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Should I switch to DirecTV from Time Warner?

mickey79
09-10-2007, 07:22 AM
Ave,

I live in Latham, NY (12110). Currently I have Time Warner Cable for Cable TV and I pay them about $74/mo for 2 HD boxes & 1 SD box.

I'm thinking about switching to DirectTV's Choice XTRA Package with HD Access, and get 2 HD Boxes & 2 SD Boxes. The cost is about $5 more then Time Warner, but from what I see, DirecTV has a lot more HD Channels then Time Warner, and more regular channels as well.

Couple of Questions:
a) Of course - Should I make the switch?
b) Is DirecTV's HD Quality Same/Better then Time Warner?
c) How is the reception? I mean, do you actually get transmission cut off in rain or snow or something like that?
d) Am I supposed to ask for a specific HD Receiver to get all HD Channels from DirecTV?

Would really appreciate answers to these question from people experienced.

Thanks a TON!

HDTVFreak
09-10-2007, 07:30 AM
I believe you should. I had Time Warner cable with DVR but it was just way too expensive here. I've had Directv for a long time and really love their quality, service and price (I have 7 receivers with two of them being DVR's).

mickey79
09-10-2007, 07:34 AM
Thanks HDTVFreak ... I'm also leaning towards DirecTV... I love the HD Channels and they have so much more then Time Warner.

Two things I'm most concerned about is - is their HD Quality better, or at least same as Time Warner? And most Importantly - I keep reading about these new receivers required for new HD Channels. Do I need to request a particular HD receiver?

Thanks!

jonpfl
09-10-2007, 08:07 AM
Thanks HDTVFreak ... I'm also leaning towards DirecTV... I love the HD Channels and they have so much more then Time Warner.

Two things I'm most concerned about is - is their HD Quality better, or at least same as Time Warner? And most Importantly - I keep reading about these new receivers required for new HD Channels. Do I need to request a particular HD receiver?

Thanks!

Can you let me know what you find out since I am in the same boat

Thx
jonpfl

mystic7
09-10-2007, 08:33 AM
If you are a new customer ordering now you will get the latest equipment (5 lnb dish and H20/HR20 receiver) but I would definitely remind them, you never know who you're dealing with as far as the installer. I didn't but luckily I got the latest equipment when I signed up for HD back in March.

As for a ton of HD channels, we ain't got 'em yet, and the secrecy surrounding them has me wondering exactly when we'll be getting them.

mickey79
09-10-2007, 08:51 AM
mystic7 - Appreciate it.

Yes, I am a new customer, and I'll certainly make sure to confirm with them that I get the 5LNB Dish & H20/HR20 Receiver.

I do understand the new bunch of HD Channels hasn't started yet, which is fine. I think they are to start shortly. I have no problems with that.

Since you're a DirecTV HD User - I guess i can pop this Question to you. Is the Quality Good? I mean, is it at least the same that I would get from my Time Warner Cable?

And Secondly, how true is it really that you have to keep adjusting the Dish and that wind, rain, snow - every little thing screws up your reception?

My problem is - I've been a Time Warner customer for 3 years now - and while DirecTV is sounding awesome, i'm actually paying more (because i'm getting/taking more) and i'm going to be stuck in a 24 Month Contract. I just don't want to be stuck in something that I don't like for 2 years.

Thanks Guys!

If you are a new customer ordering now you will get the latest equipment (5 lnb dish and H20/HR20 receiver) but I would definitely remind them, you never know who you're dealing with as far as the installer. I didn't but luckily I got the latest equipment when I signed up for HD back in March.

As for a ton of HD channels, we ain't got 'em yet, and the secrecy surrounding them has me wondering exactly when we'll be getting them.

drbrosco
09-10-2007, 09:22 AM
Ave,

I live in Latham, NY (12110). Currently I have Time Warner Cable for Cable TV and I pay them about $74/mo for 2 HD boxes & 1 SD box.

I'm thinking about switching to DirectTV's Choice XTRA Package with HD Access, and get 2 HD Boxes & 2 SD Boxes. The cost is about $5 more then Time Warner, but from what I see, DirecTV has a lot more HD Channels then Time Warner, and more regular channels as well.

Couple of Questions:
a) Of course - Should I make the switch?
b) Is DirecTV's HD Quality Same/Better then Time Warner?
c) How is the reception? I mean, do you actually get transmission cut off in rain or snow or something like that?
d) Am I supposed to ask for a specific HD Receiver to get all HD Channels from DirecTV?

Would really appreciate answers to these question from people experienced.

Thanks a TON!

I was a long time Time Warner subscriber in Cincinnati for many years before I changed to DirecTV in March, so maybe I can help

a) I made the switch because TWC just cannot keep up with DTV when it comes to HD programming. Here soon we are going to have a boatload of HD channels & the price is almost the same as TWC.
b) I am VERY picky about my HD picture quality & DTV HD pic quality is as good if not better than time warner IMO.
c) This is my only beef with DTV. In heavy rains & even if the clouds are thick & dark to the southwest of me i lose picture most of the time for about 3-10 minutes(usually closer to 3 minutes) But I usually only lose reception on my HD channels, so it's not real bad, I have been able to overlook it. I haven't had to deal with snow yet.
d)They wil provide you with the newest equipment

Hope this helps & good luck wichever you choose!

mickey79
09-10-2007, 09:47 AM
AWESOME!
Thanks a ton drbrosco. This is Exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. I'm definitely aware of the outages caused by storms - which is fine - i can live with that, and overlook that - as from whatever I gather, it's just not as bad as the Cable Commercials make it out to be.

HD Quality was something I was most concerned about as, just like you, I'm picky about my HD Quality. I've invested in big screen plasma TV's, HDMI cables and the works - I don't want it all to go to waste, so.

I'm getting a good deal too - So I think I'm almost convinced to go for it.

Thanks - I Appreciate this.

I was a long time Time Warner subscriber in Cincinnati for many years before I changed to DirecTV in March, so maybe I can help

a) I made the switch because TWC just cannot keep up with DTV when it comes to HD programming. Here soon we are going to have a boatload of HD channels & the price is almost the same as TWC.
b) I am VERY picky about my HD picture quality & DTV HD pic quality is as good if not better than time warner IMO.
c) This is my only beef with DTV. In heavy rains & even if the clouds are thick & dark to the southwest of me i lose picture most of the time for about 3-10 minutes(usually closer to 3 minutes) But I usually only lose reception on my HD channels, so it's not real bad, I have been able to overlook it. I haven't had to deal with snow yet.
d)They wil provide you with the newest equipment

Hope this helps & good luck wichever you choose!

jonpfl
09-10-2007, 09:52 AM
I just Directv and this is the deal they are giving me :

$298 up front for 1 HiDef DVR/receiver for main room and 1 HiDef receiver for bedroom.

They told me they will also give me $10 off my bill for 10 months. I have to sign a 2 year contract though.

I also got a price of ~$100 a month (before taxes) for Showtime/HBO/HiDef package after 4 months (I think it was $70 a month during the first 4 months). I asked about the 5 LNB dish and H20/HR20 equipment and he said that is what they will install.

Does this sound good?

Thx
jonpfl

jonpfl
09-10-2007, 09:53 AM
AWESOME!
Thanks a ton drbrosco. This is Exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. I'm definitely aware of the outages caused by storms - which is fine - i can live with that, and overlook that - as from whatever I gather, it's just not as bad as the Cable Commercials make it out to be.

HD Quality was something I was most concerned about as, just like you, I'm picky about my HD Quality. I've invested in big screen plasma TV's, HDMI cables and the works - I don't want it all to go to waste, so.

I'm getting a good deal too - So I think I'm almost convinced to go for it.

Thanks - I Appreciate this.

Can you let me know the deal you are getting?

Thx
jonpfl

justloafing
09-10-2007, 10:01 AM
As far as Quality. DTV's is pretty darn good. We hve TWC here in Wilmington, NC and the HD is just as good if not better than TWC. I don't know what the new HD (mpeg4) is going to be like maybe some others that have it (local channels) can pipe in. Also it depends on what kind of HD format the stations put out as far as quality.

Weather has never been a huge problem for me. It really has to be a bad storm that covers the south west sky for me to lose my signal. I would probably say about 1/2 hour a year (unless there is a huirricane here then more).

Yes tell them you want HD and they will install the latest equipment for you. Now if you want the DVR you have to tell them that.

Also I do believe you have 30 days to back out of your contract if things don't work out. Ask about the time you have to back out, I think it is 30 days.

mickey79
09-10-2007, 10:01 AM
Yup, this is what I'm getting:

- Choice XTRA (185+ Channels)
- HD Access
- 2 HD Receivers (1 Free and 1 for $99 One Time)
- 2 SD Receivers (Free)
- 4 Room Installation (Free)
- IPOD Shuffle (Free)
- $10 Off for 10 Months on your Bill ($100 Cash Back)
- $5 Off first Bill

My first bill will be $64.99
Next 4 bill's will be at $69.99
After 10 months my regular bill will be $79.99


Can you let me know the deal you are getting?

Thx
jonpfl

robox4
09-10-2007, 10:11 AM
Just to show the how it can vary, I thought I would let you know how mine responds in bad weather. I used to lose mine about like drbrosco does. Actually it might have been for longer periods of time. Over the years that I have had D* however, it has steadily improved. Now, even with some pretty wicked thunderstorms, I don't totally lose the signal. Twice since I had the new Slimline installed back in May, the picture started to sputter but never totally went out. And yes, that was on HD channels.

mickey79
09-10-2007, 10:22 AM
Sounds all the more better, quite honestly! :)
Am definitely going to call them up today to make the switch. I'll post back here in this thread to let you guys know how I'm making out with everything.

Just to show the how it can vary, I thought I would let you know how mine responds in bad weather. I used to lose mine about like drbrosco does. Actually it might have been for longer periods of time. Over the years that I have had D* however, it has steadily improved. Now, even with some pretty wicked thunderstorms, I don't totally lose the signal. Twice since I had the new Slimline installed back in May, the picture started to sputter but never totally went out. And yes, that was on HD channels.

Synergi
09-10-2007, 11:22 AM
My mommie who's in her 70's finally made the switch over to satellite from cable. She swears its clearer because all the channels are clear. She said on cable most channels were clear but you'd run into a few that had a terrible signal.

I have a two story house now, before I moved into it I lived in a one floor house rental. I had to have the dish installed on a pole and I would loose signal more often with it on the ground then I did surprisingly with it on the roof. I live in Michigan so we have a bit of snow on occasion..when snow accumulates you very gently knock it off the dish.. My mother has to do this as hers is on the pole on the ground (about chest level) Since putting on the roof I thought we would be just screwed since no one could get up there in the winter to clear the dish and surprisingly..we've not once in 4 years had to.

So I concur even when it was on a pole we lost signal I would say 30 minutes(3 minutes here, 5 minutes there etc) total a year. Heavy rain storms are the worse..snow as I said you can clear off if its low to the ground..

Trust me, once you do satellite you won't go back to cable. My only regret when I got it 5 years ago was that they didn't have local channels, now that they do..its a sealed deal.

mickey79
09-10-2007, 12:03 PM
I DID IT!!!

I went ahead, called DirecTV, and the rep was pretty knowledgeable - didn't seem like a noob just answering calls & taking orders. Confirmed the 5 LNB Dish & H20/HR20 Receiver - I think I'm all set!

Installation is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 19th.

I got the Choice XTRA (185+) Package with HD Access, 2 HD Receivers, 2 SD Receivers.

This is what I got in special offers:

- $15 OFF on Choice Xtra for 1st 4 Months
- $10 OFF on Choice Xtra for entire term
- $10 OFF Bill for 10 Months ($100 Cash Back)
- $5 OFF on 1st Bill (Instant Rebate)
- Free 4 Room Installation
- Free IPOD Shuffle
- Free $50 Visa Gift Card
- Free (1) HD Receiver

Once everything is all setup, will post back!

Thanks!

JPL
09-10-2007, 01:26 PM
Sounds all the more better, quite honestly! :)
Am definitely going to call them up today to make the switch. I'll post back here in this thread to let you guys know how I'm making out with everything.

Not telling you not to switch, but I DID want to throw one item out at you for consideration. I switched from Comcast to DirecTV just over 5 years ago (and for purposes of disclosure, I switched from DirecTV to FiOS in April), and there is one thing that threw me when I first went to satellite. It's not something that you would think about when you leave cable. And that is: local stuff. What do I mean by that? Well, more than just local channels (although that does need to be considered as well). But also things like local access channels (ok, it wasn't a surprise that I lost those), but also things like Weatherscan Local, and realize that The Weather Channel can't give you your "local on the 8's". You'll still get that - but you'll get the national weather picture on the 8's, not the local picture.

Do you care? Not sure. Is it enough to NOT get DirecTV? In my opinion - no. I was very happy with DirecTV for 5 years (ok, I like FiOS better, but that's neither here nor there for this discussion). They have a great service - the PQ was always excellent (although I never had their HD service - but the SD PQ was always really nice on my TVs), and I agree with folks here that say that outages due to weather were few and far between. Again, though, realize I had the small 18" round dish - and I've heard different stories as to how susceptable the 5LNB dish is to rain fade.

Again, just thought you should be aware.

ktk0117
09-10-2007, 01:28 PM
I DID IT!!!

I went ahead, called DirecTV, and the rep was pretty knowledgeable - didn't seem like a noob just answering calls & taking orders. Confirmed the 5 LNB Dish & H20/HR20 Receiver - I think I'm all set!

Installation is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 19th.

I got the Choice XTRA (185+) Package with HD Access, 2 HD Receivers, 2 SD Receivers.

This is what I got in special offers:

- $15 OFF on Choice Xtra for 1st 4 Months
- $10 OFF on Choice Xtra for entire term
- $10 OFF Bill for 10 Months ($100 Cash Back)
- $5 OFF on 1st Bill (Instant Rebate)
- Free 4 Room Installation
- Free IPOD Shuffle
- Free $50 Visa Gift Card
- Free (1) HD Receiver

Once everything is all setup, will post back!

Thanks!


You made the RIGHt decision. I was with TWC for 10 years, and they are arrogant. They also NEVER credited me for anything.

I would say the only complaint with D* I've ever had was that the Reps. are not always knowledgeable, and sometimes you'll get 3 different answers form 3 different people. But, polite, EVERY time. Any problems with a Rep., just find a way to get them off the phone, and call back for another.

DTV has been the best move I've made in years. I hope it all works out for you.

mickey79
09-10-2007, 01:46 PM
@ JPL, thanks for the post mate - every little bit counts. I certainly realize what you're saying and quite honestly, that wouldn't have been the judgment call for me. I can live without those Local Access channels. And yes, I was definitely aware of it.

As a matter of fact, currently they don't have the Local Channels in HD in my area, and for now that's OK. I'm sure at some point they will be added.

OT: I did want to look into FiOS but unfortunately I don't get FiOS TV in my area, only FiOS Internet. I've heard nothing but good things about FiOS TV.

I was with TWC for 10 years, and they are arrogant. They also NEVER credited me for anything.
Spot On Mate! I have never really come across a brand/company more arrogant then TWC. I know that for the longest, before the Sat's picked up, TWC had a monopoly which got to their heads. I've gotten credits back from them - but had to fight for it each time.

Thanks!

robox4
09-10-2007, 01:46 PM
Not telling you not to switch, but I DID want to throw one item out at you for consideration. I switched from Comcast to DirecTV just over 5 years ago (and for purposes of disclosure, I switched from DirecTV to FiOS in April), and there is one thing that threw me when I first went to satellite. It's not something that you would think about when you leave cable. And that is: local stuff. What do I mean by that? Well, more than just local channels (although that does need to be considered as well). But also things like local access channels (ok, it wasn't a surprise that I lost those), but also things like Weatherscan Local, and realize that The Weather Channel can't give you your "local on the 8's". You'll still get that - but you'll get the national weather picture on the 8's, not the local picture.

Do you care? Not sure. Is it enough to NOT get DirecTV? In my opinion - no. I was very happy with DirecTV for 5 years (ok, I like FiOS better, but that's neither here nor there for this discussion). They have a great service - the PQ was always excellent (although I never had their HD service - but the SD PQ was always really nice on my TVs), and I agree with folks here that say that outages due to weather were few and far between. Again, though, realize I had the small 18" round dish - and I've heard different stories as to how susceptable the 5LNB dish is to rain fade.

Again, just thought you should be aware.

Hey you brought up some good points JPL. Issues I didn't think of relaying. When I first made the switch to D*, I was a little dissapointed that TWC didn't give me local on the 8's that were specific to my area. That one negative would never outweigh all the positives D* offers, not in my situation anyway. It's good info to put out there though. FIOS is intriguing, but I have had so many issues with Verizon's telecommunications department.

-robox

mickey79
09-10-2007, 02:21 PM
(ok, I like FiOS better, but that's neither here nor there for this discussion).

Completely OT: I was just wondering if there's a place I can discuss FiOS Internet. I have TWC's Road Runner - I'm thinking about getting FiOS Internet. Wanted to get some opinions on it.

JPL
09-10-2007, 03:29 PM
Completely OT: I was just wondering if there's a place I can discuss FiOS Internet. I have TWC's Road Runner - I'm thinking about getting FiOS Internet. Wanted to get some opinions on it.

Yeah, here's a good one:

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/vzfiber

BTW, FiOS internet really kicks butt. It's fast, and consistent (no slow periods during peak volume periods). If you want my take on it (more detailed) feel free to ping me. I had their internet service since January 06, and just signed up for their TV service in April (agonizing decision, really, since I really did love my DirecTV service). Oh, and if you do go with fios internet, realize that they'll push you to switch your phone service over to fiber too. But you don't have to. I personally didn't have a problem with it because the copper in our area really sucked. And to kind of pre-empt one question that I get on FiOS internet/phone and DirecTV - DirecTV works just fine on FiOS phone service (DirecTV requests that you plug your receiver into a phone line - you really don't NEED to, but it's part of what you agree to). I get asked whether fiber works with DirecTV service, and it works just fine.

As for the issue with TWC.... it was one that threw me, so I figured I'd put it out there. Would it be enough for me to NOT sign up for DirecTV? No, not at all.

zapper
09-10-2007, 05:57 PM
Just wondering if I did OK with direct TV or was I to easy have had DTV for a few years and currently have the Samsung HD box and a H20 HD and just got off the phone and upgrades to a new H20 and the Mpeg 4 Satellite dish for $50.00 with a 2 year commitment.

zapper
09-10-2007, 07:50 PM
Any body, in the even't that I should cancell before the installation on Wednesday.

Stroy
09-11-2007, 12:24 AM
Ave,

I live in Latham, NY (12110). Currently I have Time Warner Cable for Cable TV and I pay them about $74/mo for 2 HD boxes & 1 SD box.

I'm thinking about switching to DirectTV's Choice XTRA Package with HD Access, and get 2 HD Boxes & 2 SD Boxes. The cost is about $5 more then Time Warner, but from what I see, DirecTV has a lot more HD Channels then Time Warner, and more regular channels as well.

Couple of Questions:
a) Of course - Should I make the switch?
b) Is DirecTV's HD Quality Same/Better then Time Warner?
c) How is the reception? I mean, do you actually get transmission cut off in rain or snow or something like that?
d) Am I supposed to ask for a specific HD Receiver to get all HD Channels from DirecTV?

Would really appreciate answers to these question from people experienced.

Thanks a TON!

I just switched from Time Warner Cable to DTV a few weeks ago and I think the HD quality is better than Time Warner's. That may be due to the Scientific Atlanta 8300 dvr that Time Warner Cable uses. That box was awful. The hr20 dvr I got from DTV isn't perfect but it blows away the piece of crap I got from Time Warner. I briefly(5 minutes) lost my signal today for the first time during a thunderstorm but my cable was freezing up constantly for the past few months so I'm not worried about it. I am happy I switched overall. The only negative experiences I had were with a defective dvr(hr20) which they immediately replaced and a lousy installer. They sent a new installer who was great. So far, I love the service. Also, definitely tell them you want the 5 lnb dish and the and one of the mpeg 4 capable boxes.

justloafing
09-11-2007, 05:31 AM
Just wondering if I did OK with direct TV or was I to easy have had DTV for a few years and currently have the Samsung HD box and a H20 HD and just got off the phone and upgrades to a new H20 and the Mpeg 4 Satellite dish for $50.00 with a 2 year commitment.

It sounds like you are just upgrading to get the new HD channels?????? If so the upgrade should be free. I also take it you don't have the DVR????? If your getting a new DVR I got the upgrade for free and the new DVR for shipping ($19.95). Note: I have the TIVO (DVR) until I get the upgrade on the 20th.

JPL
09-11-2007, 05:38 AM
I just switched from Time Warner Cable to DTV a few weeks ago and I think the HD quality is better than Time Warner's. That may be due to the Scientific Atlanta 8300 dvr that Time Warner Cable uses. That box was awful. The hr20 dvr I got from DTV isn't perfect but it blows away the piece of crap I got from Time Warner. I briefly(5 minutes) lost my signal today for the first time during a thunderstorm but my cable was freezing up constantly for the past few months so I'm not worried about it. I am happy I switched overall. The only negative experiences I had were with a defective dvr(hr20) which they immediately replaced and a lousy installer. They sent a new installer who was great. So far, I love the service. Also, definitely tell them you want the 5 lnb dish and the and one of the mpeg 4 capable boxes.

Those outages should be few and far between. Right after I got installed, we lost our picture for several minutes. I thought "oh crap, did I make the right decision here... or was Comcast right that we would lose picture with the slightest rain?" It was lightly raining outside. I had to run out to run an errand and the sky just opened up. And I noticed it turned green. Yep there were tornado warnings in the area. Like I said - very severe weather was the only thing that would cause me to lose signal.

Also, it was kinda cool, because I could use it sort of as a weather predictor. I live in PA, and the line of sight of the dish was in line with the way the weather generally moves through this area. So, we would lose signal just a couple minutes before the really nasty weather would hit (hence us losing it with a light rain in the above example - the signal predicted the advent of some nasty weather by a couple minutes). And the best indicator that it was set to pass - just the opposite - the signal would clear up a couple minutes before the worst of the storm was done.

As for requesting the dish - doesn't hurt, but the 5 LNB slimline is their standard equipment for new HD installs. Ditto their mpeg4 boxes. One thing you want to make sure - that the installers install the b-band converters. They're rectangular plastic 'boxes' that need to go between the cable and the input to your STB/DVR. You need one on each input. These are required to get the new HD channels when they start broadcasting. Many installers have no idea what they are, so they just don't install them. If you don't have them, call DirecTV, and they'll rush you out free ones.

Also, if you have lots of TVs, they have to give you a device known as a multiswitch (sort of a splitter made for satellite dishes). Thing is, the multiswitch required for the new HD channels is a particular model (made by Zinwell, although I forget the specific model).

The best way, so I've heard, to know if you're all set up correctly to get the new HD channel - tune your HD STB/DVR to channel 499. You should get a message to the effect that everything is set up correctly - if you see a message that indicates that says that somethings not right, then again call DirecTV - something's not set up correctly to get the new HD channels.

mickey79
09-11-2007, 07:06 AM
BTW, FiOS internet really kicks butt. It's fast, and consistent (no slow periods during peak volume periods). If you want my take on it (more detailed) feel free to ping me.
I'm definitely more interested in talking about FiOS. Quite honestly, I think today I need to decide if I want to switch or not, So I can possibly schedule FiOS Installation for next Wednesday as well, to coincide with my DirecTV Installation as I have taken that day off from work.
I know this is not the place. Do you want me to PM you? I'll also check out that URL you have me in detail.

As for requesting the dish - doesn't hurt, but the 5 LNB slimline is their standard equipment for new HD installs. Ditto their mpeg4 boxes. One thing you want to make sure - that the installers install the b-band converters. They're rectangular plastic 'boxes' that need to go between the cable and the input to your STB/DVR. You need one on each input. These are required to get the new HD channels when they start broadcasting. Many installers have no idea what they are, so they just don't install them. If you don't have them, call DirecTV, and they'll rush you out free ones.

Also, if you have lots of TVs, they have to give you a device known as a multiswitch (sort of a splitter made for satellite dishes). Thing is, the multiswitch required for the new HD channels is a particular model (made by Zinwell, although I forget the specific model).

The best way, so I've heard, to know if you're all set up correctly to get the new HD channel - tune your HD STB/DVR to channel 499. You should get a message to the effect that everything is set up correctly - if you see a message that indicates that says that somethings not right, then again call DirecTV - something's not set up correctly to get the new HD channels.

Damn Useful Information! Thanks man. When I spoke with the rep, I confirmed that I will be getting the 5 LNB Dish & the H20/HR20 Boxes to get the upcoming HD Channels. I was sure to confirm this with them. Fortunately the rep on the phone knew what I was talking about & reassured me. I'll make sure to use the B-Band Converter as well. Since I'm getting a 4-Room Installation done, I'm sure they'll be using that Multiswitch you're talking about.

That's a great tip on tuning to channel 499 to see if everything is setup correctly. I'll surely do that!

Thanks a ton mate!

mickey79
09-11-2007, 07:08 AM
You know everytime I read a post like this, especially about someone switching from Time Warner Cable - it just makes me feel so much better about my decision. You guys have me so excited, I can't even wait to get it all setup now. In fact, my 50" Panasonic Plasma is aching for it ;)

Thanks Stroy!

I just switched from Time Warner Cable to DTV a few weeks ago and I think the HD quality is better than Time Warner's. That may be due to the Scientific Atlanta 8300 dvr that Time Warner Cable uses. That box was awful. The hr20 dvr I got from DTV isn't perfect but it blows away the piece of crap I got from Time Warner. I briefly(5 minutes) lost my signal today for the first time during a thunderstorm but my cable was freezing up constantly for the past few months so I'm not worried about it. I am happy I switched overall. The only negative experiences I had were with a defective dvr(hr20) which they immediately replaced and a lousy installer. They sent a new installer who was great. So far, I love the service. Also, definitely tell them you want the 5 lnb dish and the and one of the mpeg 4 capable boxes.