Originally Posted by GreenThumb
I finally completed the Direct TV signup.
I tried twice before at Sams and Frys. Each time, while the sales rep made the signup phone call, the initial price became higher than what the person initially told me. So, I walked away each time, even though at that point I had 20 minutes 'invested' into the signup. I don't think a sales person should be rewarded for being incorrect or misleading.
However, yesterday evening I was at Best Buy at the Arboretum, and this didn't happen. Plus the Best Buy guy (Alex?) didn't seem like a slimy sales person.
My Direct TV installation happens next week. Do you have any advice for:
- What I should do to prepare for the installer?
- What I should do to help things go well while installer is installing?
My config is:
1) Downstairs: HD TV #1 with HD DVR
2) Upstairs: HD TV #2 with HD DVR
and he said they would "network together the DVRs" such that I could watch a recorded program on either HD DVR from either upstairs or downstairs. Sales guy said the installer would run the cable.
First of all, if you have any friends that have DirecTV you might want to check into the referral program, both of you could save $10/month for 10 months ($100 each), see http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/referr...questid=170627
What can you do ahead of time, have the area where you want to connect the receivers at cleaned up a bit so they can work there. You'll also need to make sure that there is an additional power outlet for the receiver plus one additional one for the power inserter that powers the dish's SWiMLNB.
You should also make sure that what used to be called the Internet Connection Kit (ICK) now called the Cinema Connection Kit is included in the order. This interconnects the coax network that DirecTV uses to your router for internet access. This allows for DirecTV on Demand, TVApps, MediaShare and DirecTV2PC plus any new internet based features/functions DirecTV is working on.
The standard install will be to run the coax cable the quickest/easiest way, if you want to do any wall fishing that would be an extra installation charge. Depending on what cable you have installed now they might reuse it.
You might also want to check out http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=151213
and review some of the documents linked there like the undocumented hints/tips PDF.