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    Default Who is the best cable or satellite TV provider?

    Who has the best channels and and best price between Comcast, Direct TV or Dish Network? Those are the three that are in my area that I can get.

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    Depends on what you want. Dish will probably give you the best "unbundled" price, DirecTV will give you the best picture quality (of the three), and Comcast can bundle additional services such as internet and telephone. Do your research by going to their official sites and by asking your neighbors. Make sure you consider the entire cost of any contact (cost over the whole term of the contract) before you sign one.

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    What Dan said: Ask what it will cost when the promo runs out.

    Some of the promo deals are based on rebates that you won't get until after your first few bills - example, "Free HBO, Showtime, etc, for 3 months. You have to turn in a rebate form that they usually don't tell you about and they don't give you, and then after they get it from you 3 months later, they apply it against your bill. So you'll be paying full price for those premium channels for the first few months.

    And ask them about additional fees, like set top box or receiver / DVR rental fees.

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    What about in 2013 for the best pay TV provider? I've seen where DirecTV and Dish Network now offer whole-home DVRs only if you sign a 2-year deal. Does Comcast have anything like that where you can record in one room and watch in any room?

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    Don't know about Comcast... Verizon FiOS will come out with the VMS 1100 (Verizon Media Server) later this year, which will compete against the Genie and the Hopper. There are several of Comcasts DVR's that have whole house capibility, but I don't know how or if that's implemented.

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    I think Comcast is implementing it now. I've actually seen a few commercials where they are promoting the whole house concept but I've never tuned in enough to actually recall the specifics, but it is apparently out there. I was talking to them today and the CSR made an interesting comment to me, that being that the service is getting to where so much is HD that she didn't see how they could keep charging that HD technology fee. It was out of the blue, too, so I'm not sure if she's hearing scuttlebutt or if that is just employee talk, but I thought was intriguing.

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