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HR20 with an AT&T Home Entertainment account?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by santarmn, Jun 26, 2007.

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  1. santarmn

    santarmn New Member

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    I am a DirecTV subscriber though AT&T Home Entertainment. It's known as a 'bulk account' -- basically AT&T resells the DirecTV service. As a part of this deal, I had to go through AT&T rather than dealing directly with DirecTV. Unfortunately, AT&T H.E. did not have HR20's availalbe, so I was forced to go with an R15 at the time of my install.

    I am looking to buy an HR20 on my own. Does anyone out there know of any issues I might have installing this reciever on my own? Does anyone have any experience with AT&T reselling DirectTV? My though is that if I purchase the HR20 on my own and set it up, things should work just fine...I just wanted to make an attempt at comfirming this before I dropped $200 on the receiver.

    Thanks to anyone out there that can offer any insight!
     
  2. ahintz

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    I have AT&T Home Entertainment at my apartment in Sacramento, CA. I used an HR20 with the service, but needed a dual destacker (http://www.sonoradesign.com/dtvsystemspages/dtvsystems_destackers_d575d.html) to make both tuners work. With the service we have in Sacramento, we only got the main 101 satellite - this meant no HD except through OTA. Your setup may be different, but I don't know of any AT&T Home Entertainment locations that offer DirecTV HD.

    I finally broke down and got a 5LNB dish installed on my balcony because I wanted to get the HD channels - plus that will be the only way to get the new HD channels that are coming in September.

    --Andrew
     
  3. santarmn

    santarmn New Member

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    Thanks, Andrew.

    Our apartment complex was recently upgraded so that HD is available to the the DirecTV piped into our buildings. So, the signal is there, I just wanted to be sure the receiver was compatable with the service. From what you are telling me, it worked for you.

    I appreciate the response!
     
  4. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

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    You probably have a 3 LNB dish and need a 5 LNB dish like the Slimline.

    - Craig
     
  5. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

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    Also unless you pay $750 you will not own your HR20, you will only be leasing it and paying a lease fee.

    - Craig
     
  6. Rambler

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    That's interesting... Here where I'm at, AT&T is reselling the Dish Network service and offers it in conjuntion with cellular and broadband services.
     
  7. Kevin Dupuy

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    AT&T has ended up reselling both through mergers and aquisitions. (Basically, companies they've bought or that have bought them have sold both D* and E*, so they are reselling both)
     
  8. ahintz

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    That is great that you have HD through your complex dish. The one thing to be careful with then is how you destack the signal from the jack in your wall to the HR20 so that it sees all the satellites it should. The destacker I linked to only works with 101, so you will have to do some research to find one that works with 101, 110, and 119. Now, if your setup sees the new MPEG4 sats (99 and 103) it is possible you have a MDU SWM (though I hadn't heard they were deploying those yet...) and you would just need to plug the cable into the FTM/Sat 1 slot on the HR20 to get both tuners. Let us know how it goes!

    --Andrew
     
  9. santarmn

    santarmn New Member

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    Thanks for the heads up on the destacker. I will definitely look into that before going forward with buying the HR20. I'll repost to this thread and let you know how it goes...although it might be a few weeks. Thanks again to all!
     
  10. AlbertZeroK

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    And just because they support "HD" doesn't mean they support it all. You need to find out if they support the new MPEG4 satellites, because if they only have a Triple LNB, you won't have much hd for long.
     
  11. carlsbad_bolt_fan

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    AT&T Just started selling it's "Uverse" IP TV here. Actually had teams of AT&T techs going door to door trying to sign folks up.
     
  12. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    Yes, and I suspect most of those out there on a dish through them, will get targeted for the IPTV option. They are about to mass launch it in the southeast. I would not doubt they break ties with dish and D* after they get a good stand in the market.
     
  13. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    And just for clarification, those were most likely not technicians. at&t/sbc is still union. Those were sales reps wrapped in a uniform. And if they were, 'shame on you guys'.
     
  14. jktam2000

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    Hey Andrew, I'm in Sacramento too at Granite Point complex. I have just the Entertainment Plus service but I am told I can get the local channels in HD just through the auxillary jack. I am able to get just one channel NBC. Is there something else I need to do or I'm not doing?

    Thanks,
    Jimmy
     
  15. gadgetfreaky

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    I think there is a special destacker you can get that will allow you to see the other satellites. AT&T told me to get a NASMFH1 but I have no idea how well it works or what sats it will destack for you. I do know as an ATT customer I feel like I am a cave dweller in terms of HDTV/DVR technolgoies
     
  16. RayJ

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    jkTAM200, you may be getting an OTA signal through the jack, and not a D* signal. That is what I found with AT&T HE in the Dallas area. And the signal in my case was QUAM, so it didn't even work with the OTA jack of my HR10-250. I gave up on MPEG4 HD coming through the system and put a dsh on the balcony.
     
  17. gadgetfreaky

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    Hey Santarmm,

    How did this go? any updates?
    I am in the same situation but ATT is having trouble activating my hr20 and so far even though I am using a NAS destacker I am only seeing the odd transponders. Which seems to indicate that the destacker is really not working
     
  18. ahintz

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    Jimmy - sorry, I didn't see this post again until today. I'm at the Homecoming complex in Natomas, and at least when I setup I wasn't able to receive any HD locals through the jack. I ended up using a Silver Sensor antenna on top of the TV to receive my locals.

    --Andrew
     
  19. yogi

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    1) You will need a NAS customer device to get HD channels.
    2) You will not get HD locals (NAS does not use Sat 99).
    3) You will not get Mpeg 4 or any new HD channel that use sat 103.
     
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