I am in the process of switching from D* to E* too, so most of your questions, I can't really answer. But i've been doing a lot of research and I can maybe answer a question or twoFreeBaGeL said:I've finally become fed up enough with my cable company to make the switch to satellite. This will be my first go-round with satellite and I'm heavily considering E* over D* mainly because they give better sign-up deals without requiring a commitment. However, I did have a couple questions first..
1. There are no HD locals offered in my area (Gainesville, FL) and I doubt there will be for quite some time. I have had trouble picking up much with an indoor OTA antenna and understand that D* will attach an OTA antenna to the satellite when they come and put it in. Will E* do the same? Also, is my understanding correct that the 622 will work with (IE record) OTA channels as well? If they will hook up the OTA antenna with the dish is it a good one? It would be imperative for me to be able to pick up CBS HD (~11.2 miles away) and FOX digital (~35 miles away), and best case scenario pick up the distant FOX HD station from Jacksonville (I'm in Gainesville about 70 miles or so away).
2. If I eventually switch providers again can the dish be easily removed from the roof without damaging it or leaving blemishes?
3. So I see this injunction against waivers for E*. NBC HD is not available OTA in my area, and I don't believe there is a tower within 70 miles of my location. Does this mean that I still would not be able to get a distant NBC HD affiliate?
4. Is there any kind of negotiating when ordering as a new member? Paying $200 up front on top of a monthly fee to lease something (HD DVR in this case) just sounds crazy to me. It should be $200 to buy OR a monthly fee (which is how it is for cable), not both. Any chance on getting that up-front fee reduced or waived?
1. I am asking the same question as I have tree problems around me right now and I'm suspecting that the locals won't come down off the satellite as that 'bird' is at an angle behind a tree, and what i was told by my dish rep was it would be best to get my own antenna from some places like Radio Shack. I asked if they would hook up the antenna and was told they would, however, as with DTV, I'm expecting to have to pay the installer extra and direct for that, as that would be out of their regular area of responsibility.
2. As far as removing the dish, I can't really answer that too much except to say that when I moved from my apartment to my new home, I had to pull down my dish from DTV from my patio. I was forced by my apartment complex to mount my dish on the patio and on a pole so the installer screwed the pole into the wood on my patio. The only things left were the holes.
4. Right now if you get an HD-DVR, you pay the $200, but you get a 'rebate' of sorts. It comes in the form of a $20 credit on your bill over the next 10 months. And FYI...DTV does the same thing now as far as charging for an upgrade and still lease. I find that stupid, but evidently that's how both are doing now too.
Hope this helps