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  1. vicw

    Is a Raleigh Spot Beam Fix in Sight?

    Robert The list I am working from is of those Zip Codes that cannot get the HD Locals, as included in the WRAL press release from Jan 31, 2007. It can be downloaded at: http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1185822/ I have found it consistent so far with the Direct TV Zip Code checker for...
  2. vicw

    Is a Raleigh Spot Beam Fix in Sight?

    I'm not sure what the Zip codes listed as unable to receive the HD locals is really based on. I have learned that customers in my local listed zip areas are actually receiving them, and a local dealer insists that he has installed hundreds of them, with no manipulation of addresses of the...
  3. vicw

    What we are hearing...

    Thanks, Scott. I think that all of the torment over which precise dates the HD channels will be turned on will soon be forgotten, but delivering the PQ promised by 1080x1920 resolution and effective MPEG4 compression will be put Direct TV in a clear leadership position in the HD arena. I'm...
  4. vicw

    Thinking about signing up for DirecTV?

    Thanks, Mike, for answering my questions so well. I also appreciate the tip to ask for the cellphone kiosk in the store. I definitely will be calling them prior to making that long a trip. We had lived for many years in Southern Cal, were charter members of the original Price Club in San...
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    Thinking about signing up for DirecTV?

    Thanks for the info. My closest Costco is about 1 1/2 hours away, and I don't see that deal online. Maybe you could tell me just a bit more about it. How long does the $10 off of programming last? Is Costco offering the Tech Support and Warranties as a substitute for the Direct TV...
  6. vicw

    Is a Raleigh Spot Beam Fix in Sight?

    Thanks, Hoopty, for the info., but I am just too far South of Raleigh for reliable OTA. I will either go with E*, which does have the locals available to me via Spot Beam, or wait a bit longer for D* to get the change made. WRAL's web site also has a copy of the press release from January that...
  7. vicw

    New guy here with a question

    Is it possible that the source on that channel was actually 480p, and you have forced it to upscale and output 720p? I would expect native mode passthrough to pass on exactly what it detects, or is the D* passthrough capable of downrezing 720p input to 480i/p, despite 720p having been defined on...
  8. vicw

    Is a Raleigh Spot Beam Fix in Sight?

    Thanks, Jimbo. That gives me a little optomism that the fix may actually be coming soon. I hope it happens with the current batch of new satellite activity this month. If it doesn't get resolved until after year end, I will problably have switched over to E* by then.
  9. vicw

    Is a Raleigh Spot Beam Fix in Sight?

    Back in January, a WRAL press release indicated a problem with the Direct TV spot beam coverage for the Raleigh area, which has made it impossible for about 25% of their broadcast area to receive HD Locals from D*. They said that D* expected to fix the problem as early as September...
  10. vicw

    Scott's DirecTV Diary Comments

    Very helpful videos. After watching all five of them, I'm convinced I wouldn't try it without the meter. I am just starting to look at satellite options, after a couple of years on cable with an SA8300HD DVR. My apprehension about what TWC is doing with the implementation of Navigator...
  11. vicw

    Scott's DirecTV Diary Comments

    The $100 price range is pretty reasonable. Is the installation video you referred to included with the dish package?
  12. vicw

    Scott's DirecTV Diary Comments

    Thanks. No doubt the meter makes the process much more convenient. I have a few months, at least, before I do the project, and maybe I will find a way to rent one, or find a less expensive, alternative meter. I hope your last component shows up today, so you can move on with the project.
  13. vicw

    Scott's DirecTV Diary Comments

    I really appreciate the detailed thread on your installation. I'm considering doing the same thing in a few months, after they fix the problem with local HD Raleigh stations to outlying areas, and your info will really help me. I wonder, though, about the necessity of using the Laguna Mark...
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