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Direct TV and then Antenna for OTA HD

05-07-2008, 09:44 AM
Disclaimer: I like Direct TV and support them, but hate the policy of them automatically adding a 2 yr contract anytime they update their boxes..to HD, dvr, add.. This seems shady and removes my ability to decide what I deem a fair price. Therefore I am hesitant to add their HD box.

I have a HD TV, can I hook a HD antenna up and just toggle to air input instead of caple input to get the locals in HD? is this possible? and if so how many channels would I get (Washington DC)? What would be the best HD antenna?

I don't plan on adding HD until I can get it down to one year contract extension, that seems fair to me, but their folks insist on 2 yrs.


05-07-2008, 10:29 AM
Yes you can setup an OTA an just switch inputs back and forth. Go over to antennaweb.org, it'll answer just about every one of your questions. As for the two year contract, I really don't think there is a way around it, as that is their policy.

05-07-2008, 10:41 AM
Thanks...will do...don't plan on signing back up unless they make it a one year contract. Sad to go...

05-07-2008, 10:41 AM
Actually, a 2 year extension under your current contract may protect you from future price increases to a certain extent, as you may be grandfathered into a package that isn't offered in the future.

05-07-2008, 10:58 AM
well I plan on leaving at the end of this contract (March 2009) if I can't get HD box and a 1 yr extension. I'm fine with obligation contracts as long as their not over a year...prove that your worth it in that year and I'll stay, have horrible customer service and you don't deserve my business. I've got nothing but good things to say at the moment about DTV, but this policy irks me, and instead I'll install a HD antenna and hope for the best.

05-07-2008, 08:22 PM
Your antenna should work well. Either the pic will come in or it won't. There will not be hazziness or shadow images like analog antenna.

05-07-2008, 08:43 PM
Sorry, Buzd, I'm with Lackdaknowledg on this one. And D* will hit you with price increases regardless of "grandfathering", too. I still have the Total Choice No Locals package, and recently its price went up as well.

Actually, here's what I think the D* corpo-giant should start doing:

(1) Permit ANY existing customer to upgrade his/her TV service with a programming commitment PRORATED DOWN according to the number of continuous years enrolled with DirecTV. E.G., if you've been with D* for 2 years or less, you get a 2-year commitment; between 2 and 5 years, you get a 1-year commitment; and if you've had service for 5 or more years, you guessed it - NO commitment. This would keep D*'s existing customers feeling at least SOMEWHAT appreciated for their business.

(2) I used to be in favor of owning my satellite receivers, but this was before D* eliminated the brand & model choices and started designing receivers & DVRs (w/no QC, evidently) themselves. Accordingly, let's END the purchase/lease debacle, and move to an all-lease arrangement. This means no upfront "leasing" fees for ANY piece of equipment, and no additional DVR fees, either. In return, D* can charge us higher monthly amounts for each receiver/DVR (say, $6.99 for the H21 or $10.99 for the HR21). Also, D* should get ALL receivers & DVRs returned to them when a customer terminates his service.

I'm not holding my breath on either count, but I can dream, can't I?