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Old 11-26-2008, 02:27 PM   #1
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As my username implies, I'm still in the 20th century with no cable or satellite tv. Just rabbit ears. Am considering directtv, but hear that if it's snowing or raining, reception may affect picture quality. Cox cable is another option, but the directtv package appears cheaper for the 1st year anyway. Anyone have any tales good or bad, on directtv during inclement weather? TIA.
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Old 11-26-2008, 02:30 PM   #2
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Where are you located? Do you get a lot of rain or snow? Here in Colorado even during Blizzards I have only lost reception once in 8 years and that was only for about 5-10 mins.
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:17 PM   #3
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I live in Connecticut. Don't get as much snow as you I'm sure, but certainly probably about the same amount of precipitation annually.
When we get 2 inches of snow , it's a natural disaster and an excuse to close businesses early and go home.
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:27 PM   #4
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I am in south central Florida. A light rain knocks out the HD reception and a medium rain takes out all reception- and we get a lot of rain. If we had Fios available, I would jump on it.
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I am in south central Florida. A light rain knocks out the HD reception and a medium rain takes out all reception- and we get a lot of rain. If we had Fios available, I would jump on it.
What kind of signal strengths are you getting. Sounds like you may need to get your antenna re-aligned to maximize your signal.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:01 PM   #6
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For me its not Rain or Snow but Thunder and Lightning that will knock it it for a few minutes every so often.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:56 PM   #7
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I'm located in a suburb 35 miles NW of Chgo. I've been a Directv customer for approx 10 yrs.

Big storms may interrupt service for a few minutes here or there. Biggest issue was a winter blizzard that caused a 20 minute loss of service.

I may be the exception, but it's certainly not as bad as the uninformed claim it to be.

Just my 2 cents
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Old 11-29-2008, 02:09 PM   #8
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The cable companies will have you believe that loss of signal in bad weather (technically called rain fade) is a big deal.

I don't believe it is.

I spent 20 years working in major network newsgathering via satellite and we dealt with this issue all the time.

Heavy rain will cause an outage. It rarely lasts more than ten minutes or so. A steady rain generally does not cause rain fade, unless that rain is very heavy and the raindrops are big (size matters). During a heavy snowstorm you may have to sweep out your dish

I have had cable and Dish TV. Here's my take on this: while rain fade may cause an outage that lasts ten minutes, my cable would go out for an entire day with not a cloud in the sky.

And if you are a sports fan, DirecTV is the only way to get the most sports, as they have exclusive contracts for out-of-market baseball and football.
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