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Dish Sharing

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by sheureka, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. sheureka

    sheureka Legend

    Dec 22, 2007
    I live in a triplex, and share a dish with my neighbor. We live down in a canyon and the dish is mounted high up on a retaining wall. We're having a big thunderstorm right now, which made me start thinking about the shared dish.

    1. What happens if we need to call for a realignment and/or some other problem? How does a service call get billed (neither of us has the protection plan).
    2. What happens if one of us moves out? The SWM is currently in my neighbor's apartment (though it was originally in mine).

    Any other potential problems? Is anyone else sharing a dish? TIA - sheureka
  2. WestDC

    WestDC Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    No problem With Sharing the dish-It's done all the time, Each person has there own account-so whom ever calls for service may or may not be billed,depending on the mood that D* is in when the service call is made.

    The apartment buildings in my area ,mainly use Triple LNB has four out puts , they run to four different appartments or rooms in a single home-each with there own account.
  3. markfp

    markfp Legend

    Mar 9, 2010
    I'm assuming that you both have seperate accounts and you're not doing something that's a no-no.

    I own a 2-family house and both our tenant and I have DirecTV accounts and there is only one dish on the roof. I think that whoever calls for service will get billed for the service call. If the tenant called and it was a problem that was also affecting me, then I'd certainly split the cost with him.

    As for one party moving, the dish would stay. DirecTV would provide another at the new location.
  4. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    That is why it is a bad idea to share a dish in most cases. Like this for example:

    Whoever calls for the alignment will probably be the one that gets billed.

    If the person with the SWM power inserter moves out, the PI can be moved, but connections will need to be moved as well at any point there is a splitter, because the PI has to be on the "red colored" power passing connections.
  5. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    It is against DirecTV installer policy to share dishes between accounts for this reason (though it does happen from time to time, under difficult circumstances). The others are right in that the person who calls will be the one billed, and that one tenant moving out can screw up the other(s) using the dish (removing the power inserter, disconnecting needed cables, etc.), which are the reasons dish sharing isn't commonly done.
  6. sheureka

    sheureka Legend

    Dec 22, 2007
    The installer didn't say it was a problem - and we were very specific when she signed up that it would have to be a shared dish. I'm not going to worry about it until/unless she moves out. - sheureka

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