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#26 OFFLINE   RMBittner

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 01:39 PM

BTW, thanks, everyone for your patience as I've taken this thread a bit off-topic.

I've done a bit more digging around the D* Web site -- they don't make it easy! -- and it seems certain that I'm out of luck regarding getting the major broadcast stations in HD from DirecTV. I'm not in an East Coast feed-eligible market, and NBC, CBS, etc., aren't offered locally in HD (from DirecTV).

I must say that this is really frustrating. I've been waiting, anxiously, for many months for D* to release the DirecTiVo so we could jump from cable. It's already not wonderful that, by dropping digital cable but keeping Internet from our current provider, our total TV/Internet bill will increase somewhat. But now we'd have to go even further and add an OTA antenna to see the nation's most-watched broadcast channels.

Given the setup I want, we would, over the course of a 2-year contract, be paying an additional $1,000 for television. . . and still need an OTA antenna to fill in the blanks! That just seems ludicrous to me. (Yes, I know an antenna isn't an expensive item. But the need for it is galling.)

I'm not saying I'm giving up on the DirecTV option. But, wow, the deal has soured for me very quickly. Maybe I just need to be patient a bit longer and see if those predicted Lansing, MI, locals actually show up this year.

Bob

#27 OFFLINE   crawdad62

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 05:29 PM

Given the setup I want, we would, over the course of a 2-year contract, be paying an additional $1,000 for television. .

I'm not saying I'm giving up on the DirecTV option.
Bob


For that much more over the two years and the fact that it really doesn't offer you want you want I would...... give up that is.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 05:39 PM

Why in the world would they think I'm sitting through all that crap even now?;)

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:58 PM

Where will your TV(s) be located, deep inside the house or near a window? If an AM-21 is an option and you aren't going to be stuck behind thick walls, there are some good cheap alternatives to an expensive antenna. I love the Mohu Leaf and now they have an amplified version that I am assuming is better.

I'm not sure what your circumstances are (if you explained things earlier I'm sorry as I haven't seen those posts) but I have heard tales of D* giving a break to potential new customers in non-HD areas (for example springing for the AM-21). I don't know this first hand, I've just read it on message boards and blog posts, but it wouldn't hurt to try.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:09 AM

For that much more over the two years and the fact that it really doesn't offer you want you want I would...... give up that is.


Well. . . yeah, I've decided to sit tight and see what happens over the next six months. Our cable provider just got bought out by a bigger company that's talking about going all-digital, adding more HD channels, etc. So we'll see what happens on that front, while keeping an eye on DirecTV to see if they end up offering HD locals.

It's just frustrating because I want to get the additional HD programming that D* already has -- not to mention their fantastic MLB, NFL, and soccer packages -- but there's just no way I can swallow watching the majority of our programming in SD (on the major broadcast networks); that's defeating the whole point.

Thanks, everyone!

Bob




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