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Can D* and E* use the same roof mount?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by johnzim63, Dec 15, 2005.

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  1. johnzim63

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    I'm thinking of switching to E* to get their silly-sweet deal for new subscribers. My question: Could the installer use the existing D* roof mount for the new dish antenna? In other words, I don't want any more holes than necessary in my roof. Thanks!
     
  2. KingLoop

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    In a word yes. The dual LNB D* 18 in. dish and the E* 20 in. Dish 500 use the same size pole and footplate.
     
  3. johnzim63

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    Thanks for the info, Kingloop! I should have mentioned that I have the newer triple LNB antenna. Would an E* antenna still fit? Thanks again. :)
     
  4. jdspencer

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    I don't see why not. My old 18" DTV dish uses the same dia pole as the Phase III dish.
     
  5. KingLoop

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    For a Dish 500, yes. For a SuperDish, no. Do you know if you need a SuperDish?
     
  6. sat101

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    Amherst NY uses Dish 500 and 2nd 18" dish for PBS and UPN. The one mount is fine but they will have to mount 2nd dish .
     
  7. johnzim63

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    Ouch! Thanks for that bit of critical info. I'm pretty sure I don't want a second UAA (ugly-ass antenna) on my roof. Kinda blows the whole idea for me. :( Looks like I'm stuck with Directv for now.
     
  8. sat101

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    If you don't want those two channels then you don't need the 2nd dish. Are you happy with DTV ? Just remember sweet deals change after a few months then you will be stuck with Dish for a year, if you like DTV then stick with them and enjoy.
     
  9. johnzim63

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    Those 2 channels would be nice, but not deal-breakers. But to speak to the broader issue: How can a tv-subscriber--at the end of a contract--ignore the deals that are out there? Both Adelphia cable and DishNetwork are offering me very attractive incentives. Sure I like Directv; but do I like it enough to ignore an opportunity to get all new hardware, just for switching? (Not to mention the huge 3-month discount on programming.) I think NOT. If D* would even attempt to match their competitors, I would listen very closely. But NOT. I've solicited them to make me an offer to stay, and they lamely point to their $100-DVR and $200-HD/DVR rebates, which of course involve a 2-year committment. Uh, not even close, Fellas. :rolleyes:
     
  10. sat101

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    Make sure you check what channels dish offers. Do you watch YES Network or The NFL Ticket, both only on DTV. How long have you been DTV subcriber ?
     
  11. johnzim63

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    Been with DTV for 12 months. I don't have YES or NFL Ticket. But you guys are right about E*. I did some more hardware research, and it seems that their equipment is as buggy as ever. A few years ago I switched from Adelphia, and the Dish equipment was very frustrating to use. Nearly constant glitches and crashes. So now I'm eating crow. <*Big Sigh*> Staying with DTV. But at least when I called them to whine about my contract ending, they threw in 6 months of nearly-free HBO. Yippee.
     
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