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I will be dropping my cable service soon and will probably go with Dish Network. I have a lot of questions and hope someone can help me.

First off, I have an old Starband dish on my roof as I was a beta tester for Starband. Can this dish be re-used?

I will be hooking up 4 TVs. One is HD. Don't want to do any recording or pausing. What equipment will I get?

I want to run all the cable myself. What kind of RG6 cable should I use? How many cables will I need to run? I plan on running them to a central point close to where my present dish is located?

What satellites will I have to be able to "see"?

Thanks in advance!

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rwbuck said:
I will be dropping my cable service soon and will probably go with Dish Network. I have a lot of questions and hope someone can help me.

First off, I have an old Starband dish on my roof as I was a beta tester for Starband. Can this dish be re-used?
No.

I will be hooking up 4 TVs. One is HD. Don't want to do any recording or pausing. What equipment will I get?
That depends, but why are you against DVR?? Dish's DVR is a pretty good system and can operate two TV's.

I want to run all the cable myself. What kind of RG6 cable should I use? How many cables will I need to run? I plan on running them to a central point close to where my present dish is located?
Again, why do you want to run everything yourself. It will depend on the receivers that you get setup on how it should be run. But, with the modern DPP systems, you will only need one run of RG6 to each receiver. Any kind of RG6 will do, as its bascically the same, just stay away from the lesser RG59 if you can.

What satellites will I have to be able to "see"?

Thanks in advance!

RB
This depends on your location and the programming you choose. Most likely one of 3 options. A dish 500 pointed at 110/119, A Dish 1000 pointed at 110/119/129, or a Dish 500 pointed at 100/119 and another Dish pointed at 61.5, but again those are the most standard setups and could vary if you want international programming or some of the special interest programming on other sats.
 

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Could always go Dish1000+, which will basically hit the majority of programming, and if you add 61, you will get additional PI stations...
 

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If you've never had a DVR you can't say that you're not interested in pausing or rewinding, etc. Once you have DVR you can't live without it, my advice is to take advantage of the deals for new subscribers on the 622, it's an awesome box and you'll be sorry later that you didn't get at least one at the new sub price!!
 

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rwbuck said:
What kind of RG6 cable should I use?
Look for a solid copper center conductor and sweep testing to at lease 2.2GHz
How many cables will I need to run?
There will likely be a switch involved if you have your heart set against a DVR. You'll need to run a cable from the switch for at least three receivers and a cable from one receiver to the fourth TV.
I plan on running them to a central point close to where my present dish is located?
Don't get the cart before the horse. Not all the runs go from the dish to the TVs. You'll need to know the receiver configuration before you can wire anything.
What satellites will I have to be able to "see"?
You will need to see 110 and 119 for the standard programming. Depending on where in PA you live, you will need to see either 61.5 (Eastern PA) or 129 (Western PA).

A zip code must be known to give a more detailed answer about orbital slots required.
 
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