Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sioux City, Iowa (Morningside)
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I'm thrilled to find this message board with "Siouxlanders" dealing with the same situations as I am! I just recently found the Directv message board, that has helped some, but this thread is much better!
I'd like to throw out MY particular situation, to see if anyone has any thoughts or opinions or suggestions for me.
I have had Directv (with two receivers) for six years now. The wife wants to upgrade to a DVR and I want High Definition. I'm not bothered about paying $100 for either of those type receivers, but if you want a combo "HD DVR" receiver, it's $300. Screw that (it really should be like, between $200-$250, IMO), so we're going to go with a DVR for the 46" LCD, in the living room and a HD receiver for the 54" Zenith, in the family room/basement. I really don't have any questions about the DVR. I've read (on the Directv boards) that some people are finding bugs/flaws. I guess we'll keep our fingers crossed that we won't have that problem. My questions/concerns are with the HD receiver and the use of an antenna.
As you Directv folks (in the Sioux City area) know, we don't get our locals thru them. I pay $6.00 per month for the east coast affiliates of: NBC, CBS, ABC & FOX. When I want to catch something on the "local" affiliates, I just use a basic "rabbit ears" antenna connected to the back of the living room TV (which definately sucks, picture-wise). I can't get ANY local reception in the underground basement. Now by going with HD, I will have the opportunity to have them install 1 of 3 antennas that they offer (for a one-time $50 fee), to assist a person in picking up local digital feeds. After reading thru some of the pages on this thread, it sounds like the majority of you are going this route. I had been giving a thought of NOT using an antenna and just keeping the national affiliates, just to avoid the cost of an antenna and also because of the minor problems some of you have been having picking up the signals of local affiliates. But both the wife and I are very interested in trying to pick up the signals of TV stations in Sioux Falls, and maybe even Omaha, if the antenna was big and fancy enuff. I did go to antennaweb and found that we could possibly pick up ALOT of these channels from where we live (South Cornelia St. - in M'Side 51106)
So I guess I'm wanting to learn more about what other Directv subscribers are doing, here in Sioux City. Anyone out there just sticking with the national affiliates for the major networks (and their High Definition shows)? Who all went the antenna route and did you go with one of Directv's antenna options or with something else? Did you contact Directv directly about upgrading (and antenna installation) or did you go with a local retailer (such as Satellite Central)? Any suggestions, assistance, thoughts or opinions would be GREATLY appreciated !!!! Thanks