currently I have uverse tv and internet. so I'm still trying to understand. I can't bundle if I already have uverse internet? or is it that I order dtv, then call them up and have them bundle it together and save 3 bucks a month?
I'm going to do the costco/raf deal, that seems to work for everyone. seems to be the easiest way and you can do it online with screenshots and printouts if they ever try to deny the pricing which I've read about during google searches.
So assuming I do it, what numbers do I make sure the dish is reading before I sign on the dotted line at installation?
If your keeping U-Verse internet, and signing up through a dealer, then once your DTV is installed and your Uverse TV cancelled, then contact ATT and just tell them you'd like to opt into joint biling with your Uverse and DTV service, and as long as you meet qualifications, you'll get an additional 5$ ATT savings credit monthly on your DTV bill. For the ATT side, you would need to speak with them.
But ATT is whom does the joint bill opt in if you wish to do that. Once you sign up, you should also get an order confirmation from Directv, which will show you everything about your order, including credits/charges.
As for signal strength, it's something your tech should check when installing. They have certain numbers it has to be in before they are allowed to close the order. As for what those levels are, i'm not sure. I would discuss that with your tech.
One other thing to check when the tech comes, and you may just want to bring up with him, is the Protection Plan, as it's discussed/added by the tech not the sales rep, and is a checked/unchecked box when you sign off on the tech's paperwork, so if you don't want it, make sure it's not checked to add on his paperwork when you go to sign.