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I just bought a house without cable access so I will be a first time satellite subscriber. Anything I need to specifically request of the installer? Anything I should do before hand? Thanks.
 

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If there is no pre-wired cable, do that first. Usually the installers will not run the wires through walls which is ugly. Find the 'central' place where all wires will go to, in your case near where the dish will be mounted, and run the cables through the house (basement, attic?). It's either that or the wires will be running across your walls.


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I have already elected to go with Dish for a couple of reasons. I just moved to the house. It's under minor renovation and I'm working on my theater which won't be ready until next summer at the earliest. So right now it's just two SD TV's. For some reason in my immediate geographic area (SW Penn) friends/family have much more weather interference with D* than Dish. Not sure why.

I originally was going to get one dual-tuner receiver for convenience and to avoid the extra cost. They are now saying the cable runs would be too long. 3 cables (2 in 1 out) with about a 50-60 ft. run from the dish to where the receiver would be.

First is this too long or are they just trying to save cable/work. Also, any disadvantage to having the one receiver instead of two besides the fact that if one goes out you're w/o TV? I should mention that I have an antenna that I am keeping hooked up for times when I lose service and for PIP reasons. Thanks for the sites.
 

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For some reason in my immediate geographic area (SW Penn) friends/family have much more weather interference with D* than Dish. Not sure why.
Probably a crappy install of the D* system. At your location, you should have LESS rain fade with D* since the signals from the 101 satellite will travel through less atmosphere.


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Dish is fine for SD and non-DVR recivers. But when you get the home theater installed, I sure hope its ready for HD programming and features a widescreen HDTV, you will with out any question want to switch to DirecTV, or possibly Voom if they still exist by then and if they have their HD DVR out. As I have said many times, if its HD or a DVR you want Dish is NOT a good choice at all. DirecTV should have quite good line-up of HD programming by that time and maybe they will even offer locals in HD in your area!
 

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This is a pile 'o crap.


Dish is a perfectly fine choice for HD.


Miniz is either the most disgruntled ex-Dish customer ever, or a DirectTV dealer.
agreed do they have TNT HD it is great.


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Dish does have TNTHD.


For the average tv viewer, dish network is a totally viable option. It's cheap to get started, reasonable monthly rates, no commitment, no gear to buy, they cater to the average tv watcher.


If you're looking for HD and the top equipment available then Direct is a better choice.


As far as the reliability/rain fade issue, a properly installed system, either direct or dish, will have little problem with most weather conditions. You'd need some thick, hellacious rain or snow before having any real problems.
 

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I had 4 hurricanes and don't remember losing dishnetwork.


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Not saying one is better than the other and you all might already know this but Dish Network owns Direct TV they bought them out about a 1yr or so ago.
What are you smoking?


DIrect tried to buy DISH about a year ago, but the FCC puts the stops on it.


Am I missing something here?
 

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Dish Network does not own DirecTV. Dish Network is owned by Echostar, DirecTV is part of the DirecTV Group Inc, which is indirectly owned by News Corporation.


A few years ago Dish Network tried to buyout DirecTV, but luckily the FCC slapped that down.
 

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Ok so I was smoking something. I was just seeing if you guys where awake. No I just spent some time this morning looking into my comment and found out that I was wrong. Sorry for the WRONG info. Maybe I should just stay in my normal forums.
 

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I'm waiting for the Echostar = GM commentary so we can get dishnet in the LCD's in our Buick headrests...


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And that's why there was a lawsuit.


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