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    Re: DirecTV question...

    The only thing I don't like about Direct TV is there is no replay of game on Sunday night or Monday. Occasionally they'll replay during the week, but nothing regular.

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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by uafan4life View Post
    Hmm, maybe it's where you're at. I've always had good luck with Comcast.

    Right now I've got my phone, internet, and TV through Comcast. I wouldn't have phone, but I have to have it to have it for work. I get all the TV I want, the fastest internet speeds available in the area, and a phone line with unlimited long distance for right at $150 a month.

    That's cheaper than I can get the TV I want from DirecTV plus phone and internet from AT&T.
    The quality of Comcast varies widely. I would never have phone through them (we have to have a landline because cell service is flaky on our mountain top), because they go out for days at a time. I'm paying them $175 a month without phone...
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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    Here are a couple of views to the SW...



    Dang Earle, it does look like a rainforest.....

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    Re: DirecTV question...

    The only thing I could add is , I believe you are far enough North that you get ice and some snow. Last winter we had ice , and it was to slippery for me too get to the Satellite. I had to go back to cable...I did pick up Fox Sports south in addition to the big 10 (was getting it on Direct TV) That's a local issue though.

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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaDMD View Post
    Dang Earle, it does look like a rainforest.....
    It does, but what does it look like from the roof line? Is there a chimney as well?

    I ask as my parents have a lake house in East Texas with a view similar to yours. Their dish is mounted to the chimney and they have had no issues. And that was their preference for install as they did not want to bother with the trees on property. The options where the house is located are pretty limited and satellite made the most sense. It was also easier in the sense that their existing cabling came in through the ground floor, went up to a splitter in the attic over the second floor, then was distributed back down to both floors from there. They had just bought the property and were making some quick improvements. We had just installed a solar powered attic fan and, since we were on the roof anyway, I cut and installed a sleeved conduit for RG cable next to the chimney. That brought both lines from the dish down by the chimney and dropped them right over the splitter. The DirectTV tech was onsite for less time than at my house near Dallas.

    It was easier and made sense in their situation, I have no idea if it is even doable at your property. It would depend on where you can get cable back into the house and where it needs to go. In my parents case it was 8 feet below the dish.
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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by kyallie View Post
    The only thing I could add is , I believe you are far enough North that you get ice and some snow. Last winter we had ice , and it was to slippery for me too get to the Satellite. I had to go back to cable...I did pick up Fox Sports south in addition to the big 10 (was getting it on Direct TV) That's a local issue though.
    Excuse my ignorance, Allie, but why did you need to get to the dish. (You said "Satellite," but I don't think that's what you meant...
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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    Excuse my ignorance, Allie, but why did you need to get to the dish. (You said "Satellite," but I don't think that's what you meant...
    If the LNB (receiver part of the dish) gets blocked with ice or snow, I imagine the signal goes kaput. I know you can cover it with your hand and block the signal.

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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    Excuse my ignorance, Allie, but why did you need to get to the dish. (You said "Satellite," but I don't think that's what you meant...
    Quote Originally Posted by 2003TIDE View Post
    If the LNB (receiver part of the dish) gets blocked with ice or snow, I imagine the signal goes kaput. I know you can cover it with your hand and block the signal.
    Yeppers. If the snow, or ice, is falling in the right direction and starts to accumulate on the dish it can alter the angle of the reflection and cause the LNB not to receive the signal from the satellite(s). Really heavy rain can do the same thing although it doesn't accumulate, so it's just temporary. This is a bigger problem if your dish is unprotected from the west, where the whether typically comes from.
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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    The quality of Comcast varies widely. I would never have phone through them (we have to have a landline because cell service is flaky on our mountain top), because they go out for days at a time. I'm paying them $175 a month without phone...
    Odd. I wonder why the price difference? I'm in year two of my service at this location. Once my initial year prices ended I just called them and asked what was the best bundle deal they had for the services I currently had, and the lady put me on a triple play bundle adding in the extra TV services, CableCard rentals, etc. Based on the initial year setup and price changes it should have been around $170 but the bundle runs me about $20 less than that. My initial year wasn't really a bundle deal, it was internet for x amount for one year, tv for x amount for 6 months, and phone for x amount for one year or something like that.
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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by lazlohollyfeld View Post
    It does, but what does it look like from the roof line? Is there a chimney as well?

    I ask as my parents have a lake house in East Texas with a view similar to yours. Their dish is mounted to the chimney and they have had no issues. And that was their preference for install as they did not want to bother with the trees on property. The options where the house is located are pretty limited and satellite made the most sense. It was also easier in the sense that their existing cabling came in through the ground floor, went up to a splitter in the attic over the second floor, then was distributed back down to both floors from there. They had just bought the property and were making some quick improvements. We had just installed a solar powered attic fan and, since we were on the roof anyway, I cut and installed a sleeved conduit for RG cable next to the chimney. That brought both lines from the dish down by the chimney and dropped them right over the splitter. The DirectTV tech was onsite for less time than at my house near Dallas.

    It was easier and made sense in their situation, I have no idea if it is even doable at your property. It would depend on where you can get cable back into the house and where it needs to go. In my parents case it was 8 feet below the dish.
    I'd actually thought about the chimney. There's attic space right below. I'm afraid it still won't be high enough. Some of those trees are well over a 100' high, and some of them are up on the low ridge to the west of our property, in effect sticking them up even higher.
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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by 2003TIDE View Post
    If the LNB (receiver part of the dish) gets blocked with ice or snow, I imagine the signal goes kaput. I know you can cover it with your hand and block the signal.
    We had two ten-inch snows last year...
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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by uafan4life View Post
    Odd. I wonder why the price difference? I'm in year two of my service at this location. Once my initial year prices ended I just called them and asked what was the best bundle deal they had for the services I currently had, and the lady put me on a triple play bundle adding in the extra TV services, CableCard rentals, etc. Based on the initial year setup and price changes it should have been around $170 but the bundle runs me about $20 less than that. My initial year wasn't really a bundle deal, it was internet for x amount for one year, tv for x amount for 6 months, and phone for x amount for one year or something like that.
    When they rolled out "xfinity" they sent us notice that they were giving us a special deal for six months. After the six months ended, the bill jumped up to $175. On top of that, I added long distance to AT&T on our tornado. I was told that I had a grandfathered plan, but that could give us that and our bill would drop by $5 to around $45. After one month, their bill jumped to $85. I'm totally fed up with both. The $175 bill is just for Comcast's middle package. The only way I can reduce it is to go to their "starter" package, which has none of the channels I like to watch...
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    Re: DirecTV question...

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    Excuse my ignorance, Allie, but why did you need to get to the dish. (You said "Satellite," but I don't think that's what you meant...
    The ice and snow combined to block the signal, this happened several times last winter. It was to slippery to get to my dish, to clean it off. The dish was mounted on my fence 8 or 9 feet off the ground.

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