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Newbie question

sleeb
08-14-2005, 06:51 AM
I just signed up with DTV with 3 receivers. They will be installing them next week. Do you know if it's possible for me to install a dish at my cottage and take one of the receivers with me to watch Directv while I am there and then bring it home when I come home? Or do all the recievers have to be attached at the same time to work?

Thanks!

borromini
08-14-2005, 08:01 AM
I'm guessing this is why you can't: The receiver only works if it's registered (activated) by DirecTV via the access card and the dish it's communicating with. To take it to the cottage and connect it to another dish would require you to call DirecTV to get the access card activated, at that point they would realize you are not connected to the dish you initially were activated on.

JAG72
08-14-2005, 08:27 AM
It would work fine for you. I now of others that do the same thing.

rockaway1836
08-14-2005, 06:06 PM
I just signed up with DTV with 3 receivers. They will be installing them next week. Do you know if it's possible for me to install a dish at my cottage and take one of the receivers with me to watch Directv while I am there and then bring it home when I come home? Or do all the recievers have to be attached at the same time to work?

Thanks!
Yes you can take the receveir (once activated) to wherever you want. The receiver has no idea where it is. The only problem you may have is a possible loss of local stations, due to spot beams.

sleeb
08-14-2005, 06:07 PM
Yes you can take the receveir (once activated) to wherever you want. The receiver has no idea where it is. The only problem you may have is a possible loss of local stations, due to spot beams.


Ok - here's a stupid question....what are spot beams?

And thanks for the input, btw!

Jimbos
08-14-2005, 06:27 PM
sleeb,
Spot beams are a newer technoligy that D* is using in order for you to get all of your local channels.
Prior to the spot beams you would get maybe ABC, NBC ,CBS and Fox and that was it, now when you subscibe to locals you should get all your locals

It also keeps us from trying to get other locals other than OUR locals, such as I live in the EST time zone and would love to get Centeral TZ as well. Won't happen now.

These are affects of the Spot Beams, others can jump in and elaborate if they want.

BTW, the above info is correct, once you have all your receivers activated you can take it to the cottage, get yourself a 2nd dish mount it at the cottage, get your signal and your good to go. Depending how far away you are you may or may not loose you locals.
BTW, don't let D* know that the other rec. is at the cottage and the will never know...... Don't plug the phone line in at the cottage, or it will dial in and they will know it is at a different address.(different #)

sleeb
08-14-2005, 07:06 PM
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

We won't be pluggin in our phone line anyway, don't want kids to order anything. Besides, I think 93.99/month is more than sufficient to be spending on tv!

rockaway1836
08-14-2005, 07:27 PM
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

We won't be pluggin in our phone line anyway, don't want kids to order anything. Besides, I think 93.99/month is more than sufficient to be spending on tv!
Just a little heads up: If your phone line is hooked up when you activate you service (as they say it should be) you will get PPV if your phone line is connected or not afterward. Your best bet is to set your locks and limits. Set your spending limit to $1.00 a month. It's a good idea for anyone with kids anyway. When my son was a baby he got hold of the remote and just played with the buttons. He ordered 4 movies at the same time. I called D and explained what had happened and was never charged. From then on all locks and limits have been set in my house. :D

rbinck
08-14-2005, 07:45 PM
Just another heads up. Some receivers can be told by D* that they need to be connected to a phone line. I have one such receiver, a Phillips, that was furnished by D* when I got my service installed several years ago. It was one of those free deals if you signed up for a year's commitment. To this day that particular receiver has to be connected to a phone line or it will stop operating. I have since added 2 TiVo receivers and 2 other standard receivers, a Sony and a RCA, and none of them require a phone line to be connected. I told the CSR that I didn't have a phone line when I activated them. Before you take off with one of your receivers, I'd disconnect the phone line to see that it will still work.

BTW the TiVos needed to be connected to a phone to make the initial call, but after that the phone line is not necessary.

Oh yeah, the question on spot beams. Check out this link: http://www.highdefforum.com/showpost.php?p=60678&postcount=14

spiderman865
08-15-2005, 07:14 AM
Adding--just don't tell the installer or Direc TV your plan of taking a receiver to your cottage. They'll say "no you can't do this and want to sell you another sub."

WolfpackRon
08-15-2005, 07:37 AM
Not a problem with Directv. I was honest up front and they said go for it. I receive my local channels at my place at the lake. I guess others may have a problem with locals. Very easy to pack up the receiver in a canvas bag with just a few connections. I occasionally forget the remote. WolfpackRon.

sleeb
08-15-2005, 07:52 AM
Thank you all so much! I really appreciate this! I just found this website, and can see I will probably come here often when I finally get my system!

RSawdey
08-15-2005, 12:35 PM
:D With no remote, that's no vacation! You'll have to actually get off the couch! :D