Is This DirecTv Dish Compatible with My Receiver?

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by frank1492, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. frank1492

    frank1492 Guest

    I am considering purchase of a DirecTv dish, described as follows on
    EBay:

    NEW Direct TV HD TRIPLE LNB Satellite Dish DirecTV FTA

    I currently have a SD DirecTv subscription and use one of the early
    RCA receivers.

    Is there any reason why I could not substitute this dish for my
    current dish, which is an early single LNB model? I assume there
    is backward compatibility of this dish with my equipment, but
    just wanted to be sure.

    Thanks very much for your help!
    Frank
    frank1492, Oct 9, 2007
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  2. frank1492

    Guest Guest

    "frank1492" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I am considering purchase of a DirecTv dish, described as follows on
    > EBay:
    >
    > NEW Direct TV HD TRIPLE LNB Satellite Dish DirecTV FTA
    >
    > I currently have a SD DirecTv subscription and use one of the early
    > RCA receivers.
    >
    > Is there any reason why I could not substitute this dish for my
    > current dish, which is an early single LNB model? I assume there
    > is backward compatibility of this dish with my equipment, but
    > just wanted to be sure.
    >
    > Thanks very much for your help!
    > Frank



    Why would you want too?
    Are you planning on going with a HD rec soon?
    Guest, Oct 9, 2007
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  3. frank1492

    John McGaw Guest

    frank1492 wrote:
    > I am considering purchase of a DirecTv dish, described as follows on
    > EBay:
    >
    > NEW Direct TV HD TRIPLE LNB Satellite Dish DirecTV FTA
    >
    > I currently have a SD DirecTv subscription and use one of the early
    > RCA receivers.
    >
    > Is there any reason why I could not substitute this dish for my
    > current dish, which is an early single LNB model? I assume there
    > is backward compatibility of this dish with my equipment, but
    > just wanted to be sure.
    >
    > Thanks very much for your help!
    > Frank


    It is probably compatible but you should consider that the current line
    of DirecTV dishes are 5-LNB slimline units and the older antennas won't
    work for their newest satellites which are being put into operation this
    month.

    --
    John McGaw
    [Knoxville, TN, USA]
    http://johnmcgaw.com
    John McGaw, Oct 9, 2007
    #3
  4. frank1492

    frank1492 Guest

    I need this dish for a second vacation house that I have. I will
    shuttle the receiver back and forth between houses.
    Are these 5-LNB units to be used excusively to receive HD
    programming or for more SD? I guess what I should do is get
    the 5-LNB dish for my principal residence, since I may go to HD
    some day and am there the lion's share of the time. I would
    then move my old dish to Maine as it will be used rarely. Does
    that make sense?.
    Thanks very much!
    Frank





    On Mon, 08 Oct 2007 22:11:44 -0400, John McGaw <>
    wrote:

    >frank1492 wrote:
    >> I am considering purchase of a DirecTv dish, described as follows on
    >> EBay:
    >>
    >> NEW Direct TV HD TRIPLE LNB Satellite Dish DirecTV FTA
    >>
    >> I currently have a SD DirecTv subscription and use one of the early
    >> RCA receivers.
    >>
    >> Is there any reason why I could not substitute this dish for my
    >> current dish, which is an early single LNB model? I assume there
    >> is backward compatibility of this dish with my equipment, but
    >> just wanted to be sure.
    >>
    >> Thanks very much for your help!
    >> Frank

    >
    >It is probably compatible but you should consider that the current line
    >of DirecTV dishes are 5-LNB slimline units and the older antennas won't
    >work for their newest satellites which are being put into operation this
    >month.
    frank1492, Oct 9, 2007
    #4
  5. frank1492

    John McGaw Guest

    frank1492 wrote:
    > I need this dish for a second vacation house that I have. I will
    > shuttle the receiver back and forth between houses.
    > Are these 5-LNB units to be used excusively to receive HD
    > programming or for more SD? I guess what I should do is get
    > the 5-LNB dish for my principal residence, since I may go to HD
    > some day and am there the lion's share of the time. I would
    > then move my old dish to Maine as it will be used rarely. Does
    > that make sense?.
    > Thanks very much!
    > Frank
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > On Mon, 08 Oct 2007 22:11:44 -0400, John McGaw <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> frank1492 wrote:
    >>> I am considering purchase of a DirecTv dish, described as follows on
    >>> EBay:
    >>>
    >>> NEW Direct TV HD TRIPLE LNB Satellite Dish DirecTV FTA
    >>>
    >>> I currently have a SD DirecTv subscription and use one of the early
    >>> RCA receivers.
    >>>
    >>> Is there any reason why I could not substitute this dish for my
    >>> current dish, which is an early single LNB model? I assume there
    >>> is backward compatibility of this dish with my equipment, but
    >>> just wanted to be sure.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks very much for your help!
    >>> Frank

    >> It is probably compatible but you should consider that the current line
    >> of DirecTV dishes are 5-LNB slimline units and the older antennas won't
    >> work for their newest satellites which are being put into operation this
    >> month.

    >


    The 5-LNB antennas are used to access the two new satellites but I don't
    know if these are to be used for HD exclusively. One quirk is that the
    new antenna weighs at least twice what the old ones did and presents a
    lot more wind load than the old ones because of their greater area. And
    to top it off DirecTV won't just let you have an antenna to install
    yourself as they did with the old ones -- they send out a technician for
    a no-fee install. There is a big backlog, at least in my area, and the
    closest appointment I could get was 45+ days from the request.

    As chance would have it my installation call was this morning and it
    took the tech at least two hours to get the antenna in with the larger
    mount and bracing. I had installed a pair of new cables myself when I
    bought the new HD DVR receiver so that didn't come into it. The
    technician did have quite a time getting a good aim on the antenna. His
    default aiming settings resulted in a really good signal on the 101
    satellite which is used for setup but as he was "fine tuning" the aim
    the antenna flopped because he didn't have the elevation and azimuth
    (and maybe rotation) bolts tight enough and it took a long time to get
    back to where he was. But it was probably worth it for the new HD
    standard-package channels.

    --
    John McGaw
    [Knoxville, TN, USA]
    http://johnmcgaw.com
    John McGaw, Oct 9, 2007
    #5
  6. frank1492

    J.A. Michel Guest

    Current DTV HD setups consist of the 5-LNB dish, WB-68 multi-switch, H-20
    receiver, and an add-on B-Band converter. The 3-LNB dish will work for some
    HD content, but not all.

    DTV rolled out new HD channels at the end of Sept, none of which are
    accessible with the 3-LNB dish. What you have is folks dumping their 3-LNB
    dishes on ebay because they upgraded to 5-LNB.

    DTV is planning to have 70 HD channels by the end of Oct. and 100 channels
    by the end of the year. I have the current DTV HD setup, and the HD looks
    *sweet* on my 42" Plasma.




    "frank1492" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I am considering purchase of a DirecTv dish, described as follows on
    > EBay:
    >
    > NEW Direct TV HD TRIPLE LNB Satellite Dish DirecTV FTA
    >
    > I currently have a SD DirecTv subscription and use one of the early
    > RCA receivers.
    >
    > Is there any reason why I could not substitute this dish for my
    > current dish, which is an early single LNB model? I assume there
    > is backward compatibility of this dish with my equipment, but
    > just wanted to be sure.
    >
    > Thanks very much for your help!
    > Frank
    J.A. Michel, Oct 9, 2007
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  7. frank1492

    Guest

    On Oct 9, 1:45 pm, Mark Lloyd <10.invalid> wrote:
    > On Tue, 9 Oct 2007 08:38:08 -0500, "HeyBub" <>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >Mortimer Schnerd, RN wrote:

    >
    > >> Makes sense to me. Why would you want to have to go up the ladder
    > >> again to place a dish when you inevitably upgrade at some point in
    > >> the future? Considering the small difference in cost, I'd put up the
    > >> better dish now and save myself the trouble later.

    >
    > >Don't put the dish where you need a ladder to access it.

    >
    > >Mount the dish on a 6' pole anchored to the ground like a fence post. Or
    > >bolt to a deck railing. Easier to adjust, easier to remove snow, easier to
    > >take down.

    >
    > >The difference between 6' and 16' compared to 25,000 miles is insignificant.

    >
    > The satellite to dish distance is insignificant. The height of this
    > (dish-sat) line at the dish end isn't. That could make the difference
    > between a good signal and no signal because of a tree in the way.
    > --
    > 77 days until the winter solstice celebration
    >
    > Mark Lloydhttp://notstupid.laughingsquid.com
    >
    > "I have found Christian dogma unintelligable. Early
    > in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies."
    > -- Benjamin Franklin


    "I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father,
    expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even
    infinitely above it."
    --Benjamin Franklin
    , Oct 10, 2007
    #7
  8. frank1492

    Guest

    " Eat JEEZUS PLEEZERS: Tiny little bits of imitation meat on a stick
    resembling an ancient torture device."

    Maybe I would be offended if I knew what this meant!?

    The stick is the cross used for crucifixion, but the tiny bits of
    imitation meat...why tiny bits? Are you referring to Communion or the
    Host? Does imitation mean it is not believable?

    You need to dumb this down a bit for it to be insulting on a larger
    scale.

    b_d
    , Oct 11, 2007
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