DirecTV is not enamored with senior living communities. Their residents tend to be low end customers and have high maintenance. I still service a couple of single-satellite "round dish" systems I installed a decade ago. I had one resident call me at 2:30 AM to tell me that she had forgotten how to use her remote control and was hoping I could help her with it.
Back when a person could buy a Sony B50 at Circuit City for $50 and there was no significant commitment by DirecTV to the customer or vice versa, putting in your own multiswitch system was practical, but DirecTV did get a lot of ill will from systems that were installed on the cheap and then not maintained.
A few years ago, DirecTV would pass along MDU sales leads that the big system operators determined weren't worth their while to pursue. One dealer passed them on to me to scout out, but we never made a deal with any. The "big boys" passed on them because they didn't appear to be profitable for them, but their costs are lower than ours, so of course they wouldn't be profitable for us, either.
I maintained a dual, stacked trunkline system at a 170 unit upscale condominium back when DirecTV only had half a dozen HDTV channels and used 110 and 119, and my customers there were all gazillionaires and I could charge $500 to $1,000 for a custom installation, but when they wanted me to update them to SWM, even though they agreed to pay me a lot of money for a backbone, I decided that there were just too many ways that I would wind up with responsibilities to the customers that I wasn't willing to meet, so I withdrew my proposal, and they never found a dealer who would register them as an MDU property even though they owned their own home-run wiring.
Edited by AntAltMike, 15 March 2013 - 01:19 PM.