As I have already documented today between bouts of research here, here, and here, Y and I were trying to get Dish Network installed. Unfortunately, the installer feared that we would not be able to have an installation for the Taiwan Mega Pack which required one set of satellites in one direction and it was uncertain if we would have enough line of sight coverage for normal HD Dish Network channels on satellites in another direction. Tonight, our fate was decided while I was out getting din-din from Thai Gourmet in Stow.
When I returned, I saw a white side panel van blocking our driveway, so I figured the installer’s manager had arrived to do a walk around. I pulled into the neighbor’s driveway, and after getting out of my car, I saw that Y was talking with the Dish Network representative.
I walked in the front door and I was very cheerfully greeted by Freddie from Dish Network. He had already explained things to Y and chatted with her for awhile before I got home, but he took the time to tell me about the problem with the trees, our geographical location, and the satellites’ positions. He gave us the option to install a pole at the front corner of the property right next to the road, but this would not be acceptable to our landlord and it might not work as well as we would like. To illustrate his point, he brought out, not a sextant, but his Android phone with an augmented reality app that displayed the satellites’ path and position over the image captured by the phone’s built-in camera. I thought that was a slick idea that carries the astronomy apps with similar functions to a more practical work-a-day plane.
Before leaving, we talked a little bit about a familial connection. Apparently, his family’s last name is Ellis, too, and they originate from South Carolina. I believe that my Grandfather’s family also come from South Carolina after arriving from Scotland. I will need to verify this with my Dad and Aunt Lettie Anne. I also showed Freddie my home built UHF antenna, which it seems will continue to serve Y’s and my TV viewing needs until we decide how to get the TV programming that we want for an affordable price.
So, we watched NCIS: Los Angeles with salt and pepper squid, beef satay, and stir fried rice thanks to our reliable aerial.
Things went from bad to worse with Dish Network which began here and here. However, the worse is not their fault–just the surrounding flora.
Andy, our Dish Network installer, showed up at 3:30PM, which was 3 1/2 hours after the far end of our appointment window. When he greeted me, he was nice, but he had a troubled expression on his face. He proceeded to walk around the house to see where it would be best to install the dish.
I knew that if the dish was in the front yard that we would be able to point it towards the SSE where the main Dish Network satellite is. Unfortunately, I did not know that you have to connect with a different satellite to the SSW for the Taiwan Mega Pack service.
Andy came back to the front door with an even more worried expression. He explained about the satellite direction problem associated with our wanting the Taiwanese Mega Pack. This is a problem for us, because we have trees surrounding us on all sides except between E and S.
Andy was very nice and apologetic for making us wait all day, and he said that he would have his boss come out later today to verify that an install would not work at our location. Once that is verified, we will get a refund on my credit card. This sucks, because Y needs that TV coverage for her dissertation. I will have to come up with a Plan B.
As I mentioned earlier this morning, Y and I are getting satellite tv. Our Dish Network install window was from 8:00am-12:00pm today, but it is now 1:20pm without a technician having shown up yet. The installer did call me earlier, around 9:00am to say that he planned on being an hour late, because his first installation was taking longer than planned. No word from him since then. I hope that after the installation eventually takes place that we don’t have other snags or snafus with Dish Network.
Y and I are waiting on our friendly, neighborhood Dish Network installer to come by this morning. We decided to get Dish Network (200 channel package + Taiwan Mega Pack) so that we could watch educational programming, SyFy network, and Taiwanese TV.
The Taiwan programming is really our main concern, because Y can use that to stay on top of what’s going on back home and incorporate new developments into her dissertation.
Having Dish Network will be more costly than using our free over-the-air reception [read about that and my homebuilt antenna here], but we will be able to watch more than Dr. Oz, Criminal Minds, and Steve Wilkos with it.
I wish that I could build my own dish or perform a self-install, but Dish Network is not keen on those things. I do think that it is amazing that with such a small dish and some extra hardware that we can receive so much programming from the skies. I remember knowing folks as a kid who had the huge satellite dishes for TV, and I wished that I had a dish like that, too. I imagined that there must be so much TV zipping around that I could watch if I only had a dish and the coordinates to pick up the signals.
It is snowing outside right now, so I imagine that this will delay the installation some. We have already received a call from the installer, who sounds on the ball, but he has to finish one job before making out to our house. I will report back with the results of the installation soon.