Originally Posted by hiyman
Well I actually have one RG6 and one RG59 going to the TV now. Does anyone know if the RG59 doesn't work if I can split the RG6 behind the TV to make 2 into the Direct TV box?
The RG59 cable works for some people if it's short (under about 50'). You won't be able to use a splitter for a single cable run -- yet. A product called SWM, Single Wire Multiswitch, should be available soon and will let the HR20/HR21 run off a single cable.
Also, does anyone know how come Direct TV charges $299 up front for a HD DVR and then also charges a monthly rental fee. The Dish network doesn't charge anything up front, and even the cable company doesn't have that charge. The only thing holding me back from getting Direct TV is the cabling and the $299 charge. ($199 after rebate) and the fact that you have to sign a contract. I would install Dish Network instead because then I would only need one wire to the box and I don't have to pay anything up front, but they don't carry my local channels in HD
The $299 (or $199) is a "buy-in" that you are stuck with. It's part of the deal, like the 2-year commitment and the fact that it's leased equipment. That's just the way it is. The first receiver on your account does not have the $4.99 monthly fee. All additional receivers do.
By the way, I checked DirecTV.com and only four of your local stations are in HD: CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. That's assuming zip code 53715 in Madison.