DirecTV $49 Equipment Upgrade Offer

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  1. Dave Bennett

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    Hi everyone,
    My parents have had DirecTV at their house since June of 1997. To get locals, we've been using a Terk outdoor antenna that generally works well, but it doesn't get some of the stations. Recently, we heard that the locals in Hartford are now up on a second satellite but you need a multisatellite dish and reciever to get them. Just yesterday we recieved a postcard offering an upgrade of dish and reciever to multisatellite capable and a professional install for $49(if you commit to a year of programming which is a non issue for them). Anyhow, I'm curious if anyone knows what brand/model of reciever we'll recieve. We've currently got a second generation Hitachi reciever which, while nice at the time, just isn't cutting it anymore. Their needs are basic, all they need is an s-video output. Any ideas what model DirecTV will provide and if it'll have an S-Video output? Thanks for any info. It'll be very nice to have the locals on the dish and still having the antenna to fall back on if needed.
     
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    It is dependant on whatever your installer has for stock. I got a Hughes platinum reciever with DD out and caller ID.
     
  3. Wes Goff

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    I've installed direct for 2 years and every box i've seen has s-video.
     
  4. Dave Bennett

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    Cool thanks for the info. As I said, their current reciever is pretty basic but I just wanted to make sure that they'll have S-Video. They're excited though because not only will we be able to get the locals on satellite, but they'll be able to have a reciever that has a speedier program guide. The hitachi seemed fast in '97 when compared to the first generation RCA boxes, but it seems like a dinosaur now.
     
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    I logged onto DirecTV.com using our account and they have the reciever model listed as a Samsung SIR-S70. I'm not even sure if the guy has come out to install the new reciever/dish yet but it's nice to see they updated the info on the web already. Just from a quick glimpse at it, this reciever looks amazing compared to our old Hitachi! I'm sure the program guide will seem insanely fast by comparison as well. I also like the miniature screen of what's on the channel when you're browsing the guide. All in all, I think this reciever is really gonna be nice. My parents(and I while I'm living there before I get a job/apartment after graduation) will really like this reciever.
     
  6. James L White

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    wow only 49 bucks to upgrade, I'm gonna have to take advantage, so I'll be able to get my Locals(Shreveport)when added, actually they'll be available on any system for a while then only on a multi system

    Anyhow does the new system have the Interactive service, I really want that [​IMG]
     
  7. RobWil

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    I was told about a year ago that the local channels were now available for my area but that you needed additional equipment because they were being broadcast from a different satellite or something. Now all of a sudden, a year later, they are available on the original satellite. So now I can get them without upgrading. I don't know if they freed up some bandwidth on the original satellite or what but just thought I'd mention it.
     
  8. Grant B

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    i believe they are using spot broadcasting for locals which freed up space
     

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