Satellite "The leaves are on the tree's" Directv and dishnet?

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  1. Richard_s

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    Now that it's summer well at least that is what the calender states the leaves are on the trees so I can find out if satellite will work for me.

    What is stopping me, other than lack of knowledge of satellite equipment, is the proposed merger between Directv and Dishnet. I know no one can fortel the future but what do all of you expect the outcome will be as far as service and equipment. For me these are the only two choises so if they merge I won't have a choice.

    What I am most concerned about is equipment if they merge in that will I be likely to have to get new equipment. Once merged they will now be supplying signals from more satellites where they are different enough in angle to require two dishes if they split their programming between satelites to enable them to have more "bandwidth". Anyone with any insight on this?

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    Robert:
    Thanks it looks like the Dish itself will not be an issue so thats good.
     
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    I don't know of any DirecTV receivers with component video output other than HDTV receivers. If you're getting DirecTV I strongly suggest getting a DirecTV receiver with TiVo.
     
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    I haven't heard of any component video out units either. Be careful on the RCA HD receiver (DTC-100) as it uses VGA out rather than component. Some HD sets have a VGA input, some don't.

    RCA does seems to make some pretty good DirecTV receivers.

    Why do some cost more? Speed on channel changes, menus, etc (you WILL notice between units). Outputs (esp. the digital audio out). Graphics and features improve (like the DTC remaps the channel numbers for your locals so they are at the numbers you are familiar with (5,6,13, etc). Of course TIVO and HD units are more.

    I have several different recievers in the house and the slowest one makes me crazy. But now even decent ones are pretty cheap for the most part.

    I believe TIVO and Ultimate TV require extra monthly fees, but I could be wrong on TIVO.
     
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    I think all current DirecTV receivers will map the local channels (if available) to their actual 2-digit numbers.

    There is just one RCA receiver that has component output. It's the DRD485RG. It also has both coax and optical digital audio output.

    But I'd get a DirecTV receiver with TiVo instead.

    Regarding the merger: it's not a done deal and in the end it may not happen. (And then Rupert Murdoch will step in and buy DirecTV for a whole lot less than his most recent offer.)
     
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    The RCADRD485 offers component video, it goes for about $170.00
     
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    Please bear with me.

    I did a google search on the model DRD485RG and it appears to be readily available so that is good.

    The web sites I did find that had these items also carried something called a slave receiver what exactly is that?

    Do I need a Dual LNB dish not sure what that is?

     
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