Alright, I just recently moved with DirectTV to a new location. I had one DirectTivo (Pre-R10 unit, but has 80GB HD), and added a second just standard DirectTV receiver. With the move & receiver, I'm on a new one-year contract and the install costed nothing for me (free with the move). I have the DirecTivo with the small tv, and the receiver in the projector room (just one satellite line there, now I realized I should have asked for two).
Ok, now what to do. Should I go to best buy and get the R10 model ($100, F-A-R), and then hire the guys to come out and run another line from my satellite? Or should I try to run the line myself? Or would DirectTV cover the insallation, and I don't have to pay anything again? =P
Or should I just get their R15 model, and they would probably cover the installation, and I'll have both the DirectTivo, and the DirectTV DVR, in case they do something nice with their DVR. (and if I have both, it's still just one $5.99 dvr charge, right?)
That's a lot of questions. =P But yeah, try to help me out if ya can. Thanks.
I would run the extra coax myself. I'll assume you have the Phase III triple LNB dish. How many lines are run from it now? If it is less than four, make sure that four are run whether you do it yourself or have it hired. Have these four lines run to a common location, where you distribute to your receiver locations.
And yes, the one DVR fee covers all DVRs on the account. All you have to pay extra is the $4.99 mirroring fee. But if you replace a standard receiver with a DVR, this is a wash.
Regardless of where you buy the extra DVR, you'll be required to have a new one year contract. However. I think it just resets the start date of that one year. So in your case this could be just a month or so. But, it may also be a two year contract.
May all terrorists drop dead!
Yes, I do have the Phase III LNB dish. Currently it has 3 lines out, two to the DirecTivo, one line to the D* receiver (which was a spliced line from a previous Comcast install. =P).
I believe with the DVR activation, it renews a 2 year contract, though it's almost a no brainer, because it's a pro-rated $300 fee, or you just return the receiver to D* (which was Free After Rebate). =P It's a nice loophole that it's free. =P