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TV & internet poll

I could just ask, but polls are much more fun. :D

Poll #674106 Cable or satellite?

Which would you recommend for our TV & internet options?

Cable TV & cable modem
Satellite TV & DSL
Shoot your TV & the internet rots your brain it does

And please, comment and explain why you're choosing what you're choosing (I've never had satellite, so I especially want to hear good and bad from those folks). For the record, we'd either be using a local cable company or getting DirecTV through Verizon.


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Feb. 16th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
While I do like Satellite TV, I prefer DishNetwork... and cable modems are usually *much* faster then DSL (unless you are next door to the central office). Cable TV also has the benefit of local channels (no idea how many DirecTV might have).
Feb. 16th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
DirecTV has local channels in all major markets. In the SF and LA markets (the ones I've had experience with) there are about 20 local channels, although I only watch the 6 "major" networks from among them. I assume the DC Metro area is similar.

I'm a very happy DirecTiVo user with DSL from my phone provider. I have no complaints on the speed of connection or the channel selection or clarity (and because it's an integrated PVR I have perfect quality on playback). They don't offer the TiVo anymore, though: now it's their own DVR and I'm won over by the TiVo UI, so I'm not really interested in trying another DVR.
[no subject] - esprix - Feb. 17th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC) - Expand
[no subject] - esprix - Feb. 17th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 16th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
For us, it was just the lack of long-term contract needed to do cable and cable modem. Plus, we have a standalone Tivo unit, so easier to stick with cable than go dish. We've had cable modem and DSL and never noticed any practical difference.
Feb. 17th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
Long-term contract? Hmmm. That might be a concern then. And was there a problem using TiVo with dish?

And the place we were living about a mile away had DSL and it was as fast as cable.
[no subject] - platypus - Feb. 17th, 2006 08:10 am (UTC) - Expand
[no subject] - esprix - Feb. 17th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
[no subject] - platypus - Feb. 17th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
[no subject] - esprix - Feb. 18th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 16th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
I've always liked Cable...not sure why. My Grandmother has satellite though, and she loves it.
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
My answer of "Satellite TV & DSL" is only backed up by our use of those services. We've had few problems with them. We've never had a cable modem.
Feb. 17th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
Have you ever had cable televison? How does dish compare?
[no subject] - colinblackthorn - Feb. 16th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 16th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
Cable-modem clogging is actually a myth. SBC was sued by Cox a few years ago over their "Laurel Lane" commercials where the neighbors were always bickering at eachother because of slow cable-modem speed. The commercials spread false rumors that conjested neighborhoods would slow down cable internet to a crawl.

SBC lost the case (or settled... I don't remember which) and they haven't made that claim ever since. (Our office compiled all those commercials a few years ago onto videotape for use in a settlement conference)

The only place that cable-modem slowdown really happens is in a college dorm where 30+ users are on the same cable trunk. We use Cable Modems in our office with 15 users, and rarely notice any drop in performance.
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Personal bias, I dislike getting Internet through the phone lines or giving phone companies more money then I have to...

Also, Satellite TV has never been a cost effective value for me. But I don't watch much TV.
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
I put in a nod for DirecTV and DSL based on our experiences, but the quality of your cable company will make a big difference (ours really sucked and that's why we moved to satellite). The cable-company's DVR options may make a difference too. The DirecTV DVR provides simulatenous recording of two channels, which we find very handy (though I've seen that they replaced TiVo with their own DVR solution -- I don't know how that compares). A DVR from your cable company may or may not do that; a stand-alone TiVo I believe still only records one channel at a time.

I've been very happy with our DSL service, though again your choice would depend on the quality of your providers (I've heard some complaints about Verizon DSL). Good DSL rates may also depend on you having phone service from Verizon too; that could be a limitation if you're ditching the land line and just using mobile phones.
Feb. 17th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
This would be just a local cable company, not Cox or anything nationwide or even regional (although they did just get bought out by a larger company, so maybe they're more regional now, I don't know for sure). And a two-channel recording DVR would be nice, but I've already got the TiVo and am eager to start using it. :)

Unfortunately, the DSL we're looking at would indeed be Verizon (they're the only ones that really service our area, so we'd be getting phone from them, too). On the upside, the DSL we had at our old place about a mile down the road was as fast as the cable modem I used in San Diego.
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
I don't have either because our local companies are the evil. Also, burma!
Feb. 17th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Yay Burma!
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
I chose BURMA! because I only have experience with Cable modem. Which I like. Mostly.
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
DSL: too expensive and/or too slow unless you live in JUST the right neighborhood where you are close enough to a CO switching station.

Satellite TV: reception drops in poor weather both from excessive moisture in the air and/or the wind moving your dish off target. Also, no local stations without an extra antenna to pick them up (*gasp*) broadcast over the air.

Cable: Reliable. Fast. Usually the same provider for both television and internet without outsourcing to a third party, so when you call for support, you call the same people for both, not a two different numbers for television and and internet problems.

Also see if Cable can provide you with phone service. In most areas where they have internet, they also have phone service available, and they are the source provider of that also (again, only one phone number to call for service, and only one bill to receive that includes everything.)

If you get Cable internet, you also want to buy your own cable-Modem. Most brands are compatible these days, and you save renting one from the cable company. For about $60 you can buy the modem that they would rent you for about $10 per month... it pays for itself in less than 6 months.
Feb. 16th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Satellite TV: reception drops in poor weather both from excessive moisture in the air and/or the wind moving your dish off target. Also, no local stations without an extra antenna to pick them up (*gasp*) broadcast over the air.

I can't agree with this. I've had rain/snow fade maybe three times in the past four years, which is a FAR better record than my old cable company ever provided. The only time the dish moves off target is when it's installed improperly. Installed properly, my dish has survived snow, rain hail and (now) the Santa Ana winds without incident several times. And DirecTV at least (can't speak for Dish) carries local channels in all major cities (since esprix is in the DC/Baltimore area, and will eventually move back to San Diego, he's covered).
[no subject] - buddykat - Feb. 16th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
[no subject] - esprix - Feb. 17th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC) - Expand
[no subject] - esprix - Feb. 17th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 16th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
satellite isn't very reliable and you get funky channels but have to pay extra for the channels you need. I've never understood the draw.
Feb. 17th, 2006 07:22 am (UTC)
3/4 of the people in our development have dishes, so I can't imagine they do that poor of a job around here. Plus they actually offer more channels than cable, and they're all ones we wanted (and thought we'd have to pay more for, but they all come with basic).
Feb. 16th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Small dish Satellite is nothing more than a cable company in the sky with weather related interference. Cable is just evil. DSL is expensive. I say shoot the TV and the internet rots your brain it does.
Feb. 17th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
Yes, but you're a curmudgeon (a loveable one, but still...). :P
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