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Comcast vs. Dish Network vs. DirecTV: Reviewing the Top Three Television Providers

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by , 09-13-2012 at 08:24 AM (78814 Views)

If you're looking for a new cable or satellite provider, chances are you're looking at the Big Three: Comcast, DirecTV and Dish Network. And chances are, you've been weighing the pros and cons for long enough that you're ready to just drop the subject and stick to Netflix. After my experience with both cable and satellite television providers, I wanted to write a little post explaining which company in my humble opinion is best...

Comcast

After keeping Comcast for less than a year, I'd have to say that I'd rate the service as a so-so experience. The HD package that I had was $60/month, and although it did come with a lot of HD channels and DVR, I just wasn't happy with the picture quality of service overall. The poor picture quality had more to do with the DVR I think which seemed like it couldn't process the picture at times. I had Comcast out numerous times to correct the problem, but they never could figure it out. I cancelled service and went to DirecTV.


DirecTV


After my experience with Comcast, DirecTV was a step up. Their immediate and responsive customer service and wide range of channels make them my favorite cable company I've ever dealt with. I wound up going with another pay tv provider, but as far as the sheer range of channels goes, DirecTV had the most including HD channels. I would have kept the service had I not moved out to the country, which put me in a unique position where a DirecTV installer couldn't get a good signal. My monthly bill only came out to about $50 a month with a basic package, which isn't bad for what you get.

Dish Network

I eventually went with Dish Network as satellite was the only thing I could get so far out of town. Though I'm not the biggest fan of satellite, I was surprised to find that Dish Network actually sent a clear signal down even on the stormiest of nights. I'm not sure if the technology has finally advanced enough that satellite television now comes through crystal clear even through medium-rough weather, or if Dish Network has simply stepped up their game, but I was pleasantly surprised all the same. A bit pricier than DirecTV only because I have a better package with more movie channels, which is costing me roughly $80 a month, but well worth it and, in the long run, far less pricey than anything Comcast might have offered.

Conclusion

In this reviewer's humble opinion, you really can't lose with the big three. I feel that satellite TV offers more channels and better service than cable, but If cold weather is a factor, I would certainly choose cable as the satellite signal has a tendency to go down in the wintertime.

Dish Network is a very good provider with a wide range of channels, but at the end of the day, I would still be using DirectTV given a choice, so consider Dish a close runner-up.

What has your experience with cable or satellite TV been like?

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Updated 09-13-2012 at 12:58 PM by Thomas G

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  1. Unregistered's Avatar
    DirecTV is way more expensive than Dish. Even if you pay close to the save bill as DirecTV with Dish you get sooooo much more. I had DirecTV for 7 years before switching. Hopper is awesome!
  2. Unregistered's Avatar
    Seriously...are you really that stupid? You couldn't keep DirecTV because you moved too far out into the country? I've got news for you...DirecTV is available everywhere Dish Network is. Good lord. All you need is a place to mount the dish and a clear few of the sky pointing the right direction and they both point in the same damn direction. Cable companies are limited by distance and local agreements. Satellite companies are not. They are available anywhere and everywhere in the entire country so long as you can mount a dish and point it.
  3. Thomas G's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Seriously...are you really that stupid? You couldn't keep DirecTV because you moved too far out into the country? I've got news for you...DirecTV is available everywhere Dish Network is. Good lord. All you need is a place to mount the dish and a clear few of the sky pointing the right direction and they both point in the same damn direction. Cable companies are limited by distance and local agreements. Satellite companies are not. They are available anywhere and everywhere in the entire country so long as you can mount a dish and point it.
    Did you see the part about having an installer come out and not receiving a signal? If I get time, I'll write a bit more on why that is.
  4. rebelwithacause's Avatar
    I would have kept the service had I not moved out to the country.
    That is nothing like saying that the issue was the positioning of the trees. Not even close to the same thing.
  5. rebelwithacause's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas G
    Did you see the part about having an installer come out and not receiving a signal? If I get time, I'll write a bit more on why that is.
    No...because it doesn't say anything about that. Not a world about it anywhere in that "blog" post.

    UPDATE: Now I see that it does say that, but referrers to an installer as an installed. It's also in the Dish section of the blog and not the DirecTV section. This is horribly written!
  6. rebelwithacause's Avatar
    Now you need to include some factual information about the quality of the service. Dish Network utilizes HD-Lite.
  7. Thomas G's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rebelwithacause
    Now you need to include some factual information about the quality of the service. Dish Network utilizes HD-Lite.
    The intent of this post was personal experience...but I'm all ears if you want to add to it about the quality of service from Dish. I do like Dish Network, but comparitively, I felt that DirecTV offered more. My experience with Dish was before the "Hoppah" Hopper and Joey came out too, so I am interested in hearing how well they work for others.
  8. Thomas G's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rebelwithacause
    No...because it doesn't say anything about that. Not a world about it anywhere in that "blog" post.

    UPDATE: Now I see that it does say that, but referrers to an installer as an installed. It's also in the Dish section of the blog and not the DirecTV section. This is horribly written!
    No it's not, it's in the DirecTV section. What's with the attitude? If you disagree with my post, please explain but don't just sit there and throw stones.
  9. Unregistered's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rebelwithacause
    Now you need to include some factual information about the quality of the service. Dish Network utilizes HD-Lite.

    All providers use hd lite not just dish.
  10. Unregistered's Avatar
    also one doesn't lose satelitte any easier in the winter than in the summer. actually summer is worse for that is when you get torrential down pours during a thunder storm. winter would be do to wet heavy snow. that happens occasionally but again not as often.
  11. Unregistered's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Seriously...are you really that stupid? You couldn't keep DirecTV because you moved too far out into the country? I've got news for you...DirecTV is available everywhere Dish Network is. Good lord. All you need is a place to mount the dish and a clear few of the sky pointing the right direction and they both point in the same damn direction. Cable companies are limited by distance and local agreements. Satellite companies are not. They are available anywhere and everywhere in the entire country so long as you can mount a dish and point it.

    It's because satellites orbit along "Clarkes Belt" for Geostationary orbit. Not every view of the sky can obtain a clear angle for reception. There are many parts of the globe that does not have reception of the telecommunication satellites. Has nothing to do with being "Stupid" and everything to do with linear satellite capabilities. To believe that because you can see the sky, you can have satellite reception is naive and uninformed.
  12. Unregistered's Avatar
    Since a majority of your comments are in relation to HD channels what if that is not a determining factor. Say you are trying to determine the best option for someone who doesn't care about HD but rather price, selection and potential options. Perhaps the person is not technically savvy therefore they are looking for basically television and may look at internet access if someone helps them. What would be your choice then or was that not part of your thought process?
  13. Unregistered's Avatar
    Thank You for you well written and informative review
  14. verafenix's Avatar
    I thought this post had some good information, and has definitely influencing my next decision on Directv. Not quite sure what everyone else's problem is, but the point of a forum is to express opinions, and to reflect opinions back. Not bash on the original poster. You all look like idiots when you do that.
  15. Unregistered's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    DirecTV is way more expensive than Dish. Even if you pay close to the save bill as DirecTV with Dish you get sooooo much more. I had DirecTV for 7 years before switching. Hopper is awesome!
    The reason why You love the hopper it's all because you have not tried the Genie from Directv.
  16. Unregistered's Avatar
    Thank you for your review and for not lowering yourself to the level of those who only attacked you and didn't take your experience for what it was. The internet is a great place for people to share their opinions, but unfortunately it also brings out the troll in some.
  17. Unregistered's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas G
    No it's not, it's in the DirecTV section. What's with the attitude? If you disagree with my post, please explain but don't just sit there and throw stones.
    Way to not stoop down. Cant figure out why he is so angry... o_O I thought it was a good review and like you said its from a PERSONAL experience. This is one man's views of the premium tv providers. If you have something to say, make it positive and helpful so that we all may gain something from our opinions and experiences. Also add where you have service. I'm in Baltimore and have Comcast. In Boston, where im from, i visit my family and they have way more hd channels than I do. i actually pay more. so my experience hasnt been that great so far. im looking to change...
  18. Unregistered's Avatar
    i had comcast, their custmer service is the worst by far, their billing system is scam, hey bill you a month ahead, and if yoy fall behind a few days they cut you off then charge you for reconnecting>>>i went with direct tv, they sent me the equipment and they set up, and i was promised one thing they did another, when i asked to have an extra tv, i was told i would have buy their equipment, i told them i was shipping it back, i been with dishnetwork for @ years or so, the signal is great vene in bad weather, how they do it i don*tknow, but their packages are the most expensive>, and the pay per view is a scam, i had a huge surprise today, i bought a movie at !@ am, and it suposed last @$ hours, well their cut off time is % am,> if you done watch it then you are out luck and out your money, i tried recording it and it gives youa scree saying it will be available for so long, that was also untrue, it*s gets cut off at the same time i guess, i bought the james bond latest movie and i fell asleep watching it i figured i finish it the next day, yeap you got it it was gone next morning>>>>so now i am looking for an american option, all these companies use out of the country bad english speaking customer service reps, and they are giving you very little choices, i wil take any suggestions for a family who kids watch all the disney and nick jr and cartoon channel, we watch discovery and stuff like that, and movies when they play new ones and not classics as they all do at the same time, and i have the next to the biggest package for !%! dollars>>> >mike in south florida.
  19. Unregistered's Avatar
    To the one who said that Comcast Customer Service is bad, you must have talked to the wrong customer service agent! Because Comcast trains its agents wholistically to exceed their customers's expectation everytime they call in with their issues or concerns. Please do not make generalizations because its hard to conclude based on just one bad experience!
  20. Unregistered's Avatar
    Comcast used to have good customer service. Now it's complete garbage.
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