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Some 72.5 markets finally gone on Dec 29th

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by texasbrit, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. GodricVT

    GodricVT New Member

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    Yeah, I got none of that...I'd certainly remember multiple letters, emails, and phone calls.

    I don't have a slimline. I was under the impression I was getting my locals from 119. When we moved here (about 13 months ago) the installer gave us a new receiver (the H20) but used the dishes on the house from the previous occupant. I suspect that's the problem.
     
  2. dishrich

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    Well what kind of "dishes" do you have now? Since you say "dishes", would I be correct that you have 2 round ones now? Or, is one oval & the other round? Either way, your locals were NEVER coming in from 119 whatsoever - that is what the 2nd round dish is for. (72.5) Sometimes an installer will have used an oval dish (P3 oval dish is what it's called) for the primary dish, if they happen to run short of round dishes, which is customarily what what used in 72.5 markets.

    Sounds like the installer decided to be lazy & JUST swap your receiver (& NOT swap out your 2 dishes for a slimline) - which is not unheard of; or maybe he ran out of slimlines when he went to your place. Either way, D* probably has (incorrectly) in their records that he DID swap for a slimline, which again, is why they did not notify you. Just call up D* & explain this situation to them & I'm sure they'll get someone out to swap both dishes for a new slimline as soon as they can. :)
     
  3. GodricVT

    GodricVT New Member

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    Yup, both round. Thanks for the help!
     
  4. JJEZ96

    JJEZ96 Mentor

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    When the locals are moved off 72.5 and put on 99 or 103 are they only HD and downconverted by the receivers? It would make sense to only have the HD versions and let the receivers downconvert to save bandwidth.
     
  5. dishrich

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    Correct on all counts - that's why you have to have HD boxes to now get locals in these markets. (or R22's, which are technically HD boxes as well, but aren't made anymore) However, any locals that D* does NOT carry in HD, are still put up in MPEG4 on 99 or 103, but in SD only. (our local MNT, as well as one of our PBS's, is in SD MPEG4)
     
  6. wideglide36

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    Hey guys,

    I just called to swap out my old receivers and everything went smooth.
    Of course, I forgot to ask a few questions while I was talking to the rep so maybe you guys can help.
    The rep said that the three new receivers should all be either HR22's or HR23's.

    I was wondering about the BB converters. I know on my HR23-700 they are not needed. Do you need to use them on the HR 22's or HR21's?

    Also, I would hope that activating these new receivers would not extend your contract for two more years.

    My old receivers were "owned" Tivos, I would guess that I wouldn't need to ship them back to Directv?

    Thanks.
     
  7. RAD

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    Dripping...
    Yes, HR21 and HR22's need BBC's unless you're using SWiM LNB or switch.

    Not sure about the commitment since you're a 72.5 swap.
     
  8. Beerstalker

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    The 72.5 swap does not renew your commitment (or require a new 2 year commitment) as long as you are only replacing existing receivers. If you have a DVR and it is replaced by a HD-DVR or if you have a standard receiver and it is replaced by an HD receiver you will not have a new commitment. However, if you have a standard receiver and request that it be replaced by an HD-DVR then you will be making an upgrade, so you will have a new 2 year commitment.
     
  9. wideglide36

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    Thanks guys,

    I have a Slimline 3 dish and the 72.5 dish. I also have a Zinwell WB68 multiswitch.

    The old receivers I am replacing are all Tivos dvr's.

    It has been so long since I actually activated a receiver I'm not sure of the correct phone number. I guess calling the main DTV number would get me there.

    Thanks again.
     
  10. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Yes, 1-800-DIRECTV will get you where you need to be.
     
  11. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    If you're worried about the commitment I'd recommend asking if there is or isn't for each new receiver before you have them activate it just to be sure.
     
  12. wideglide36

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    Hey guys,

    Just an update.

    I called yesterday about swapping out my three old receivers with the new HR receivers and the rep I spoke with said it would be two to five business days before they arrived. She said they had been shipping either HR 22's or 23's.

    Well, there here now. Fedex delivered them today. Wow! Over night shipping.

    Anyways, they are all refurb HR20-100's. One problem though, none of them came with the BB converters or any connection cables like HDMI or component or composite. The only thing in the boxes were the receivers and power cord and remote along with a manual.

    I guess I need to call and ask about the BBC's, and should I mention the connection cables or are you supposed to supply those yourself?

    Thanks.
     
  13. KSbugeater

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    They rarely supply HDMI cables anymore. You can ask, though.

    I've got BBCs I will send you if you pay for the postage, but DirecTV should provide those to you free.
     
  14. wideglide36

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    KSbugeater,

    Thanks for the offer but I called and talked to a rep who is sending me out three sets of BBC's.

    I did ask about the HDMI or Component connection cables and she told me they are only supplied if you have the receiver professionally installed, and since I was installing myself, they could not provide those cables.

    No problem.

    Anything else I should be aware of with the HR20-100S receivers?

    One last question, can you activate two receivers on the same TV?

    The reason I ask is because my one TV is not working, and until I get another one, I would like to activate all these new receivers.

    Thanks
     
  15. Beerstalker

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    Anyone have any idea when the Davenport IA - Moline/Rock Island IL DMA is going to be removed? I'm assuming they are doing the 72.5 swap there too right?
     
  16. dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

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    That sounds suspiciously like a marketing slogan... :lol:
     
  17. bhuber

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    No idea when it will be removed but the swap is available there now.
     
  18. HDinVT

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    WideGlide,

    My HR20 and HR21 are on the same TV, that won't be an activation issue.(see sig below)
     
  19. tkrandall

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    So, any idea on a timeframe for when Directv will be off 72.5 altogether? Dish/Echostar has arranged for rights to all 32 transponders there I believe (they are using 16 now at 72.7) but of course DirecTv has to vacate the other 16 first.
     
  20. wideglide36

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    HDinVT,

    Thanks for that info.

    My apologies for straying a little bit OT.

    Thanks.
     

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