Ontopic Does anyone have Direct TV or Dish over cable TV

JAXvillain

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For those who have Direct TV do they have on demand? And if so how does it work?

I discussed this in a thread with damon last week. I have directv HD but no on demand. He said all I need to do is get internet hooked into the box and then I've got it. the 2 are on opposite sides of my place though so I haven't put together a solution yet for getting it to work.
 

Sarcasmo

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I have Directv, and love it. 700+ channels, craploads of sports, and Directv on demand.
 

JAXvillain

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I've seen maybe 5 rain issues in the year+ I've had it. comcast was always good for 2+ per/y at least. when comcast gets you, you lose all coms though. my internet stays up. think it's gone down for like an hour, tops.
I get my internet through www.direcpath.com. they have a fiber ring (lol) around the SE from TX to South FL. I get 15mb up and down as part of the HOA.

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Floptical

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I'm just sick of Comcast and thier subpar offerings and shot service. It just sucks I can't get fios here.
 

Valve1138

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I discussed this in a thread with damon last week. I have directv HD but no on demand. He said all I need to do is get internet hooked into the box and then I've got it. the 2 are on opposite sides of my place though so I haven't put together a solution yet for getting it to work.

DirecTV has a wireless adaptor just for this. Ask your installer guy if he can give you one for free. They're supposed to work exceptionally well.
 

Josh

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DirecTV is pretty good. Some issues with Rain/Snow fade (usually only 30 mins of an outage), but that's mostly due to the northern latitude where I live. For snow issues, I recommend people get their dishes mounted lower on their buildings if possible. Then you can go outside with a broom and sweep the dish off. I've done that a few times in snow storms (dish is mounted to the garage next to one of the doors). I would think those living in the southern states would have their dishes pointed more upwards and would probably be less affected by rain fade. DirecTV receivers, at least their SD receivers, suck ass. They are slow, lock up on channels occasionally, and sometimes forget their setup. The caller ID also randomly displays "cannot show caller information" when there are no phones ringing. They have some slightly shady billing practices, like renewing your contract if you get your receivers replaced under warranty or under their "maintenance protection" plan. One would think that if I'm paying a monthly fee to protect the hardware, that if I call to replace a dead or malfunctoning receiver, that they would replace it and not renew the contract.

Other than those issues, the channel selection is great. I was sad to see G4TV get removed from the channel lineup (really only watched Ninja Warrior) but I'll live.
 
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Valve1138

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DirecTV is pretty good. Some issues with Rain/Snow fade (usually only 30 mins of an outage), but that's mostly due to the northern latitude where I live. For snow issues, I recommend people get their dishes mounted lower on their buildings if possible. Then you can go outside with a broom and sweep the dish off. I've done that a few times in snow storms (dish is mounted to the garage next to one of the doors). I would think those living in the southern states would have their dishes pointed more upwards and would probably be less affected by rain fade. DirecTV receivers, at least their SD receivers, suck ass. They are slow, lock up on channels occasionally, and sometimes forget their setup. The caller ID also randomly displays "cannot show caller information" when there are no phones ringing. They have some slightly shady billing practices, like renewing your contract if you get your receivers replaced under warranty or under their "maintenance protection" plan. One would think that if I'm paying a monthly fee to protect the hardware, that if I call to replace a dead or malfunctoning receiver, that they would replace it and not renew the contract.

Other than those issues, the channel selection is great. I was sad to see G4TV get removed from the channel lineup (really only watched Ninja Warrior) but I'll live.

They're not supposed to re up the contract with a warranty replacement, if they do just call them to take care of it.

If you're SD boxes are that bad it's time for a new one.