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Pulling the trigger on DirecTV (from cable) Anything I should know?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by snappjay, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

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    That's a silly conclusion. It would be more useful to refer the person to the "audio dropout" thread in the same forum he posted his question.

    There is a problem. It comes and goes. I can go hours and not hear it. I can hear it more than once an hour on other occasions. Would I throw away (or avoid getting) DirecTV service because of this? No...that''s just silly.:)

    Eventually, they will get it fixed. In the mean time, I'm enjoying a lot of programs from DirecTV.
     
  2. snappjay

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    damn. I have a 7.1 Onkyo 605. :mad:
     
  3. xceebeex

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    I don't think that is a DirecTV problem, I think it is an HDMI problem which just about any receiver has wheter you go with DirecTV, Dish or cable. Switch to component cables and optical for sound and I bet the issue goes away.
     
  4. hasan

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    I have the same receiver and it works just fine. There are drop out issues and they are DD 5.1 related. They come and go, There is no reason to think they won't be fixed. The occasional drop outs have not destroyed my viewing or listening procedure. I've been listening for about two hours so far this morning, and I have not heard a single drop out on MSNBC-HD..

    There is nothing specific about the Onkyo 605 that should cause you to worry about DirecTV.
     
  5. swans

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    I have a digital audio cable to a JVC AVR. Had multiple audio drops on SciHD and SyFy last night.
     
  6. swans

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    You are listening and all of a sudden you miss 2-4 seconds of what someone was saying!
     
  7. hasan

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    That is not what I experience on my Onkyo SR-605 on DD 5.1. The dropouts are less than the length of a word or at most one word, not 2-4 seconds.

    If I had 2-4 second drop outs occurring several times per hour, I would not be happy with it. That's not what is happening here. They still need to fix it.

    ...and I agree with the person that said it's not an hdmi problem. It's a DD 5.1 issue.
     
  8. snappjay

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    I had a question about connecting the receiver(s) to my wifi network, since I do not have Cat5 wired currently. The CSR said "the installer will take care of the wireless for you". Okay... does that mean the HR24 has wifi built in? Is there an external antenna? Is it 802.11g? n?
     
  9. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    It uses DECA. You need just 1 coax line near your router. Coax goes to a DECA box, that is powered, that connects to your router. This "clouds" in all your DECA receivers to your network. Look at these diagrams: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=177308 and this FAQ: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=178068
     
  10. snappjay

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    awesome, thanks!
    Wow, coax to transfer internet?? What is this 10Base2?? :lol:
    I look forward to seeing all this in action.

    This question comes from the wife...
    "Will installing the dish on the roof cause water leaks?"
    I assured her that they seal it.
     
  11. mdavej

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    Unless you have line-of-sight issues from the ground, they can mount the dish on a pole instead of on the roof. I have to agree with your wife on this one. I'm not crazy about holes in my roof either.
     
  12. Xsabresx

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    Tell her we said "Of course it will leak. That is the added benefit of Directv!! 200HD channels and a FREE waterfall!!"

    After six years of the original dish mounted on the side of the house they mounted the 5lnb on the roof. It's been there for 3 years. Nary a leak.
     
  13. snappjay

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    Free waterfall.... FOR LIFE! :D

    Thanks for all the info guys. I'm excited for the football season, to say the least.
     
  14. Xsabresx

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    Yes but existing members only get the free waterfall for 2yrs.
     
  15. CCarncross

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    I have friends that have it on Comcast and UVerse as well....can't speak for FIOS since they havent made it to the little people yet.
     
  16. cmoss5

    cmoss5 1960'S NOSTALGIA

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    I have the protection plan and have used it 2 times in the past year...once to get a HDDVR replaced (got the latest HDDVR) and had loss signals when rained after the rain was water getting into WB box...replaced all cables and new latest WB box that had then new rubber connections that keep water out of the connections on the outside better.
    To me, is worth the extra each month.
     
  17. GregLee

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    When I was deciding how I wanted D* to do my installation, I read what I could find on this. There is a body of opinion that bolts down through the roof will often cause leaks, eventually, after a few windstorms have made the dish pull on those bolts for a while. All the same, I decided I wanted my two 1.2 meter dishes (needed in Hawaii) bolted down to my roof. No leaks or any problem yet, after 3 years and some strong winds. YMMV.
     
  18. snappjay

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    Thanks for the input. After seeing the "Shame" thread of bad installs... it makes me nervous. I am a Quality Engineer by trade and I want to make sure the install is as clean as possible.

    Here are some pics:
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    The south sky is the back of the house.
    Is there a publicly available process that the installer follows that I can check him/her against?
     
  19. GregLee

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    I don't know. Possibly ask this in the Installation subforum?
     
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