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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 2nd May '09 2:11 PM


I've always had cable TV before - I guess for 2 decades.

This house already had a satellite dish, and that company would install after 5pm, which the cable company would not. So I decided to give it a try so as to not miss any school..

But every time there's a bolt of lightening anywhere near my house, the satellite goes out. And when you live in tornado alley, that's exactly the time you need your weather report the most, not the least.

Does anyone have good luck with satellite? Can you sell me on it before I go running, screaming, back to the cable company?

Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 2nd May '09 2:20 PM

Sorry - cable person here. It runs my tv, internet, and phone and I have 98% luck with it, unless something major happens and then the whole area goes out, not just me.

Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21600)
Sat, 2nd May '09 2:26 PM

Any kind of satellite dish thing in Florida is a total waste as even the hint of rain puts it out-certain time of year rains every afternoon. I have Bright House and they will schedule even Sunday appts. -had no luck with their phone kept going out frequently so now I simply do not have a land line. Have found their TV and internet services and products excellent-Linda

Mrbojangles  (Level: 16.6 - Posts: 231)
Sat, 2nd May '09 3:00 PM

I'm a cable person and also live in tornado alley. I recommend that you get a NOAA weather radio that stays on when the power goes out and sounds an alarm when severe weather approaches.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 2nd May '09 3:09 PM

That's excellent advice! But I do also feel better being able to watch the satellite pic on the Weather Channel as things approach, too.

Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 2nd May '09 3:59 PM

Fine except during snowstorm or heavy rainstorm.

Cable is coming, coming, coming

Well, maybe someday

Of course, high speed internet did get to this forgotten corner of France very quickly.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:49 AM

Yeah, I'm cable, too. We had satellite for awhile and it was nice to have the on-screen guide and all that, but any kind of heavy rain (she said from soaked Southeast Missouri) knocked it out. Now that cable has caught up with satellite technologically, I don't see any reason to go back.

Crazy4games  (Level: 123.0 - Posts: 1020)
Sun, 3rd May '09 3:06 PM

I was a sattelite user for about 10 years, for the first 8 years without complaint, except for the occasional loss of signal during storms. Recently though, the signal had just been getting increasingly worse, even on beautiful sunny days. When I called for service, it took them 5 days to get her, then, because it was rainning, the guy would'nt go on the roof to check the dish.
I had cable installed last week, with On Demand, and I love it!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 3rd May '09 5:00 PM

I switched to dish 2 years ago when the local cable company couldn't work out a deal to show IU basketball games. A friend applied Rain-X to it, like the kind used for windshields. I've never lost my signal for more than a few minutes and we definitely have our share of thunderstorms here. I do have a very clear path behind my house, no obstructions at all. Dish is cheaper too.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 3rd May '09 5:27 PM

Wow - I never would have thought of applying Rain-X or anything to the dish (I would have been afraid of ruining it). I'll try that!

Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 3rd May '09 6:31 PM

We have a dish & love it. Even in our rainy season (most of the year) we don't have a problem with outages. If we get wet snow (we hardly ever get the dry light kind) we sometimes have to hose off the dish with warm water. Other than that it is cheaper & we get more stations than the local cable offers. I wonder if Rain-x will work for snow, I'll let you know next Winter

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sun, 3rd May '09 9:18 PM

Had the dish...always went out at the most inopportune times, got cable.

Cable has been darn near perfect. Well, the product, the customer service is the most ATROCIOUS thing I have ever encountered. I abhor having to call every 6 or 12 months to see if they have a better deal for me, as a customer for over 5 years and upwards of $250 per month promptly, I should be at the TOP of their list. Additionally the people they hire, must be able to pass some sort of rudeness test in order to be hired.

So, long story short last Friday switched to AT & T's new service U-Verse (fiber optic). Saved me about $90 per month, plus too many more channels to count and HD (which OF COURSE was more with Comcast), faster internet, better e-mail system... My DVR now records 4 channels at a time and I can watch them in any room in the house (not have to fight for the big TV with the whole family). Best of ALL...this is NOT an introductory rate. No calling every 6 months because my bill went through the roof.

Good bye, so long, good riddance Comcast...


Madamec8  (Level: 82.5 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 3rd May '09 9:22 PM

You got some good responses Janice.

Now, would you like for us to sell you on Ebay?

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 4th May '09 8:16 AM


That would be practically impossible. But - go for it!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:13 AM

We had both snow and ice storms here last winter and the rain-x seemed to work.

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Wed, 6th May '09 10:37 PM

No problems ever with connection thru Cable, but Satellite sucks big time - No Xbox connectivity, very slow downloads, drops in and out. What a pain that Cables are not laid out this way, and DSL still not here yet. Bloody Tasmania LOL

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