First time posting here, but have watched these boards a lot.
I thought I'd ask for some advice, since I've got a real issue on my hands that has turned into a bit of a disaster.
Long story short, approximately two months ago I had a DirecTV install completed at a single family residence in San Francisco - I had real concerns about the installer at the time - he didn't seem to know what he was doing, wouldn't correctly run wiring in the rack in the basement, and just seemed to be interested in completing the install as quickly as possible. About a month later, after moving in, I noticed he took a severe shortcut and broke a seal on the conduit that runs to our attic, instead of correctly coming out of the attic to the dish. He also installed an HR34, which was OK given that the 44 was not yet being rolled out in SF.
I called DirecTV to correct the issue with the conduit and asked them to fix the install, and today they sent a second tech out. The second tech fixed the problem with the conduit, corrected wiring in the rack in the basement, and replaced my HR34 with a HR44 (woo hoo).
Unfortunately, the good news stops there. Completely. It turns out that when the technician did the original install, he failed to inform me that we have a line of sight problem due to a large building blocking our view a couple houses away. This means that the max signal I get on Sat 99C is about 40, and the scores range from 25-40. He was somehow able to completely bypass the waiver process with DirecTV, didn't inform me, and just continued on his marry way marking the install complete.
I had to go through the waiver process just to get DirecTV to authorize the new receiver, but my question is, how problematic is this going to be in the future? I've been using the service for a couple months and HD picture is very good on most channels we watch frequently. I haven't noticed dropouts/pixelation/etc, but that isn't to say it doesn't exist.
All 103 signals are very strong, as are all signals on 101.
Can you folks provide some insight into my options here? How could DirecTV allow a contractor (who did the initial install) to knowingly deceive a customer and not provide that critical knowledge?
Sorry for the long saga, but really appreciate the help.