questionshow is the direct tv service?

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I don't have satellite TV, but we rent a cottage for a week each summer that does - if it's raining the satellite goes out, which really stinks because that's the only time we're all inside during vacation.

I would not sign up for DirectTV based on that experience alone, and I know there are lots of current and former customers of DirectTV who don't have anything good to say about their customer service and business practices.

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I had DISH for the last two yrs and only had it go out when the dish itself was covered with snow here in UT (never has been affected by rain. I could brush it off my my trusty dish broom and we were back in business. I've now had Direct tv for about 3 wks because they were now offering better promotions and have not yet had a problem with them and they're satellite is mounted where the DISH one had been. I don't like the cost of any of them but I have been overall pleased with the service itself. Hope that helps!

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I'm still tethered to cable because that's where my main email address is(Note to self:Is that the only reason?). Very rare outages, but there is no competition here so I pay $99 per month for cable(maybe 60 channels, when I might occasionally watch 10) and "high-speed internet"(which is nothing like everyone else's in the country). /rant

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We have Direct Tv at my house, and personally I don't really like it. I think their costumer service is a little better than Dish Network, but it goes out a lot more than Dish. Seriously the slightest amount of rain, clouds, snow, or even bright sun make it go out.

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As others mentioned, weather can be a factor. I happen to live in SoCal where it never snows, and even in the worst rains all we get is minor pixelation. The biggest issue I have is that it takes 15 minutes for the boxes to reboot after losing power. Support calls are often a lengthy ordeal because most fixes involve rebooting the box.

Remember also that DirecTV will require a one or two year contract.

That said, I have a total of six boxes, including two DVRs and the whole-home DVR service which routes the signal via your home internet. The whole-home DVR is nowhere near as seamless as they make it look on their commercials, but it is still good.

Overall I won't say they were much better or much worse than the Time Warner cable I had previously. I switched then because TW was very slow in adding HD channels. My current expires in August and I'll start comparing again, adding AT&T U-Verse to the mix. (AT&T was ruled out b/c they didn't carry the MLB network then.)

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I got rid of Direct TV a few months ago. I never had a problem, but when the 1 year discount rate expired they tried to double the price. I switched to Dish, and I guess they will do the same thing in a year.
Looks like I will be switching back and forth every year.

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I've had directv in several different areas around the country and found it to be more reliable than cable has ever been. The only times I had issues were when we had severe (and I mean severe) weather or when the dish was slightly out of alignment, still had good picture during a clear day but a sprinkle would turn it off. So, got the dish tuned and the picture would even stay on during heavy rains. Usually price is no comparison, it's much less expensive than cable for similar packages. Another thing that sometimes happens is the cable gets wet if it's older and this will screw up the signal as well. Replace the cable and it works again.

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In Ohio and we've had DirecTV for a number of years. Switched from TimeWarner and never been sorry. The only time it goes out is if we're having a really, really bad storm. Doesn't happen often, once every few months maybe and then not for long.

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I left cable because my TV issues were with cable were caused by 'humidity' and they could not do anything about it. So we switched to DirectTV.
We have had DirectTV for almost a year. We lost service once (severe down pour the kind you pull the car over for. I have the 'newer dish'. When installing it they told me soon there would be a 6 channel receiver. This would allow a house to watch/record 6 different stations. I signed up for 2 years, and bundled with a 7mb internet, which is actually 6.1, a huge difference from the advertised 12mb that was actually 13.8mb from my cable company. I bundled my Internet and cell phone for extra discounts. My 1 year will be up soon so I will be dropping services that I got for free for 1 year. Plus my price will go up.

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Love DirecTV but not during our weekly storms in south Florida...i have noticed if you switch between the HD channels the reception still comes through though...i'd never go back to cable..