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Satellite company and 'mos: What's the dish?

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 11-111My Time Warner-issued HD DVR box is such a piece of crapola, that I've considered switching to something like Dish Network on more than one occasion. But in supporting the aforementioned company, would I have been supporting an outfit that doesn't support me?

The Queers United blog, after noting (a) that Dish Network company shareholders recently voted down an anti-discrimination proposal and (b) that the outlet still fails to carry the Logo network (and possibly here! as well), is asking that very question:

So if they don't want to have an anti-discrimination bill for their gay employees, and they don't want to offer gay tv, do they want gay customers?
Is Dish Network Anti-Gay? [Queers United]

We always have been a little distrusting of those little dishes. They seem like they're conjuring up aliens to come an suck out or brains or something. Maybe they're instead picking up secret anti-gay missives from on high, recruiting millions with subliminal homophobia.

Forgive us. Clearly our cable network carries the Sci-Fi network.

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Your thoughts

I had Dish for several year, but only because it was the only Satellite that I could get any reception from. My house was on the bank of a creek in a Redwood forest, and there was one (very small) gap between the branches that allowed me to get a view of their satellite. I asked Dish to carry logo several times, but to no avail. But, at the same time, they had close to a dozen religious channels. In the future, my vote would be NO on Dish.

But, DirecTV, on the other hand...

Posted by: Dick Mills | Feb 9, 2009 7:02:13 PM

While Dish claims to be public, it's leaders have very close ties to religious organizations. The vote to deny equal protection to gay employees should be a clear signal to any GLBT customers that their dollars are not welcome. And in this economy, it matters where you spend your money. I have been a DirecTV customer for several years, and while I am no fan of Murdoch's News Crap, sorry, Corp., at least they play both sides of the fence by carrying Logo. Now if only we could convince them to carry here! and 10% gay porn, we'd be getting somewhere... And if you haven't checked out RuPaul's Drag Race, do it, and don't f**k it up!

Posted by: Gary | Feb 9, 2009 7:45:30 PM

If you're going to get satellite, there's no reason not to get DirecTV instead. I've had both. We got rid of Dish *because* we kept calling and asking them when they were going to be getting LOGO. "Soon, very soon" was the answer, every time. It became clear after a few years of this they had no intention of carrying the channel, but also wouldn't come right out and tell us that either. I've been very happy with DirecTV ever since.

Posted by: ScottVanT | Feb 9, 2009 9:00:31 PM

Thanks for re-posting for your readers. It appears comment after comment I read on my blog, yours, or elsewhere that people have had issues with dish, clearly they have heard LGBT voices, but they refuse to recognize us.

Posted by: queerunity | Feb 9, 2009 9:41:37 PM

We had DirecTV at our last apartment here in FL. I hate the way that the signal is bad enough for the picture to completely drop-out literally for minutes and sometimes hours at a time when the weather is bad. But that's a symptom of just about any satelite service.
I'd recommend cable over satelite for technological reasons, but most cable providers have become as bad (if not worse) as/than the phone company and DMV combined.
Big companies, and especially utilities that get granted exclusive franchises for a particular locality, keep giving less and less features, worse and worse customer service, and higher and higher fees, despite the savings to the companies of economies of scale and better technology. As with any and all big business these days, it's all about milking the public for as much as they can get out of us to give to their shareholders and CEOs.

Posted by: JWSwift | Feb 9, 2009 10:18:38 PM

JWSwift, I had that problem too. The wind would only have to be high enough to move one limb in the way, and my signal would drop. But I got a 24" reflector dish from a third party company, and after that, even in the absolutely worst driven rain and wind, I never lost the signal. Even when the power went out, I would turn on the generator and the neighbors would come over and it was a party.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Feb 10, 2009 12:48:06 AM

Dish has been notoriously anti-gay for years and I thought everyone was aware of that. Any self-respecting gay or lesbian who subscribes to Dish is woefully uninformed. Please don't give them any of your money.

Posted by: Roy | Feb 10, 2009 4:10:06 PM

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