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DirecTV reception during bad weather??

by bderou2 / June 3, 2005 10:31 PM PDT

Hi everyone!
Please forgive if this has been discussed, but I've not seen it during searching.

I've been considering trying one of the Satellite TV systems and I see there are about an equal amount of supporters on each side, DirecTV and Dish Network. I'm leaning towards trying DirecTV but I have one concern and I hope ya'll can give me some of your experiences.

My biggest concern is how often does it lose the signal during bad weather and is it very long? I've heard mixed reports. Some say that weather WILL impact your picture and lose the signal, some say occasionally, but not very long at all when it happen, and some say hardly ever, never more than it does with Cable. I went to Best Buy last night to see the systems and the sales guy there said that when teh weather gets really, REALLY nasty like it can do down here (I live in southern Louisiana), then you'll lose it. I live in a 2nd story apartment with a totally unobstructed view of the southern sky, so things like trees, etc, shouldn't be an issue for me.

I currently have digital cable from Cox and overall I'm satisified, but comparing prices, it seems like I can pay about the same thing but get more with DirecTV. However I don't want to have to worry about getting TV or not getting it, ya know?

Sorry for being so long, but I'd really appreciate any feedback ya'll can give me. Thanks!


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If one or two minutes loss is unacceptable...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 4, 2005 5:50 AM PDT

Then don't consider it. Here in the Boston, MA area I would lose the signal for about 1 or 2 minutes during the heaviest of storms.

The other time it was lost was when snow and ice built up on the dish. That happened once in 4 years.

Hope this helps.

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Yes it does
by bderou2 / June 4, 2005 7:54 AM PDT

Yes it does help...very much! I just spoke with another guy in the same apartment complex I am in that said basically the same thing. It's jsut I've been with cable for so long, I'm nervous on doing something different, ya know? What is it they say...change is scarey?! hehe

I appreciate your comments. I think I'll be ordering it next week. Thanks again!

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During such time...
by ahtoi / June 4, 2005 9:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes it does

Just have some tape or dvd ready, hehe.

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Good idea!
by bderou2 / June 4, 2005 12:12 PM PDT
In reply to: During such time...

That's the one thing I was asking him about...was it ever very long. The guy I spoke with today said it may blink very briefly, but never for any length of time. He said during the nasty weather that would cause it to blink out, usually the weather is so bad, you shouldn't have your TV on anyway! (hehe). Good point!

Thanks again for your comments!!

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Out here in the Los Angeles area,
by ahtoi / June 4, 2005 3:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Good idea!

I have encounter blackout about 4 times (lots of rain this year) and one time it lasted about 1+ hour. I can live with that.

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losing signal with Directv
by irene257 / March 7, 2008 11:34 AM PST

I lose directv signals for hours at a time. I have had more problems then ever this year because of all the snowstorms. As I am writing this I have lost all local stations as it is raining pretty hard. My DVR doesn't record the shows if the satellite is looking for a signal. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that has bad weather seasons. Reenee

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You might have a bad DVR
by kcfvegas / March 7, 2008 2:54 PM PST

I started getting the message that my DVR was looking for a signal a lot. I would loose my locals, then my HD, and sometimes my SD, and other times I would loose everything. Or I could watch but I kept getting the message that the satellite was looking for the signal on the screen. At first I thought it was the dish or interference of some kind, but then I noticed that the TV in the bedroom had no reception problems and it was HD also. I called Directv and they came out and checked out the filters and the DVR and they discovered the DVR was bad, and was no longer able to accept the satellite signal. They replaced the DVR, and I haven't had a problem since. From your description, it sounds like it is probably your DVR, and not your reception.

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by TobusRex / June 4, 2005 3:41 PM PDT

I actually used to be responsible for DirectV satellites. Used to "fly" them in my old job. I've performed maneuvers on all the direct tv satellites. Not all at once, mind you. Although many were controlled at one time from one workstation.

First have to realize the weather on YOUR side is only part of the matter. You also have to consider the weather on the "broadcast" side. In other words, if you are a DTV customer in MAINE, and you have CLEAR STILL will get nothing if the weather is bad in Los Angeles. Fact. And thats not mentioning the "solar climate". Sunspots, etc. Satellite TV is inherently undependable in that regard. I won't even mention Eclipse season.

I could bore you with facts about technical deficiencies regarding DirectTv satellites, but I won't. Suffice it to say they are deficient by any MAJOR measure. NASA rejected multiple advances by HUGHES to sell HS601 satellites to NASA (HS601=DTV).

So do yourself a favor..stick with cable.

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