I have been so happy with Dish Network both as a subscriber and as someone who works there. I've been able to get a lot of information up front so that I can help others with understanding new products and be able to plan on whether I'm going to be needing the newest deal. Lately I have been really happy since the Sling Adapter came out, I can bring my full, live TV programming with me when I travel therefore using the service and not just getting the monthly bill. Honestly I was really surprised that I got free HD from the beginning and 3 HD receivers throughout my home. I didn't have to pay per receiver like I did with Direct TV and I'm getting so much more programming per monthly cost. My fiance wanted the NFL Sunday ticket and naturally he was thrilled when we were able to get it at an affordable price. Customer service seems to be an area of importance with Dish, they obviously spend a lot of time and money training their reps to help customers because every time I've had to call in my experience has been a very pleasant and my issue resolved quickly. I'm ready for the next wave of technology which I know Dish will be at the head of.
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Regarding my television needs:
I used to have a dish but I switched to municipal cable. My city has it's own cable / internet provider. Wyandotte Cable.
I swear I posted that but I do't see it here....
Anyway - the prices are comparable to the local businesses but there is a huge advantage. If you have trouble, there is no waiting for tech support. I had a bad connection and within 2 hours of my call, I had a city cable guy here working away at it. He didn't have the right tools so he called his buddy. His buddy needed a different tool altogether, so he called a third guy.
Did I mention that Wyandotte has some smokin' hot cable guys? I'm on constant watch for a modem glitch or something... I wish something would quit working so I can call those guys up again...
I don't get ANY TV at all just now. My sat box blew up with a power surge just before Christmas and I hoped that either the insurance or the electricity company would pay to replace it, but I've been knocked back by them both.
Then the day before yesterday, my area of Spain went digital and we lost the analogue channels we had through our indoor antenna. The signal isn't strong enough to run through the digi box.
Will need to buy a new external antenna, else get a TDT/satellite box for all the digital transmissions.
Quite content with the over the air digital signal, netflix, books, and the internet (all seperate and still cheaper than any of the cable/dish services). To sign up for 1 year, 2 years, 3 years of guaranteed (?) problem free (?) entertainment and time killing seems like a sure fire way 2 get a fat.ss. No thank you & no insult intended for any fat.ss happy with their service.
Dish but the downside is when it storms we do lose service, that is when I wish we had cable again. Another little issue I have is being committed for so long when you have cable they don't ask for a committment they are confident enough that you will stay.
Our neighbor tried to get Dish and do to there credit score they could not so they have cable. In this economy and with all of the foreclosures and job losses, I believe credit should not be a factor, maybe a small deposit but not based on credit. Dish may gain more customers by looking a little more closely at that because they other satellite companies certainly do.
It is very irritating we are getting ready to move back to cable and another annoying thing is , if you leave your television for to long a little box pops up and ask you if you are going to stay if not it goes into sleep mode until you push the remote very annoying.
No it is there darn box which is soooooo annoying, the satellite guy told us it is such a great thing to have but not when you are in the middle of a movie or show and the box pops up. grrrrrr eventually Dish will get it right.
you might want to talk with a customer service person, the box shouldn't pop up if you're watching a show. I have dish and I can't recall that happening before but I don't keep my tv on for long periods of time. sometimes that box (satellite receiver) needs to be turned off if you never turn it off, at least that's what someone told me once.
That reminder only displays on the screen if the receiver has experienced a very prolonged period of time with zero user activity. I think the default is four hours. So, if you do not press a button on your remote control for a full four hours (or whatever the default it) the receiver is designed to go into a power-save mode, as that behavior indicates that no one is actually watching the TV set. If you'd like, I could find out how to change this setting (or if changing it is possible).
Most people will not experience this, as most accounts have a DVR now, and customer interaction is much more frequent (pause, skip ahead, FF, RW, etc ...)
I'm surprised with the amount of responses on this thread in such a short time. Some may think this is spam, that's fine. It is not. I'm a marketing manager for a DISH retailer, and am attempting to reach out to the community and put my thumb on the pulse. Undoubtedly some will think that is "reprehensible" but who cares, really? Those are the same people posting pics of morbidly obese people and then making ridiculous comments about it ... Not too concerned with those folks
A few of the posts on here were actually relative to the topic, so that's encouraging.
"Rain Fade" is a common concern, and complaint, one we actively try and battle in the industry. Unfortunately, the satellite TV platform is subject to variable-performance levels directly related to the quality of an installation. While there are lots of pros, a big con is that if your installer does a piss-poor job your service is going to suffer, and that's going to make your service provider look bad, whether it be DISH or Directv.
Mediacom - was $29.95 a month for the first year, now it's about $100 a month, also is my internet provider. Both the TV and the internet go out all the time, but that is to be expected where I live, not many providers to choose from. Mediacom is, by far, the best of the 2 we've tried
My mother has Dish Network, but she's in a rural area with very few options. She watches lots of TV, and seems OK.
The reason I don't have Dish Network (or any satellite installation) here in Dallas/Fort Worth is because of negative comments from colleagues at work. They told me it is very difficult to get service people out when something goes wrong.
Not that I am happy with cable television. I'm not happy, and Time-Warner (our provider for this area) has just raised our rates for no good reason. I think everything was better when we had Comcast, but that disappeared when Time-Warner took over. I have TW because I'm getting a package deal on digital landline, high-speed Internet, and basic cable.
I don't watch much TV anyway, but I keep my cable subscription VERY basic. Time-Warner has unreasonable ways of packaging things. I used to pay more for those premium HD channels on cable, but no more. They have unacceptable pixellation, especially on some of the more popular HD channels like Nat-Geo.
How I miss analog TV. I will never get over the switch to digital. I have one small TV with a converter box that receives over-the-air signals (sometimes poorly).
With 14 million subscribers, and with any type of service, you're always going to have people who are not satisfied. And just like anything else in the world, some people just simply cannot be satisfied.
For instance. I have DISH, and it is raining, thundering, and spitting lightning everywhere. One of the biggest complaints is that it 'goes out in the rain'. 99% percent of the time this is due to bad installation.
I've heard many complaints about Time Warner Cable services, and their pricing policies. And for what it is worth, the analog to digital conversion was an inevitable leap in broadcast technology, and was definitely a bumpy ride for many millions of people : /
I switched from Dish Network to Direct TV...customer service & support is far superior and at the time Direct TV had many more HD channels..I have compared them recently and am still happy with Direct TV and the package I have..Seems I would have to pay more for what I want from Dish Network
This does happen from time to time. The most common instances are when people require a selection of channels that are in one of our premium packages, that Directv may happen to offer in a lower package. It usually comes down to a dollar or three in this case.
The "HD count" for both companies is basically useless. And customer service is definitely a mixed bag. My rule of thumb? If you don't like the attitude of the CSR you just got, hang up and try again. Some people just hate their life ... it's sad.
lol, that's what I do. They get rude, I call back and get another person and I remember to tell them the name of the first person.
I have had both DirecTV and Dish. I do prefer Directv because of the packages I receive for "me" are better than the ones at Dish. Personal preference I guess.
One thing I wish both would do....is given, especially long-term customers, give them an ability to have a real "Choice Package.' What I mean by that...is the ability to have input on the channels in the package they have.
I have over 250 channel in my TV Programming package and I have counted that I watch...around 40!!! The others are a waste of my TV. lol heck...more than 20 are in a language I do not even speak. Numerous channels of the same topic.
I stay away from premiums channels. Why would I want to pay for 5 HBO when I want 1? Why pay for 5-7 with ShowTime when I want 1?
There are a lot of people who share your sentiment for an 'a la carte' pricing format. However, the pay-TV industry is steeped in fierce politics and "friendships". Basically ... I wouldn't hold your breath for something like that : /