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    Directv/AT&T to pay dealers 70% of commissions for March/April

    Sure, today can, because not many are doing it. If a lot of people start doing that you can look for the big players like Netflix, Disney etc. to change their pricing models to prevent it or reduce the savings to where fewer people will bother.
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    MDU install

    Yikes! I wonder how many of those are even in use?
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    H24 question

    Another reason why he might prefer the H24 over HR24 is because he probably either has a deactivated one laying around they didn't want so it is free, or he will have to pay Directv for it and the H24 will be cheaper to get than the HR24. I doubt they are offering anyone a "free upgrade" of...
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    What will happen to Directv going forward

    ALL the satellites that can be considered Directv's "core fleet" at 99/101/103 (i.e. not including those that will be retired or essentially become spares, which is to say D11/D12/D14/D15/T16) should be good until around 2030 or so. They typically have a "design life" of 15 years but routinely...
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    Error 771

    Sure, but sometimes switching out coax isn't so easy. I was over a friends house a few years ago in January watching football and he'd experience signal loss for 10-15 seconds a few times an hour. He said it had been doing that the last week or so since it got really cold, and just assumed the...
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    Error 771

    Especially if your long run is CCS coax instead of solid copper.
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    DTV won me back

    Who knows maybe AT&T handles the CSR/installer handoff differently than Directv did and it is possible for a CSR to keep promises like that.
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    HR24 won't stop going into screensaver

    You need to add a Windows CLI command for that. Probably doesn't have anything appropirate built in, maybe try downloading something like wget: http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/wget.htm
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    HR24 won't stop going into screensaver

    Maybe there's a bug and IP control doesn't wake it up, and it needs to see IR. You can buy something like Global Cache's IP2IR which will let you send IP commands to it and then it'll send out IR signals via an attached IR blaster. I've played around with this some so I can give you the IP...
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    Best Western 88 Room DRE setup

    Hmmm interesting that's good to know! That would save a lot of money, though not having set top boxes would present future problems for 4K - I'd basically have to be all or nothing on 4K TVs though if the 4K pro:idiom set tops won't downscale when connected to an HDMI 1.x TV that's the case...
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    Best Western 88 Room DRE setup

    Since I've got time to kill these days I downloaded the manual for the COM3000 to answer my own questions. It does support an IPTV config without needing a QAM card, but there's a mention of needing a QAM license that is normally supplied by the card if you do so. So while it may be a simpler...
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    Best Western 88 Room DRE setup

    Yeah, so long as the numbers work for the upfront cost of the system the only cost to adding additional TVs is the $100 or so for the pro:idiom set top box. It isn't like a giant sports bar with 100 TVs is likely to watch more different channels at once than one with 30. It will just have more...
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    Best Western 88 Room DRE setup

    OK that's what I figured but it wasn't clear from the info on Technicolor's site. So as long as you have enough SWM tuners licensed to cover the maximum number of different Directv channels you'd want to tune to on all your TVs, you're fine. Do you happen to know what the ballpark pricing is on...
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    Best Western 88 Room DRE setup

    From what I've read about the COM3000 the QAM module it comes with starts with 16 QAM channels and is software upgradeable to 48. Are these RF QAM channels, so 16 QAM channels they talk about would allow supporting 48 TVs if they carried three HD channels per QAM? Or is it one TV per QAM, so if...
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    Receiver upgrade - Genie and lack of HD reception

    They could, but they've apparently told partners they will be putting HD channels on 101 after they drop the MPEG2 SD duplicates.
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    Best Western 88 Room DRE setup

    Realistically, and not including seasonal stuff like NFLST, a restaurant/sports bar may only watches a dozen or so channels plus locals anyway. Assuming it provides a way where channels could be "replaced", that is: i.e. if one of the QAM channels is currently used by ESPNU but none of the TVs...
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    Error 775.... SWM has no light

    They are unregulated switching power supplies similar to any other wall wart. Those can definitely go bad, though with the brick that huge for such a small output power they should at least be pretty immune to overheating related damage even if you don't keep them well ventilated. They probably...
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    Best Western 88 Room DRE setup

    Yeah I know about the special case for HR54+C61K per TV to get 4K in a public viewing account, but didn't know that private business viewing accounts allowed Genies/clients. I just don't get why they don't allow them for public viewing. HS17s with the DVR function disabled would be a great...
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    Receiver upgrade - Genie and lack of HD reception

    If you can't find a way to receive 99 & 103 in addition to 101 you are going to be out of luck with Directv.
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    Does the the Local Channel (LCC) connector work on HR24 receivers?

    No, only the AM21 works with the older H2/HR2 series stuff.
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