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Choosing Between Cable and Satellite Bundled Services

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It can be confusing when trying to choose the best service provider for bundled TV and internet services. This is a guide about choosing between cable and satellite bundled services.
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January 17, 20120 found this helpful

Which has a lower cost, cable or Dish TV?

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January 17, 20120 found this helpful

A lot will depend on the kind of reception that you want. In some parts of the country, some of the dish companies require extra payment to receive your local channels. Also when you have dish reception, the weather can interfere with the reception. From what I have heard things like snow, and heavy rainstorms can knock out the dish reception.

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January 17, 20120 found this helpful

I think I would contact each server and compare the cost. Then decide which server to choose.

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January 18, 20120 found this helpful

I have had both and it is true at times you can't get reception when there is a rainstorm. However, the cable in my area got so high priced that I had to drop it. We have Dish TV and Direct TV here. I chose Dish but I think it is a tossup which to choose.

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January 18, 20120 found this helpful

We went from cable to Dish satellite. It was the worst idea ever for this household! We had it for 6 weeks and it was down more than it was up! I finally called them after putting up with the crap and told them to come get their stuff. We went back to cable and haven't been disappointed at all...we now have fiber optic cable! Direct TV is good but Dish stinks....big time!

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January 19, 20120 found this helpful

None of them are cheap and I feel like sometimes I'm getting ripped off. I have cable; only one cable company in town. Other than satellite there is ATT which is not any cheaper. Afraid to go with a satellite because of high winds in west Texas.

Every month my cable bills go up a dollar here and a dollar there thinking you won't notice or don't care. I call and complain and they give me a small break. The next month it's back. My Brother has Direct TV and it's high too. If I lived alone I'd cancel in a minute.

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January 19, 20120 found this helpful

Someone said call and get their prices. That's even hard to do. They quote you one thing and when you get your bill it's something different. They work on commission; get you there and sometimes you're stuck. Hate them all. I go through the comparisons every time this year and still can't determine which is cheaper. Like trying to compare one brand of toilet paper to another. LOL

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January 19, 20120 found this helpful

Stay away from Dish. I got ripped of for $200. from them. Installation people didn' know what they were doing, came out 3 times and couldn't get it to work but they wouldn't refund my money. I have basic cable now and it is ok. Only get about 12 channels on it but it is better than nothing.

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May 3, 2010

I am considering Charter's cable bundle for phone, TV, and internet, or Direct TV's same 3 bundle with Qwest. I am wondering about the difference in reception. I am located on the coast with winds and rain. Any input would be appreciated.

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By g'ma dee dee from Cannon Beach, OR

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May 3, 20100 found this helpful

I live on the coast also and just changed from the direct tv internet (wild blue) to the phone company internet. Well honey the Wild Blue is awful! if a cloud passed over the house I lost internet even when the satellite was working, not to mention the rain and bad weather we get. (it is 2 different dishes you will have)! we don't get cable where I am but we're so much happier now with Centurylink! good luck!

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May 4, 20100 found this helpful

My parents live out in the country and have satellite for their TV. It doesn't take much in the way of bad weather for their reception to go down. We have our phone, TV, and internet all bundled through our cable company. Something *big* has to happen for our service to be interrupted. I don't know if experiences will be similar for everyone, but that's what I've observed.

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May 7, 20100 found this helpful

Don't know exactly what Charter is, but we live in South Florida ( think tropical rain May through November and hurricane season nearly that long).

We had Direct TV for a few years and nearly every time a storm rolled in, we lost reception. Don't know if you have it in your area, but we eventually went with AT&T Uverse for TV, internet and phone and are completely satisfied with the consistency of it, better customer service and the bundle actually saved us about $30 a month.

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May 23, 2005

The new home I purchased doesn't have any sort of cable or dish connected to it. I am debating whether to have Comcast install a line to the house or opt for the "DirectTV" sort of dish. Any comments? Recommendations? Negative feedback is also appreciated.

Does the DirectTV work reliably in storms and inclement weather?

Cindy

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