After many, many years of enjoying DirecTV but not so much enjoying the slow-responding DVR and the overpriced service costing me $130 a month, I made the switch to Dish Network.
I’ve had DirecTV a few times as well as Cable. I considered switching to Spectrum but they didn’t have the channels I wanted at the price I wanted to pay. Their website is poorly designed and has limited information. A bit of a turn off for me and most millennials.
Dish is somewhat of a secret TV company. You don’t see them advertise much and the name was pretty much forgotten. I remembered that they existed and went to the website. I liked what I saw. The base package had almost all the channels I wanted minus BBC America and DIY. DIY has gotten boring and repetitive so I stopped watching it anyway. BBC America has Doctor Who. I’m sure I can get that other ways.
I went ahead and signed up for the service online and scheduled an installation date for Saturday. The installer showed up on time and did a great job in a short amount of time. He even brought with him the free Amazon Dot and Hopper GO box.
I was pleasantly surprised with the Hopper 3 DVR. It is way more advanced than DirecTV’s Genie which seems thoroughly antique by comparison. Dish’s DVR has voice control, Netflix and YouTube built right in. It is easy to use and has plenty of configuration options. It will even connect to your home media server to play your movies and music. This is some forward-thinking stuff here. You can even connect it to your Amazon Dot or Echo and voice control playback or ask it to play a movie or show off your recorded list.
The Hopper Go box connects to a USB port and allows you to transfer recordings to it so that you can take it with you and watch your shows on any wi-fi device. I haven’t tried it yet but it sounds very cool. Next time I go RV camping I won’t have to drag the whole DVR with me.
The picture quality is top notch. 1080i is as sharp as you would like to expect. It also supports 4K TVs and has a couple of 4K channels so far.
Best of all, the cost after fees and taxes came to only $60.00 a month. Half the cost of DirecTV and so much more value.
In conclusion, I am VERY impressed. It’s a shame that Dish Network is not more proactive with their advertising because they have a quality service to offer. If you are shopping for a new TV services, be sure to consider Dish Network. I think it’s the best bang for the buck.
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I’m not sorry I switched!!
See the channel packages here: https://www.dish.com/programming/channels/