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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 09:17 PM
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Poll question: Where Do You Get Your Television Signal?

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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 09:24 PM
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1. Cable upstairs, Direct TV in the basement.
NFL Sunday Ticket is exclusive to Direct Tv, must have it.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 09:25 PM
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2. Cable baby! Grande communications! Non-TimeWarner cable co!
Proud!
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 09:26 PM
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3. Airwaves!
I got tired of my cable bill going up & the programing going down!
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PartyPooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 09:31 PM
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4. Satellite
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No2W2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 09:42 PM
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5. Satelite
Edited on Wed Jun-16-04 09:43 PM by No2W2004
Direct TV on Ultimate TV DVR :yourock:
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 09:55 PM
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6. Satellite... Directv (Tried Dish Network First... HORRIBLE...)
... they had a "SCREEN SAVER" with a bouncing DishNetwork logo that would kick in if you didn't change the channels often enough. Stupid! (Esecially if you used a VCR or DVR for unattended recording.)

Their receiver also had to "connect" at a certain time to retrieve all the programming guide info... instead of just trickling it in throughout the day as Directv does.

I'm lovin' satellite MUCH better than cable. You know those Comcast commercials that try to scare you by exaggerating the "problems" of satellite dishes. LIES!! The reception is better than cable!! BETTER!!

:-) Sorry Comcast... at least you're still my internet provider.

-- Allen
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F.Gordon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 10:24 PM
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7. Your "problems" were simple to fix (with DISH)
The "Screen Saver" could have disabled in the system menu. Default is to shut down if inactive for a certain length of time.

And your programming guide problem could have been fixed by simply removing your Smart Card, then putting it back in. I can program shows for PVR recording over a week in advance with no probs....

We've had Dish since almost day one (when it cost over $1,000 to have it installed...the good ole' days). The one thing we miss is being able to watch east and west coast network feeds. It was great with our crazy schedule. Now we're forced to watch local networks. We only get east and west coast FAUX Network now, which we won't watch.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 10:38 PM
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8. Tried That... It Returned After The Connect Period...
to pick up new schedule data. I believe the unit I had was the 301 or the 201... or something "oh-one".

-- Allen
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 10:44 PM
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10. I also lurked and participated at a couple of sat-dish discussion forums
and picked some brains on the issue. I really didn't want to have to un-do everything and start over from scratch. I really wanted it to work.

Even the fellows at the Dish network tech support (email and phone) admitted that it was an onging problem that they were working to find a solution on. But not timetable or estimate was available.

I even set change-channel reminders at oddball times to avoid the screen saver, but that only worked half the time. I had at least a dozen or more unattended records on my ReplayTV give me nothing but hours and hours of that damn bouncing logo. LOL (I laugh now... but it wasn't funny then.)

-- Allen

I'm glad you're not having trouble. It was maddening.

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F.Gordon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 11:19 PM
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19. Bummer
Too bad you couldn't get it to work. Dish just add Sirius Radio, which is nice. You should have upgraded to the 501 or higher. Oh well, at least you have Direct TV. Cable just plain sucks. People don't realize that every "connector" they install between neighbors degrades the signal.

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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 11:38 PM
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20. Yep... I was DELIGHTED with the Dish Network Quality...
it was just a programming bug in the receiver I got for "free".

On the plus side. They didn't give me a hard time about canceling. I got a 100% refund. They sent me (via UPS) empty boxes and postage paid labels to return the units back to them.

Irreconcilable differences. It was an amicable divorce, we parted friends. :-)

>> People don't realize that every "connector" they install between neighbors degrades the signal.<<

Very true.

-- Allen
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 10:41 PM
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9. My family were cable pioneers.
Edited on Wed Jun-16-04 10:41 PM by Armstead
I grew up in a place that was beyond the reach of TV signals because of the mountains (even though it's only 35 miles from the nearest cities).

So back in the days of black-and-white TV in the early 1960's we got a cable hook up.

We went from 0 stations to 13 overnight.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 10:47 PM
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11. Heh- heh! My dad used to work for Clearview Cablevision In Valdosta, GA
back in the late 60's. We were one of the first to have cable in our neighborhood. We went from 3 fuzzy stations to 13... with a TIME AND TEMPERATURE station that had a camera which would pan left to right back and forth along a line of 12" clocks, and various other weather meters.

It was so cool!

-- Allen
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 10:47 PM
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12. Other: We get signal. Main screen turn on.
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 10:54 PM
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13. ONLY F R E E....T V.......
.....will never...never...never....ever...ever pay for MORE ADVERTISEMENT!! :crazy:
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 10:58 PM
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14. The Beauty Of ReplayTV Digital Video Recording
Edited on Wed Jun-16-04 11:12 PM by arwalden
Record JUST the shows you want. Record and ENTIRE night of "Must See TV NBC Thursday" (4 hours)... then watch it at your leisure on Friday. Skipping EVERY commercial and condensing 4 hours of recorded TV into just over 3 hours of watching time.

Meanwhile, as you're watching your Thursday Night shows, it's recording whatever you wanted to record on Friday. No time is wasted. No commercials. (The only sacrifice is watching stuff a day later.)

That's a small sacrifice to make. Except for local news, I watch that live.

-- Allen

And the weather channel... I watch that live whenever a storm's coming.
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 11:03 PM
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15. I just refuse to pay for it anymore...haven't in over a decade.....
....yet I'm still beholden as I've got an ISP now...but I still boycott the cable/sattelite television...bought over a hundred DVD's so far though! :hi: :*
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 11:13 PM
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18. I'm A DVD Junkie Too... And A Widescreen "Snob"
None of this "full screen" or "pan-n-scan" stuff. LOL.

-- Allen
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 11:45 PM
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21. heehee.....
...I hear ya Allen...it's the way GOD himself would expect to view 'em as well!! :D :D
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curse10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 11:04 PM
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16. comcast cable!
yeah!
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-04 11:54 AM
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22. I disliked Comcast because they have so many ads for Comcast...
It appears that if any slots in their block of "local ads" is unsold, then Comcast will run SELF PROMOTION commercials.

HEY! I've ALREADY got comcast... quit trying to sell it to me!

I know they are only trying to get the "basic" subscribers to upgrade to digital or to get HBO/Showtime/Cinemax/Starz, but it does get tiring. (Almost as tiring as Haliburton commercials and Ditech commercials... but not quite.)
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GhostThatWalks Donating Member (140 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 11:08 PM
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17. Watching another great episode of The Daily Show.
On channle 47 Comedy Central
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