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HD Dish-Receiver - Trees prohibit getting most worthwhile channels

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SeaGail73, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. Jun 6, 2014 #1 of 13
    SeaGail73

    SeaGail73 New Member

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    First, I'm a definite rookie, but would like some basic questions answered if anyone can help.

    1. Can you get an HD Dish and Receiver, but point the dish where the old dish was pointing (standard definition)? We had someone come out and they said there's no way we can get HD signals on most decent channels.

    2. If pointing it for maximum reception above (even though not pointing at HD satellites), will the HD receiver still work fine (standard def channels).

    So many features are only available on the HD Receiver. I was thinking about DirecTV Everywhere as an option to be able to see some of the HD channels in HD, where the direct feed from our satellite would not permit that due to the tree issues, and no, we are NOT going to cut trees down - we live here for a reason.

    Thank you very much.

    Gail in the Pacific NW
     
  2. Jun 6, 2014 #2 of 13
    KyL416

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    If you just want SD linear channels you don't need the HD dish, you can just get an HD DVR and activate it with HD service and have access to HD on demand content from many networks. You can also get an AM21 and provided you have decent OTA reception get HD locals.

    Although if you have tree issues with the 99 and 103 slots, which are right next to the 101 slot, there's a chance you'll lose 101 if the trees grow any further.
     
  3. Jun 6, 2014 #3 of 13
    litzdog911

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    Who came out and told you that? When?

    The HD satellites are very close in the sky to the SD satellite. Check out http://www.dishpoint.com and you can view an aerial map of your location and see the line-of-sight to each of the satellites. For SD service, you need a clear shot to 101ºW. For HD service you also need 99 and 103ºW, which are pretty close together in the sky.
     
  4. Jun 6, 2014 #4 of 13
    trainman

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    I think you mean http://www.dishpointer.com/ -- other link just goes to a placeholder page.
     
  5. Jun 6, 2014 #5 of 13
    peds48

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    1. an HD dish point the same way as the SD dish.

    2. DirecTV tech can't install an HD receiver without having pristine signal to the appropriate satellites
     
  6. Jun 7, 2014 #6 of 13
    litzdog911

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    Oops. Thanks.
     
  7. SeaGail73

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    Thanks everyone for the tips. With our massive evergreens, there never has been, nor will there ever be a pristine signal - all we ask is that when it's clear that at least we can get all the channels, which has always been possible in the past - just when it rains, lose many. This is a very recent phenomenon. I did notice a branch of a cherry tree full of leaves that might be blocking part of the dish itself. If that's the only problem (plus perhaps tweaking the adjustment), maybe we'll be okay after all. Now to see about contacting a tree trimmer - verrrrry tall cherry tree.

    Thanks again.

    Gail in the Pacific NW
     
  8. litzdog911

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    If a tree branch and its leaves are blocking the signal, no amount of "dish tweaking" will help.
     
  9. SeaGail73

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    DirecTV is so screwy. There is a good company in Bremerton (Total Satellite) that has done good work for us in the past (with DirecTV, you never know what you're gonna get - one guy appeared rather inebriated or hung over one time). Anyway, he tried a commercial grade antenna and even that doesn't work sufficiently, and with no possibility of cable, he said he thought he might be able to mount the dish 6' higher and it would get above the trees. The trees are dense, and even he said there's no way we can point a dish at the HD satellites and get anything we'd want - we really do have a narrow window. Soooo, he offered to try that. They talked to DirecTV and then we did too and got reinstated with all the freebies; however, they said they had to send THEIR contractor out first (who of course would not get a line of sight) ... then Total Satellite could come out right behind him and do their thing. Isn't that the stupidest thing you've ever heard of? Also they said we HAD to get an HD receiver, which is not true either. Makes me wonder if we want to even try or stick with the indoor antenna which at least gets some reception. There's a definitely lack of knowledge (or limited knowledge) when you talk to a representative! Thanks for your input from before. I will keep the board posted in case someone else has a similar issue.
     
  10. peds48

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    I am not sure I understand. Who are you getting the equipment from? DirecTV or the tech from Total Satellite
     
  11. carl6

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    I'm trying to read between the lines here. Are you currently a DirecTV customer? If so, I would guess/assume SD only with an 18" round dish. You want to upgrade your account? Or are you not a current customer trying to set up an account?

    I do think DirecTV is still installing SD systems, but only for a few more days, so it may very well be true that you have to get an HD receiver (especially if you are a new customer).

    There is no reason at all to get a multi-satellite dish if you are not getting HD service. Everything for SD in the Seattle market (which includes your area) comes on the 101 satellite, including locals.

    I'm not sure what you are referring to with regard to the indoor antenna. That must just go directly to your TV set and have nothing to do with DirecTV service. If you have an SD receiver, it may go into the SD receiver, then come back out to the TV when the receiver is off, but does nothing with regard to what you get from DirecTV.

    Any upgrade to an SD account would be to an HD account, so for that you would have to get the new dish, and new HD receivers.

    With regard to having DirecTV come out first and not be able to get line of sight, then allowing a contractor to try, I don't know who told you that, but I seriously doubt that DirecTV would cover the cost of the contractor. The contractor may or may not want to come out unless they are providing equipment (new account or additions), in which case promos from DirecTV would most likely not apply. You need to be careful here with regard to what you do, as you could end up paying more both initially, and ongoing.
     
  12. WB4CS

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    Honestly, welcome to the limitation of satellite TV. It's a technology that requires a direct line of sight from the dish to the satellite. If you don't have that line of sight, you don't get signal. There's not much you can do short of cutting down trees, which you said isn't an option.

    To get creative, you could erect an antenna tower however many feet you need to clear the trees and mount the dish on the tower. You'd have to pay for and put up the tower, and you'd have to find an installer that's willing to climb the tower. That's an expensive solution, but about the only one I can come up with.
     
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    At our place up north we just cut the trees. New trees grow like crazy up there so we will never run out of trees.
     

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