Technology Geeks: Dish Network Versus DirecTV Part 2

dish picWell, the installers arrived to hook up my new Dish Network DVR and satellite dish for my TV. (You can check out part one of my satellite dish review here.) I’m about to put myself through the process of cutting off my DirecTV service, which should be easy. (Not!) Meanwhile, I thought I’d tell ya what I think of Dish Network so far.

First, I noticed that this unit only uses a single cable despite being a dual tuner. DirecTV used two for their dual tuners. That means they would only need to drill one hole in my wall instead of two (if I didn’t already have two to begin with). When DirecTV added the extra cable back in January of ’07, they actually hit a line in the wall and cut out my refrigerator. (Again, I really didn’t like their installer.) I have no idea how badly mangled the wires are, but the fridge still works. I just had to hit the breaker to get it going again. At any rate, now I only have one cable to bury in the yard instead of two.
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Technology Geeks: Dish Network Versus DirecTV

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My Experiences With Both Satellite Companies

About a year and a half ago, I switched from Dish Network to DirecTV. Basically, I was broke at the time and wanted a nice dual-tuner DVR and DirecTV had started going after Dish Network subscribers in a bid to get us to switch. I had the impression that Dish Network was cheaper than DirecTV, but DirecTV had better equipment. This came from my time working at … uh, let’s call it Electronics City. (I now know that much of the training I got from the City was just salespitch spin, but didn’t know it back then.) When I compared versus the other, I thought they were roughly even and maybe I should the other guys a try. So when all these factors converged, I went for it and tried out DirecTV. So how’d it go? Who wins in the Dish Network versus DirecTV satellite battle?
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Review & Commentary: BBC’s Jekyll!

I’ve only seen the first episode of Jekyll on BBC America, but I’m already enjoying it. Like many things BBC, the show is a little different than you might expect. I plan to watch the whole series and will update this review when I’ve seen’em all.

Basically, the series starts right in the middle of things. Hyde has already emerged from inside of Tom Jackman’s own personlity and now the two are trying to learn how to live in the same body. Hyde is like a supernatural force of evil (jerk stole my childhood fantasy!) who’s unnaturally strong, fast, smart. That kinda stuff. So there isn’t much you can do if he wants to hurt you, eat you, or steal your lunch money.


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