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#1 OFFLINE   enfuego

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 07:18 PM

I'm thinking about ditching cable and moving to DirecTV and take advantage of their current deals.

I have these questions:

- Can I get spanish language audio on HBO/Starz/Showtime without getting the spanish package ?

- I will keep internet through cable provider, will D* installer work around issue ? anyone with experience on this setup ?

- Can I record OTA channels on D* dvr using AM21 add-on ? I live on the border and get many Mexican channels OTA ( not digital TV ) will it work with those ?

- If I keep basic cable around ( about $15) does it work with AM21 ?

- Anyway to input basic cable and record it on directv DVR ?

Any tips on signing up for new service ?

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#2 OFFLINE   Movieman

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 07:27 PM

[quote name='enfuego']I'm thinking about ditching cable and moving to DirecTV and take advantage of their current deals.

I have these questions:

- Can I get spanish language audio on HBO/Starz/Showtime without getting the spanish package ?[/quote]

Some channels offer alternate audio. I havent seen it restricted to a certain package.

[quote name='
- I will keep internet through cable provider, will D* installer work around issue ? anyone with experience on this setup ?[/quote']

Yea just make sure they run new wiring. I did the same thing to keep Comcast.

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- Can I record OTA channels on D* dvr using AM21 add-on ? I live on the border and get many Mexican channels OTA ( not digital TV ) will it work with those ?[/quote']

Not sure. Live in Miami so cant get tv from Cuba just yet:D

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- If I keep basic cable around ( about $15) does it work with AM21 ?[/quote']

I'm going to go with no. As far as I have seen the STB only takes a signal from Directv.

[quote name='
- Anyway to input basic cable and record it on directv DVR ?[/quote']
Same as above. Dont think so.


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Any tips on signing up for new service ?[/QUOTE']

Just get the package that you want from the beginning. Dont comprise for price. If you need 1 DVR get one. If you need more than one get it while you can during the promo. Make sure that ask about all possible promo's and dont be afraid to work a little on the phone for it. Also ask about the after promo prices so you dont get shocked at the bill after the promo is over. Its easy to forget after the phone call what the bill is supposed to be like.

BTW welcome to DBSTALK.

#3 OFFLINE   NR4P

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 07:32 PM

Yes, you can select alternate audio without the Spanish package. Assuming the alternate audio is present. I just tried it on Starz Encore and it works fine.

Directv installer will run additional coax if need be. Installation includes the proper coax runs for each receiver. The will not multiplex cable modems.

The AM21 is designed for over the air ATSC digital reception. Cable does not use ATSC and basic cable is usually analog. So you can't connect the cable to the AM21 and get any reception.

And you probably won't be able to record over the air Mexico channels because the DVR and AM21 will only record what the channel guide for your zip code shows as authorized channels. I'm not 100% certain since I don't live near a border but someone might have more local information.

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 08:01 PM

- Can I get spanish language audio on HBO/Starz/Showtime without getting the spanish package ?


Also with HBO you get HBO Latino without getting the spanish package. As others have said you can also get SAP audio which is usually spanish on any channel that offers it.
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