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?

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  2. No

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  1. May 5, 2009 #101 of 164
    Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Icon

    Mar 7, 2007
    I've checked some FiOS lineups (not available to most of us, to be fair) and found them to have everything D* has and a whole spoonful of sugar more.
  2. May 5, 2009 #102 of 164

    ansky Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2005
    Agreed. There are many channels Fios has that D* does not - American Life TV, Travel HD, and WGN HD. Plus I can get ESPNU HD without having to subscribe to an extra sports pack. There are no channels I want on D* that are not available on Fios.
  3. May 5, 2009 #103 of 164

    jclewter79 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 8, 2008
    I may be the odd one here but, I think a persons property is their castle. What a person does to their castle does not affect or concern me at all. That may be why I live outside of town and dang sure outside of a HOA. The only person that should be concerned about what the property looks like is the person thats name is printed on the morgage statement for that property.
  4. May 5, 2009 #104 of 164

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    With DirecTV, I get about 30 RSN sports networks that FIOS doesn't offer. That may not be of value to everyone, but would be a deal breaker for me if I thought about switching to FIOS or go back any other cable company.
  5. May 5, 2009 #105 of 164
    dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    Nope I agree whole heartidly with you.... I would never, ever sign an HOA agreement, or I would just pay fines until they got tired of fining me.
  6. May 5, 2009 #106 of 164

    ansky Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2005
    I think your neighbors would disagree. If they are trying to sell their home and your place next door looks like a dump they won't be too happy. But you have the right to do whatever you want. I recently purchased a new home and there was one house we liked but decided against buying because the house next door was painted neon green. Now that was an eyesore.
  7. May 5, 2009 #107 of 164

    randyk47 Icon

    Aug 21, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    Again, a home buyer should make a decision. They either are willing to live in an HOA controlled community or they aren't willing. If you don't want an HOA then buy a house outside of a controlled community. It's not a club, you don't have the option to join or not join if it's an HOA community. As for fining, our HOA never gets tired of fining and if not paid they can first put a lien on the home and eventually, though it rarely happens, can foreclose on the home in the same manner as not paying property taxes.
  8. May 5, 2009 #108 of 164

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    You don't have to sign any HOA agreement, when you move into a community that has one, you fall under the rules of the HOA. If you don't pay your fines you can have a lean put on your house.

    Remember, HOAs are not for everyone, but if you are concerned about how your neighborhood looks, keeping property values up and don't mind putting up with a few rules to keep it that way, they work.

    Getting back on subject, bottom line is, a HOA can not refuse to allow you to install a dish.
  9. May 5, 2009 #109 of 164
    Lee L

    Lee L Hall Of Fame

    Aug 15, 2002
    Of course, in many areas, you hardly have a choice anymore unless you buy an existing home. In many areas, municipalities require any subdivision over a certain nunmber of houses to have an HOA, so they perform duties that the city used to have to.
  10. May 5, 2009 #110 of 164

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Neighbors? What are neighbors?

    House Buying Rules (for us):

    Rule 1: No neighbors.
    Rule 2: Best HAAT available, clear view to southern sky.
    Rule 3: No cities
    Rule 4: After pre-qualifying #'s 1-3, look for a house we like and can afford.

    We haven't lived in a city in 30 years.

    We ended up on 9 acres of forested property, 3 miles outside of a city of 2500, and only 10 miles from work. The house is located on the edge of the forest with an open look to the southern sky.:)

    Only one tree presented a problem, and it was "recycled".

    Having worked and played with RF for 46 years, no intact antenna is anything but a thing of beauty to me, and following rules 1-3 listed above removes anyone else's opinion from the equation.:)
  11. May 5, 2009 #111 of 164

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    If you don't know what neighbors are, how do you know you don't want them? :D
  12. May 5, 2009 #112 of 164

    RVD26 Godfather

    Oct 12, 2007
    I love my 3lnb Slimline dish.
    I don't think its an eyesore at all.
    In fact I glance at it pretty much everyday like a majestic eagle perched on my roof when I come home from work.
    I have a fascination with dishes, maybe I'm just weird...who knows.
    In fact when I pass by homes, I always like to glance at the roofs to see what kind of service/dish they have.
    The only ones that look ugly to me are the cluster of no-name dishes you see on the roofs in the low income apartments.
  13. May 5, 2009 #113 of 164
    Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007

    Couple of questions for ya (all meant in jest)

    1. Do you sit naked on your front porch at night with a shotgun across your lap and a glass or whiskey and bowl of ice cream nearby?

    2. Do you have a manifesto?

    3. What trip wire technology are you currently using?

    4. How many alien species do you contact on a regular basis?

    5. Do you call them IRS agents or revenuers?

    This was all meant in fun...although I did know a guy who practiced number 1 on a regular basis...he lived somewhere in the Poconos and used to commute 125 miles each way to work everyday...he was a retired marine gunnery sergeant so #3 probably applied as well.

  14. May 5, 2009 #114 of 164
    Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007
    A set of rabbit ears or a coat hanger can do that too
  15. May 5, 2009 #115 of 164

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    That spoonful of sugar sounds more like castor oil. :D
  16. May 5, 2009 #116 of 164

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Whereas, I wouldn't live in a neighborhood without an HOA. I learned my lesson on the first house I bought.
  17. May 5, 2009 #117 of 164

    1980ws Legend

    Mar 18, 2008
    I thought I was the only one who did this!!!! My family thinks I'm even stranger than before. But before I got D*, I have to say I really didn't notice what was on folk's roof tops. Now I amazed at how many people have or had satellite.
  18. May 5, 2009 #118 of 164

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    Jeez, there's something not right when a piece of utility equipment is anything more or less than that. Good Lord, sounds like some of you up here would buy one at WalMart just for the beauty of it. Others sound like they'd sooner gouge their eyeballs out.
    Repeat after me - it's just utility equipment. It is has no intrinsic value or beauty of its own. It's a tool, a means to an end.
  19. May 5, 2009 #119 of 164

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Those were great, and appropriately funny questions, Ken!
    Answers interspersed in your text.

    I've lived in large cites like Philadelphia, Kansas City, Des Moines and Seoul Korea. That pretty much finished me on housing developments and "neighbors". This is especially true since I've had a minimum of a 56' tower at every location I've ever lived since I was 16, except the converted quanset huts they gave us for married student housing at ISU.:)
  20. May 5, 2009 #120 of 164

    Matt9876 Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2007
    I personally don't consider them an eyesore but as an installer I have to deal with this issue quite often and the most vocal on this issue is usually a women.

    With some extra work most dishes can be hidden or camouflaged to match any home,This isn't something your going to get with a normal free install though.

    Although it's not officially recommended a slimline 3 LNB mounted to a phase III dish can take HD down to a smaller lighter more manageable package.

    Just my two cents on the subject.:)

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