Dish HD Picture Quality Inferior To That Of DirecTV (or Roku 3/Amazon Prime) — June 2015.
by Anura Guruge
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We have had Dish HD TV (again) since last Thursday, June 4, 2015. I had finally managed to cancel my accursed and detested DirecTV account on May 31 — 3 weeks ahead of schedule. Just a few minutes ago Deanna took the pre-paid box with the two Genie receivers to the Post Office. No doubt DirecTV will find something wrong with them and charge me for it. What is new. That is all that DirecTV did for 2 years — lied and cheated at each and every turn.
Well, I am back with Dish. Yes, they are no angels either, BUT I don’t think they are as bad as DirecTV. Maybe I will learn.
But we noticed something right away.
Dish Network picture quality is POOR — one could even say downright bad!
Compared to DirecTV HD it is about 50% as good. I guess they just don’t transmit as much bandwidth.
This may come as a surprise but quality of a HD picture is DEPENDENT on how much resolution is transmitted!
Yes, every once in a while I have seen Dish do decent HD — typically at night during prime time. During the day their HD really sucks.
I remember this NOW from when we switched to DirecTV two years ago. Despite all the other problems with DirecTV we all could BUT not notice that the picture quality was stunningly vivid.
Well we are back to ‘so so’ HD with Dish.
No it is NOT our TVs. We still get BRILLIANT HD with the Roku 3 when watching Amazon Prime. Teischan right now is watching “Mansfield Park” on Amazon and the picture quality is worth writing home about. [Plus we now have DEDICATED 15Mbps, wired, TDS Internet to the Roku! More on that later.]
But ONE good thing on the Dish Hopper. So far I have NOT encountered ANY sound loss. That is good.
But I have to say. WOW. Picture quality of Dish is atrocious. Good job we don’t watch much Dish. 85% of our TV viewing is now on the Roku. I got Dish primarily so that I can have 24×7 CNN and CNBC.