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Hello, was thinking to switch to satallite from cable. Overall do you get more channels for the money? How often does the signal go down? Just thunderstorms? Or like now when 10 inches of snow falling?

Is the military channel worth having if you like WW2? I heard just a bunch of old repeats?

Lots of deals now for new customers and cheap HD boxes!

Thanks for any info.

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Here in the Far East snow isn't a problem....unless it's the wet snow that sticks to the dish for a couple of hours in the morning.

We get three sets of US networks with Shaw Direct...Detroit & Seattle in HD...+ Spokane in SD.

We don't sub to the Military Channel.
 

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I'm in Edmonton. I only lose signal in a very heavy thunderstorm. Snow only affects the dish if it sticks to the dish. We rarely get wet snow so it's not an issue.
 

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Ok thanks. Well should I switch to sat? I really don't see any advantages. About the same money as cable. Do you get more channels or more HD? Only advantage I see is that you can pick and choose channels more to your liking and can cancel services for periods when not at home.

Or maybe Bell or other SAt. companies have better packages and cheaper?

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It's really a personal choice.

You need to do your own comparison in conjunction with what you watch and what you'll be paying.
 

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I live in Edmonton as well and other than the really big lightning storms, have never lost the signal due to weather, and even then only for a few seconds.

Adavantages to satellite vs. cable are a personal choice. If you move a fair amount, advantage to satellite is no hookup/disconnect fees - just call SD and they'll install a new dish at your new residence and your progamming is the same.

Disadvantage is having to buy one or more HD receivers/PVR's - once you've invested the cash and you aren't satisfied with the service, you can only hope to recover some of your costs via EBAY.

It's really a personal choice Personally, I like the home away from home package for when we are travelling with the RV.
 

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Thanks for the tips. I have decided on Telus optic tv, no satellite. 2 free Hd boxes with one being a PVR. Sign up bonus of 3 months free on some items, 6 months free on others. After all bonuses, the monthly charge still is cheaper then all the rest.

Best price and they claim same HD picture as Satellite at 1080i, and faster then cable at 15mb/second.
 

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I'm in Edmonton. I only lose signal in a very heavy thunderstorm. Snow only affects the dish if it sticks to the dish. We rarely get wet snow so it's not an issue.
Except with the recent snow.. I was up on my roof last night knocking the snow off the support arm.
It seems that the 630 is more demanding than my 5xx. It was working just fine although with only a 20% signal.
 

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Well my first ever HD TV is hooked up today and it's wonderful. Picture is brighter, larger and with clear and crisp details. I asked the installer and he said this Optik HD beats anything out there hands down.

So free HD PVR, free 2nd HD box. All kinds of price deals to start up. But you do need a 3 yr term. You also can use second TV to access the PVR for recording, viewing.

Oh and he said 3HD/1Std for recording so I'm running on max everthing. Transfer rate is a crazy 26 Mb/second maxed out wow,

Now I just need to figure out if it's worth exchanging the LCD for LED? More money but better pic and less power used.

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WEll now not so good as I thought. Only 1 HD stream. So 1HD/2Std. I don't think this will cut it with 2 TV's and 4 family members wanting to watch and record. Telus is saying that my area might be upgraded in the future. Sure!

Also this telus HD box is missing a few features that shaw had with the motorola. And I'm not done checking the telus system yet.
 

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Yes I agree. I have 30 days to try it out and cancel with no penalty. I am worried a little as the customer can't get out of a 3 yr deal, but they can increase prices anytime they want. Add or subtract services. Rip OFF! I think if you sign up on a deal that should lock in the price.

Also worried that nobody is giving the guarantee that my area will be 3HD/1STD anytime soon. The best they will say is that it's probably only months away, and they working on it. And that there plan is to get all areas to at least 2HD/1STD.

Right now I have only 1HD TV anyway. So far picture is great and we have all the channels that shaw had and many more also. The best prices as well. Beats shaw like crazy for HD box costs [0}, and monthly billing.
 
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