom Title Here

    Got DirectTV a month ago after ditching cable about 18 months ago. Damn cable kept going up and up every month for no reason.

    Two words for DirectTV: Sunday. Ticket.

    that is all.
  15. emainvol

    emainvol Administrator

    Direct. All day, everyday
  16. technovol

    technovol New Member

    Direct and Dish are comparable in picture quality, both are significantly better than Comcast.

    There are only two reasons to pick Direct over Dish. 1) NFL Sunday Ticket and 2) ESPNU in HD. Dish has better hardware and a better DVR and is significantly cheaper than Direct. Dish has better customer service too.

    Only advantage to comcast is it is the simplest option to get up and running and they probably have the best on-demand setup.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
  17. technovol

    technovol New Member

    Furthermore I would add that Direct seems to be the only one of the three that has fanboys so keep that in mind when people tell you how much better it is but don't tell you why
  18. bigpapavol

    bigpapavol Chieftain

    Simple is an enormous advantage to me. How much picture quality difference can there actually be?

    I stream to 2 different 50" televisions from different sources and use comcast. I simply can't see the difference. Pricing might be somehow better, but I don't care about nfl. I want all of the college football and basketball I can get and get plenty with comcast and 2 streaming sources.
  19. droski

    droski Traffic Criminal

    My in laws have time warner and the difference in hd quality between that and dish or direct tv is staggering.
  20. bigpapavol

    bigpapavol Chieftain

    Maybe I'm crazy or my eyes aren't good enough to see it. Hell, I think most 1080 TVs look great.

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