Posts Tagged 'satellite tv'

Yes, I’m Looking at DirecTV Again, But . . .

There are always interesting offers for Direct TV, especially if you still us cable (in my case, Comcast) like I do. But I have a bundled Cable/Internet account and can still do something with the basic cable signal I can’t do with DirecTV . . . I can split it and send it all over the house. I think we have 6 TVs fed with basic cable now. For no additional cost whatsoever. I can find no way to do that with sattelite television. Just can’t.
I Can Hook Up As Many TVs as I Want to to Cable, With Not Extra Equipment and No Extra Money.

Boy, if only I just had one or two TVs. The prices, especially for new sign up, just can’t be beat with DirectTV. There’s a 200+ with HD DVR HD package that’s just $54.99 a month  . . . admittedly only for the first 12 months, but still. For a basic family entertainment package for $29.99, which is apparently the every day low price. Only 45+ channels, not quite as good as cable, but it’s a great price . . . almost nothing available from the cable companies that amounts to $30 bucks a month. Still, there’s no easy, inexpensive way to share that signal among multiple TVs, not to mention no way to make it possible for one person to watch something in the living room while someone else watches something different in the bedroom and somebody else watches something else in the kitchen, which happens a lot in my house.

Then there’s the Internet. I can get DSL, but I end up paying the same amount for Internet access that I do now. Satellite television is a better deal for people who don’t need a lot of TVs going.

All of which isn’t to say it’s not possible to have a house with seven TVs hooked up to your DirectTV. It’s just not cheap, and thus not practical for me. And I believe I have to have one or two extra satellite dishes installed to boot. Sigh.

 

People Want Me to Go Satellite, But I’m Waiting for IP TV

The Satellite is an Example of Human Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny in Action. From Television to Radio to TV, the Satellite is an Awesome Invention. Thank you, Mr. Arthur C. Clarket
The Satellite is an Example of Human Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny in Action. From Television to Radio to TV, the Satellite is an Awesome Invention. Thank you, Mr. Arthur C. Clarket

Lots of people out there want my to switch to Direct TV. From friends and family to an awful lot of email I get that claims to be from people I know but I don’t think I really do.

And I like the idea of  Satellite Directv. A lot. My Dad has it. I may have mentioned that. If I could be sure an arrangement of DirectTV and DSL from AT&T would actually be cheaper than Comcast.

Speaking of satellites, does anybody reading this subscribe to XM Radio? Or, Sirius Satellite Radio, I suppose? Anybody else notice that since XM and Sirius merged, they are messing up the stations? I swear, I can’t find stations I used to like to listen to. They’re just gone, replaced by something from Sirius that I don’t want. What’s that all about?

How XM Satellite Radio Works. Pretty cool, but I still don't think I'm going to renew.
How XM Satellite Radio Works. Pretty cool, but I still don’t think I’m going to renew.

If the Dish Network and Direct TV Satellite networks merge, would the same thing happen? Would channels get rearranged or disappear or cost more? I’m sorry, but I worry about these things.

I dunno. I think in the long run, home television is going to get replaced by some form of IP TV, using things like iTunes and the AppleTV or Hulu and Boxee. It’s just the way things are going. And don’t forget the Slingcatcher from Sling Media. It fits in there, somewhere, too. I’m not saying I know where, just that I might skip a transition to Direct Satellite TV or whatever entirely, and just wait for IP TV to get good enough. Cuz it is getting there, and faster than you might think.

Awright. Gotta run and do real work. More later.


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