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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by HuskerHarley, Jun 12, 2012.
I really do need to try to stop understanding the rules, I think it's impossible.
Since the installtion is free, maybe he should let D* do the installing. I think they will install what he needs to access the satellites he needs for what he subscribes.
These guys get carried away with their technical knowledge. Why don't you check with D* first. Installation is free for new customers, unless you need custome wiring. They will use your current TW cables. They will install the proper dish, proper LNB's, and the proper SWM's that you will need.
Go to D*'s web site and see what equipment you are entitled to get at no extra charge. Go through the steps as to which package and what equipment you want. You don't have to complete the transaction. You can stop once you know what your costs will be. Then get them on the phone and talk to them about ordering the equipment yourself and how that will work with their offers.
I believe all new installs are SWM, so you should be able to get swm compatible dish, HD DVR's and HD receivers from D*. Maybe someone here can verify that.
I always arm myself with as much information as I can find (research), before making $$ decisions, especially when commitment's/contracts are involved.
I'll at least have some knowledge, before I put myself at the mercy of a salesman, trying to convince me what he thinks, I need (he may be 100% right, hopefully)
With your input, along with the others who have contributed to this thread, I'll be able to make sure I'm not getting screwed, and end up with gear I don't want or need.
Bottom line "Do Your Homework" has always been my friend...Thanks to everyone,,I'll be making that call in the next few days and not have to wonder what it is and do I want it, I'll already know what I want & need.
You are absolutly correct. I did the research too. I got a lot of great info from this site. It took me several months to make a decision.
What I got was one HDVR24, one H25 and an SD receiver based on the free upgrades. So I paid zero. Then within a week, they upgraded their offer to three H25's. I called them, and since I was within the time frame, they replaced the SD receiver with an H25 at no cost, which is connected to an analog tv via composite cables. I'm sure I'll be upgrading to an HD set later. I did get the whole home DVR which only works with HD receivers. As you might already know, they are offering one HDVR and three HD receivers upgrades at no cost.
I also got a swm system with a slimline dish and 3lnb, which is what I needed for what I ordered. I also got a price break for a year, free premiums for three months which I later cancelled, and Sunday ticket which I also later canceled.
I did not get the CDK because I would have had to pay extra to run the proper wiring, and I didn't really have a need for it since I don't order pay per view. But my understanding is that there is a wireless CDK as well.
On their web site, I used their online order which allowed me to build my package and I got the startup price which was zero, first 3 months cost, next 9 months cost with and without premiums, and the last 12 months cost with and without premiums, using their 24 month pricing table. I also got free HD for life.
So it pays to do the research. You can get a wealth of knowledge from the posters here. FYI, they normally use local installers, which either work for D* or are subcontractors, which will help the local economy which you asked about. These installers usually do a good job, because D* will ask you to rate the installer. If the installers get bad marks, they might not get hired again.
The only reservation I would have going through DirecTv would be the requirement for an H24 receiver (they usually carry H25's), and the chances of getting refurbed old stuff.
Personally, I don't think we're quite as bad as AVSForum. Some of those guys would make it seem a TV is horrible, when it's only an issue noticeable with expensive equipment or close side by side comparison.
It just dawned on me folks. I have an H25 connected via the dongle cable to component, and I have not had any problems. In fact I get a very good picture and colors. HD is better than TW HD. But then it doesn't get bumped because it's inside my entertainment center. My DVI connection is on my blueray player. I have a sony 51 inch crt HD monitor which display in 1080I.
My other H25 is on an analog tv via composite cables and it also works really good. Of course it converts the HD channels to SD or analog, but it works well with Whole home dvr.,
I've been with TWC for about 6 years, with 2 TWC DVR Receivers and 3 Tivos with Cable Cards with about 3 TB of total HD space. TW said they were taking away my Price Lock Guarantee and not renewing it.
I decided to go with DTV and got a good deal. HR34, HR24, and a R22, with $198.00 up front, plus free installation. $29.00 discount for 1st 12 months and $10.00 for months 13-24, $10.00 Discount for 24 Months for auto-pay, AAA $10.00 discount for 20 months and free NFL Ticket.
So I'm getting Choice Extra, for $51.99/mo for first 12 months with discounts expiring after that. That's a really good deal considering TWC wanted to increase my bill from $87.00 to $107.00 and would not negotiate.
I've had all the services over the last 16 years playing the switch game, Dish, DTV, TWC and including 10' C-band/Ku-band satellite dish. The only way to really get a good deal consistently is to be ready to walk out on your current provider and be ready to switch to the best deal available at the time. I find it works well with cell phone companies, internet and phone service providers also. If DTV doesn't give me a reasonable deal in 24 months, I'll go shopping again.
I like your philosophy-->:money:
Today,,,I'm getting hooked up (Maybe).
I'm hoping for a pole mounting, from reading many threads here, if the ground install will work, it may be a few days to get it installed (underground inspections).
I still have TWC (TV, Phone & Internet) keeping Phone & Internet.
Do I have to have TWC shut down the 'TV Signal' before DTV will function properly? My guess is it shouldn't matter.
No, but make sure the DirecTV installer knows you are still using the cable coax and that he may not re-use it.
I thought they would use the main line coming into my house,,,Does this mean I need separate wires for the DTV Feed and for Phone/Internet?
Yes, otherwise the frequencies will overlap.
Could be a deal breaker when he shows up,,all of the RG6 is hidden, due to a finished basement, I can't string separate feeds...