THE BOTTOM LINE: Why we don’t like the Alaska/Hawaii Dish

Yes, we sell the parts for the DIRECTV Alaska/Hawaii dish at Yet, we’ve told you to beware of the dish, and if you call our technicians, they’ll do their level best to convince you that you don’t need one. They may even express a little bit of concern that you’re interested.

Don’t take it the wrong way, we’re just being cautious. For our friends in the 49th and 50th states, this dish is mandatory and if you’re ordering it for delivery there, we’re more than happy to help you. We’ve told you before that it’s a little hard to aim, though, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time.

On the other hand, we’ve also told you that there’s no real benefit to the dish when used in the “lower 48” and that’s where we’ll get suspicious if you’re ordering something to be delivered to a state that borders the ocean, Canada or Mexico. Sadly these dishes are in high demand outside the US because they will let you get DIRECTV service far outside US borders. Unfortunately DIRECTV doesn’t have the right to sell its equipment anywhere but the US and as DIRECTV dealers, that means we can’t sell it either. In fact we run the risk of losing our dealership if we knowingly sell stuff for export.

So please understand we don’t want to be rude but if you’re out there in El Paso, Texas or Miami, Florida wanting to order ten of these dishes, it’s naturally going to raise an eyebrow or two. We’re just being careful.

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Stuart Sweet
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