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Depends on if you want HD. With HD, the NFL is around 300 and MLB is 229 I think. You get a lot more with the package though. HD is the only use I got out of it though.

It's usually 50 less without the HD.

I would do HD for sure. This Direct TV stuff is getting really expensive! I'm looking at $500+ just to watch baseball and football. When you add the cost for Michigan football games (of course I would get half of these games free on ABC/ESPN/NBC/BTN), I could be looking at $600 per year, and I would be missing the Pistons and Red Wings. Oh well, what do I expect if I were not in Michigan? I'm just not sure I would spend an extra $50 a month for Michigan sports.

If I lived out of town, maybe I just need to invest in a Slingbox if I want to watch Michigan sports!

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Whoever installed your dish should be fired.

I'm fairly certain it was installed perfectly. No obstructions whatsoever. Perfect line of sight to the southwest sky. Perfect reception when the weather was perfect. The problem is the technology has flaws that are hard to overcome. Flaws that I'm not willing to put up with.

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I just wanted to bump this to say (despite my assertion that I wouldn't cancel), I canceled DirecTV because it got too expensive.

I switched to Dish Network and I HATED it. The remote and the whole user interface is clumsy. To record something to DVR required 6 or 7 steps and multiple screens. I had it 21 days and effectively stopped watching TV because it was like jumping over barrels to watch a show or access my recordings.

Here's the kicker: the two year commitment. They want to charge $420 bucks to my credit card for early cancellation. Sorry, folks, your service sucks. You aren't getting any more money from me because you have crap to offer. Monday morning I will be at the bank cutting up that credit card and getting a new one issued. Good luck billing me.

DirecTV did just send me another lowball offer to come back. Maybe I will. Really the only reason I pay for TV is so I can watch the Tigers and that has been less than satisfactory anyway so maybe I'll just live with the basic cable that comes with my Internets service.

Sorry, just venting.

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I had Directv back in the late 90s and loved it.

My box broke and they said I had to buy a new one, so I cancelled.

I then went with Comcast for the next decade, all the while missing my Directv.

I finally switched back three years ago and love it.

The only complaint is the boggy as hell receiver for HD.

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I live in pocket of Boston that gives me the choice of cable or nothing. I'm thinking of going back to nothing, since most of the time I find myself flipping through channels and then turning off the tv because there's nothing to watch. At least I used to have the choice between RCN and Comcast in the Fenway 'hood, but in Cleveland Circle it's Comcast only (oh, wait, it calls itself Xfinity now).:bored:

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Just switched to Brighthouse not because anything wrong with DirectTV. Just an offer from cable I really couldn't refuse. TV/Internet/Phone for less than what I was paying for DirectTV. We were just about to drop the land line when the please, please come back deal came.

Two weeks in, no problems. I just wish they would get here and bury the cable. It's annoying when I have to mow the lawn.

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How the hell did these bastards end up finding a way to charge us for television and we still have to sit through commercials?

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I just switched to Comcast. Had them until 2007 when signal issues couldn't be resolved. WOW came and found a crimp in the wiring under my stairs. Yesterday a Comcast rep came by and offered me an HD DVR Receiver, anotehr HD receiver, and a digital box, HBO, Starz, Cable, and phone for $89 a month for 1 year, and $99 the second year. He said if I call him after the 2 years he'll get it lowered again. I"m saving $80 a month and getting more HD channels.

I jknow people ***** about comcast but I never had any problems with them other than my signal issues. They were always courteous on the phone and in person.

I heard from others that the HD quality is also a lot better. And I get MLB Network finally. And NHL.

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My Brighthouse peeve is their new DVR controls. Now if I record a series, it will record every episode, repeats, syndicated or even when the show (like Leno) is broadcast twice on NBC at different times. An example is Whale Wars. New episode once a week and it will record at least 5 hours weekly.

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My Brighthouse peeve is their new DVR controls. Now if I record a series, it will record every episode, repeats, syndicated or even when the show (like Leno) is broadcast twice on NBC at different times. An example is Whale Wars. New episode once a week and it will record at least 5 hours weekly.

It seems like there should be some sort of advanced or custom settings that would allow you to fix that, some sort of toggling option. Comcast has this.

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Directv has an option to let you record only first run episodes.

I bet Brighthouse has that option somewhere.

If not, fire the bastards.

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I suspect Comcast would give me better service if I had another company to go to...just a suspicion. Verizon for example has really amped up its customer service for land line phones lately and I suspect it's because so many people are threatening to switch to Comcast or Vonage or go cell phone only.

I just looked and noticed Comcast has an economy package that's $30 less per month than I have now. It's probably worth asking about....

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Directv has an option to let you record only first run episodes.

I bet Brighthouse has that option somewhere.

If not, fire the bastards.

We did on their old box... "record only first run, this channel in this time slot" or "record only first run, this channel in any time slot". I have explored every avenue of their on screen controls.

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I just wanted to bump this to say (despite my assertion that I wouldn't cancel), I canceled DirecTV because it got too expensive.

I switched to Dish Network and I HATED it. The remote and the whole user interface is clumsy. To record something to DVR required 6 or 7 steps and multiple screens. I had it 21 days and effectively stopped watching TV because it was like jumping over barrels to watch a show or access my recordings.

Here's the kicker: the two year commitment. They want to charge $420 bucks to my credit card for early cancellation. Sorry, folks, your service sucks. You aren't getting any more money from me because you have crap to offer. Monday morning I will be at the bank cutting up that credit card and getting a new one issued. Good luck billing me.

DirecTV did just send me another lowball offer to come back. Maybe I will. Really the only reason I pay for TV is so I can watch the Tigers and that has been less than satisfactory anyway so maybe I'll just live with the basic cable that comes with my Internets service.

Sorry, just venting.

I just signed up for Direct tv last week! So far so good!

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My current "beef" with Directv is the price for my NFL Sunday Ticket. Overall, I love the DTV product, many HD channels, MLB network, etc.

However, the NFL Network now offers the Red Zone channel via Dish and cable. I checked with Dish and its $7 a month, that's $30 total. Sunday Ticket this year is $350. All I really watch is the Red Zone channel anyway, I want that channel offered a la carte on DTV. I'm sure I'm not alone, but I see no way DTV will offer the channel a la carte. I'm calling tomorrow to ask anyway and give them options. I'm hoping to get at least $150 knocked off Sunday Ticket. We will see.

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Comcast just did something called "digital network enhancement" which is their way of saying, anybody who was getting the 2nd level of channels (like ESPN, CNN, and Comedy Central) for free because they also have internet no longer gets those channels. We could have chosen to keep them (and get them in HD), but they wanted something like $120 a month. We just said forget it. There's nothing on cable that we watch that we can't just watch on the internet either live or a day later, aside from an occasional sporting event that gets blacked out on ESPN3. Comcast's internet is terrific, so we're still customers, but when it comes to TV, we're still paying too much for practically nothing.

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My current "beef" with Directv is the price for my NFL Sunday Ticket. Overall, I love the DTV product, many HD channels, MLB network, etc.

However, the NFL Network now offers the Red Zone channel via Dish and cable. I checked with Dish and its $7 a month, that's $30 total. Sunday Ticket this year is $350. All I really watch is the Red Zone channel anyway, I want that channel offered a la carte on DTV. I'm sure I'm not alone, but I see no way DTV will offer the channel a la carte. I'm calling tomorrow to ask anyway and give them options. I'm hoping to get at least $150 knocked off Sunday Ticket. We will see.

Let me know what you get. I would probably get Sunday Ticket if it were around $200 or less. I most definitely would get Red Zone if it were $10 a month or less!

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I just wanted to bump this to say (despite my assertion that I wouldn't cancel), I canceled DirecTV because it got too expensive.

I switched to Dish Network and I HATED it. The remote and the whole user interface is clumsy. To record something to DVR required 6 or 7 steps and multiple screens. I had it 21 days and effectively stopped watching TV because it was like jumping over barrels to watch a show or access my recordings.

Here's the kicker: the two year commitment. They want to charge $420 bucks to my credit card for early cancellation. Sorry, folks, your service sucks. You aren't getting any more money from me because you have crap to offer. Monday morning I will be at the bank cutting up that credit card and getting a new one issued. Good luck billing me.

DirecTV did just send me another lowball offer to come back. Maybe I will. Really the only reason I pay for TV is so I can watch the Tigers and that has been less than satisfactory anyway so maybe I'll just live with the basic cable that comes with my Internets service.

Sorry, just venting.

You know, I have been toying with this idea myself. DirecTV really has gotten expensive, and the way they nickel and dime you is beyond annoying. I have to pay lease fees for use of two DVRs, and for the DVR service, and for the service that allows them to talk to each other, and for access to HD programming, and for the actual HD programming itself. All that adds up is $35 a month, and that's before I pay for any actual programming itself.

They are also notorious for bundling. Want HBO? Fine, but you will have to take all the regional sports networks as well, and that's gonna cost you $26 because, you know, RSNs are expensive for us to carry. But what if I don't want RSNs? Well, you must not really want HBO after all, do you?

Call this a free market if you like, but the cost of switching is really really high, and how free can the market be if they all require a two-year contract with heavy cancellation fees?

Nonetheless, I do like the programming, and as long as my wife and I are employed, we'll keep it. That would warm the cockles of Hughes' black heart, I'm sure.

Directv has an option to let you record only first run episodes.

I bet Brighthouse has that option somewhere.

If not, fire the bastards.

I use the first run option on all the series I record, but it doesn't always work out. For example, I have MLB Quick Pitch set to record only first-run, but it still ends up recording it every single time it airs. I believe that the signal indicating whether it's first run or repeat is set at the network (MLB) level and not at the provider (DirecTV) level, which is why the provider can't interpret whether or not the program is first run. Coincidentally -- or maybe not? -- MLB is also one of the only networks to close caption exactly zero percent of its programming. Who knows why.

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I use the first run option on all the series I record, but it doesn't always work out. For example, I have MLB Quick Pitch set to record only first-run, but it still ends up recording it every single time it airs. I believe that the signal indicating whether it's first run or repeat is set at the network (MLB) level and not at the provider (DirecTV) level, which is why the provider can't interpret whether or not the program is first run. Coincidentally -- or maybe not? -- MLB is also one of the only networks to close caption exactly zero percent of its programming. Who knows why.

I've had that happen also.

In that case I set up a manual record.

For Quickpitch, which runs all night long, I set the DVR to record every night from 3 to 4 am.

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Let me know what you get. I would probably get Sunday Ticket if it were around $200 or less. I most definitely would get Red Zone if it were $10 a month or less!

BB - I had success with my phone call to Directv. I was able to get $120 knocked off the Sunday Ticket and had the Sunday Ticket To-Go (online and phone access) package removed for another $50 savings.

My total price for Sunday Ticket will be $180. It's still a lot more than the Dish/Cable red Zone price, but I get to keep the convenience of not switching companies which makes my wife and kids happy (priceless!!)

They still do not offer just the Red Zone a la carte on Directv.

If you call, I used the automated system to get a human by saying "cancel" when prompted for the reason for my call.

Good luck.

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I've had that happen also.

In that case I set up a manual record.

For Quickpitch, which runs all night long, I set the DVR to record every night from 3 to 4 am.

I've thought about doing that as well, but just haven't gotten around to it. That's because I keep only one episode of Quick Pitch anyway.

What I don't know is whether the constant recording will actual wear down the machine more quickly. Logically, I suppose it would.

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Speaking of HBO sports......fire up that PVR for Hard Knocks....first episode is Wednesday. Behind the scenes at a NFL camp. Love it. Think it's the Jets this year.

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DirecTV for television, Comcast for broadband. Very happy with both.

+1 (have had this arrangement for 6 years now)

I don't think I'll ever switch from DirecTV unless I'm really wronged and can no longer negotiate with them. We just recently restructured our contract with them because we just updated two of our TVs. Online they were offering new customers a free HD DVR and free HD receiver along with free HD FOR LIFE and free whole-home DVR service if you got the Choice package. I called them out on this, and after some time on the phone and speaking with a "retention specialist", we got this deal except for the HD for life, although I did manage to get it free for at least two years. I guarantee you I will be on the phone with them in two years to get this again.

As for Comcast, I just cannot find a reason to change my existing service with them. Their cable TV packages that I would be interested in would be far more than what I pay for DirecTV.

FiOS isn't in our area, and I have just heard too many negative things about Dish to want to switch.

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