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Will Directv installer replace my current Dish dish?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by fudpucker, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. fudpucker

    fudpucker Godfather

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    Making final preps to call Directv and make the move from Dish to Directv. As I was thinking through how to make the transistion as smooth as possible (e.g. wait until the Directv install is complete and working before calling and cancelling Dish) it occurred to me that I just assume the DTV installer would just put the dish where the current DIsh dish is, since the cables are all already run for Dish and I assume he'll use those (3 TVs in very different parts of the house, upstairs and down) - but then it occurred to me that he may balk at removing the current Dish dish to put the DTV dish there.

    So - will the installer require someone to remove that dish before he will place the DTV dish there? (It is the best location for several reasons.) Or will he just take it off and replace it?

    Thanks.
     
  2. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    Generally they aren't going to remove an old dish dish. And depending on how its installed I might not want them to anyway, I'd probably want them to leave at least the foot if they did for weather proofing reasons, because a DIRECTV dish mount wouldn't use the same holes.
     
  3. RBA

    RBA Active Member

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    Directv uses a larger dia. mast than DISH so it will be a new mounting location. Directv satellites are more eastward than DISH Western Arc.
     
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    And by the same token, the DISH Eastern Arc dishes face more easterly than the DIRECTV slimline.

    The old dish and mount will be left alone unless you make other arrangements ($$).
     
  5. fudpucker

    fudpucker Godfather

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    That's too bad - it's a really good spot for the dish and already has the cables running to it. On a corner of my sunroom where I can reach the dish from my deck and clean snow and ice off easily if needed with a long pole and rag. hmmmm - will Dish require me to send it back? I can't reach it to remove it myself.
     
  6. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

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    Just the base / foot pad is very small in area and the new one could probably be replaced right next to that one ( only 3 or 4 inches different in location ).
    If you remove the old base it can leak thru the holes the screws caused. I have 3 spots that a dish has been. This makes me have 1 new dish complete and 2 other dish foot pads bolted to my roof.
     
  7. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Most likely Dish will want their LNB back if you can reach it safely.
     
  8. fudpucker

    fudpucker Godfather

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    Yep, the DIRT rep on here discussed that with me. However, since it is in a place that would be very challenging for me to get to, they've said no problem leaving it. My wife, however, is not crazy about an unused second dish sitting on the roof. (BTW - is there no equivalent to the DIRT reps on here for DTV? Those guys are VERY helpful - I've used them exclusively for my Dish issues, orders, etc. rather than call Dish.)
     
  9. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Nope, there are no DirecTV® (official) reps here. If you go to the DirecTV® website, you many have the option to chat during regular business hours


    It amazes me why on earth would Dish want the LNB back!!!!
     
  10. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    Maybe it was started during a time where the LNB cost more to make and they re-used them? Or they thought it might limit illegal account sharing by leaving former customers a non-functional dish?
     
  11. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    DirecTV never asks for LNBs back and you have too see how much stuff gets turned on voluntarily by the techs
     
  12. Bill Broderick

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    You might want to offer the tech a tip in exchange for removing your old dish. If he accepts, he would would leave the base attached to your roof and just remove the dish, mast & LNB. This way, you don't have to worry about roof leaks.
     
  13. fudpucker

    fudpucker Godfather

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    That's a good idea - and it would be worth it to me to pay the price of a tip (hmmm - wonder if $20 would be enough? No idea.......) to not have that Dish dish up there after the DTV install.

    How much do you guys think would be fair/appropriate to ask him to remove all but the baseplate? Its in the same location as where I expect him to put the DTV dish.
     
  14. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    First, Dish wold not come to remove your dish (neither would DirecTV®), second the tech would be happy to remove your Dish antenna for $20.00 specially if it makes his job that much easier
     
  15. fudpucker

    fudpucker Godfather

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    Yeah, I knew neither provider wants to remove a dish for me, and Dish says return the LNB if you can safely get it but otherwise don't worry about it. But if the install tech would remove the Dish dish, the wife will be very happy to not have an unused dish on the roof. And - Happy Wife, Happy Life. ;)
     
  16. bmetelsky

    bmetelsky Cool Member

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    When I had cancelled Direct and moved to DISH because my contract was up and Direct didn't want to really negotiate any real discount for staying, DISH did remove my Direct dish at my request. He did not hesitate and I had not offered a "tip". He did install the DISH dish fairly close to where the Direct one had been, so it may have been to his advantage to remove i, I don't know. When I came back to Direct, just about a year later, I removed the DISH dish myself and left the mounts.
     

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