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anxious and waiting; first time satellite owner [new equip models/installation woes?]

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by bert213, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Jan 6, 2009 #1 of 18
    bert213

    bert213 Cool Member

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    Greetings all,

    Just ordered Direct TV last nite. I am currently a Comcast owner and have been satisfied with Comcast HD service...very displeased with costs.

    My installation is scheduled for Thursday...very quick...nice :)

    2 questions (forgot to ask rep last nite):
    1) Does anyone know what model number my HD DVR and SD receivers will be?
    2) What are the chances that my local installer (Nashville,TN) will perform a clean wiring job, if needed? Is there and extra cost for the SVM technique (8-way splitter functionality)?
     
  2. Jan 6, 2009 #2 of 18
    say-what

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    1) You'll get whatever units the installer has in stock, no way to know until he shows up unless you call them -the DIrecTV reps can't tell you, only the installer. The HD DVR could be the HR20, HR21, HR22 or HR23 (most likely a 22 or 23) not sure what SD models are in current use.

    2) A standard install includes installation of the Dish + cables to each tuner. Wall fishing cable is extra. If you're getting a regular HD Dish, unless you need more than 4 tuners, you won't get a multiswitch. If you're getting a SWM Dish, then it can handle 8 tuners.
     
  3. Jan 6, 2009 #3 of 18
    bert213

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    OK, just out of curiosity....

    What is the average price to have the installers fish wire and do other misc tasks (would like to be prepared)?

    Furthermore, at this point...Am I paying the subcontractor or Direct?
     
  4. Jan 6, 2009 #4 of 18
    dirtyblueshirt

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    My installer was a DirecTV installer, and the charge for a fish was $75
    (sometimes the installer may 'forget' to charge you, so I suggest a tip. This is not guaranteed, of course.)

    from what I saw, it looked like the additional charge would be added to your account. Dealing with a contractor may be different.
     
  5. Jan 6, 2009 #5 of 18
    say-what

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    Never had to pay an installer. I'd call DirecTv to confirm how to pay for additional install charges. But, from what I recall reading here, I believe all payment is supposed to go through DirecTV.
     
  6. Jan 7, 2009 #6 of 18
    BattleZone

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    Actually, payment goes directly to the installer if he is a subcontractor. In-house techs may be stuck with you writing a check to the HSP, which usually means they will keep some or all of that check, which is BS, but far too common.

    And, yes, wall fishes are definitely custom work.
     
  7. Jan 7, 2009 #7 of 18
    Johnnie5000

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    In house = none of it.

    If you're in Nashville you'll get a in house tech. DirecTV says that the free basic install includes routing cable through the floor or an exterior wall. So if you want it fished down from the attic, be nice to the tech and by all means tip him for the work. If its on an exterior wall, probably won't be fished at all.
     
  8. Jan 7, 2009 #8 of 18
    Mertzen

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    Fishes are indeed 65 -75 for basic attick / basement ones. Offer cash to the tech and most of the time he'll do it for less. Checks to the company disappear and the tech gets nothing.
     
  9. Jan 8, 2009 #9 of 18
    bert213

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    OK, I'm on...

    local contractor was excellent. No charge for additional runs(nice)...needed 2 since keeping Comcast internet. Got the SWM hookup with the power inverter/splitter device.

    Very pleased thus far. HD looks great, DVR is good, but ON Demand does not have entire catalog yet. Maybe I need to reset it...currently reading ON Demand threads.

    I received a HR-21...what are the differences among the HR21,22,23? [link?]
     
  10. dirtyblueshirt

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    I'm surprised you got an HR21.

    from what's been posted, the 21 has a smaller hard drive and requires a baseband converter (BBC)

    The 22 adds a larger hard drive (500GB vs 320GB if I recall correctly)

    The 23 eliminates the need for the BBC

     
  11. Dknow

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    This may be a stupid question for you but since you're new to D*.....Did you network your HDDVR to a router? If not that may be why you on demand is not working. It does however take about 12 hours for the on demand channels to be available when you first network.
     
  12. bobnielsen

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    It takes about 24 hours before the On Demand list is fully populated. If you reset the DVR, it will start that process all over again.
     
  13. bert213

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    There are no stupid IT questions.

    Yes, it is networked....and the listings finally came in.

    Thx guys.
     
  14. bert213

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    I don't know what to think here.....

    Should I feel cheated with my HR21?...I do want the latest and greatest.

    Maybe I can call the local contractor tomorrow and ask for the HR23?

    What do you guys think?
     
  15. cdizzy

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    I thought they all needed the BBC's and only the HR23 had the bigger hard drive.

    I only have a HR20 and HR21 so I'm just assuming at this point.
     
  16. dirtyblueshirt

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    I can say for sure the 23 doesn't need an external BBC. I'm going on previous reports that the 22 was the first with the 500GB hard drive.
     
  17. cdizzy

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    You could be right. I just got my HR21 recently and it is a bedroom receiver so I don't fill it up like the HR20. Needing BBC's really don't bother me regardless.
     
  18. redsoxfan26

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    All HR models (20/21/22/23) function exactly the same so it really doesn't matter which one you got. The only differences as already noted are the HR20 has a built in OTA tuner, none of the others do but you can get the add on AM21 OTA tuner for the HR21/22/23 from D* for ~$50, and the HR22 and HR23 have larger hard drives. All but the 23 require BBC's unless you use a single wire multiswitch system.
     

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