I appreciate the fact that people are trying to be helpful and all, and no disrespect intended, but I think telling the OP the installation would be free by going through DirecTV is not the most helpful approach. Yes, they do included free "standard" installation, but from the Crunchy's own post:
Maybe there's an installer that could chime in here, but if you were faced with the above - even if it might be noted on the work order (which is unlikely anyway) - would you be doing that install for free?
Aside from the fact that it seemed pretty clear that he doesn't want an installer anywhere near his house, he's coming here to get clear answers and I really would hate to see him feel the install was free only to have the installer show up, talk through the install he desires, then say, "OK, I can do that. It'll be $xx.xx (or even $xxx.xx)." I can't see that being a good way to get things started.
:shrug: I'm just sayin'.
JLucPicard, You have it right! You read my question! Others said I don't need this or that. To install the system the way I want it done will take half a day and probably longer. No one works for free and I wouldn't expect someone to work for free. I also don't pay the car dealership for tasks I can accomplish for free without their professional intervention. Maybe that is why my cars last decades. :hurah:
I have a lightning protection system on the home and to meet NFPA, it requires specific bonding and grounding to the system that I understand and which I designed for this home. I am a retired EE. To me this is like telling an auto mechanic that you can buy an air filter for your new car, but you get "free installation" for $99 unless it takes longer than a "standard" air filter installation. And the air filter is leased for two years. Or you pay penalty? I know a few mechanics who won't let the dealer touch their car, even under warranty and especially for free and with good reason.
I want to buy the equipment outright and install it myself. To do that, I need specifications for the equipment and the interconnection diagrams. All I find on D* web site is that I can order "free installation" with a $99 HDTV receiver of their choice with a two year obligation. I already have a standard receiver. I plan to keep that while adding the HDTV to the system. I assume I can attach the HDTV receiver and a legacy receiver to the 5LNB dish, but golly, the information is not offered anywhere on D* web site.
I want to pick the receiver myself. I want to mount the dish to my own existing concrete anchored pipe (from the abandoned WildBlue dish). I want to ground it myself, because I have a lightning protection system on the home and everything has to be bonded correctly to code so there won't be damage to the home when lightning strikes. Lightning has hit this system while the TV and sat receiver were on. They kept running. Tell me about one of these free installations surviving a direct hit when the coax enters through the attic instead of directly at the grounded building entry.
I am looking for specifications for the equipment, and a place to buy the equipment outright for a reasonable price. I haven't been able to find clear descriptions of the equipment or even what is included in the carton.
The information from D* email inquiry was vague. It said I needed a 5LNB, a b-band conveter and an HDTV receiver. They didn't explain how to buy these or what this will cost without installation. I can picture how this connects, but the information is not offered anywhere. I go to their links for the receiver and I don't find an offer to sell it without installation. The description doesn't give specs for the receiver. I want off air reception from my master antenna system. I am between Washington DC and Baltimore and I receive signals from both markets, even during times the dish is knocked out from bad weather. And there is also PBS and perhaps Hagerstown, Maryland markets if I aim the antenna that direction. Will D* provide all these without additional cost?
None of the descriptions explain if their HDTV receiver (which has no specs and is not described by part number there), comes with the 5LNB dish or the b-band convertor. The description doesn't say if it can receive of air. The D* information describes a "lease" but then doesn't say what that lease costs. Worse, they offer a warranty package to insure "leased" gear they own against failure. This is contrary to all notions of leasing as I understand leases. Would you rent a home and be obligated to maintain the roof if it leaks? If property belongs to someone else, it is their worry if it breaks. If I own the equipment, I might want to buy an extended warranty. I call that insurance.
I do read about a two year agreement with cancellation fee. I won't agree to that. I would probably stay more than two years since I have stayed the last ten without such an abusive clause, but I won't enter an abusive contract. This sort of stuff is why I have a "pay as you go" cell phone instead of a "free" phone.
What I want to know is where to find the specs, where to buy the equipment outright, an how to subscribe it without service commitment.
If the answer is I can't buy it that way, I can do without. It's just TV.