Originally Posted by BelElDel
Yes, they are free and are great to have. The switching is as good as it gets at those stations. But, if you lie to your satellite provider about your service location(and you would have to in order to "move" your service) they could and would terminate your service and they have ways of finding out exactly where your service is such as where your phone line is connected (area code) for your TIVO sevice among others. A person does not have to have the Tivo service but I cannot imagine why not. The satellite companies are delighted to furnish you the service.
Yes, they could terminate your service, but they don't care and don't check. All they care about is a paying customer and that everything is ok on paper.
D* does not match area codes or prefixes to an address . And if you have VOIP, you can get a phone number from anywhere in the country, so there's no way to match that data any more. I prefer to keep the phone modem unplugged, due to lots of lightning where I live. I've had boxes fried through the phone modem (yes, the line was connected to surge protection).
I prefer to watch network HD OTA, since it's 1920x1080i, and the networks on D* are only 1280x1080i and don't look as good if you have a really good
big screen HDTV. But if the local isn't receivable for one reason or another, I have a backup.