Why do people think of the Sat Dish as an eyesore?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by lee78221, May 1, 2009.

Do you think your Dish is an eyesore?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    75 vote(s)
  3. Other

    428 vote(s)
  1. May 1, 2009 #41 of 164
    Terry Kennedy

    Terry Kennedy Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    You'd be amazed at how many "status symbol" dishes there are around here. I mean, I understand that there are a lot of widely spaced satellites for international programming which may require separate dishes with different aiming, but that doesn't justify a huge bunch of dishes all pointing north.

    I have a SL5 dish (self-install) on my 2nd floor roof (the 3rd floor is set back from the front of the house) so you can't see it from the street.
  2. May 2, 2009 #42 of 164

    Piratefan98 Icon

    Mar 11, 2008
    There are lots of things uglier than dishes on people's property. Unkept/overgrown lawns, dog fences/dog houses, weathered basketball goals, old cars, etc. etc. A little 5 lnb is nothing.

  3. May 2, 2009 #43 of 164

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I agree with you and thankfully we don't have any of those in my neighborhood.
  4. May 2, 2009 #44 of 164

    Piratefan98 Icon

    Mar 11, 2008
    Me too. Everyone keeps their place up nicely in my neighborhood.

    Now, the first apartment I lived in right after college back in the 80's .... there were plenty of eyesores to go around. Don't miss those days at all.

  5. May 2, 2009 #45 of 164

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Yep, I lived in a few neighborhoods like that. Don't miss them at all either.
  6. May 2, 2009 #46 of 164

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    I don't think it's an eyesore but I don't think it adds anything either. I can see how some might not like it if it was in the middle of their front porch or something. However if it's in an unassuming spot like the roof where you have to look to see it then it's no more of an eyesore then a roof vent. It's just a piece of equipment for functionality. Would I want one in front of my bay window? No it would block my view but that's not a practicality question. I've seen some houses with an international dish mounted on the front of the home. I wouldn't want it there and think that it can be mounted somewhere less obtrusive but that's where it was put rather then the dish itself.

    I think most people's problems are really when it's put in a spot that makes it stick out rather then some place where it's just there. It's like anything else that's there for functions for example a parking sticker. You wouldn't put it in the middle of your windshield that would be an eyesore but in the far corner of a windshield it doesn't matter as much.
  7. May 2, 2009 #47 of 164

    carlsbad_bolt_fan Icon

    May 18, 2004
    Carlsbad, CA
    Eyesore? Nope.

    I've got the 5lnb sidecar dish mounted to the side of the house. Can't see it from the street. My house also backs up to a canyon. So unless you're walking along the mile long trail that circles the canyon, you won't see my dish.
  8. May 2, 2009 #48 of 164

    Zellio Icon

    Mar 8, 2009

    Not only should you have all kinds of electronics made from steel outside, wires should be everywhere, and when you turn off the light, you need at least 50 little leds on at all times!
  9. May 2, 2009 #49 of 164

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    When I was running an ISP we used to have a figure called lpd. That stood for led's per dollar. As we moved from as we moved away from RADS to DSLAMS and CSU/DSU's we noticed the lpd went up exponentially. I miss turning the lights off to close and seeing almost fine because of all the led's it was better then christmas lights.
  10. May 2, 2009 #50 of 164
    Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007
    I think it's time that DirecTV start figuring out a way to use the satellite antennas used by SiriusXM.
  11. May 2, 2009 #51 of 164

    rkicklighter AllStar

    Nov 29, 2007
    For those who think the small dishes are an eyesore, you should have seen the 16' Paraclipse C-band dish I had back in the 80's! That was a dish!
  12. May 2, 2009 #52 of 164

    sjso395 AllStar

    Dec 15, 2006
    Where we live at, Charter doesnt have HD channels and had horrible PQ. We have 150 houses on my street and I guarantee that 80% if not more have Directv so I dont think its as much as a eye sore since everyone has one.
  13. May 2, 2009 #53 of 164

    braven Hall Of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    I think a single neatly mounted dish isn't an eye sore at all.

    However, I've seen a few E* "dish farms" that look plain awful. Thankfully D* offers me a single antenna solution.
  14. May 2, 2009 #54 of 164

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Heck no it's not an eyesore. Half the people around here have a dish of one thing or another. My wife actually asked me to put up a 1 meter FTA dish as well to get some free channels she wanted off a couple sats. So I have two dishes in my yard, one is twice the size of the DirecTV dish. All nice and landscaped with flowerbeds and rock garden as well.

    Also have an old OTA antenna on my roof that still works.

    No idea why anyone would object to a dish or antenna. Just sounds silly to me.
  15. May 2, 2009 #55 of 164

    txtommy Icon

    Dec 30, 2006
    Wouldn't it be easier to paint the dish to match the house?

    I painted both my Directv and Hughesnet dishes to match the color of the brick on the house. Both are mounted on poles next to the house and they are not even noticeable from the street. I never considered them any more of an eyesore than any other vent, flue pipe, electric meter or other object on the house but why keep them a color that clashes with the house color when it is so easy to paint them.
  16. May 2, 2009 #56 of 164
    dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    Go to cable, their service makes my eyes sore :D
  17. May 2, 2009 #57 of 164

    jasonblair Icon

    Sep 5, 2006
    Of course it is an eyesore... But all things considered, it's a mild one.

    Anyone on this thread who says it is not an eyesore should answer this question... If you could receive DirecTV without a dish on your house at all, would you still opt to have a dish on your house?

    If you answered "no," then you have to admit it's an eyesore.

    But it's all a matter of degree. I don't understand why people complain about them, because there are a million other things that are worse eyesores. And the dish is obviously there for a functional purpose... Unlike that rusted-out hibachi grill and bike with no chain sitting out on your patio! :)

    Personally, I have much more of an issue with HOAs that allow people to park out on the street than I do with satellite dishes.... Yet most HOAs seem to make a bigger deal out of the dishes.
  18. May 2, 2009 #58 of 164

    jasonblair Icon

    Sep 5, 2006
    Also... I love the polls that go up on forums like this. Asking people on a forum specifically catering to dish enthusiasts isn't exactly a non-biased sample group.
  19. May 2, 2009 #59 of 164

    randyk47 Icon

    Aug 21, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    I voted "yes" but it's not terminally ugly. I put mine in a place that's hard to see and, in fact, can't be seen from the front of the house. It doesn't add to the appearance and I personally don't want to see it. That said, I'm proud of the job my private installer and I did. It's neat, it's sturdy, and it works great but so does my hot water heater and I don't need to see it on a regular basis.
  20. May 2, 2009 #60 of 164

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Since I got rid of my 12 foot Paraclispe, I don't even notice my tiny DirecTV dish.


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