New DIRECTV install. Which LNB?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by cdh8585, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. cdh8585

    cdh8585 New Member

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    DIRECTV is coming to do I new install next week. How do I make sure they use a 5LNB so that I can receive all the Music Choice channels (and a few other things at 119).

    Is the standard a 5 or 3 LNB now? Do I need to request a 5LNB?

    This will be a 4K install with a Genie 2 and multiple Genie Minis if that makes a difference.
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    Call DIRECTV. Explain you install and that you'll be needing a Reverse Band 5 LNB so you can get all the Music Choice channels you're paying for. On the day of the install the tech should call to verify he's on schedule and will be coming. Make sure he has the Reverse Band 5 LNB. If he doesn't reschedule your new install.
     
  3. HoTat2

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    Although be advised that DIRECTV only installs things on an "as needed basis."

    So unless you subscribe to a Spanish package, or to international programming with the 95W dish which has some channels on 119W as well. DIRECTV may resist giving you a SL-5 LNB.

    In that case I'd recommend you let them install a SL-3 LNB and then purchase a SL-5 off eBay or something. And swap it out yourself, which is what I did once.

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  4. cdh8585

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    You would think DIRECTV would consider a 5LNB needed for anyone since some of the Music Choice channels that even the basic pack can get is on the 119 satellite.
     
  5. MysteryMan

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    If he's paying for Music Choice channels that he can only get with a 5 LNB they legally have to install one.
     
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  6. MysteryMan

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    Again, call DIRECTV and explain why you need a Reverse band 5 LNB. They cannot legally charge you for channels you're paying for and cannot get with a Reverse Band 3 LNB.
     
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  7. HoTat2

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    I didn't know the MC channels on 119 were available separately ...

    As the excuse I got from DIRECTV at the time (when it was Sonic Tap anyway) were those are considered foreign genre and not part of the core ones on 101W.

    Although I never understood how the "Holidays & Happenings" channel, which was the only music channel I wanted there, was considered as foreign.

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  8. WestDC

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    A 5LNB is required in Some area's to get your local channels on as well - unless you really want the few "MUSIC" channels on 119 -that are duplicated -When using a 3 LNB -True your paying for them as with all the other "channels" you currently receive -That you don't watch.

    A RB 3 LNB will work (unless) your in a Zipcode that requires a 5 lnb to receive locals
     
  9. HoTat2

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    Ok, but I just got into the habit of dropping the need for locals from 119W as a possibility for DIRECTV to include an SL-5 LNBs on a WOs nowadays.

    Since while the exact future of CONUS programming from 101, 110, and 119W in the SD transition may still be in dispute. One thing is for certain, the Ku band local spotbeams will definitely be discontinued by sometime next year.

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  10. cdh8585

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    Are the music channels on 119 duplicated on another satellite?


    I called into DIRECTV and they said they would put a note on my install that I needed access to the 119 satellite and would need a 5LNB. Although, from the way she acted I don’t think the people at AT&T customer service have any idea what that is.
     
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  11. slice1900

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    Sometime next year when Directv shuts down MPEG2 SD entirely, there's a 99.9% chance 119 goes away and you'll be able to get everything with an SL3 LNB.
     
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  12. William9182

    William9182 New Member

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    Company-wide shortage on all 5 lnbs good luck but I doubt you will get one even if it's on the order the tech is not likely to have one and will just remove it unless you have Spanish programming
     
  13. William9182

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    if the tech doesn't have one or won't install one your best bet is to make sure he places the dish with 119 line of sight and buy one yourself off eBay.
     
  14. slice1900

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    Directv is in the process of mirroring all the content on 119 (and 95) on reverse band, once those mirrors go live everyone will get a reverse band 3 LNB.

    So probably not so much a "shortage" of 5 LNB...more likely they've quit making them since they aren't going to need them anymore.
     
  15. P Smith

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    Remind me - what was your prediction of int channels' sat ?
     
  16. tnash05

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    Unfortunately the music channels are what Directv would legally define as an "offering" you are not directly paying for these channels as they are not assigned a "line item" under your billing preferences, much like local channels are depending on what zip code and DMA youcare living in...(and no, they are not considered part of your paid programming) For example: Directv OnDemand is an "offering" and since it heavily relies on the customer's ISP and many other factors (firewall, routers, band interference) Directv puts it in this category. I've heard many a CSR Agents argue with customers that they are not "paying" for these "offerings" legally, so customers cannot say they are paying for something they are not receiving.
     

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