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HOA Strikes Again

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by HD AV, Jan 2, 2008.

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  1. Elephanthead

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    she should probably run for president of the board! If this guy is this big of an ahole, she will probably win, then she can tell him what to do lol.
     
  2. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    HD AV,
    Do you have a multiswitch? Your sig says you only have 1 HR-20. How far would the cable runs be from your dish to your neighbors townhome?

    Run a cable from your dish to your neighbors place - problem solved :)
     
  3. davring

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    Excellent idea!
     
  4. HD AV

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    Could do without the multiswitch, but that's illegal. She wanted me to do that in the beginning and order another receiver for her to use, even offering to split the bill 50-50. I respectfully declined. I like my DTV and I would really miss it in jail.
     
  5. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    It is not illegal to share a dish. It violates the terms of service to share an account. If two adjacent houses each have their own account but both connect to the same dish, there is absolutely nothing improper or illegal with that.

    Carl
     
  6. RobertE

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    It's perfectly legal to use a single dish to feed multiple family units. Now, you getting a second (or third or xxx) box in your name and hooking it up in her place, that is a no no.

    We do it on small apartments all the time. Some of these apartments look like mission control with the dish farms on the roof.

    That would be the best case for everyone. Win-win-win.

    Installer happy - install goes in.
    Her - Happy, now has DirecTv.
    HOA - Happy, only one dish.
     
  7. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    No doubt ;)
     
  8. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    The only reason I asked about the multiswitch ( I assumed you didn't have one since you only have 1 HR20) would be, that could have affected where the line would have to run from your dish (or in that case the switch) to her receiver. Since you don't have one, and her's is not a DVR, you can run a single line directly from your dish to her receiver. As stated above, perfectly legal. One dish, 2 Accounts. Not an issue. :)

     
  9. Mark20

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    I wonder when the FCC - in regards to competition and HOA's - will require that all HOA's install common satellite antennas and distribute the signal. You then have your choice of Dish, DIRECTV and cable.
     
  10. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    That's probably a broader discussion getting into what HOAs do or do not do "under the table" with private companies (SAT, cable etc), but the government already protects your right to receive a TV signal from your choice of provider. It's actually the HOAs that tend to stand in the way of it.
     
  11. slimline

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    yea if i was her i would ask to use a port off his dish no bs. the installer could do that in a jiffy ..........
     
  12. Drew2k

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    Regarding sharing the dish between two accounts: Does this impact protection plan support if one account has it and the other doesn't?
     
  13. HD AV

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    Well, the dish is installed on her front porch roof and, due to being pointed almost perpendicular to the side of her townhouse, is not that noticeable. I mean, yes, you see it, but it does not draw undue attention. I have no idea what she wrote up for the installer, I didn't want to know. He did an excellent job and she's happy with the installation. Even she commented that was a good location for it and doesn't think it is an eyesore or detracts from the units. I have not heard if she has gotten any grief yet, but I will keep you posted. This has the potential to get very interesting.

    I would have let the installer hook up to my dish if he had inquired, but I prefer not to. You know how things can go bad with neighbors when any issue may crop up concerning the dish, or even if unrelated to the dish. I only have 1 line free as I do have an H20 upstairs. She had 3 hookups installed. I sold her my old SD Sony 5.1 DD unit for the downstairs bedroom ($50) and she is getting another leased SD unit for her upstairs bedroom in the near future. I don't think that this could have been done with only 1 line from my dish and the run being about 50' just to get to the back of her townhouse. Where her dish is installed, he was able to put all the connections where her existing cable went in and used the existing coax (which he said would not support the highest lnb voltage) to pull the new lines into her existing box connections. I mean, this guy spent 4.5 hrs and did a very professional installation. I was impressed.

    He did tell me, though, that I should replace my cable for the upstairs H20 as the line from the dish is tied into my existing cable run from outside. He claims it will eventually burn through. I find that kind of hard to believe as it is quad shielded cable and my installer said it was good to use. I forget the RG, but I think that it's 6. He claims that the highest voltage to the lnbs on the cabel is 39 volts. I thought it was 21 or 22.
     
  14. Bugg77

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    Definitely keep us posted. I feel like I'm reading a trashy novel and can't wait to hear what happens next... is that wrong?
     
  15. HD AV

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    No, HOAs and neighbors are like soap operas and I'm still curious to see where the storyline is going. Will keep posted.
     
  16. jdspencer

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    IMHO, if there are no legal HOA covenents in place, then the dish can be placed wherever is needed to get reception.
    The neighbor can just learn to live with it. :D
     
  17. yyyiiikes

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    I used to live in a townhouse which was actually classified under condominium regulations. I was (and am) a DirectTV subscriber.... I was also on the Board of Directors for the HOA.

    I got so sick of all the bickering and conflict that it eventually drove me to move to a house in an area with absolutely no restrictions. Guard rail to guard rail as we like to say at work.

    Anyway, I can see both points of view. In my former association, the HOA owned the roof and was responsible for its upkeep and repair. From that perspective, guidelines and standards are certainly reasonable to maintain common property.

    I would suggest you bring the idea forward to the HOA about dish sharing... it is probably not one they know about and could avoid many future hassles. I kow your neighbors problem is settled (at least with reception) but this will likely come up again and now a precedence has been set so the Board will need to manage that.
     
  18. tonyd79

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    This has to be the snobbiest post I have ever read on this forum.

    You want to see pretty cars only in your neighborhood? Poor thing.
     
  19. glennb

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    That's exactly what I was thinking.

    Poor baby has to look at an 86 Ford Ranger STX how dreadfully awful.
    :rolleyes:
    I think he actually wants a neghborhood that doesn't allow any cars parked outside.
     
  20. Drew2k

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    Let's keep this civil and not make this personal!

    :backtotop:
     
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