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Leaving AT&T for DirecTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by chrisjmccord, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 New Member

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    One of the installers here can better answer that, but they will use your existing runs if possible.
     
  2. brett_the_bomb

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    Well if you have an outlet there already he can just hook into your main junction box rather than use a new line drop.
     
  3. Davenlr

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    Through an outside wall, and tacked along the carpet edge.
     
  4. chrisjmccord

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    No carpet in these rooms, its hardwood floors. Where I'm thinking the best place to put the dish is in the same vicinity as where the Cox coax and AT&T coax are run along the under awning of my roof, that then goes into the attic.

    So you're saying they would use one of those two cables? One of which is AT&T and that one can't be used as thats where my internet is getting its feed from.

    Maybe he would run a 3rd cable along those same outside wall and under the roof awning? Then into the attic? I guess if I don't like the options I'm given then what? I guess there will be a compromise from both ends, I probably haven't described the situation well enough for you all to really help me understand how it would be installed anyway. I'm over thinking it all, lol.
     
  5. dettxw

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    My guess is that running a cable to an inside wall through the attic is a custom install and they'll want something more for it. It's not hard, just likely extra cost.

    Running cable(s) from the dish into the attic through the soffit is common in these Dallas-style homes that they build around here. Mine's done that way.
     
  6. chrisjmccord

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    What's the "softit"?
     
  7. dpeters11

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    Basically the exposed undersurface of the roof, where it overhangs.
     
  8. chrisjmccord

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    Ok, well thats where the Cox and AT&T are running now. There might be a way to get to the TV area without going there, but that would be my preferred location just because all the stuff already there and setup. I'll just have to see how he chooses to want to do it when he's actually here.

    Can I ask this as well, if I have a switch behind my TV where the components get their internet, will I still need to have the box hooked up to a telephone line?
     
  9. Hoosier205

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    That would be best. The tech will sort it out for you.
     
  10. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    "You know", even going to see DirecTV isn't really going to be "the answer".

    You won't really know unless you had both on the same TV, and lived with them for a while.

    I did this for my 30 day test drive of U-Who.

    I've tried to express what you might see.

    This isn't to say not to go look, and you won't be disappointed. You may still have your socks on as I doubt they'll be blown-off.

    Look at the hardware function differences as for me the Motorola DVR will never be brought back into my house. They were poor before I got DirecTV, and boy do they suck after using DirecTV.
     
  11. chrisjmccord

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    Well see thats what I'm thinking, I don't expect to be blown away by the PQ per say, who knows maybe I will be able to tell a big difference as some have quoted to say they could. But other things such as the hardware, menus, DVR experience, other things that not a lot of people have mentioned, such as PiP...which surprises me...I've watched a few YouTube videos out there on the HR34 and saw the menu and the PIP and was wow, that would be awesome to have, little things like that. Just the menu guide itself, it doesn't cover what is on TV live, like UVerse does. The small things sometimes are bigger and help the experience a lot more than you'd think.

    So while I am big about the PQ and that was my main reason for starting this trek, I've been learning and seeing things along the way that have made me excited to have DirecTV in here. Sure seeing it in person would be great, but if that can't happen, I'm trying to find more and more reason to get over my fear of switching, and just trust in those who love their DirecTV experience and consider it the best option out there.
     
  12. veryoldschool

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    REMEMBER this is the internet, and what ever we type "must be true" :lol:

    I don't watch a lot of sports [without a spark plug], but believe those that say fast moving sports have problems with U-who and not with DirecTV.
    Have you seen what has been posted?
    If so, it won't be there with DirecTV.
    I didn't like the jumping movement [dropping of frames].

    Menus and the other "hands on" things, well we all have our likes & dislikes, so what "sucks for me", might not make a ripple for you, and the inverse where it totally sucks for you and it isn't something I even use. :shrug: [maybe a key here is I have more options with DirecTV than U-who]
     
  13. dpeters11

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    Very true. There are people that don't like some of the ways DirecTV handles things, the same thing that a lot of us would say "Why would anyone actually like that other way?"
     
  14. veryoldschool

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    With U-who one of the first things was The guide..
    Why have the HD channel above 1000?

    Why do I create a favorite for the guide, but pressing the guide button always gives me the full guide listing?

    Why must I dig through a menu to see my custom guide?
     
  15. dpeters11

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    That's one of the things I was referring to. There are actually people out there that like the SD and HD channels separated like that and don't like DirecTV's method.
     
  16. chrisjmccord

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    Well the UVerse menu is pretty vanilla in my opinion. No PIP. Blocks the live feed when viewing the guide. 3 things there that are pretty big, but small. The favorites is hard to setup and use, so I never have messed with it. I see lots of good things with DirecTV.
     
  17. veryoldschool

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    While yes it does do this, it replaces it with a thumbnail of what is on the highlighted channel while in the guide.

    Some buy a Ford and some a Chevy :lol:
     
  18. chrisjmccord

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    Hummm, the videos I saw showed moving video up in the top left corner? Maybe I was crazy.
     
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    DirecTV does show live video there. One recent change, trickplay is no longer available (used to be able to pause etc on that screen).

    I think VOS was referring to UVerse, especially since he's forgotten more about DirecTV than most of us ever knew.
     

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