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captpar

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Well it’s after the first now does anybody out there know if the standard tv signal has been turned off from direct tv? My Rv is presently in the storage lot under a canopy so I can’t access direct tv to check.

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Why not contact Direct TV and ask?

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Because I rather get a root canal then deal with the people that man the phones at direct tv.

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OK NOW. Tomorrow???


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captpar wrote:

Because I rather get a root canal then deal with the people that man the phones at direct tv.

I never tried Direct TV. I did have Dish TV, it sounds like they have the same quality of Customer Service.

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Not having Direct TV, I can't help the OP with the question.

But I want to put in a word about Dish: I have always had a good result with Dish customer service. They have been competent, and have stayed on the line with me for as long as it took.

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RoyF wrote:



But I want to put in a word about Dish: I have always had a good result with Dish customer service. They have been competent, and have stayed on the line with me for as long as it took.


This. We had direct for many years and now dish for about 6 years. No complaints with dish customer service.





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I am still getting SD channels albeit on my Genie with SL3 antenna.

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RoyF wrote:

Not having Direct TV, I can't help the OP with the question.

But I want to put in a word about Dish: I have always had a good result with Dish customer service. They have been competent, and have stayed on the line with me for as long as it took.

I think you are right and I stand corrected. I had a bundle with Dish for TV and Frontier for Internet.
I really had very few problems with Dish. Frontier is another story, their 'tech' people on the phone were horrible. More times than I wish to remember I would call with a question about my internet. They would always turn the internet off, say there was a short in the line and they would have to send a technician to my house to reconnect. They could not do it over the phone.
The techs who came to my house were very professional and competent.
They were aware of what the 'phone techs' did but could do nothing about it.
Sorry about bashing the wrong company.

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Carl n Susan wrote:

I am still getting SD channels albeit on my Genie with SL3 antenna.


Genie is capable of receiving MPEG4 SD and HD content.

Even IF Direct were to stop SD MPEG4 content, the Genie is capable of downsampling any HD content to SD quality..

As far as I have been able to find with quite a few different Internet searches, it is only on THIS forum that someone has mentioned Jan 2021 as being some sort of drop dead date for Direct SD content going away.

All searches I have made seem to point back to 2019 that Direct was transitioning from sending MPEG2 SD encoded material to using MPEG4 SD and HD encoding..

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In reality, Direct would be shooting themselves in their own foot by removing any SD only content. By using SD quality, they can fit many more channels onto each sat.. So in reality they would have far less channels to "sell" which means prices must go up or you have to remove MORE content to make the same profits.

I can sort of understand that it would be wise to drop DUPLICATE SD and HD channels since there is no real good reason to waste bandwidth with having a channel duplicated in SD and HD.

I suspect, as long as you have a newer more modern receiver that is capable of decoding MPEG4 you are good to go.. Older MPEG2 only receivers may however been "grandfathered" past the original 2019 drop dead date.. Those would most likely be the issue at hand..

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