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Use a dish network satellite with a direct tv receiver?

by testpatienta / October 15, 2007 12:32 PM PDT

I was curious if it was possible to use a direct tv receiver with a dish network satellite. I previously had a dish network satellite installed but am switching. I would like to use the existing satellite and cabling if possible. Does anyone know if this would work or do I have to take down the old one and put up a direct tv satellite?

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My question is why do YOU have to take it down?
by ahtoi / October 15, 2007 12:38 PM PDT

Isn't the equipments free from directv; and isn't the installation also free? Let them do it. The techncian needs work, hehe.

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Used to be the same...but
by HTHMAN / October 15, 2007 1:15 PM PDT

The old dishes used to be the same and all you had to do was to point at another satellite. Not sure about the new dishes with the multiple pickups. As the other poster said--why bother? Let them install it for free. The RG6 cables will be the same.

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Should work though
by steve051 / October 15, 2007 1:53 PM PDT

I'd try it. You can buy LNBs and they don't say DirectTV or Dish on them.

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u should
by tadam1080 / October 16, 2007 6:02 AM PDT

i used to work for directv and depending on your area it should work. as long as you just have normal english programming and not any international channels or any hd programming then yes, you need to point it at the 101 degree sat. your receiver should give you precise pointing directions based on your dish type or go to and enter your zipcode. it will give you the azimuth and latitude. again this is only if you have a single lnb dish(one of those white doornob things). usually they can install a new dish for free, but not always. just give em a call 1-800-531-5000.

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by tadam1080 / October 16, 2007 6:06 AM PDT
In reply to: u should

edit---your receiver should give you precise pointing directions based on your zipcode, not dish type

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