DirecTV Inc Informative - What you get and what you don't
Prior to moving I had cable TV and did not have any complaints. My service was good and I could even bundle in internet. That having been said I moved into the country and could no longer get cable. After comparing DISH NETWORK to DIRECTV I decided on the DIRECTV option.
To start with the price was not cheaper than cable. They advertise more channels but most of those are either pay per view or music channels. So apples to apples the price is about the same at cable. One great cable feature that I miss is the reminder option where I can set a channel and time and have the box prompt me if I want to watch it or continue with what channel I am on.
The DIRECTV DVR is nice and love the option of watching a recorded program on any of the other TV's hooked to the service. The down side is I can't record a program while watching another program on the same box and have to change rooms.
The sales person told me that I would not get local channels but regional ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. What they failed to disclose is that they cost extra and that I have to apply for a waiver to get them. More importantly, they can disapprove the waiver. I was not happy to find out that I was disapproved to get FOX and that my only option is to reapply every 90 days. This depends on where you live and the options in your area.
So far the picture on is excellent and even with snow, ice, and bad weather I have had good reception. For people living in the country it is a viable option when cable is not available. Can't talk for DISH Network but would imagine it is about the same. For me it simply came down to which one was cheaper.
The installation was done ok. The installer put things were I wanted but drilled through my upstairs wall instead of running the cable in the wall and fishing it up. He also left all the dust, trash, and empty boxes laying right there on the floor. The cable installer on the other hand had done a better job and left things clean. Also I had the install scheduled for a particular day and they called and asked if I could accommodate them a week earlier. It was not a problem but think they did not anticipate the install would take as long as it did. This may just be the person I got but thought it worth mentioning.
Other than that can't think of any real benefits over cable and given the choice would have stayed with cable anytime,