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splitting to multiple TV's
I'm preparing to sign up for Dish Network, and I confess ignorance and confusion after my "research" through many sources, including posts here. I want to use one Dish 322 dual tuner receiver with 4 TV's. What I'd like to do is have 3 TV's on one tuner and the 4th TV on the other tuner (independent viewing in 2 rooms--that is, whatever is on one tuner could be watched in 3 rooms, while the 4th room could watch a different channel).
(A) Dish Network rep tells me I can run the 3 and 1 combination but will have to pay the installer 59.99 to wire the 1 TV that is not wired now. VMC also says I can only split the UHF tuner, and splitting to more than 2 TV's on one tuner will will degrade the signal. Is that a fact?
[Note: Dish Networks web site description of the 322 states: ď 'Agile modulated mono output' can send the second tunerís signal to multiple televisions via home distributions." (Nothing about degrading the signal.) I assume that means it can be split to more than 2 TV's provided you use the proper splitter/wiring. Am I wrong?]
[Note also: VMC's web site states: "You can have up to 6 TVs on one account. Your first four rooms are installed FREE. If you need a fifth or sixth TV set up, you must pay $149 for a special SW64 switch and $99.99 each for the receivers for the extra TVs to be connected. Installation for each extra TV will cost $59.99." - I realize it doesn't state you can have the 6 TV's running off one dual tuner receiver, but it doesn't state how many/what kind of receivers you need either.]
(B) Currently I have 3 TV's running off one RCA receiver with DirectTV, so the wiring is in place for 3 TV's--or can Dish Network use the same wiring? If the same wiring is used, it seems to me VMC could wire the one TV not already wired, without additional charge, considering they will totally install 4 rooms free.
(C) Dish Network told me I could have 4 TV's on two dual tuner receivers for just an extra 5.00/month, giving me independent viewing in four rooms. I assume that is accurate? I thought I had read something contradictory to that somewhere.
(D) SuperDish: Is this is a 3-LNB dish? DirectTV tells me they will have to come out and install a multi-sattelite dish for me to get local channels. VMC rep told me local channels could be viewed with their standard dish, and their SuperDish is provided only if my signal strength is too weak with the standard dish. What's the deal with SuperDish?
I really would appreciate some clarifications before I put in my order. Thanks in advance.
05-19-2004 09:50 AM