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Installation Questions

321start
04-12-2008, 05:32 AM
More than ready to dump cable and go with DTV, but I have a couple of questions:
1. Should I sign up via the webpage and take a chance on the quality of the installer - or should I go to a local reseller that has their own installation staff?
2. Best Buy is offering discounts when you sign up for DTV service - since I also need to buy a tv - is this a good deal - or will the quality of the installation be suspect?
3. I have some tricky tv locations to deal with - an old house, plaster walls, no access via the basement - are all installers capable of dealing with these issues - or do I need to get an electrical contractor to run the cabling before I sign up?

Thanks for your opinions!

djbamber
04-12-2008, 02:23 PM
I have had DTV's contractors here 3 times to do work. They were better than the local cable company here in Arizona. The local municipal cable company I had back East was better than Directv. So I would say that its a crap shoot as to what you get. Unless your house was wired for coax then you will probably get you runs on outside walls until they drill a hole to fish the coax through to the set top box/receiver. If you are fine with runs done like that, then all is well. If not, then you would probably be better off hiring a local electrician to do the work, although the electrician will have the same problems running coax for a reasonable price. As far as BB goes, I am not a fan of them. That is just my opinion though. Other posters will have theirs. Obviously you are able to find your way around on the net. So I would suggest looking at what is out there looking at your local B&M retailers. See what you like, check prices online from reputable stores. Then try a few sites like www.resellerratings.com, and make your decision as to whether or not you feel comfortable buying online, or local. I have been happy with DTV, as I am with them in my 2nd location. It seems that they have more HD programming, and with another satellite recently launched there should be even more on the way. Good luck with your upcoming HD tv purchase, and changing over to DTV!

B&G Installs
04-12-2008, 02:45 PM
While there are companies that do their own installs, keep in mind if you go to BB, you will not get a BB guy come out to do your install. All those jobs are still routed to the primary HSP then trickled out to the local contract companies and then on to the guy that comes to your home. Bottom line is, unless you go "Tom's home theatre etc." where tom himself installs it, you are playing bingo with your installer




More than ready to dump cable and go with DTV, but I have a couple of questions:
1. Should I sign up via the webpage and take a chance on the quality of the installer - or should I go to a local reseller that has their own installation staff?
2. Best Buy is offering discounts when you sign up for DTV service - since I also need to buy a tv - is this a good deal - or will the quality of the installation be suspect?
3. I have some tricky tv locations to deal with - an old house, plaster walls, no access via the basement - are all installers capable of dealing with these issues - or do I need to get an electrical contractor to run the cabling before I sign up?

Thanks for your opinions!

tech06
04-13-2008, 04:46 AM
Hi, I am an installer and if you want your cable INSIDE your walls most trained techs can drop it but there is a fee per drop. For my company, it's around $60 per wall/drop. If the wall you want to put your TV on is at the slope edge of your roof it may not be practical, but anywhere else should be OK. Please ask questions.