Originally Posted by ncage
Hi everyone, i'm been trying to do some research tonight on whether to get directv or comcast as my cable provider....
From what you posted, your best bet probably is to go with Comcast, but since everyone seems to be pointing that out, let me counter some of that on the DirecTV front just so you get both sides.
I actually have D* along with Comcast for my internet. It works well and I'm happy with the setup. Your experience would likely be similar. Sure, I could probably get my cable modem cheaper if I also got TV service from them too, but to be honest, bundling really only saves you anything significant when you get all your services in a bundle. Short of that, we're likely talking a few dollars on what will be over a hundred dollars a month total for TV and internet service, regardless of provider.
Now, you said you want two rooms. Do you want two independent tuners in those rooms or just access to TV in two rooms? There's a big difference there and regardless of who you choose, one avoids a second box and the other requires it on either service if you want HD. With pretty much every service now, you can get "dumb" boxes that use the main box as a mother ship to get recorded programming and tune to channels. This means you can avoid having a full blown DVR in every room and those little boxes are more and more becoming wireless.
Now, if all you want is to be able to watch TV now and then in the bedroom or catch the late show while you get ready for bed, you can do what I do: I ran the second output (component) from my DVR to my bedroom TV. I have a second RF remote in the bedroom that lets me control the DVR from there. I don't need to have different programming in the bedroom, so this saves me a decent amount on second box fees and whole house DVR fees. I also have an antenna in my attic running to both TVs, so I could use that if I needed a second tuner.
As far as installing the dish, there are a lot of mounting options. Since the installers aren't really supposed to be leaving the ladder (even a dish on the roof has to be in reach of the ladder), they probably would prefer something not on the roof, like a pull, a wall or something else. They can bolt/clamp a pole onto the the side of the house, making it removable, but you'd likely have to supply the parts since the installers generally don't have stuff like that on hand. If you do have a dish placed on the roof and discontinue the service or move, the best thing is to leave it there. It does less harm that way, you'll eventually forget it's there and if you move, they'll give you a new one. One point: The dish can be disassembled, so if you don't want the dish to be there should you cancel the service, just remove the dish and arm parts and leave the mounting points that actually bolt onto the roof. Presto - no dish, but the mounting hardware is still there should you want to resubscribe later.
For what it's worth, I've had a dish on my rook for several years and never had an issue. They have all kinds of sealers and weatherstripping they can use to prevent leaks. A pole in the yard is likely your worst option due to elevation and distance issues. However, if you have a porch with a sturdy railing, that's another option. I had my dish on a balcony in my last place.