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Not Paying $550!

theb210
04-04-2006, 11:09 AM
Hi all,

I've been reading many posts and have some simple questions on hooking up my system. I called D* regarding my options for HD signals and did not like the alternatives they gave me. I recently purchased a new HDTV. I use the R10 DVR (non-HD) and want to get the HD DVR. Looks like the total cost to me for this 'leased' product is $550. Kinda steep. So, my least expensive alternative is to use the R10 for DVR functions and the OTA for local HD programming (no DVR functions). When doing this setup I know that I need a seperate antenna and that line be connected to the UHF/VHF in the back of my HDTV. My R10 is connected to Video 1. I have a standard dual LNB dish.

Question: If I get the 5 LNB dish off ebay or somewhere else, will I need the existing antenna I am currently using? I just purchased an RCA brand (ANT706A) powered antenna for $70 and have 15 more days to return it. I am getting a few HD local channels and want to get more. The signal I get for the HD channels I do not get require re-positioning of the antenna, at which point I will get but will lose the HD channels I previously had. I live in Sunnyvale, CA (about half way between San Jose and San Francisco). From the threads I've read here, I do not see a clear answer to this question. I see the posted diagrams showing diplexers, etc. but did not know if it applies to my situation. Will the 5 LNB dish receive OTA signals to broadcast directly into my HDTV? Is it a better boosted signal than the RCA antenna? Or am I slaved to the RCA antenna? Should I purchase a better antenna like the Terk?

I ask about the new 5 LMB because I will eventually purchase a HD DVR. The posts here say the new HD DVR will replace the old one ($550). So I figured it's best to sit tight with what I have until either prices come down on the H10-250 or the release of the upgraded model.

I am a hostage to D* due to the NFL package so going cable is not an option.

Thanks for anyone's input,
aku

wrightman
04-04-2006, 11:20 AM
the 5lnb antenna will not get you local channels OTA. This option will allow you to receive local channels through D*, but you will need the H20 receiver. The H10-250 will not allow you to receive the local HD channels. I live not too far from you and am in a similar situation. I would like to switch to Comcast, but our cable infrastructure in Los Gatos is very outdated, and Comcast has given me no date for an upgrade.

davecramer74
04-04-2006, 11:36 AM
the b210, you can "suspend" your directv for up to 6 months. Which is what i did. I too am hostage because of the nfl package. So basically, iim not paying them until the NFL season starts. I am just keeping the basic directv package through the nfl season with the nfl package. Then i will suspend it again next year. I only have 1 h20 reciever hooked up. In the rest of the house, i have comcast and HD DVR's in all rooms. I get all the locals in hd, etc. A little more spendy my route, but i didnt have to pay 1500+ bucks for 3 hd dvrs.

Teamhallett
04-04-2006, 06:05 PM
10-250 WILL allow you to receive & record local HD stations via OTA antenna

donrb5
04-04-2006, 07:55 PM
the b210, you can "suspend" your directv for up to 6 months. Which is what i did. I too am hostage because of the nfl package. So basically, iim not paying them until the NFL season starts. I am just keeping the basic directv package through the nfl season with the nfl package. Then i will suspend it again next year. I only have 1 h20 reciever hooked up. In the rest of the house, i have comcast and HD DVR's in all rooms. I get all the locals in hd, etc. A little more spendy my route, but i didnt have to pay 1500+ bucks for 3 hd dvrs.


How long have you been doing the "suspend" thing. I've heard about this and was wondering how one goes about suspending there account (reasons to give, etc). Sound like a money saver. Pl;ease advise.

rlstjohn
04-05-2006, 12:20 PM
Right on! I do it every day.

10-250 WILL allow you to receive & record local HD stations via OTA antenna

DWBJ
04-05-2006, 01:06 PM
I just bought 3 HD20 from an ebay dealer for under $300.00 combined. This price includes shipping. These are brand new units. This is an authorized dealer so D* is going to replace my dish for free. Not so bad and I own the units. :yippee:

davecramer74
04-05-2006, 01:27 PM
How long have you been doing the "suspend" thing. I've heard about this and was wondering how one goes about suspending there account (reasons to give, etc). Sound like a money saver. Pl;ease advise.

This is the first time i did it. I was just going to pay the 150 and dump directv all together. Then some guy on these boards told me about the suspend account thing. you can do it through their automated phone system. I just used the "vacation home" option. I their is "financial hardship", etc you can use. You dont even have to talk to a rep.

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