Uverse vs Dish DVR

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Uverse vs Dish DVR

I've had Dish for the past two yrs and I've had the vip722 I believe.  Well, let's start.  Going from Dish to Uverse is like going from Apple OS to Microsoft OS.  One's more expensive and the other is cheaper and buggy. 

 

Remotes:

Dish:

The remote was easy and practical.  The FF went exactly as advertised 30 secs forward made watching football perfect.  No jerky pics, nothing just worked

 

Uverse:

Cheesy remote, the aim really REALLY lacks punch.  You'll have to aim it perfectly to work.  I'm seriously thinking of getting the UHF remote, its gotta be better than this.

 

Picture:

Dish:

More fluid, in other words less motion blur.

Uverse:

jerky when paused but sorta good in other ways.  Motion blur is pronouced but I'm a picture aficionado, most people won't be able to tell the difference.  I have a Panasonic 65in Plasma Versa (I refused to buy the older LCD's but I'm considering the 240 hz brands out now) so you can tell I take that seriously.  98% of the world, wouldn't care.

 

DVR:

Dish:

Hands down the best ever but it doesn't give you a lot of space, other than that, its cool.  I've kept shows for over 6 months on that thing.

Uverse:

I've already missed recordings on this thing.  Wanted to record the Heat home opener, lost it but other shows have recorded but it doesn't have a history on it so I don't know why it didn't record.  Also, when you record, you have to REALLY REALLY care if its high def or SD because you can easily miss shows because you picked two HD shows to record at the same time.  Needless to say that this was a culture shock coming from Dish.  I now only record movies, sports events and my main three shows in HD, everything else, low def.  With all of the sports shows this Sunday, its going to be difficult with football AND the Amazing race coming on.  Learning to adapt.

 

Features:

Dish:

Not much there but the basics but the advertised features work and work well.  Its like the cadillac of the DVR, cable TV stuff.  Oh yeah, two HD shows at a time is a REAL REAL cool feature.

Uverse:

Online programming, more features coming.  The ability to hook up 4 tv's at a time vs 2 tv's for my DVR is cool. Parental Locking is per TV, which is EXCEPTIONALLY COOL!!!  Would love an online feature which would allow me to see what my kids attempted to see which would make it the best BAR NONE!!

 

Pricing:

 

Dish:

Nickel and diming you to DEATH!!!!  Want a DVR, pay the 6 dollar DVR fee, Want HD, pay 10 dollars for it.  Want extra recievers, pay 5 dollars per reciever beyond the first two, etc.  Boy that BURNED ME UP!!!

 

Uverse:

As straight forward as it gets.  I've NEVER seen a company more straight with the fees than ATT (even the cell phones are upfront).

 

Overall:

I prefer Uverse so far but ATT can EASILY fix the problems.  Fix the $##@%$ FF feature or make it programmable.  Auto pull programs from HD to SD if theres a conflict, if need be.  At this point, with all of the features screwing up, I just think of the DVR as practically non-existent.  If I can't watch football games or basketball games the way I want to, its 30% useless.  If it skips important recordings, its 50% useless.  So right now, the DVR is kinda useless.  What am I supposed to do?  Just record EVERYTHING IN SD?  Again, I think its easily fixable but it will probably take a yr for ATT to do anything about it.  However, if they auto recorded all lower priority programs in SD that have conflicts and fix the 48 sec FF "feature", it would be nirvana.  Oh yes, if they gave 1080p, that would CRUSH the competition.  Forget about offering 1080i with better compression, Tune it up to 1080p or at least give us the option.  I don't download 12megs all day and 99% of the time I don't even hit 1meg.

 

 

P.S.  I would recommend everyone take your HD box and connect that via RJ45's.  For HD content, you'll need it as my box started red-lighting just a day after the tech left.  RJ45's will give it a much better stability factor.

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ACE - Master

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Interesting.  A complete report on your PERSONAL experience.  So it really is not valid for everyone.  For example, our remote works fine....as does our DVR.  Oh sure, there are a few features we wish we had but over the years, as we have used 4 different TV service suppliers(DTV, Comcast, Time Warner & Uverse), each one had positives and negatives.  Some things that may be negative to you have no effect on others.  I guess we all look over the features of the different services and go with what works best for us.  The one feature we would most like to see added....is one that we had with DTV some years ago.  That is the ability to program our entire evening of viewing ahead of time.  The box would remember it and all we had to do is sit back and watch.  Wish U-verse had that.  Seems to us that if the box can be programmed to record a schedule of programs it ought to be able to also handle being set up in advance with the schedule of programs for an evening.

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>> Fix the $##@%$ FF feature or make it programmable.  <<

 

Even after re-reading your post I'm not sure what your beef is about FF (were you referring to FWD?).  As I mentioned in a related thread, pressing FF and watching for your program's resume point and then press PLAY works for me, and even better yet pressing FF twice seems to be something like 8x fast forward and the commercials are skipped in a flash.

 

Bernie in CT

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ACE - Master

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I was just browsing over at the Dish website this morning and it looks like their new "VIP 922 Slingloaded DVR" is pretty cool.  Has Sling Media already loaded on it for remote computer and mobile viewing.  Also has a 1 TB hard drive.Smiley Surprised

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Do their subs have to buy the dvr, and how much will it cost if they do?  Sounds like a very nice dvr though.

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Before U-verse became available to me, I investigated Dish as an option.  Circuit City still existed, and the DVRs were available for purchase (about $140 as I remember).  When I called Dish for info, I also asked the cost to lease the boxes.  You would have thought that I was playing the shell game!  I couldn't get a straight answer and finally asked for an itemization of all fees.  The rep gave me a monthly leasing fee for each box, and also a separate "initial fee" for each box, equal to Circuit City's purchase price.  I asked why in the world I would pay the purchase price up front and a monthly lease fee.  The answer?  "That's what it costs to get it to your door!"  Even if there had been some legitimate reason for this fee, such as a deposit, it was very hard to determine and seemed deceptive.  I refused to become involved with such a service and after a bit more effort, got U-verse.  I don't know whether Dish requires or allows purchase anymore, but I'd be cautious.  AT&T was very straightforward and there have been no surprise costs.

 

docbombay

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