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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. GregLee

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    My dishes are also on an outbuilding adjacent to my house, but not integral with it. I will be sad if the dishes pull the roof off, someday, but not nearly so sad as I would be if the house roof went.
     
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  3. skatingrocker17

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    Get all the receivers you want while they're free. I got 4 free and 3 weeks later I want to connect another TV and they want to charge me for something I can't ever own.
     
  4. ps2baseball

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    Do you need a receiver to be connected to the internet for MVR?
     
  5. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    MRV? No, you dont. Internet connect is only for DirecTv on Demand, TVApps, and ordering PPV.
     
  6. ps2baseball

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    I just let em rip!

    $45 for year one, $78 for year two, Choice Xtra with 2 HD and 1 DVR (MVR)

    Loving it so far

    If I wanted to add a 3rd HD receiver, but wanted to block DVR access to just that box, can that be done (kids!)
     
  7. hasan

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    Yes just turn sharing and deletion OFF on the box you don't want seen by others.
     
  8. ps2baseball

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    I have one DVR, and an HD box.

    I want to keep those two connected, but add a 3rd single tuner HD box that won't have access.

    If I turn off sharing, I'll lose my bedroom.
     
  9. DJ Lon

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    I just switched to D* last week from 5+ years with E* (Sorry, Charlie...I finally got tired of your constant carriage/retransmission disputes and disappearing channels). I got the Whole-Home DVR service with a HR24 DVR for the livingroom and a H24 for the bedroom. D* sent a 3rd-Party installer who did a fantastic job! He didn't feel comfortable putting the dish on the roof (he felt it would jiggle too much) so he installed it on my cement A/C pad on the SE part of my home (see picture). He was able to use my existing internal wiring [that I had installed for Dish when I bought my home] because of SWM/SWMLine so the only thing that took any time was drilling through the cement for the mount. He cleaned up after himself, sealed holes and actually took the time to explain the system to me...and he knew what he was doing!

    After having HD with E* for 3 years I didn't realize just how good HD could look. I didn't think there would be a difference but there is. And being able to watch HD in the bedroom instead of the SD TV2 output is a huge bonus not to mention native HD resolution and ALL of my locals (including PBS, CW and MyTV) are in HD. Yes, I miss a few of the channels Dish carries but I'm sure I'll soon get over it. :)
     

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  10. ps2baseball

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    DJ - same boat as you, and I agree. I am pumped.

    2 years with Dish Turbo after the great bait and switch. 2 years and no new HD later, see ya!!!
     
  11. snappjay

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    + HR-24/100 and H24/100 in master bedroom.
    + Clean install. Where I wanted the dish.
    + Didn't have the ICK on my order, but he installed it anyway... after he called DTV to add it to my order.

    - Started install at 5pm. Didn't leave until 10pm. A very long install...
    - When he arrived, I asked if he came with a HR-24 and H-24. He said... "Yes, but I don't see what the big deal is. All the boxes are the same." I tried to explain the faster speeds and larger HDD... you could tell he didn't understand...
    - I asked about our options of pole install vs roof. He said he wouldn't do pole tonight and it would cost another $75.00 if I wanted it. Wow. So I let him to the roof install, obviously.



    +/- I offered him dinner and a beer, but he turned them down. :p

    Overall, I'm very happy with the results. Now, if you'd excuse me, I have NASCAR Hot Pass to watch this afternoon. :D:D:D
     
  12. john18

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    After you've had a day or two to play around why don't you share the plusses and minuses of your chage from cable to D*.
     
  13. snappjay

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    I came from the world of "we will add those channels once your market is ready"

    All I wanted was ESPN U... They actually told me in Dec 2009 that Jan 2010 would be when we get U HD. As of last week, there wasn't any mention of ESPN U HD.

    Honestly, what caught my attention was ESPN 3D. Do I have HDMI 1.4 gear or a 3DTV? Nope. Is it in the budget? Nope. But the fact that DTV jumps on new technology is extremely refreshing. MRV. TV Apps. DTV2PC... all these are just icing on the cake. I fully expect DTV to be first in line for new channels... especially the sports channels, which is why I switched in the first place.

    I mean geez, it makes me dizzy going through the guide! MLB, NFL, ESPN, NASCAR hot pass, VS, SPEED, Big10.... :eek2::eek2::eek2:
    I mentioned it earlier, but the largest kick in the pants for me personally was the omission of ESPN Classic. I even got this channel, in HD no less, from my local cable company on the basic tier. With DTV, you have to get the top tier. But there are so many PROS compared to the CONS, it hardly matters. Another missing channel is G4 HD. I know it is more of a Comcast thing holding it back.

    The MRV is great. My two 24 boxes talk to each other as if I was in front of the DVR. Excellent.

    There are some little things that are great. Pushing UP on the remote to bring up the "quick channels" is nice. Setting MY favs and HER favs are so helpful, rather then searching all day for what we are interested in. The only thing that sucks about the UI is the forward skip. With every cable box, HTPC, etc., skip JUMPS ahead 30 seconds... not this FF for 30 seconds nonsense.

    The TV Apps are so slow to start up/respond... it is almost quicker to just reach for the laptop under the couch. What a shame.

    I'm sure I'll think of more later :)
     
  14. john18

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    Go to your Menu, go to Smart Search, key in "30skip" and move the cursor to the right and when you get the chance to enter the keyword search click OK.

    Then try it and see if you like that better.
     
  15. snappjay

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    John.. thanks a ton for the help! For some reason, I'm not having any luck with the 30skip keyword. I type it in, go to the right, click okay on the "30SKIP", and nothing is under "all". I'm probably doing it wrong. Any hints?
     
  16. john18

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    Let's do this again (and I added a step)

    Menu > Smart Search > 30SKIP > Select > Now Select "ALL" > Done.

    I prefer 30SLIP, but I just changed mine to SKIP (and it worked) and then back to SLIP.

    Add those final two steps and see what happens.
     
  17. snappjay

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    perfect. that is just want I wanted.... thanks x100. Have a virtual beer on me.
     
  18. john18

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    I assume that it worked?
     
  19. snappjay

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    yes I am instantly skipping 30 seconds now. Thanks!
     

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