So some of you have seen my other posts regarding Direct TV, well the installer came today to hook it up. I'm going from paying $160 to Time Warner Cable.... to roughly $45 per month to Direct TV (after a year it goes up $10). I'll get MORE channels and HD too
With internet, it bumps me up to around $60 a month, but still a substantial savings over the monopoly that Time Warner Cable is.
So the Direct TV guy came, and immediately a problem. He can't access the cable junction box, where all the cables run to. The idea is to open the box, disconnect the cables and plug them into the Direct TV router which runs to the dish. Problem is Time Warner has a special key on the box, which won't allow access. I called them to see if they could send someone out, of course not. They also cited FCC regs and said it would be illegal to tap into THEIR BOX that is mounted on MY HOUSE. Very much a pain in the ass. Here is a picture of said box:
And the special "key" that you need to get in
So, I told them to f00k off, we didn't need their box. Myself and the tech from Direct TV head off to Home Depot, we WILL make this work. I picked up a large electrical box, which we can mount to the wall and which will house the router thing (this item cannot get wet, hence the need for the box)
From there we mounted the box to the house, and started to run the cables
Since we couldn't get inside the OH SO SACRED Cable box, we simply snipped all the wires from the outside and spliced into them. Here you can see that process, we had to add extensions to make it work.
Checking for a fit..before connecting all the other wires
Install complete. Never had to get into the SACRED cable box. I'm sure they wanted to create as much of a hassle as possible, when all we wanted to do was get to the wires. The Tech said there had been plenty of other times where they came and unlocked boxes for him, unfortunately today we just got the idiots on the phone.
So here is to you, Time Warner cable, for your monopoly and outrageous prices
Chalk one up for the little guy!