DIRECTV Slimline Antenna
DIRECTV® has announced that in order to be able to enjoy HD service, its customers must have the newer model DirecTV Slimline satellite dish as part of their DIRECTV satellite equipment package. If your DIRECTV satellite equipment was installed before October of 2005, your particular DIRECTV dish antenna will not receive HD channels and must be replaced with the DIRECTV Slimline dish. Fortunately, if you have the proper HD receiver and the wrong dish, it’s apparently quite simple to order the new DIRECTV dish antenna for free. You can also request DIRECTV Slimline dish installation.
What is the New DIRECTV Slimline Satellite Dish Serving Up?
It’s a fact that the size of a satellite dish is in direct correlation to its ability to receive signals. Bigger is better. It’s also important to note that because a round satellite cannot receive signals from more than one satellite location at a time, the optimum shape for a satellite is actually oval, which can receive signals from multiple locations. The oval DIRECTV dish antenna measures 22.5 in. x 32.5 in. It is a 5 LNB (low noise block) DIRECTV Slimline satellite dish, which is capable of signal reception from all their satellite locations (at degrees 99, 101, 103, 110 and 119). This model also carries signal for their local HD channels.
What is the Story on DIRECTV Slimline Dish Installation?
This is where bigger is not always…easy. If you do an internet search for DIRECTV Slimline dish, you are just as likely to come across blogs and chats and FAQs about DirecTV Slimline installation as you are places to buy the latest DIRECTV Slimline antenna. There is evidence of some frustration with the DIRECTV Slimline dish installation process. Even with very detailed instructions, there can be complications. This is why it’s best to leave the DIRECTV Slimline installation to their professionals. However, unlike DISH Network that will get you started and installed within 24 hours with the installation policy at Internetlion.com, DIRECTV Slimline installation can take 3 days for them to come and deal with your–newly required for HD–DirecTV satellite equipment.
One of the DIRECTV Slimline satellite dish issues is wind load. This is the pressure exerted on an object as a result of wind blowing from whichever direction. Some claim that for the DIRECTV Slimline dish installation, it is only advisable to use heavy- duty tripods for satellites because the standard tripods just won’t do the job. Even though the DIRECTV Slimline antenna is called Slimline, it is still much bigger than previous models. It weighs 32 pounds. This can affect your DIRECTV Slimline installation when you’re screwing the satellite base down. To prevent swaying during inclement weather, the use of monopoles are advised.
It is often said that for any DIRECTV dish antenna, all a viewer needs is an unobstructed path to the southern sky. However, this new DIRECTV Slimline antenna is also bringing about recommendations for customers to purchase a satellite finder. This way you won’t ruin your relationships at home yelling back and forth trying to find the signal.
Assembly of the DIRECTV Slimline antenna is said to be considerably easy. Just keep in mind that professional DIRECTV Slimline installation might be your best bet.
Is there Some Competition for the New DIRECTV Dish Antenna?
DIRECTV satellite equipment is some of the most competitive in the industry. The DIRECTV Slimline satellite dish is an improvement with its slimmer, more aesthetically appealing look.
DISH Network at Internetlion.com excels in HD programming brought to its customers on the DISH Network SuperDISH. It’s a 36” x 20” oval satellite dish is a 50% larger elliptical reflector than its predecessor the DISH 500. This SuperDISH satisfies its viewers’ needs for local channels, HD channels and DISH Networks stellar international channel selection, including the many Chinese language channels.
One factor to consider when deciding where to go for your HDTV has less to do with the signal lines and more to do with the bottom lines. In order to have HDTV with DIRECTV, you need to have a DIRECTV Slimline antenna and an HD receiver or HD DVR receiver. It’s possible to get the first one for free, but if you have more than one TV, they are $99 and $199 more (respectively) for each additional TV, plus taxes, shipping and handling. Another $49 for DIRECTV Slimline dish installation may apply. Add this all to the cost of your channel package and the extra $10 for HDTV. Don’t forget receiver lease fees, a monthly DVR service fee and the fact that you will have a 12-24 month contract with early termination fees. Their new DIRECTV dish antenna is bigger than their last, but the price you pay to simply watch HDTV grows as well.
DISH Network at Internetlion.com has lower cost HD packages and you can have 3 HD receivers for free and a free upgrade to DVR with multi-room view all installed within 24 hours and without a contract. Call the number on your screen or click here to learn more about switching to DISH Network.
Disclaimer: Please note that this article was written when the satellite TV provider DISH was branded as DISH Network. As of 2/1/2012 DISH Network has changed their branding name to DISH. Article post date: 02/12/2010.