Question about Satellite Hookup

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  1. Andrew V

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    We have two house and would like to be able to watch Satellite in each house. Most of the time we are at one house or the other. The only thing is that we want just one account. Could you please explain to me how I would go about setting this up?
    Also in one of the House, I’m "HD Ready" so what would I need to be able to watch HD over Satellite with DirecTV.
    Thanks in advanced for your help.
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  2. Jesse Leonard

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    You can have multiple satellite recievers on one account. When you activate them, just give them one of your address (your billing address) for the account. You will pay full price for the first reciever on the account and $4.99 for each additional reciever.
    Or you could just buy one reciever and carry back-and-forth between houses (you probably don't want to do that).
    For HDTV over DirecTV you have a few options for recievers. I have the Toshiba DST-3000 and really like it. Just be aware that there isn't much HD programming on DirecTV There is one channel of HBO and there is a channel called HD-Net (it shows mainly sports with a variety of documentarys thrown in and then plays PPV movies at night). HD-Net is the BEST looking 1080i out there!
    Most HD-DirecTV recievers will also decode OTA HD signals from your local affiliates (assuming they are broadcastin in HD). You can go to www.titantv.com and www.hdtvgalaxy.com/broad.html for channel programming and local channel info.
    http://bsexton.com/cgi-bin/tv.cgi will give you coverage maps of your area.
    Hope this helps.
     
  3. Andrew V

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    Jesse: Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it. I think I will go with your first suggestion and just purchase a few receivers and activate them under my first house.
    I already have the Toshiba DST-3000 STB. What kind of satellite will I need?
     
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    The HD material is transmitted from a different satellite than the normal programming. You will need the oval dish in order to get a signal from both satellites.
     
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    I would be carefull about connecting receivers at both houses up to phone lines. When D* finds out they are calling from two different numbers, it will charge you full price for two accounts.
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  6. Andrew V

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    Jeff: Thanks for letting me know what kind of Satellite I will need. How much do they normally go for?
    Robert: Thank you for concern. The second home is really like a vacation house so when we are not at the first house would like to be able to watch Satellite without having to start another account. It would be a rare occasion when we are at both houses.
     
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    Um...I think the thing Jesse's talking about only covers multiple receivers IN THE SAME HOUSE.
    If you're talking two different residences, you're going to need two accounts. No way around it, AFAIK. Sorry.
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  8. DougRuss

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    Taken from DirectTv's Website(FAQ)
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    If I have more than one receiver, do I pay a full monthly subscription for each receiver?
    No.
    DIRECTV allows you to connect more than one television in a single household to our services. If your receivers are connected to the same phone line, we can "mirror" your subscription. In other words, the programming you request for the primary access card in your receiver is copied for all of the access cards in the other receivers and you are authorized to receive this same level or programming on these televisions. Instead of charging you a separate monthly subscription for each receiver, we simply charge a $4.99 monthly service fee for each additional receiver.
    When we "mirror" your subscription to additional receivers, we do verify that all your receivers are continuously connected to the same phone line. If we find that a receiver with "mirrored" service is not connected to the phone line, we will discontinue service to that receiver and you will need to call us to re-establish that service.
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    [Edited last by DougRuss on November 04, 2001 at 07:10 PM]
     
  9. Jeff R.

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    Regarding the oval dish, you may be able to find special deals or packages but they will usually be around $150.
     
  10. Andrew V

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    Doug: Thank you for the FAQ. That pretty much sums it up.
    Jeff: Thanks for giving me an Idea on the Cost. I will look more into getting an Oval Dish.
    Thanks again for everyone’s help. I really appreciate it.
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