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Old 07-16-2007   #7
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Thanks to all for your input and opinions on this debate. Switching gears for a moment - I called my cable company, Comcast, and HD programming is $7 per month per TV for 12 channels and $12 per month for the DVR. This is in addition to the $70 per month I already pay.

Is Satellite TV the way to go at this point? Are the advantages greater than cable and if so, what are they? Also, do any recorders (either Tivo or DVRs) record in 1080P or just 720P/1080i?


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Yeah I know the cable companies are in general total ripoff artists. My system here in NYC is Time Warner and they are outrageous. Unfortunately, I don;t have much choice living in a co-op apt unless I can convince the whole building to go DirecTV.

Speaking of that yes I think DirecTV will have the upperhand shortly. They have launched 1 of 3 new Satellites they claim will all be devoted to HD, eventually bringing their HD channel offerings to 150. It has been slow in the making, but I think we will see many additional channels and a switch to MPED4 this fall.
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No DVR's record in 1080p. As far as Sat. I use Dish net. It has over 30 channels of HD right now. Dish will also have a new sat up in a couple of months that will start the move to an all MPEG 4 system. As far as Directv being the leader that is going to be a toss up. There will be very few channels that they will get that Dish doesn't get, in addition to those new channels Dish already has more HD than Directv. Part of what you will need to look at is does Dish or Directv carry your OTA channels as well as being able to pick them up OTA. The picture quality of Dish HD right now is a little better right now. I happen to know that Directv is now buying the same co's encoders that Dish is using. So maybe both will have the same pq after both get their 2 new birds (2 each) up and running. To find out more about satellite you should look at the sat forums: &
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