Dish Network Compliment - 31 years with Comcast, now with Dish
I had no problems with Comcast's service for 31 years. I changed to Dish network (June, 2010( because between my internet service and cable TV, I was paying $210 a month and didn't even have one premium channel. What got me was that I had 4 HD boxes costing $7 per box plus $5 per box for HD for a total of $12 per box! Dang. I kept my internet service which is fast and reliable as was my cable TV, but the cable TV reached the price that it wasn't a good value.
While researching satellite TV, I realized the gripers will tend to post more reviews than the majority of people who don't encounter problems. I was very, very reluectant to leave Comcast and was worried about all the negative things I heard about satellite TV over the years. The number one complaint is losing signal during storms. Well, I lose power during bad storms, and I couldn't watch my TV whether or not I used cable or satellite, so that was no concern to me.
I first considered DirecTV because a relative had it. My wife and I chose Dish Network because of the price and channel selection was right for us. The installation was excellent although I had to watch and suggest where to place the dish. I also made sure that the line from the dish to the present cable box was hidden as much as possible. Very, very little cable shows, and most people would never see it.
I was adamant that I didn't want the dish on my house, but it ended up on the back corner. It looks tasteful, and I am 90% satisfied...would rather have had it on a pole away from the house, but it wasn't as good a choice for my yard.
My present cable lines were used and only one additional line was needed. I got 3 HD sets and one TV uses the old non-HD signal which didn't require an extra box. Dish Network can use one box for two TVs, if needed. I went from 4 HD TV's to 3 plus one regular (old) signal ... whatever it is called, so I did go down in service to be fair for the comparison.
After using the service, I am completely satisfied. The channel selection is easy and the picture quality is no different from Comcast. We chose the America's Top 250 package which is one down from the most expensive package. I estimate my savings to be over $1000 for the two year commitment. (My internet service went from $54 to $67 a month since I don't use Comcast's cable service.) I have more HD channels than I had with Comcast, but I have 3 HD sets and 1 regular as opposed to 4 HD sets with Comcast.
To sum it up, for my satellite service, I am completely satisfied with the installation, ease of use, channel selection, and price at this writing. I believe most people are satisfied with their respective service whether it's Cable TV or Satellite TV. We are lucky to have a such a great choice in today's state-of-the-art communication era.