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HD Upgrade question...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by tgorle, Feb 28, 2008.

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  1. tgorle

    tgorle New Member

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    I'm new to the forum, but an old timer when it comes to having DirecTV service.

    I signed up on a free equipment promo deal about 10 years ago, and was sent a two receiver package and the original round dual LNB dish. The receivers are a Sony SAT B-50, and a Hughes HIRD-D01.

    I've got a grandfathered Total Choice package that contains almost everything that the current "Choice Plus" offers for $15 less a month.

    I'd like to upgrade to an HD receiver for my living room, and Costco is selling them for $69.

    Questions:

    1. Will DirecTV activate the HD receiver for $10 a month and allow me to keep my existing package?

    2. Will HD service require a new dish and cable runs? (I've seen newer oval dishes with triple LNB's, so I'm guessing yes)
     
  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    HD service will definitely require a new dish.

    As to your programming, I don't know honestly but I suspect they're going to try to push you into a new package.
     
  3. tgorle

    tgorle New Member

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    Thanks Stuart.

    Will the triple LNB "multi-satellite" oval dish have the same aiming coordinates as my old dish, or does the oval shape exist to pull signals from a spread of new satellites delivering the HD?

    Concerned about trees...
     
  4. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    The dish you will need for HD is the 5-LNB. The LNB arm on that dish points toward the 101 satellite, same as the old round dishes. However, it must have a line of sight to 99, 101, 103, 110 and 119, so a bit to the east and a whole bunch to the west of the old round dish.

    Carl
     
  5. JackBikes

    JackBikes AllStar

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    Along these lines…. I have upgraded to HD with the DVR and yes you need a new dish. You will need the HD package too.

    What I have is a Phillips SD receiver in my kitchen, but recently bought a HDTV for there too. (my main TV has the HD-DVR) I also want to get an HD receiver, (not DVR) for the kitchen too.

    Should I just get a HD-DVR for the kitchen as well? Should I buy either one from Costco or DTV?

    Thoughts? Jack
     
  6. netconcepts

    netconcepts Legend

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    When D* upgraded me to the H20 and Slimline dish last August, they activated the H20 into my current plan. I still have the Total Choice Plus package today. I already had the HD Service and the triple LNB at the time as well.
     
  7. MountainMan10

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    I was able to keep my grandfathered package.

    They had to relocate the new dish to avoid trees.
     
  8. Blackhawk32

    Blackhawk32 New Member

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    MountainMan, did they charge you to relocate your dish? i'm going to upgrade to 5-LNB dish and i want it relocated to different part of my roof.

    thanks
     
  9. tgorle

    tgorle New Member

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    Thanks guys. I got ahold of an 18x20 Phase III multi-satellite for free and swapped out my old dish yesterday.

    Does the new H21 receiver require the 5 LNB dish, or will it work with a Phase III?

    I'm debating whether I should kill my basic cable I've used for locals all these years, and upgrade my package to the Choice Plus equivalent that now includes them... but, I just bought a new DVD recorder that provides all my local channels in Digital and HD as an unexpected bonus, so the basic cable is providing over 70 channels for about $14 a month, allowing high quality recording without monthly DVR fees... or the upfront DVR receiver lease fee...

    Choices... :D
     
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