So many issues and so many different answers. Here's something I posted at another thread, which I believe is unique to my situation. The thread was locked and said I needed to do it here so here it is again.
Now with two HD tv's in the house, one with HD DVR, the other with HD reciever, Direct TV becomes a better value over TWC. Next weekend, I will be making two upgrades. I'm upgrading from DSL 6 mbps, to Uverse Internet (no tv) 12 mbps. Doing a self install.
I'm also switching to Direct tv with whole home DVR with free installation and no equipment to buy. One HD DVR, one HD receiver, and one non HD receiver. Apparently, recorded shows can be seen on both HD tv's from the same HD dvr. Here are my questions for anyone who has any knowledge or experience with this setup.
1. Not that I will, but once Direct TV is installed, how difficult will it be to go back to TWC after the contract is up? I Like to keep my options open.
2. Will they need to hookup or use my broadband connection, hard wired, or wifi in any way, other than for the free wireless kit for Direct TV cinema? Right now with DSL 5mpbs, I stream Netflix with my wireless Sony Blue Ray Player. Sometimes Netflix will stop to buffer in the middle of a movie, that's why I decided to upgrade to 12mbps.
The change to Direct TV, will depend on how the tech wants to do the installation, or if there will be any extra charges. I already have coax cables going into the three rooms.
Here is the answer I got from ROYGBIV before the thread was locked:
I don't know about returning to cable, but I can give you some info about DirecTV's internet connection.
MRV works through the same cables that connect your DVR or receiver to the satellite. Therefore, the only connection to the internet is either wired or wireless to your router, and it is only used for video on demand, which they call DirecTV Cinema. You can also stream videos from YouTube now. You should also know how this works. Unlike cable, you don't watch something on VOD immediately. It will have to be downloaded from the internet. How long this takes, and when you can start watching, then depends on how fast your broadband connection is. I have 15mbs FIOS, and it usually takes at least 10 minutes to buffer a 60 minute show so I can start watching it without interruption.
As to the charge, there should not be any "hidden charges" with the install. You should negotiate your best price, and as a new subscriber, you can usually get most things for free. If the installer has to do "extra" work such as fishing cables through walls, that is separate and not covered. You would negotiate that price with the installer. Most people believe that if you can run cable to the places you want your receivers, you just maker it easier for the installer all around.
It appears that non of the equipment needs to be connected to my Gateway/Router for MVR. Any other responses will be appreciated.