Long time forum lurker considering DirecTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Chappy316, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. larryharry59

    larryharry59 Mentor

    Feb 5, 2012
    just get netflix or hulu. why pay for linear tv and its insane costs when OTT tv is cheaper and on your own time. If you are a sports fan just watch NFL over the antenna for free or just stream them using non legal means. Cable and Sat tv bills are high as hell because of sports anyway so streaming them is a big FU to them.
  2. Chappy316

    Chappy316 Cool Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    I have honestly kicked around the idea of not getting anything long and hard. The driving factor behind this is more the girlfriend than myself. We haven't had anything other that NetFlix and Amazon Prime for well over 6 months now. I watch a lot of stuff on YouTube. She wants her basketball though.

    If I could stream sports easily on the TV I wouldn't be considering this nearly as much as I am. Or should I say we are, like I said this is mostly her.

    I'm willing to give it a chance and see if I can justify the cost of having it for the two years, after the contract that's when the real decision is made.
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Happy wife (girlfriend) happy life. Seems like an easy decision :righton:
  4. n3vino

    n3vino Godfather

    Oct 2, 2011
    What are the chances that you will be DVR'ing and/or watching D* and DVRing 5 shows at the same time? .
  5. Chappy316

    Chappy316 Cool Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    That was my thought process! Haha!

    Slim and none. Like I said, I was just trying to maximize my "bang for buck" with the free equipment offer. If it were the same price I would rather have more options for a just in case scenario.
  6. Chappy316

    Chappy316 Cool Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    Welp, we took the plunge on Saturday. Install is scheduled for 12/19 between 1pm and 6pm. Starting Saturday the next two years of our TV service are dedicated to DirecTV.

    We ended up getting the Xtra package on a Genie (paper work says an HR34 or HR44 but I asked and they claim they mostly carry HR44s) and 3 wired Genie Minis for the other TVs.

    I feel like we got a pretty good deal but I suppose my final call will be once the TVs are all hooked up.

    Xtra package
    Genie (supposedly HR44)
    Genie Mini (wired, x3)
    standard package discounts
    NFL Sunday Ticket Max for the remainder of the 2015-16 season AND the 2016-2017 season (I know, like 3 more weeks this year, woo hoo.)
    HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc... (The usual 3 months, seems to be pretty standard.)
    $300 Sam's Club gift card (This was the big kicker for us and what kind of pushed us over the edge to sign up.)

    Again, thank you guys for all the help. Now I just hope I get a decent (quality and socially) installer on Saturday. Someone I can *cough*bribe*cough* with lunch and maybe a couple drinks on a sunny Saturday afternoon to get things done clean and "right" the first time.
  7. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    When the installer calls, ask if he has an HR44 and tell him you will decline the install if it is an HR34. Then reschedule the installation.
  8. Chappy316

    Chappy316 Cool Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    Doing more reading it looks like I would rather have the HR54. It can power the LNB on its own without the need for a power inserter.

    That would help my OCD immensely and cut down on cord clutter plus increase my potential options for everything.
  9. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    unfortunately they are NOT available everywhere yet. Only in select markets.

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  10. Chappy316

    Chappy316 Cool Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    (Just to report back so this thread doesn't die with an open topic.)

    Install was this past Saturday (12/19) and everything went as smooth as possible.

    I had a good installer who was friendly and social. I was his last install of the day and he let me help him as much as I could to save him a little bit of time.

    We had 4 rooms installed. Living Room with existing line that tested good, Master Bed with existing line that tested good, Office with new line and Guest bed with new line.

    He secured all of the lines in the crawl space up so they weren't hanging down and looking sloppy. This included securing the existing lines that tested good but were much longer than needed and had been run by the cable company when we first moved into the house.

    Only had to drill one hole to pass the line into the house and we mounted the dish on the back of our shed. He buried the line all the way out to the shed and didn't charge me anything extra which was cool.

    All in all we are happy campers. I really like the Genie system so far and the Minis aren't too bad either. Slower than the Genie itself but that is to be expected so I am ok with that.

    Ended up with
    SWM3 dish
    1>4 SWM splitter
    HR44 Genie
    H51 Mini clients (3x)

    As I said, we are very pleased thus far with the picture and sound quality and I was more than impressed with his quality of install and how thorough he was.

    In our conversation I mentioned turning here for help and he commented on how strong of a resource DBS Talk is and said I turned to the right place to get my information.

    Thanks again for the help guys, cheers to (hopefully) many years or uninterrupted DirecTV service!
  11. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Did you actually get an H44 or do you mean an HR44?
  12. Chappy316

    Chappy316 Cool Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    My apologies, I typed that wrong. It is an HR44. I have edited my previous post.

    Still going strong with no issues with weather or otherwise.

    Safe to say we are very happy customers so far and are enjoying having TV to watch again!
  13. thyname

    thyname Member

    May 9, 2015
    United States
    Good luck with the install. In my opinion, the install is very important, and you should do it right. Hopefully you will get a good installer.

    This morning, I saw the Directv truck installing service for a neighbor, I approached the technician and asked whether he had any HR54 on his truck. He said yes, 2 of them, with the rest of them being HR44s. He also said that the install "defaults" to HR44, unless the new customer specifically asks for a HR54.

    I live in N. Virginia (DC suburbs)

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