Registered: Dec 2000
Location: Long Branch, NJ, USA
quote: I don't think you'll have to change too much. When you add HD, DirecTV will provide a 3-LNB dish and install (either free or for a minimal price -- which right now you could get WITH a standard DirecTV HD receiver for only $99 so maybe you should do that now since getting the dish alone seems to be around $50-$70 with shipping).
Originally posted by Gromit
I just placed my order. Due to the $999 price, I was going to wait. But I'm a sucker for $100 off.
Can you guys help me figure out what else I'm going to need? I currently have a single LNB dish going to a 2 x 4 switch which in turn feeds 2 DirecTiVo receivers. I want to keep the upstairs DirecTiVo box as is, and use the HD box downstairs.
I think DirecTV will upgrade my dish for free after rebate once I subscribe to the HD package.
What switch do I need? With my 2 lines coming into the downstairs receiver, is it possible to use both my current DirecTiVo receiver along with the new one? I'm not sure if that would be worth it though. It might be too confusing. I was thinking I could use my existing DirecTiVo box for recording non-HD stuff.
Other than that, I guess I need to get an antenna for the attic. According to antennaweb.com, I should be able to get all my locals but I'll probably have to get a pretty big antenna.
Oh yeah, for my TV.... I have a Sony KV-32HS500 (gotta go bigger later on). It has a DVI input and according to the manual "Can accomodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices that have compatible interfaces". Do I still need an adapter?
Edit: I'm reading the FAQ again, so maybe I'll be able to answer my own questions. Sorry!
The DirecTV HD DVR just needs two lines from the multiswitch, so if you're replacing an existing DirecTV DVR, you've already got the lines run. If you get the standard HD receiver and satellite dish now, you should tell them you have 5 tuners total and will need a 5x8 multiswitch (which as I understand they usually throw in for you as part of the install -- making that $99 HD deal really good).
As for antennas, unless you've got some VHF digital stations, the Channel Master 4228 seems to be among the more popular around here because of it's compact size; you should also consider a Channel Master 7777 or 7775 preamp, and possibly a rotator. www.warrenelectronics.com is where I bought my antenna equipment. Get all this installed now and you'll be plug-and-go when the DirecTV HD DVR is out.
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