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Want to switch to SAT, but confused!

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by bokonon, Aug 14, 2007.

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  1. bokonon

    bokonon New Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    I'm putting this in the general discussion forum b/c I want to switch to either D* or E*, but have general questions about switching to them from cable. This was my best guess. Sorry if I misplaced this! :D

    I have TWC and want to switch for more HD and the NFL network. But every time I call CSRs @ either D* or E* I get different answers to my questions (I know . . . shock) so I figured I would come to the experts. Any/all help is appreciated. Here goes:

    1. If I want a DVR and want to record 2 shows @ once, do I need two separate lines running from the dish to the DVR? I ask this b/c I get a different answer every time I call.

    2. Anyone that has a cable modem: do you have to have a dedicated run for the modem itself or can you diplex the sat/cab signal? I assume a separate line, but hope I am wrong!

    I really want to switch, but for me right now it just seems so complicated. I have RR & digital phone & want to keep both, but it appears I would have to run 2 more lines to the room where the modem is b/c that is also where my HDTV is and where I would want a HD DVR (which, of course, is also on the opposite side of the house from the cable box, and on a different floor!).

    Sorry for the long post. Thanks in advance for any info and advice on how to make this work!
  2. Smthkd

    Smthkd Icon

    Sep 1, 2004
    First off Welcome!

    I can only tell you from a D* customer standpoint on your question:

    1. The HR20 can record 2 shows at once and yes you need 2 lines running from the satellite dish to the receiver.

    2. Yes I have a cable modem and I have a dedicated run to my HD DVR. No you cannot diplex the satellite cable as the signal uses complex frequencies for each incoming sat. signals. You need to run 1 to each individual box for SD and HD and 2 lines for DVR's!

    Hope this helps!
  3. DBS Commando

    DBS Commando Godfather

    Apr 6, 2006
    E* Customer here...

    1. The ViP622/722 come with a diplexor which will split one line from the dish into two, both tuners can record at the same time. Bottom line is, you only need 1 line.

    2. If you want to run a broadband connection to the receiver, you should just be able to run a line from your router or switch straight into the back. Dish will take $5 a month off your bill if you do so.
  4. bokonon

    bokonon New Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Thank you both very much for your help!
  5. 8arrett

    8arrett New Member

    Oct 27, 2004
    I have a ViP622 receiver from Dish and it has 2 satellite tuners and 1 OTA tuner AND 1 coax cable. I can record 2 satellite channels and 1 OTA channel at the same time. Hope that helps a little. --Mark
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