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post #10111 of 16126
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Originally Posted by Garnoch View Post

I sit no more than 8' away from my 60" I love it too. It stinks that your UVerse compresses so much. You may want to check into other options for broadcast TV. I can't remember, what is your Sharpness, Digital Noise Filer and MPEG Noise Filer settings set to?

Well I set all my Standard and Movie Modes to your settings. If any of these 3 you mentioned are outside of that part of the menu, its probably still factory default. What should they be set at for this TV and UVerse? Also, I'm looking into DirecTV here in OKC, weighing the good and bad of it in our state, with issues of signal loss during our many weather events here.
post #10112 of 16126
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

Well I set all my Standard and Movie Modes to your settings. If any of these 3 you mentioned are outside of that part of the menu, its probably still factory default. What should they be set at for this TV and UVerse? Also, I'm looking into DirecTV here in OKC, weighing the good and bad of it in our state, with issues of signal loss during our many weather events here.

Chris - some alternatives for you with Directv - which has been a fabulous service for me. (And yes, I would like the $50 referral if Garnoch has not claimed it already. Just kidding...)

1. Weather issues - - if your "Dish" will not be easily accessible, look at getting a "Dish Heater." They really work. In the four years I have had mine - - I have not had to go up on the roof once - - even with the heavy snows in Colorado. It's not that expensive and it saves a lot of shaky trips on a roof. Install it on the back side of the dish - it works the best that way.

2. With their new "Genie" HD DVR - - you only need one to service your entire household. Very convenient. And...you'll notice a huge difference in the audio besides a pristine picture and three or four 3D channels. Plus - - negotiate, negotiate, negotiate - locally as well as calling Directv yourself. Drive your best deal - if that's the route you go. Bring up your cable company or UVerse. Tell them that they are offering incentives to stay with them - - so what can they do for you!

3. OTA backup - - one of the best things I did was to have an antenna placed in the roof (inside) of my ranch home. Even if the satellite is down for some reason (weather - though it hasn't happened that often since I got the Dish heater) - you should have access to tons of stations in HDTV including your local stations and sports. And, your stored content - recorded shows will always be available.

Best - Rico
post #10113 of 16126
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

Well I set all my Standard and Movie Modes to your settings. If any of these 3 you mentioned are outside of that part of the menu, its probably still factory default. What should they be set at for this TV and UVerse? Also, I'm looking into DirecTV here in OKC, weighing the good and bad of it in our state, with issues of signal loss during our many weather events here.

Okay, this means you have both noise filters off (because I don't see them doing anything for me). In your case, play around with them and see if they help.

As for DirecTV, I love it. Great picture and I maybe lose service due to weather for 10 minutes a year - I didn't even lose it during Hurricane Sandy here in NJ until the power went out. I lose it much less than I used to with cable. Wet trees make a bigger difference than clouds, so you just need a good line of sight. My father had trouble having a good line of sight with DirecTV when they changed their satellites, so he moved Dish Network. He hated it for a couple years compared to DirecTV because his DVRs kept failing (3 or 4 of them) and the menus and navigation weren't as nice. But a few months ago, he upgraded to their Hopper system (DirecTV has something similar) with Sling and he now loved it. I will admit that Dish is finally on track with this new system. I still prefer DirecTV, but I now wouldn't mind moving to Dish.

Edit:
Damn I see Rico beat me to the referral haha. He can take a little of that money and send me some yum yum. smile.gif

Edit 2:
One place where DirecTV beats Dish, when it comes to Samsung TVs, is that both are RVU capable. Here's what that means in regards to the Whole Home Genie with DirecTV... Say you put the DVR in your bedroom, then you put a small Genie client box in the den. Now you want to hook up the living room Samsung... You don't need any box at all, none. You will control the DVR in the den from the small client, and you'll control the DVR on the Samsung right through the Samsung - with full DirecTV menus. Just tell them you want the HR34 whole home system (up to 4 rooms) and that one of your rooms has an RVU capable Samsung TV.

Edit 3:
Oh and have them throw in a $99 Nomad, maybe for free. This will allow DirecTV to convert all your shows to iOS compatible files (in your case) and automatically send whatever you want to your devices and Macs.
Edited by Garnoch - 1/15/13 at 6:51am
post #10114 of 16126
Hi All,

I purchased my US60ES8000 in November, hooked it up and everything was working fine. I was not happy with the sound, so I got a Denon 3313CI receiver and a speaker system.

After I installed the receiver, everything worked fine. However, one night while watching TV the TV went into a reboot cycle and after showing 2 seconds of picture, it would show up with unusual color lines then reboot continuously. I searched the web and came a across a few other people having similar issues.

Here is a link to the issue;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tTIf140X-c&list=UU01l5_JkyB8P87Uq6T0j3pg&index=2

I unplugged the TV and the next day I plugged it back in and it seems to be working flawlessly. Does this error seem to be hardware or software related? Anyone else had similiar issues?

It happened briefly once before while watching apple TV before I hooked up the Denon receiver.

Any help would be appreciated.
post #10115 of 16126
I could be wrong but I think we've seen that here a couple times and it was hardware related and needed service. If I remember correctly, they came to the house, swapped some boards and all was good. I also seem to remember it will start to happen more often, so the sooner you call, the better off you'll be. If I'm remembering this wrong, someone will correct me. Good luck and sorry to hear that.
By the way, yes the sound on thin TVs is terrible.
post #10116 of 16126
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

So are you UNxxES8000 owners ok with the viewing angle deficiencies of LED TV, and just accepting of it and don't really use the TV from angles so it doesn't matter?
I've had my 60" a few weeks now and overall very happy, but the angle views are just horrid, washed out color, pixelated and blocky, partially due to the UVerse signal I guess, but a well known issue with LED technology is that it doesn't view well from angles.:
I don't think my TV's picture gets horrible from angled viewing. In fact I had 10 people over to watch football on Sunday and I sat in various locations and I though the picture looked pretty good everywhere. Maybe football is different.
post #10117 of 16126
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Originally Posted by Garnoch View Post

I could be wrong but I think we've seen that here a couple times and it was hardware related and needed service. If I remember correctly, they came to the house, swapped some boards and all was good. I also seem to remember it will start to happen more often, so the sooner you call, the better off you'll be. If I'm remembering this wrong, someone will correct me. Good luck and sorry to hear that.
By the way, yes the sound on thin TVs is terrible.

Thanks! Would anyone know what board/s were changed so I can direct my service tech in the right direction before they do too much prodding?

Thanks,
post #10118 of 16126
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Originally Posted by sabesh View Post

I'm reading that Timescapes is also mastered in 4K.

Quick question on 4K Bluray. Will it do anything for our Sammy sets? I have a 4K/24fps Bluray player but I thought you had to have a 4K device (TV) to display.

Do we get any benefits from a 4K Bluray mastered disc?
post #10119 of 16126
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Originally Posted by thebignewt View Post

I don't think my TV's picture gets horrible from angled viewing. In fact I had 10 people over to watch football on Sunday and I sat in various locations and I though the picture looked pretty good everywhere. Maybe football is different.

Forgot about that post. Mine's not bad either. It's definitely not perfect but not bad enough to concern me. No one has ever mentioned it in my house and I'm the only one that sits dead center. I even have a love seat off to the side. Based on reviews, it seems to vary widely though. Some reviews have said the viewing angle was good and some have said it is horrendous. Another part of the panel lottery? I have no idea.
post #10120 of 16126
I got the BD "Celebration Day" by Led Zepplin recorded at the O2 stadium in London in 2007 just released. I am usually not into reunion concerts but the reviews were excellent and I won some money on football. Those guys could still play that stuff like they were 25. The drummer is Bonham's son. Now I see why a reunion tour has been clamored for ever since (it's probably not gonna happen, but it would sell out everywhere). I do recommend it if you like the band.
post #10121 of 16126
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Originally Posted by skirope View Post

Thanks! Would anyone know what board/s were changed so I can direct my service tech in the right direction before they do too much prodding?

Thanks,

You're welcome. I don't know which ones but my guess is they can easily look up this issue. I would definitely direct them to the youtube video as well.
post #10122 of 16126
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Originally Posted by Ricoflashback View Post

Quick question on 4K Bluray. Will it do anything for our Sammy sets? I have a 4K/24fps Bluray player but I thought you had to have a 4K device (TV) to display.

Do we get any benefits from a 4K Bluray mastered disc?
I'm pretty sure the answer is no. I think you can only get a 4k projection player.
post #10123 of 16126
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Originally Posted by Ricoflashback View Post

Quick question on 4K Bluray. Will it do anything for our Sammy sets? I have a 4K/24fps Bluray player but I thought you had to have a 4K device (TV) to display.

Do we get any benefits from a 4K Bluray mastered disc?

You should actually but here is why. The better the cameras and the better the mastering process, the better the final product. You're not watching it in 4K obviously but it should show.

Just as a weird example, you could have an SD picture shot with great cameras and mastered at a high bit rate look way better than a highly compressed, low bit rate 1080p image shot with crappy equipment.

Under the Sea looks so good because it was shot on actual IMAX cameras - even though you're not watching it in IMAX.
post #10124 of 16126
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Originally Posted by Ricoflashback View Post

Quick question on 4K Bluray. Will it do anything for our Sammy sets? I have a 4K/24fps Bluray player but I thought you had to have a 4K device (TV) to display.

Do we get any benefits from a 4K Bluray mastered disc?

Yes. But you are not getting 4k, but you are still getting the most pristine image possible at the highest bit rate. I'll post some pics so you can see how nice it looks. It is essentially similar to when Sony released high bit rate (super bit) dvd re-releases years ago and what they are also planning to do again by releasing on regular bluray 4k mastered of movies like Amazing Spider-Man. You will be getting the best possible quality that 1080p can offer, after all why would movie studios release a bluray with the highest bit rate and best possible picture and sound possible from the start when they can double dip and get greedy.

Also.. The 4k upscale feature on players like the Oppo will not work on 1080p panels. You will just get a blank screen if you change resolution to 4k. This feature is more for future proofing for when you do get a 4k set.
post #10125 of 16126
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

Well I set all my Standard and Movie Modes to your settings. If any of these 3 you mentioned are outside of that part of the menu, its probably still factory default. What should they be set at for this TV and UVerse? Also, I'm looking into DirecTV here in OKC, weighing the good and bad of it in our state, with issues of signal loss during our many weather events here.

Add me to the list of DirecTV "advocates". I have been using DirecTV for years now, and could not be happier. I came from cable, with my initial reasoning being availability of HD channels, and sports packages on DirecTV that I could not acquire via cable (NFL Sunday Ticket, for example). My fear was the signal loss issue. Although I do not deal with snow here in Central Florida, we do have a lot of weather - frequent rainstorms, clouds, lighting, etc. This is pretty much a daily occurrence for certain seasons/periods of the year. A few specific notes to that end...

  • My signal loss is minimum. During the worst storms, I will lose my signal, usually for a few minutes. In all, I maybe lose my signal for 15-20 minutes per year. In that DirecTV offers a standard definition version of their HD channels, you can sometimes switch to the SD version during an outage and get a signal - this is rare, but it has worked.
  • Picture Quality - Excellent picture quality, superior to the local cable broadcasts. My brother's D8000 is connected to cable and where it is often great, there are certain channels that are not as crisp as the DirecTV equivalent.
  • Content - Can't beat it. Not only can you signup for whatever channels or packages you want, you get a handful of 3d channels, you get HD versions of pretty much every channel. A good example of this is the Big 10 Network. During college football season, they may have 4 or 5 games broadcast, and they use alternate channels so that you're not seeing 1 game on the Big Ten Network, you have access to all 4 or 5, and all in High Definition. This isn't the case with cable - at least it wasn't very recently.
  • Promotions/Offers - They'll give you the farm when you initially signup. As RFB said, negotiate with them. They are also extremely responsive when you have an issue or want to change your programming - they will often throw in credits, discounted channels, free channels, and so on to keep you happy. I NEVER got this from my cable provider.

Good luck with whichever way you go - you have a great TV and you should be enjoying crisp, clean high quality content on such a beautiful set!

EDIT: I should say that DirecTV is not a "value" alternative in that you pay for what you get. At least in my area, it is a comparable but certainly not a less expensive option vs. other providers. Also, you just don't get comparable bundles with DirecTV if you are looking at phone, internet, and TV in a "bundled" package. I still use cable for my high speed internet.
Edited by 7011jrs - 1/15/13 at 8:37am
post #10126 of 16126
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Originally Posted by Garnoch View Post

You should actually but here is why. The better the cameras and the better the mastering process, the better the final product. You're not watching it in 4K obviously but it should show.

Just as a weird example, you could have an SD picture shot with great cameras and mastered at a high bit rate look way better than a highly compressed, low bit rate 1080p image shot with crappy equipment.

Under the Sea looks so good because it was shot on actual IMAX cameras - even though you're not watching it in IMAX.

And in the case of Samsara, the film was shot in 8k and mastered in 4k. It's predecessor Baraka was also shot in 8k but only mastered in 1080p. Up until Samsara release last week, Baraka was often viewed as the best looking bluray to date.
post #10127 of 16126
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Originally Posted by 7011jrs View Post

Add me to the list of DirecTV "advocates". I have been using DirecTV for years now, and could not be happier. I came from cable, with my initial reasoning being availability of HD channels, and sports packages on DirecTV that I could not acquire via cable (NFL Sunday Ticket, for example). My fear was the signal loss issue. Although I do not deal with snow here in Central Florida, we do have a lot of weather - frequent rainstorms, clouds, lighting, etc. This is pretty much a daily occurrence for certain seasons/periods of the year. A few specific notes to that end...

  • My signal loss is minimum. During the worst storms, I will lose my signal, usually for a few minutes. In all, I maybe lose my signal for 15-20 minutes per year. In that DirecTV offers a standard definition version of their HD channels, you can sometimes switch to the SD version during an outage and get a signal - this is rare, but it has worked.
  • Picture Quality - Excellent picture quality, superior to the local cable broadcasts. My brother's D8000 is connected to cable and where it is often great, there are certain channels that are not as crisp as the DirecTV equivalent.
  • Content - Can't beat it. Not only can you signup for whatever channels or packages you want, you get a handful of 3d channels, you get HD versions of pretty much every channel. A good example of this is the Big 10 Network. During college football season, they may have 4 or 5 games broadcast, and they use alternate channels so that you're not seeing 1 game on the Big Ten Network, you have access to all 4 or 5, and all in High Definition. This isn't the case with cable - at least it wasn't very recently.
  • Promotions/Offers - They'll give you the farm when you initially signup. As RFB said, negotiate with them. They are also extremely responsive when you have an issue or want to change your programming - they will often throw in credits, discounted channels, free channels, and so on to keep you happy. I NEVER got this from my cable provider.

Good luck with whichever way you go - you have a great TV and you should be enjoying crisp, clean high quality content on such a beautiful set!

EDIT: I should say that DirecTV is not a "value" alternative in that you pay for what you get. At least in my area, it is a comparable but certainly not a less expensive option vs. other providers. Also, you just don't get comparable bundles with DirecTV if you are looking at phone, internet, and TV in a "bundled" package. I still use cable for my high speed internet.

Great info. In my case, DirecTV is cheaper than cable for comparable packages and they actually have deal with my phone company to combine both bills into one for a discount.
post #10128 of 16126
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Originally Posted by Ricoflashback View Post

Chris - some alternatives for you with Directv - which has been a fabulous service for me. (And yes, I would like the $50 referral if Garnoch has not claimed it already. Just kidding...)

1. Weather issues - - if your "Dish" will not be easily accessible, look at getting a "Dish Heater." They really work. In the four years I have had mine - - I have not had to go up on the roof once - - even with the heavy snows in Colorado. It's not that expensive and it saves a lot of shaky trips on a roof. Install it on the back side of the dish - it works the best that way.

2. With their new "Genie" HD DVR - - you only need one to service your entire household. Very convenient. And...you'll notice a huge difference in the audio besides a pristine picture and three or four 3D channels. Plus - - negotiate, negotiate, negotiate - locally as well as calling Directv yourself. Drive your best deal - if that's the route you go. Bring up your cable company or UVerse. Tell them that they are offering incentives to stay with them - - so what can they do for you!

3. OTA backup - - one of the best things I did was to have an antenna placed in the roof (inside) of my ranch home. Even if the satellite is down for some reason (weather - though it hasn't happened that often since I got the Dish heater) - you should have access to tons of stations in HDTV including your local stations and sports. And, your stored content - recorded shows will always be available.

Best - Rico

Thanks for this feedback Rico. I'll be stopping into a retail store or two this weekend to explore the DirecTV option more deeper. I'll see if I can get your and Garnoch a referral bonus or split.
How much do you think a decent OTA antenna is and would a DirecTV installer put that in the attic for me and run the line down to my TV?
post #10129 of 16126
I have both DirecTV HD and Comcast HD and prefer DirecTV:: not sure claims that cable is more reliable in bad weather is legitimate:

after hurricane Sandy, my house was heavily damaged and I had to evacuate.

when I returned, the DirecTV slim line dish had withstood hurricane force winds and my service worked as soon as power was restored.

Comcast cable was out for a month

my opinion only...
post #10130 of 16126
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Originally Posted by Garnoch View Post

Okay, this means you have both noise filters off (because I don't see them doing anything for me). In your case, play around with them and see if they help.

As for DirecTV, I love it. Great picture and I maybe lose service due to weather for 10 minutes a year - I didn't even lose it during Hurricane Sandy here in NJ until the power went out. I lose it much less than I used to with cable. Wet trees make a bigger difference than clouds, so you just need a good line of sight. My father had trouble having a good line of sight with DirecTV when they changed their satellites, so he moved Dish Network. He hated it for a couple years compared to DirecTV because his DVRs kept failing (3 or 4 of them) and the menus and navigation weren't as nice. But a few months ago, he upgraded to their Hopper system (DirecTV has something similar) with Sling and he now loved it. I will admit that Dish is finally on track with this new system. I still prefer DirecTV, but I now wouldn't mind moving to Dish.

Edit:
Damn I see Rico beat me to the referral haha. He can take a little of that money and send me some yum yum. smile.gif

Edit 2:
One place where DirecTV beats Dish, when it comes to Samsung TVs, is that both are RVU capable. Here's what that means in regards to the Whole Home Genie with DirecTV... Say you put the DVR in your bedroom, then you put a small Genie client box in the den. Now you want to hook up the living room Samsung... You don't need any box at all, none. You will control the DVR in the den from the small client, and you'll control the DVR on the Samsung right through the Samsung - with full DirecTV menus. Just tell them you want the HR34 whole home system (up to 4 rooms) and that one of your rooms has an RVU capable Samsung TV.

Edit 3:
Oh and have them throw in a $99 Nomad, maybe for free. This will allow DirecTV to convert all your shows to iOS compatible files (in your case) and automatically send whatever you want to your devices and Macs.

Thanks Garnoch, I'll play with the filters and see tonight when I get home. I don't know if I ever did or not so I'll experiment.
Right now I only have two TVs in my house, the bedroom 32" and the living room 60" so I guess the Genie would go in the LR. If I add TVs to the boys rooms in the future do I need more cable installed or is it just adding the simple small client boxes to each TV that comes up? I will make them sell me hard on the DirecTV and throw in the nomad and whatever else they can. I know I'll get the heavy discounts to become a new customer, and I'm not looking for bundles, as I'm probably going to break up my current AT&T bundle with this and then even moving to Cox as my ISP due to the way faster speeds I'll get there. AT&T will have my cell and maybe home phone.
post #10131 of 16126
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

Thanks for this feedback Rico. I'll be stopping into a retail store or two this weekend to explore the DirecTV option more deeper. I'll see if I can get your and Garnoch a referral bonus or split.
How much do you think a decent OTA antenna is and would a DirecTV installer put that in the attic for me and run the line down to my TV?

Ha thanks, but if you don't know someone you can give the referral to, just PM Rico because I think you would need either his name or probably his account number.

I don't think the DirecTV guy would install an antenna, but being they are freelance, maybe he'd do it for some extra cash. I'm not sure though.
post #10132 of 16126
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Originally Posted by 7011jrs View Post

Add me to the list of DirecTV "advocates". I have been using DirecTV for years now, and could not be happier. I came from cable, with my initial reasoning being availability of HD channels, and sports packages on DirecTV that I could not acquire via cable (NFL Sunday Ticket, for example). My fear was the signal loss issue. Although I do not deal with snow here in Central Florida, we do have a lot of weather - frequent rainstorms, clouds, lighting, etc. This is pretty much a daily occurrence for certain seasons/periods of the year. A few specific notes to that end...

  • My signal loss is minimum. During the worst storms, I will lose my signal, usually for a few minutes. In all, I maybe lose my signal for 15-20 minutes per year. In that DirecTV offers a standard definition version of their HD channels, you can sometimes switch to the SD version during an outage and get a signal - this is rare, but it has worked.
  • Picture Quality - Excellent picture quality, superior to the local cable broadcasts. My brother's D8000 is connected to cable and where it is often great, there are certain channels that are not as crisp as the DirecTV equivalent.
  • Content - Can't beat it. Not only can you signup for whatever channels or packages you want, you get a handful of 3d channels, you get HD versions of pretty much every channel. A good example of this is the Big 10 Network. During college football season, they may have 4 or 5 games broadcast, and they use alternate channels so that you're not seeing 1 game on the Big Ten Network, you have access to all 4 or 5, and all in High Definition. This isn't the case with cable - at least it wasn't very recently.
  • Promotions/Offers - They'll give you the farm when you initially signup. As RFB said, negotiate with them. They are also extremely responsive when you have an issue or want to change your programming - they will often throw in credits, discounted channels, free channels, and so on to keep you happy. I NEVER got this from my cable provider.

Good luck with whichever way you go - you have a great TV and you should be enjoying crisp, clean high quality content on such a beautiful set!

EDIT: I should say that DirecTV is not a "value" alternative in that you pay for what you get. At least in my area, it is a comparable but certainly not a less expensive option vs. other providers. Also, you just don't get comparable bundles with DirecTV if you are looking at phone, internet, and TV in a "bundled" package. I still use cable for my high speed internet.

So do you sign a 1 or 2 year deal with DTV? What is the max price once the introductory period is over? I think right now my current AT&T package is U300 and I'm paying about $108 a month for that.
I know DTV is not the "value" choice as you pay for what you get, I agree with you there, and thats fine, I will pay for great picture and choices of viewing etc.
What does DTV use for their music stations? I like the ala cart channel selections thats nice.
post #10133 of 16126
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Originally Posted by Garnoch View Post

Ha thanks, but if you don't know someone you can give the referral to, just PM Rico because I think you would need either his name or probably his account number.

I don't think the DirecTV guy would install an antenna, but being they are freelance, maybe he'd do it for some extra cash. I'm not sure though.

Ok, cool, something to ask when/if I go with DTV and he comes out to install. Will they use the current coax cable that is run to every room in my house, or install and run their own cables? Depends on the installer I guess?
post #10134 of 16126
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

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Right now I only have two TVs in my house, the bedroom 32" and the living room 60" so I guess the Genie would go in the LR. If I add TVs to the boys rooms in the future do I need more cable installed or is it just adding the simple small client boxes to each TV that comes up? I will make them sell me hard on the DirecTV and throw in the nomad and whatever else they can. I know I'll get the heavy discounts to become a new customer, and I'm not looking for bundles.
Let me know how you make out in the negotiations Chris. I've had cable forever, but I'm interested in DirectTV after hearing comments here about the quality, and the 3D channels interest me some too. My cable bill is about $143/month including about $50 for internet and $16 for HBO. Some friends said the NFL package costs a ton, but you get the Red Zone free. I like football a lot (Packers).
post #10135 of 16126
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

Thanks Garnoch, I'll play with the filters and see tonight when I get home. I don't know if I ever did or not so I'll experiment.
Right now I only have two TVs in my house, the bedroom 32" and the living room 60" so I guess the Genie would go in the LR. If I add TVs to the boys rooms in the future do I need more cable installed or is it just adding the simple small client boxes to each TV that comes up? I will make them sell me hard on the DirecTV and throw in the nomad and whatever else they can. I know I'll get the heavy discounts to become a new customer, and I'm not looking for bundles, as I'm probably going to break up my current AT&T bundle with this and then even moving to Cox as my ISP due to the way faster speeds I'll get there. AT&T will have my cell and maybe home phone.

You don't need a box with the Samsung, so if I was starting from scratch, I'd put the DVR in the bedroom and no box in the LR at all on the RVU capable ES. I would also have them wire the two extra rooms when they are there because you get it for free on initial setup (4 rooms total). Check on this part, but you'd also then get the Genie clients for the boy's rooms, but I believe you could then have them turned off so you're not paying the extra minimal charge for the extra clients until you are ready to turn them back on for the boys. This way though, you'd have everything there and wired for free - ready to go.

As for bundles, keep in mind that DirecTV has a deal with AT&T for bundles so you can have just one bill through DirecTV and save $15/mo.
http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/packages/internet?footernavtype=-1&lpos=header&CMP=KNC%7C8%7C68718669%7C99689049%7CBroad&siclientid=7492&sessguid=0b650de7-ce9b-4777-b7ea-91555e7a569f&userguid=0b650de7-ce9b-4777-b7ea-91555e7a569f&permguid=0b650de7-ce9b-4777-b7ea-91555e7a569f&sissr=1

Edit: With this setup, you can record 5 shows at a time from any of the TVs.
post #10136 of 16126
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

Ok, cool, something to ask when/if I go with DTV and he comes out to install. Will they use the current coax cable that is run to every room in my house, or install and run their own cables? Depends on the installer I guess?

I think it depends on the cables used, location and up to the installer. I had to have mine done from scratch, but I assume they'd use the existing wiring where they can. Someone else may answer this better.
post #10137 of 16126
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Originally Posted by Garnoch View Post

You don't need a box with the Samsung, so if I was starting from scratch, I'd put the DVR in the bedroom and no box in the LR at all on the RVU capable ES. I would also have them wire the two extra rooms when they are there because you get it for free on initial setup (4 rooms total). Check on this part, but you'd also then get the Genie clients for the boy's rooms, but I believe you could then have them turned off so you're not paying the extra minimal charge for the extra clients until you are ready to turn them back on for the boys. This way though, you'd have everything there and wired for free - ready to go.

As for bundles, keep in mind that DirecTV has a deal with AT&T for bundles so you can have just one bill through DirecTV and save $15/mo.
http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/packages/internet?footernavtype=-1&lpos=header&CMP=KNC%7C8%7C68718669%7C99689049%7CBroad&siclientid=7492&sessguid=0b650de7-ce9b-4777-b7ea-91555e7a569f&userguid=0b650de7-ce9b-4777-b7ea-91555e7a569f&permguid=0b650de7-ce9b-4777-b7ea-91555e7a569f&sissr=1

Duh, you just said all that, twice now, sorry, lol...wow. Ok thats cool and great info. I'm almost sold! smile.gif
This deal looks cool, but dang I was wanting to switch to Cox as my ISP. I'll have to look into this deeper.

Thanks all!
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Originally Posted by thebignewt View Post

Let me know how you make out in the negotiations Chris. I've had cable forever, but I'm interested in DirectTV after hearing comments here about the quality, and the 3D channels interest me some too. My cable bill is about $143/month including about $50 for internet and $16 for HBO. Some friends said the NFL package costs a ton, but you get the Red Zone free. I like football a lot (Packers).

Yeah the Sunday Ticket I thought was being offered free a while back to entice some people to get DTV...maybe not anymore? I get R?ed Zone with my AT&T package now and thats how I watch football, all the scoring plays...its awesome, I don't think I need the Sunday Ticket. If its free, sure, but not something I'd add. I do like my sports and I get the Thunder games or should anyway, hope a blackout rule doesn't hurt me there.

So overall does DTV have more HD Channels or UVerse? Is there something that compares channel to channel that would tell me what HD channels UVerse has that DTV doesn't, and vice versa?
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So like the DTV "Premier" bundle is $89.99 a month for 12 mos...with a 24mo agreement, what is it after that 12 mos? Am I reading the small print that it then goes to reg. $119/mo? Not bad I guess. And whats the Regional sports fee cost? That could be key, I would want my regional sports aka The Thunder basketball games which are on Fox Sports Oklahoma/Southwest.
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Originally Posted by markrubin View Post

I have both DirecTV HD and Comcast HD and prefer DirecTV:: not sure claims that cable is more reliable in bad weather is legitimate:

after hurricane Sandy, my house was heavily damaged and I had to evacuate.

when I returned, the DirecTV slim line dish had withstood hurricane force winds and my service worked as soon as power was restored.

Comcast cable was out for a month

my opinion only...

A pretty good opinion, IMHO!

Plus - - I had real difficulties with my Comcast provider - - in two areas - - (1) service - they blew off two home appointments when I had to leave the office early - no shows, and (2) I had bandwidth issues with Comcast - VOD - and we only had two DVR's! It really became a speed, signal and audio issue. The first thing I noticed was how great the 5.1 audio sounded with Directv versus cable. Again, my experience - but it was definitely noticeable. Here in Colorado, I was able to bundle CenturyLink DSL (16-18 MB down/1 MB up) with a Directv package.

Like other folks have said - - you can negotiate a good deal. They threw in NFL Ticket (football) when I signed up.

Your conversation should go something like this -

Customer: I was thinking of Directv. Can you tell me what you can offer?

Directv: Well, a great lineup of channels and we'll throw in HBO, Cinemax and Showtime for three months free AND an HD DVR recorder.

Customer: But my cable company said they can beat your offer....they're really getting aggressive.

Directv: How about our new "Genie" HD DVR and a bunch of free movie tickets?

Customer: Yeah, but is that the best deal you can get me? I'm not sure.

Directv: How about a trip to Jamaica?

You get the idea. smile.gif
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