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MDU Dealers in Chicago

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by vspede, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Feb 4, 2011 #1 of 14
    vspede

    vspede Cool Member

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    Hello again. Our building (which is large) has its contract ending with Directv in a few months and its my job to sniff out other companies and compile a list of bids to propose to the board.

    Last time I did this I called Directv and they gave me a list of 15 companies that I could call and setup meetings with. However, this time around I called them and they said they couldn't give out that information anymore. Its a weird policy shift imo.

    Yes, I tried google and nothing comes up or I'm very bad at searching.

    Anyone know where I can get a list? Or anyone you can reccomend? Its for Chicago, IL.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Feb 4, 2011 #2 of 14
    cabletech

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    Lets start with this Does your building have a 'master' cable system using DTV (a rack or two of DTV equipment in a closet some where) or does each apartment/condo have there own service?
     
  3. Feb 4, 2011 #3 of 14
    vspede

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    I'm sorry I forgot to mention it.

    It's a 247 unit condo with a bulk tv package. We're on a MFH2 system with a 5 lnb dish on the roof.

    So far after a lot of google searching I've only found 3 companies so far. I don't know why more providers don't advertise on the web.

    They are:

    Hipoint
    Multiband
    USAWireless

    It's strange to me b/c I remember combing through more than 30 MDU providers 3 years ago. I still don't know why D.tv won't give me a list anymore.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2011 #4 of 14
    cabletech

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    Ok, so you have bulk package with DTV. This means that you have a master system operator that handles your account and makes repairs to the system. Some one on the housing board should know how to contact that operator and renew the contract. If you do not renew, then the equipment will be deactived and you will go thru a WHOLE LOT of pain to reactive. It is worse then doing a single family activetion, and in the mean time the whole building will be with out tv. Is the board looking at bids for a differant DTV operator? Looking at potental of going cable? If you can not find who the system operator is call Mulitiband MDU divison and they can help find this operator and also give advise on renewing. Good Luck
     
  5. Feb 9, 2011 #5 of 14
    vspede

    vspede Cool Member

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    No no, I know who are system operator is. My question is if theres a way to get a list of System Operators that service the Chicago area.

    I am in charge of helping our building review companies who provide DTV. We may/may not renew with our current Sys Op. I was just hoping I could find more companies.

    As of yet, I've only found the 2 I've mentioned above.
    Anyone else reccomend a System Operator in Chicago? The more the merrier.
     
  6. Feb 9, 2011 #6 of 14
    vspede

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    I also want to mention that I tried calling DTV's MDU number but they've been really asinine about giving me a list of System Operators.

    I don't think they want competition anymore. Which I don't understand, if System Operators don't compete for better service, people will just switch over to Comcast.
     
  7. Feb 9, 2011 #7 of 14
    cabletech

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    Ok now this is the way it is going to work. As I have stated in an earlyer post, If you do not renew any agreement with the current SYOP, then all your programing will be turned off and equipment removed. period.. Are you having problems with the curren SYSOP? In order to get a differant sysop, you will then have to start all over as a new customer, and that will take months what with the paper work to remove the poperty out of DTV MDU listing and then have it rebuilt in the system. This is a process that is very slow in this type of everinment. It is better to work things out with the current sysop. TRUST ME< I HAVE BEEN THERE.
     
  8. vspede

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    I'm sorry you've had to go through a rough time. I have actually gone through this myself. We're not changing sysops but in essence "opening bids" to see whats best for our building. We've done it before. As long as you tell your current sysop before the 60 days auto-renew that you want to go month to month, its fine.

    I actually found someone that gave me a HUGE list of SYSops. I think this might be a list of all the SYSOP's in the nation. I'm going to have to call them and pair it down to my neighborhood of Chicago. (I'm assuming its nationwide list)

    Its a list of 75 Sysops. If anyone else wants this list PM me. Unless the moderators on this board wants me to post the list of the Sysops and their phone numbers.

    Thanks again everyone for your huge help.
     
  9. vspede

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    Just an update. Hopefully the situation my building is going through will aid others in their buildings as well.

    So far I've narrowed the list down to 11 vendors of which I believe we will narrow it further down to 4.

    Our building seems to be split between going Comcast and going Dtv so that will be interesting to see in the months to come. Had a great meeting with 1 of the local vendors in Chicago and they're willing to bring bulk internet to our building for $5 a month at 3 mb/s. Pretty sweet deal there. Internet hardline not through sat.

    What I'm confused is the red tape that we may have to go through. Dtv might not allow another sysop to take over if we decide to go in that direction? That and sysops are not allowed to send in proposals if a building already has DTV? I don't even understand how this policy is even in place? It seems like a type of monopoly to me that smacks of being illegal. It would be a shame b/c I really don't like comcast or their business practices.

    Anyways thats whats up so far, although I do have a very big question.

    Currently we have 2, 5 lnb dishes (small) on our roof feeding our building. I was told by a vendor that this is incorrect. For a building our size we should have in place 1 or 2 "HUGE" dishes (2m in length) along with a smaller dish that feeds in international channels. Could this be why we have some signal problems for a few units?
     
  10. doctor j

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    There is a 1.2 m DTVMDUKAKUKIT analogous to the Alaska/Hawaii 1.2 meter dish that uses a second 1.2 m dish for 110/119. Does give a bit more signal strength but with proper design, attention to dB losses and appropriate amplifiers the standard slimline should drive any MDU system adequately.

    Doctor j
     
  11. cabletech

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    Currently we have 2, 5 lnb dishes (small) on our roof feeding our building. I was told by a vendor that this is incorrect. For a building our size we should have in place 1 or 2 "HUGE" dishes (2m in length) along with a smaller dish that feeds in international channels. Could this be why we have some signal problems for a few units?

    The whole back bone of your system can use just ONE dish IF it is set up right. I have four condo buildings (1 with 125 units, 2 with 250 units and 1 with 70 units) and each building is using a single antenna on the roof feeding to the equipment rack. I would see if you can get the sysop to come work with you and find out if there is problem in the main feed from the equipment room to those units. Sounds like this could be fittings or even the wall plate if this is just a few units.
     
  12. vspede

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    Thanks again everyone for the wonderful help. The advice here is really helping me out and our building.

    I just had 1 more question, are there any tests I can ask our current SYSOP to do relating signal strength? We just had another provider look through our building and he said that there were multiple things wrong that could be easily fixed but he wouldn't go into detail b/c in his words, "He doesn't want to do the work for another company". He did mention that some satellite signals were at 0 and that was bad.
     
  13. vspede

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    For anyone else who has problems or want to shop around different SYSOP's here is the list I got from Directv. Its a long list and you'll have to call them to see if they even service your area but at least you have choices. Forgive the shorthand I got these all over the phone. For Chicago I narrowed the list down to 15 of which we further narrowed it down to 6. Anyways hope this helps anyone else down the line.

    Able comm
    503-284-9009

    AFL telecom
    864-486-7065

    Arimba wireless
    404-477-2502

    Belair Intnet
    818-449-2626

    bluetop com
    317-535-5560

    Broadband comm
    812-335-1770

    Broadstar
    866-671-1117

    Cobalt comm
    314-644-2640

    Consolidated smart
    866-954-3434

    Data and cable solution
    719-634-5005

    Directpath LLC (most popular)
    866-430-7284

    Direct plus
    800-897-9773

    Direct sat install
    800-645-7002 ask for john large
    10 years
    subs in chicago


    discernity
    877-995-4675
    502-558-7500
    9 state company
    6 years
    "Elite dealers" via directv

    D-tech
    888-282-8201

    Dynamic comm
    877-490-5700

    Enpowercom inc
    303-292-3850

    Express tv
    888-808-3388

    grace tele
    215-935-3535

    greenfield comm
    949-248-8898

    halstead comm
    888-623-6992

    institiuional network
    877-914-8668

    integration tech
    702-987-1725

    internet consulting
    515-232-4453

    justin comm
    888-985-3777


    MCw soluitions
    703-726-1292

    MDU comm
    866-286-9638

    MDU enterprise
    919-792-3510

    MDU pro
    800-579-7395

    Midsouth sat
    931-680-0068

    Millenium cable
    703-726-129*2

    Multiband (popular)
    866-577-6263


    National sat
    856-589-6027

    New Horizon Ent
    866-433-4530

    Nex gen intergrated
    515-369-9000

    N america cable
    800-688-9282

    Onshore inc
    312-850-5490

    People choice cable
    877-410-1653

    Prime star tech
    718-463-4965

    Primetime sports
    847-637-3506

    Radar sat inc
    773-725-6004

    RC comm
    702-795-8787

    Rocket raw band
    800-501-9610

    S and S broadband
    866-455-1982

    Sat star tech
    800-445-1139

    Sat broadcast corp
    765-965-0957

    Sky sat
    801-978-0022

    Skycomm
    703-361-3300

    Skyline USA tech
    213-365-2211

    South western bell video (DISH network now)
    800-585-2278

    Spartan Net
    203-3096
    517-371-5300

    Supernova Network
    312-729-5031

    USA overseas wireless
    800-433-4558

    Video Direct
    866-680-8433

    Warwick vally tele
    845-986-2990 2090

    Whynot wireless
    201-330-1800

    Wifi fee
    518-434-4300
     
  14. chitownduck

    chitownduck New Member

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    vspede - were you able to locate a satisfactory Chicago MDU dealer? I am going about the same process and am finding if difficult finding reviews on various dealers, not to mention dealers themselves.
     

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