Last week, I talked to you guys about my change in Internet providers from cable to satellite. This week, I'll be talking about how the television experience has matched up.
I've been enthusiastically happy about my Dish experience so far, and I assume Direct TV, another satellite company, would be similar. Both advertised cheaper rates than cable providers.
What I was concerned about was if the picture and sound would be as good as on cable. In fact, it seems far superior, with the ability to record twice as many programs at less than half the price.
Oscar poses near the Dish satellite receiver.
I'm also a classical music buff, and the music stations on Dish Network actually seem superior in sound quality to those on cable, even though the sound comes out of the same speakers. I'm not sure how that could be, except the signal must be that stronger with the Dish.
I also was concerned that strong winds off the lake might impede the quality of TV reception, but that has not been the case - and we've had some doozy winds. According to the technician who installed our dish, he said he hasn't encountered a difficulty with weather, and Dish reception in the three years he's been installing the systems.
Besides the classical music station, Dish also has the ability to receive Pandora premium music stations without ads for no extra charge, which I enjoy, especially the baroque chamber music stations.
Many of the programs I want to see are aired the same nights - my big night is Thursday - but I can now record everything at once. I can also select "Prime Time Anytime," so I have no danger of missing any of my favorite shows.
I have no stock in the company and no interest in promoting one company over another, but the Dish network has exceeded my expectations at a lesser cost than cable was charging.
I'll let you know if any of that changes.
I'm not the only one enjoying it, as you saw by the photo taken by Herman. Oscar was striking a listening pose near the new satellite dish on Monday, reminding me of the iconic RCA ad of the dog listening by the gramophone. I think it's called "His Master's Voice." In this case, could it be "His Master's Satellite Signal?"
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website, www.kathrynskorner.com