Re: Anyone with DirecTV or Dish Network?
I have DirecTV.
They told me I did have to have a landline. Dish Network actually wanted to charge me more a month for not having one at my last residence, which was the deal breaker. But now I've moved into an area where our cellphones are less reliable, so we had to get a home phone. The DirecTV install people over the phone told me that I did need a home phone to keep up to date. Yet the install guy never hooked it up and I've never done the same. I've never had a problem or a issue.
I use the Direct TV brand DVR which is somewhat new, and enjoy it.
However, my dad has DirecTV and has the TiVo brand DVR, and he too has never hooked up his phone line to the DVR, and about 2-3 times a day, the TiVo prompts him to do just that with a warning. "ATTENTION - You have not connected in 543 days" But you can just select "Do it later" and go about your business.
My current home was a new build, with cable ready connections, but no previous service, cable or dish. They had to install a hub outside just below where they mounted the dish on my roof, and I had to have a box put outside of the hub connections. But the house was already wired. It travels via coax- so if your house is cable ready, it's dish ready.
And usually they can mount it a few places. My neighbor had it mounted on his cinder block wall in his backyard instead of his roof. Mine is on the edge of my roof.
Previously in apartment living we had a tripod so we didn't have to drill into the apt walls.
Lots of options - let me know if you have any other questions. I'm not that up on Dish Network's nuances, only DirecTV - but I would recommend the switch.