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(Fox Business)   Dish Network and DirecTV discuss merger. Will be the 2nd biggest merger of television and dishes since half time of Super Bowl XLVIII   (foxbusiness.com) divider line 27
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2014-03-28 08:47:31 AM
im sure they have the customers interests in mind for this.
 
2014-03-28 08:51:52 AM
Because people have too much choice in TV sources already.

I chose an antenna since the only other option is Comcast. North-facing balcony means no dish (not that they offer much value anywho).
 
2014-03-28 08:53:04 AM
On the plus side, it will be amusing to watch the respective CEOs walk back those ads they've been running attacking each other.
 
2014-03-28 08:55:13 AM
Also, this (use adblock)

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2014-03-28 09:17:16 AM
Dish has the definite advantage in equipment and online access. Hopefully none of that will be lost after a merger.


kittyhas1000legs: I chose an antenna since the only other option is Comcast. North-facing balcony means no dish (not that they offer much value anywho).


I had a similar problem. Dumped Mediacom for CenturyLink internet and had DirecTV come out to install... found out that my neighbor's maple trees completely block LOS to their satellite. Their regional installation manager came out to see for himself, sighed, and gave me his DISH counterpart's business card. Just wish I could stop DirecTV's weekly "sign up for our service!" mailers.
 
2014-03-28 09:21:26 AM
higher prices for everybody!
 
2014-03-28 10:15:42 AM
If this eliminates those "Hopper" commercials, I may be ok with this.
 
2014-03-28 10:29:57 AM

WhiskeySticks: If this eliminates those "Hopper" commercials, I may be ok with this.


THIS
 
2014-03-28 11:09:09 AM
I thought the feds kiboshed the deal a few years ago when they tried to merge?
 
2014-03-28 11:25:34 AM
I don't get the reference.
 
2014-03-28 11:26:25 AM
This is not a repeat from the last time that Dish and DirecTV decided to merge into one larger pile of suck.
 
2014-03-28 11:40:37 AM
If this means we get DISH style products, customer service, and pricing all on the Direct TV infrastructure I'm all for it. If it means the latter than this would suck for consumers.
 
2014-03-28 11:42:24 AM
If this means that we can still get NFL Sunday Ticket AND the Pac-12 Network, I'm in.
 
2014-03-28 12:10:05 PM

Motogp69: If this means we get DISH style products, customer service, and pricing all on the Direct TV infrastructure I'm all for it. If it means the latteropposite than this would suck for consumers.

 
2014-03-28 12:34:07 PM

Motogp69: If this means we get DISH style products, customer service, and pricing all on the Direct TV infrastructure I'm all for it. If it means the latter than this would suck for consumers.


What exactly is better about DTV's "infrastructure?" I'm not at all sure what you mean.
 
2014-03-28 12:35:51 PM

cameroncrazy1984: I don't get the reference.


People were throwing plates and cups at the tv because of the shiattiness of the halftime show?

That's all I can think of.
 
2014-03-28 12:38:28 PM

Motogp69: If this means we get DISH style products, customer service, and pricing all on the Direct TV infrastructure I'm all for it. If it means the latter than this would suck for consumers.


Exactly what infrastructure? The only real difference is that DirecTV uses Ku and Ka bands vs. just Ku. The combination of all their satellites in the sky could at least provide enough bandwidth for more HD channels (and less bitrate-starved HD).
 
2014-03-28 01:25:50 PM
If you fark with my Sunday Ticket, then we're going to have a problem.  Also, Dish Network's customer service used to suck major ass.  I don't know if their mindset has changed or not, but DirecTV will hook a brother up if I have any issues with service.
 
2014-03-28 02:01:37 PM

Brosephus: If you fark with my Sunday Ticket, then we're going to have a problem.  Also, Dish Network's customer service used to suck major ass.  I don't know if their mindset has changed or not, but DirecTV will hook a brother up if I have any issues with service.


I've been a Dish customer for 8 years now and never had a CS issue, though our local guys may be the difference there.  When the Hopper came out I called to see how much it would cost me to upgrade, they hooked me up with a free hopper, joeys for every other TV, and showed up at 8:15am the next day to set it all up.   Dude even took the time to write down all the shows we had DVR timers for and set them all up on the Hopper.  Couldn't have been happier.  Even got the free iPad even though I wasn't a "new" customer.
 
2014-03-28 02:46:15 PM
Dish sucks
 
2014-03-28 03:58:48 PM

DoBeDoBeDo: Brosephus: If you fark with my Sunday Ticket, then we're going to have a problem.  Also, Dish Network's customer service used to suck major ass.  I don't know if their mindset has changed or not, but DirecTV will hook a brother up if I have any issues with service.

I've been a Dish customer for 8 years now and never had a CS issue, though our local guys may be the difference there.  When the Hopper came out I called to see how much it would cost me to upgrade, they hooked me up with a free hopper, joeys for every other TV, and showed up at 8:15am the next day to set it all up.   Dude even took the time to write down all the shows we had DVR timers for and set them all up on the Hopper.  Couldn't have been happier.  Even got the free iPad even though I wasn't a "new" customer.


I've been with DirecTV since '97 with one 2yr break in service due to apartment living.  I got "Genied" last year for free as you got the Hopper.  I've never had any issues with DirecTV personally, but I've talked with people who had issues with both services.  I guess it's all in personal experiences.
 
2014-03-28 04:44:25 PM
DirecTV is friendlier with providing additional content and HD channels. Even then, the issue between the two is not the services or content; it is how hard it is to cancel one over the other. I am a bankruptcy attorney and dealing with dish is a nightmare for most people I have encountered trying to cancel their service. Dish on the other hand is quite easy to work with for the most part.
 
2014-03-28 04:47:47 PM
I quit Comcast (after they called me a liar and a cheat when I called them out on fraudulent PPV charges), and had to give up my beloved TiVos when I switched to Dish and their miserable Hopper.  I'm seriously considering dropping Dish's terrible service and taking a $250 ETF haircut in the process.  Sports stations that are only in HD when there's a live game on?  What the hell is this, 2003?  You have to use separate broadband service to do on-demand?  Channels that jump back and forth from tier-to-tier? A thick-as-a-brick DVR that gives a new meaning to "non-intuitive"?  Yecch.

I'm really considering my options.  I wish there was a media box that wasn't some hacked-together science project by Linux evangelist fanboys, with a browser, flash support to pull streams in real time and record them in the background, tune Aereo/Amazon/Hulu/Netflix (with multi-region support to get around the stupid Netflix restrictions).  I'd kiss Comcast's ass just enough to get decent broadband again (Clear 4G sucks for anything serious, BTW) and tell Dish to fark off.

I've got a closet fulla TiVos, including 1 HD and 1 Premiere - anyone figured out how to re-purpose one of these yet?
 
2014-03-28 07:53:49 PM
Jay Leno has taken to submitting Fark headlines, I guess.
 
2014-03-28 10:39:20 PM

MBP2112: I quit Comcast (after they called me a liar and a cheat when I called them out on fraudulent PPV charges), and had to give up my beloved TiVos when I switched to Dish and their miserable Hopper.  I'm seriously considering dropping Dish's terrible service and taking a $250 ETF haircut in the process.  Sports stations that are only in HD when there's a live game on?  What the hell is this, 2003?  You have to use separate broadband service to do on-demand?  Channels that jump back and forth from tier-to-tier? A thick-as-a-brick DVR that gives a new meaning to "non-intuitive"?  Yecch.

I'm really considering my options.  I wish there was a media box that wasn't some hacked-together science project by Linux evangelist fanboys, with a browser, flash support to pull streams in real time and record them in the background, tune Aereo/Amazon/Hulu/Netflix (with multi-region support to get around the stupid Netflix restrictions).  I'd kiss Comcast's ass just enough to get decent broadband again (Clear 4G sucks for anything serious, BTW) and tell Dish to fark off.

I've got a closet fulla TiVos, including 1 HD and 1 Premiere - anyone figured out how to re-purpose one of these yet?


You do know that CSN doesn't broadcast in HD for non game content on services that aren't called Comcast right? You'll have that problem on any service. Other regionals like MASN do the same.

Comcast does that so they can boast "more HD" channels but the league contracts force the HD broadcast of games.

Just FYI
 
2014-03-28 11:24:07 PM

MBP2112: I've got a closet fulla TiVos, including 1 HD and 1 Premiere - anyone figured out how to re-purpose one of these yet?


Buy an antenna.  Works great until the networks decide to stop broadcasting to get revenge on Aereo.
 
2014-03-29 09:28:18 AM
Had DirecTV for years, loved the integrated TiVo option, but cut the cord some time back to save $. We're the Hulu-Netflix-Amazon-AppleTV-OTA folks they're all scared of.

If they merge, who's left in the satellite-TV industry to compete?
 
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