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Why I Stick With DISH

All good things must come to an end, right? I am no longer a DISH customer but it doesn’t have anything to do with bad service or anything like that. I think of it more as an offer that was too good to refuse. I now have DirecTV but continue to promote DISH because there is no reason for me to stop. See the full story here.

I stuck with DISH for so many years because I never had any reason to cancel it until recently. Check the link above to find out why. I was with DISH for 16 years and I was satisfied with the service during that time and never seriously considered canceling it in favor of another pay-TV service.

My brother has had both Comcast and Verizon’s FiOS TV at various time through the years, and neither one of those have impressed me enough to question my decision to stay with DISH. After 16 years, I was certainly not bound by any contract with DISH, so that’s got nothing to do with my reasons for staying with them for so long.

I’ve also been pretty please with DISH Network’s rates through the years. Although I was quite accustomed to seeing regular price increases when I was a cable TV subscriber, I am happy to report that I have seen very infrequent price increases with DISH. I understand that service providers have a right to raise their prices, but with cable the increased were so frequent, it was actually one of the main reasons I decided to look into getting my television programming from a satellite provider.

I’ve seen the on-screen interfaces of the other pay-TV providers and I don’t like any of them as much as I like DISH’s. From my experience and from numerous reviews I have read, DISH’s DVR systems are very highly regarded in the industry. Now that I’ve had DirecTV for a while, I can see that my suspicions about their user interface were correct. Compared to DISH, my opinion is that the DirecTV interface just isn’t as good.

I absolutely loved my DISH DVR and after many years of using it it’s hard to imagine watching television without a DVR. I’m completely spoiled by being able to watch my favorite programs when I want to watch them. Sure, the VCR was a revolutionary development in TV entertainment in the 1980s, but the DVR has taken it to the next level.

I’m not sure what comes next where TV entertainment is concerned. I know a lot of people, especially younger people are more accustomed to watching TV programming via the internet and they are more likely to be “cutting the cord,” which means they will be moving away from cable and satellite service and using the internet to access the television content they want.

As someone who is a bit older, I am not as comfortable watching television on my PC, but I suspect there will be more services becoming available that will marry internet-delivered programming with more traditional ways of watching television, like in my living room in my recliner where I am more comfortable. We’ll just have to see where the technology takes us next.