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Directv HD signal issue

by Ken Weber / August 11, 2005 12:41 AM PDT

I purchased a new HDTV and attempted to upgrade my Directv service to HD. When the technician came to install the new dish, he could not pick up the signal because the HD satellite is too low in the sky. I have no trouble picking up the signal on the regular satellite. Apparently some trees are in the way of the HD satellite. (I can't cut them down because they are on my neighbors property but I am hoping for a hurricane).
I have 2 questions.
1. Does anyone know if they plan to launch any more HD satellites that will be higher in the sky?
2. Will a HD receiver make any difference in the picture quality if I only have standard satellite service? The receiver I have now only has A/V and S-Video outputs. Will HDMI or Component outputs improve the picture?

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Directv HD signal issue
by jcrobso / August 11, 2005 1:12 AM PDT

Hmmm, This strange, All of the satellites are in geo-syncrous orbit around the equator.
So the closer you are to the equator the "higher" in the sky they are. But the problem may have to do with horzontal angle rather than the virtical angle.
Call DirectTV and ask them about new birds.
Maybe you get the neighbor to trim the tree. I remember reading some where that a person was orderd by the court to trim thier trees because of interference with Satellite.
Because of trees I put my DishNetwork dishes on my garge behind my house.
Maybe contacrt Dishnetwork and see if thier satellites are in the clear.
Satellites use Mpg2 for the video which is DVD format,
so the componet outputs should give you a better picture even if your watching the regular channels. John

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by sears tv guy / August 11, 2005 1:22 AM PDT

Direct TV has advertised that by late fall this year they will have around 1500 nationwide channels and all new HD satelites. Though I still don't see why you can't pick up the HD channels. Get a different tech out and make sure everything is hooked up correctly.

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Direct TV HD
by hmcm / February 7, 2007 10:50 PM PST
In reply to: re

I recently got Direct TV HD DVR. They put up a new 5 LNB dish since I also have a second receiver which is a regular Tivo DVR. A 3 LNB would not have had enough signal for 2 dvr's. My old dish had ghosts on a couple of local channels. That's gone now. Watching "Lost" last night without the ghosts was great. On the issue of the satellite location there is a wider spread to get the new satellites. The oval dishes can get a horizontal sweep of 18 degrees. Trees that had no effect before could now be in that wider angle's path.

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bad info
by satinstaller / August 29, 2009 8:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Direct TV HD

all 5 lnb is for is international stations the 3 lnb would be plenty strong for 2 dvrs jfyi

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