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by Patriciadsmith / December 14, 2004 10:04 PM PST

Hi, We have just purchased a Sony LCD KDF50WE655 with a built in HD receiver.....we have Direct TV currently, but its kinda old, we've had it for about 7 years. I know I must seem dumb, but I can't figure this stuff out......somewhere I read we might need a new Direct TV dish to receive HD programming?? Also, because our HD receiver is built in do we need an additional one from Direct TV.......I'm confused....also we'd like to add TiVo....does this mean we'd have to add two recievers???? HELP?????????? Thanks in advance, Pat

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by BONSPEED / December 15, 2004 2:49 AM PST

my buddy recently spend $2000 on a plasma (good deal), but realized the same problem you have. in order to recieve HD signal rom directv, you must 1st have a HD dish. most likely your older dish only has one reciever while an HD dish has three. whether your built in HD reciever is compatible with directv is something you have to ask them. the HD/digital box will have three inputs to your HDTV instead of the one you probably have now. needless to say, all this from directv will cost you more and you still wont get the local HD broadcast unless you set an antenna along with the new dish. if you have COMCAST in your area, they have a basic package (4 HD channels, 4 local HD) for $50 per month.

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HD tips
by XFusion / December 15, 2004 5:30 AM PST

First off your new Sony LCD with build in HD receiver can only work off air signal only. Meaning local networks channels. My guess you have an old directv dish with dual LBN, in order for you to view true HD(1080i) you will need a new dish with three LBN aka Parados dish. Once you have accquired the new tripple LBN dish you should be able to view the programs in true HD contents. The dish alone cost less $100.

If you like TIVO, contact DirecTV they should have the receiver made this problems. As of today I believed DIRECTV made TIVO/HDTV all in one receiver. You can find out on their web site or visit your local Circuit City.

Hope that help.

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by Art / December 15, 2004 7:51 AM PST

You been with them for 7 year and that should account for something. The disc and one box should be free, if not, tell them you will jump to cable. HD channels will cost an additional $10 (at least here in the L. A. area).

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Maybe I should jump ship!!!!!!!!!!
by Patriciadsmith / December 15, 2004 8:19 AM PST
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Thanks for your help.......and believe it or not, we've actually been with Direct TV since the beginning, I think around we installed our first dish in 1993 or 1994.......this is our second system....We can't jump to Cable, no cable in our area...BUT, we could jump to DISH Network....lots of effort in our area to get people to switch.....I'm going to try for some free stuff from Direct TV....what can it hurt to try........what do you all think of Dish Network and their equipment...the deal is alittle different(you don't own the equipment), but it seems cheaper to me and right now they are doing lots of free stuff........

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Direct TV in HD
by Kirk_TVA / December 16, 2004 5:56 AM PST

Yes, you'll need a new Direct TV receiver capable of decoding their HD channels. The HD reciever built into your TV is for receiver over-the-air HD channels. There is a new model which also has the PVR built in and is capable of recording HD content (standard pvr/Tivo boxes can't). You'll also need a different dish which is elliptical vs. oval shaped. I would contact Direct TV and they can give you an overview of the equipment & costs. Here's a link for that Direct TV HD receiver with PVR:

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Dish Network vs. Directv
by Patriciadsmith / December 16, 2004 7:53 PM PST

Any information on Dish Network vs. Directv for HD and/or HD and DVR equipment?

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Dish Network vs. Directv Equipments
by kvsfocus01 / September 8, 2010 10:16 PM PDT
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VOOM vs Dish Network vs Direct TV
by psword / December 18, 2004 12:41 AM PST

I currently use Dish Network. I bought a Mitsubishi DLP WD 52525 that will be delivered Friday. Any opinions on VOOM? According to their website they offer more HD channels than Direct or Dish. Any opinions on VOOM? Should I cancel Dish and get VOOM? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.

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