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pende_tim
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Andover, NJ
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Re: [DIRECTV] directv install in apartment building

It may help if you have a nice friendly one-one conservation with him and point out the FCC regulation. He may not be aware of the rules or the actual size of the DirecTV dish.
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mikedz4

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Weirton, WV
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It's not up to them. It's the corporation that owns the complex that makes the rules. The landlord wants to allow directv but the coporation won't let them. Something about not wanting more than one dish and holes in the buildings. Plus it has to be the size of the dish network dish not any larger.

davidhoffman
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Warner Robins, GA
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First, the person you are dealing with is not the landlord, they are the property manager. Landlord and owner would be the same. That is the corporation.

Does the apartment building or apartment complex have a main DishNetwork satellite antenna installation that is designed to serve all the apartments? Or does each apartment have to contract with DishNetwork on their own and get their own antenna? Your description, of only one antenna per building, sounds like what is known as a master or main antenna with distribution from it to multiple apartments. If that is the situation, I am not sure what legal rules would apply to compel the owners to allow DirecTV.


mikedz4

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Weirton, WV
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All I was told is that it had to be on a pole on the side of the building where no one can see it and they can't drill holes in the walls.
Also I was told that the directv dish was too large according to the corporation. Plus no one in the complex I live at has a dish.

davidhoffman
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Warner Robins, GA
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You can challenge them on the antenna size with the FCC regulation allowing a 1 meter antenna diameter. The DirecTV antenna is 22.5 in. x 32.5 in = approximately 731.5 square inches. The DishNetwork antenna is 23.8”h x 30.9"w= approximately 735.42 square inches. They are about the same size. You may have to use, or make, a close fitting window spacer block to allow the antenna cable to go into the apartment. The other option is the special flat window cable Storm97 mentioned.


mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV
Should I risk getting evicted? Also I believe they are referring to the three lnb or 5 lnb dishes. They claim dish has a one-lnb dish plus something about line of sight for dish only but I don't think that is possible.

davidhoffman
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Warner Robins, GA
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The line of sight issue might be relevant. DishNetwork and DirecTV satellites are in different locations in outerspace relative to any particular location on Earth. It could be that in order to get a stable signal the DirecTV pole/antenna placement would have to be placed in one of the common areas that the FCC regulations deal with. The DishNetwork pole/antenna may be able to be located within the no restriction area described by the FCC regulation. I am not allowed to have satellite TV because my apartment is located on the North side of the apartment building, is situated below a huge concrete/steel retaining wall, and dense tree line. To get a good satellite signal would require placing the pole about 30 feet to the side of the building in a definite common area. In fact it would be right next to the entrance roadway, making it vulnerable to being collided with.

It might be wise for you to contact a local DirecTV installer and pay them to do a detailed site survey. Make it explicitly clear to them that you are only paying for information about exactly where the pole and antenna would need to go to get consistently good signal reception. I do not know if you should explain that you need the detailed installation data to challenge an apartment owners restrictions on DirecTV installations. You do not want them bending the truth just to make a future sale. You need the absolute highest integrity about the data concerning placement.

You can also go to this website »www.sadoun.com/Sat/Installation/···ator.htm and get a rough idea of where the pole might be placed depending on the satellites needed to be used. At the bottom of the pull down list of individual satellites is a list for multi LNB antennas from DirecTV and DishNetwork.


CylonRed
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quote:
Should I risk getting evicted?
Only you can answer this....