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I have not used any satellite system so I really know nothing about what I supposed to be looking for when I shop for DirecTV.


#1 - I want to get an HD box - leaning toward new Sony HD300


#2 - I really only need one other receiver (maybe 2). What receivers are they giving out with the free packages?


What should I be looking for as far as purchasing a system. What dish? Any secrets to getting an HD box as a part of a package deal with free install etc.


Locally the big chains I have are Best Buy, Circuit City, Sears.


Thanks for any help!
 

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You could always get a free 2 room setup from BB or Circuit City or the likes

(and maybe get a gift card rebate too) and then after you're a customer for

a month or two, call DirecTV and ask for Customer Retention and try to get

them to give you a $100 or more credit on your bill in exchange for you

buying the $399 HDTV deal that they're running. That gives you HD at

$299 effectively.
 

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I suggest waiting until the HD Tivo box is ready. Supposed to be Q1 of next year. This should be a winning product.
 

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Originally posted by rlsmith
I suggest waiting until the HD Tivo box is ready. Supposed to be Q1 of next year. This should be a winning product.
Last I read on this forum was specifically March, and that it will likely to be even later.

I don't like buying first generation products; I bet next fall they will release the second version, just speculating, though. But if you like being on the leading edge of technology, go for it.
 

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I do not time shift on my HDTV - primarily just in the bedroom where my old Replay would work with a regular receiver. Also don't want DirectTiVo if won't archive (firewire).


I see lots of 2-3 dish free deal. Do any retailers allow a credit for 1 of the normal receivers to get the HDreceiver?
 

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One regular receiver wouldn't really have that much value as the 'free'

setup ones are really low end basic receivers. I know that doesn't answer

your question specifically, but might help.


Besides, I talked to a couple local retailers and you won't get them to give

you an HD box (let alone the Samsung T160) for $345 total including the

oval dish and installation. Even if they can offer you DirecTV deals like the

$399 HDTV deal DirecTV has on their website right now, the local retailers

won't have the price adjusting ability of Customer Retention through

DirecTV.


I guess what I'm saying is if you find a local retailer that will swap one

standard box for an HD one and charge you only $300-$400, you're doing

really, really well. :)
 
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