whats better cable or salittle dish?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I've had DISH network, and I'm currently on DirecTV.

    My wife says if I *ever* switch back to Comcast, she will divorce me, and I'm not sure she's kidding.

    The picture is *so* much better on satellite. It's 100% digital, you know. During *extremely* heavy rainstorms, we sometimes lose the signal from the satellite, but you know, the same thing happened when we were on cable. You know where they get their programming from? Drive past their offices! They have scads of big dishes, because they get their signals from satellites, too.

    We have dual-tuner TiVO units in living room and bedroom and a regular receiver in the office. TiVO is unlike regular DVRs in that it's intelligent. Instead of allowing the hard drive to sit half-empty, it records TV shows that it thinks, based on experience, that we might like. Sometimes we don't care for them, but we've discovered some great shows, like "Footballer's Wives" and "Deadliest Catch" that we'd never heard of before. (If the TiVO needs to record something we've requested, and there's no room on the drive, it simply deletes a suggestion, so that's no problem.)

    The advertising for satellite TV points out the cost savings, but it doesn't say anything about the hassle savings. When I need to call in to the satellite company, both satellite companies have gone out of their way to be polite and to get me what I want. (For instance, I bought a PPV show well in advance. They actually give you a 24-hour period, so that you can watch or record it at your convenience, not a particular time. I screwed up and thought I had bought the show for the day afterwards, so I missed it. They gave me another day to watch or record it, no question about it, and they even apologized to me, despite the fact that *I* was the one who goofed.)

    Comcast, on the other hand, would keep me waiting on the phone for 30 to 45 minutes, And because they were always dropping the signal for one channel or another, I ended up having to call at least once a week. They also were good about cashing my check without crediting my account. Finally, I went down to my bank and complained that Comcast said they never got my latest check, and I would like them to return it to Comcast's bank, since it was obviously a fraudulent endorsement. Ooh, did they get nasty when a check they had refused to acknowledge was returned to them!

    Finally, when we got rid of Comcast, the "uninstaller" took both the digital cable box and the cable modem - but they claimed we never returned the cable modem. I had a paper signed by the uninstaller, and after faxing it to Comcast's local office, and to their office in Philadelphia, I sent a copy to their office in Philadelphia with a threat to sue them, and they finally agreed that we had returned all equipment.

    I can't prove that Comcast is controlled by the Mafia, but if they aren't, their incompetence sure produces the same result.

    No divorce for me. Comcast has offered me as much as $450 to switch back to cable - but I wouldn't *consider* it. I'd be willing to switch back to DISH network - there isn't really a lot of difference between DISH and DirecTV except that DirecTV has TiVO and nobody else does - but I'd go without television before I'd sign up with cable again.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'll answer by comparison:

    Cable - May cost less depending upon channel lineup and premium optional channels. But often costs more. Unless all digital provider or HDTV service installed often comes with local channels in an analog format (United States) which looks less impressive when you get a HDTV.

    Cable - Works in all kinds of weather unless service is disrupted by power to the amplifiers required to send the signal down the wires. Only looses digital channels when there is bad weather at the cable companies satellite dish site. Often uses the same kinds of Ku band mini dishes (poor reception in bad weather) that the satellite dish company uses on your home but can use larger C Band dishes (better reception in bad weather). Statments here are for the US companies not sure what they use in other countries.

    Cable - Always offers local channels and often has its own 24 hour local NEWS channel in some markets (Bright House and Time Warner certainly usually have this). Comment: This is a big plus especially here in Central Florida with the weather.

    Satellite - In the old days with big C Band dishes this was always the way to go. Many channels were free until scrambling started and then digital made this much easier to do. But this is still the best signal with todays modern DirecTV and DISH services. The drawback is that the smaller dishes have more problems receiving signals in the rainy conditions or the clouds that appear before the rain. This comes from the 19 inch dish size (even though the signal is 10 times more powerful) versus the old dishes which were 5 feet or larger.

    DISH and DirecTV - All or most of the local channels are aquired from US broadcasters digital (SDTV) or digital HDTV stations. This means better pictures to start with no matter if the hardware outputs in analog, digital SD or digital HD formats.

    Satellite Dish plans often cost less but you may or may not have to buy the equipment. If you do not buy it you often have to sign a one or two year contract to keep the service after the 30 day trial period (see their rules).

    With cable you usually rent everything. So this is good if equipment breaks you can just swap it.

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  • person
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    We have a dish & it's great. Some times when the weather is REALLY bad, the alignment of the dish may be off for 30 seconds or so but it comes back quickly, but the picture clarity is awesome (better than cable, in my opinion), and I've had cable before & it's not like it never lost signal.

    Our dish came with a DVR which is cool, too, because you can pause & rewind "live" TV. Some dish systems come with the option to subscribe to sporting events all season, like the NFL Sunday Ticket, where you can see EVERY GAME, if you or someone in your household is interested in something like that.

    And maybe it's just my opinion, but we seem to have more channel options and even though the dish requires a converter box/tuner, it seems to work better & be less of a pain in the a s s than cable ever was.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I just recently got a satelite dish and I hate it. Everytime we have a storm, rain, wind or if we are about to have a storm, even if it is clear outside at the moment, the dish goes out and comes back on and goes out and comes back on and so on, it drives me nuts. I never had any problem like that with cable.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i work for dish network so i will be objective. I f your dish cuts out in minor weather that means it is not tuned correctly. for the most part i think their pretty equal, cable vs. sattelite. i know as far as price satelite is way cheaper. if you go with cable don't go crazy splitter jones, keep in mind every time you split the signal you lose slight quality that compounds the more splits. Also avoid rg-59 at all costs, it is junk.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    cable in my opinion..bcuz cable is always on unless u dont pay bill or light bill. but satellite dish gets cut off if windy or a bad storm.... although satellite is usually cheaper but cable is better to me...hope i helped bye....u or anyone can add me as a contact if u all want to.....bye...

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  • 1 decade ago

    satellite is cheaper, but under contract.

    cable is just expencive, and some channels that are on satellite are not on cable. Check your local providers to get the best selection. I rather go with the cheaper route.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Satellite is much cheaper, but if you're talking about which is better, it's definitely Cable.

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  • 1 decade ago

    cable is super big RIP OFF satilite is cheap i have both

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  • tony c
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    try watching satellite during bad weather conditions-forget it!!

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