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Effect of Weather on Sattelite Reception
Posted 28 July 2007 - 02:41 PM
My first concern is my HD coverage. I love my HD local channels and I am going to be stuck using an off air antenna...I am afraid I am going to have an eye sore in the middle of my room with an an antenna there to pick up my hd local channels. What kind of success can I have if I use one of those add ons to a direct tv satellite or if I try to hide an antenna in say a back room or attick?
My second concern is disruption due to weather. I always hear that this is what hinders the quality of satellite. Being in northeast ohio can I expect any major interruption due to light to heavy snow fall. Also, how would rain and storms effect reception. I would become angree if I was in the middle of watching something and my picture constantly broke up due to loss of signal.
I am not sure if this is the right place for this post, so i apologize if it is not, but I am really trying to figure out if the switch would be worth it. And if I did, then I have to decide if I want the free hd dvr from dish, or is i want the big ten network from direct tv, which is truly better, or is this a battle that has no real winner. thanks for any and all insight in my pursuit of happiness and possible switch to satellite from my crappy COX cable service which I currently am stuck with as it is my only other option
Also, how is the guide navigation, does it respond quickly without any lag, or am I constantly gonna be waiting on it to refresh?
Posted 28 July 2007 - 02:48 PM
As for weather, it is definitely an issue at times, but it depends on the storm. I had felt like lately it seemed to go out more than normal, but today we had a violent lighting storm and it never skipped a beat.
I don't know if I'm fully following your guide question, but if you're asking about its speed, I don't think there's any kind of lag there.
Hope that helps a bit...I'm sure you'll have plenty of others chime in.
Posted 29 July 2007 - 10:18 AM
Posted 31 July 2007 - 12:08 PM
Before DirecTV I had Dish Network and I only recall one time where I lost signal (where the screen would actually tell me I lost signal). It was lost for maybe 5 minutes.
I must say, I do feel fortunate. A friend of mine has Dish Network and will lose signal nearly every time it rains.
The bottom line: I beleive it all comes down to positioning of the dish, which affects signal strength. My DirecTV receiver reports 96-98 signal strength across the board during clear days (I've never really checked during a storm). My friend's Dish Network receiver reports the upper 70's and low 80's across the board (some 60's even). Since he starts at a lower signal strength, it probably doesn't take as much to drop the signal too low to use.
One more thing to add (sorta off topic, but I have to share). I have Charter high speed internet (cable) and many of my neighbors have Charter cable TV. On two separate occasions for about 1.5 days, my neighbors didn't have TV. Charter was having wide spread issues (so I lost my internet too). But it was just funny that I could watch TV whilst my neighbors cable TV was out of service.
Just my $0.02
Posted 01 August 2007 - 01:47 PM
The weather question comes up here frequently. The consensus is it's not a major problem but outages do occurr during the most intense rain storms.
Pretty much. When it is raising badly, my D* suffers quite badly.
But, it works flawlessly outside of that and I have a DVR so I just watch pre-recorded shows.
It really is not that bad.
Posted 01 August 2007 - 01:59 PM
So no one can really promise 100% uptime, except maybe OTA...
Posted 01 August 2007 - 02:47 PM
I'm a newbie 2-week subscriber so far.
First time it was relatively hard rain -- lost all signal until the rain completely quit.
Second time it was hard rain.
Lost signal for 4 minutes, then it came back perfectly even though the rain hadn't let up. I can't figure that out.