I would agree that, that makes sense. However, I have friends in Arizona
who tried this with their vacation cabin up on the mountain. Originally it
worked but eventually Direct TV got wise to what they were doing (no phone
line involved) and somehow made it impossible for the second receiver to
pick up a signal. Actually they could get the signal but got the on screen
message that programming was not subscribed to. My son tried it with his
new home 70 miles away from the old, pending sale of the old. Initially it
worked but eventually he also was forced to subscribe and pay for a second
service. Another friend in Wisconsin worked out a deal with a neighbor who
paid for a second receiver for his "camper" at a reduced rate. Actually the
"camper" was my friends home. So far they've been getting away with it.
Wrong (except possibly for local channels).
Unless you tell them, or connect a phoneline to the receiver they have
NO way of knowing it's in a different location. The satellite signal
is the same (except possibly with local channels, because of the spot
BTW, If you want PPV order it online.
Interesting discussion. Because one 'advantage' of Bell Express Vu
here (Eastern Canada) is said to be the ability to take your
'receiver' out to the weekend/summer cottage or even in the RV, where
there is a second dish installed (often available used for around
$50 ) and hook up to an older style TV in order to watch some desired
show/event. Often no phone line at all! In fact could be generator or
It's said that BEV don't care where the signal is being received by
that same customer as long as they are paying!
Not sure about this but heard some discussion about someon getting a
second receiver (again often available used) and using the same
account for both the home and the week-end cottage rceivers! Logic
seems to be that family is unlikley to be in both locations at the
same time; so doesn't matter from where they watch?
We tried BEV for a while (at home) and never hooked up the phone line;
once one had received the 'card' from BEV and installed it following
some rather complicated instructions, it worked!
Oh, but they can. When the unit is activated, they know the
coordinates where you are located in relation to one, or even all of
the satellites. Part of the initialization setup is a scan of all
available satellites and their signal strength. That can easily be
part of the setup data. This is the computer age, Mark. The receiver
could easily be designed to reject service if it detects the
satellites are not in the correct relative positions, based on signal
strength and triangulation.
They charge substantially more to do that, in order to encourage you
to keep that phone line connected.
I had DirectTV installed a few months ago.
Initially the technician wanted to hook up a phone line.
That turned out to be hassle. He tried a wireless bridge
thingy but that didn't work. At this point he said "Fuck
it, you don't need that anyway". As for PPV, we don't
use that. Neither of my receivers has *ever* been connected
to a phone line. Heck, I know folks who are cellular only
and don't even have POTS in their homes.
Next he wanted to run TWO sets of coax from the dish to
at least one of the receivers. That was a hassle and he
called in to get authorization for a Plan B. Plan B
simply involved a power brick in-line of the single
coax between the dish and a receiver. That provides power
to the LNB.
So, my conclusions are:
1. You can work with a single coax.
2. The LNB needs power.
3. Standard receivers do not supply that power.
4. You probably need the power brick thingy.
5. You don't need a phone connection and although
Corporate may like one, they don't enforce it.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
DTV and Dishnetwork both use the same frequencies on the satellite
downlinks. Some dishes will work and some won't but it isn't due to
different frequencies. I had a Dishnetwork system working for years
using a DTV dish.
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