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Old 03-18-2008, 09:57 AM   #1
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Long story short. We are in the processing of moving and decided on adding direct tv to our Qwest bundle. We ordered a HD/DVR for our new Sony Bravia and a HD reciever for the tv in another room. After I hung with the Qwest rep I realized that the second tv isn't HD. Called Qwest back to change my order.

After spending 20 minutes on hold I was told that I can't change my order. I could cancel it, but then I would have place a new order with Direct TV as Qwest can't cancel and reorder. Yeah, right.

Anyway, they suggested that once installed, call direct tv back and switch out the receivers..... sounds like another trial & tribulation in the making.

So then, will an HD receiver work with a non-HD tv (at least for the non-HD stations)?
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:09 AM   #2
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Yes, it will still work. In fact I kept my H20 when I upgraded to dvr and just used it to replace my oldest non HD receiver. You won't be watching HD of course but it will work just fine.
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Just use one of the composite (yellow/red/white) or S-video outputs on the HD receiver. If your tv requires a coax input, you will need an RF modulator to convert one of the composite outputs to coax.

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Just use one of the composite (yellow/red/white) or S-video outputs on the HD receiver. If your tv requires a coax input, you will need an RF modulator to convert one of the composite outputs to coax.


I'm using the composite output to feed another tv in another room. Works great.
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And you will be able to watch those HD only channels that SD receivers do not get.
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Long story short. We are in the processing of moving and decided on adding direct tv to our Qwest bundle. We ordered a HD/DVR for our new Sony Bravia and a HD reciever for the tv in another room. After I hung with the Qwest rep I realized that the second tv isn't HD. Called Qwest back to change my order.

After spending 20 minutes on hold I was told that I can't change my order. I could cancel it, but then I would have place a new order with Direct TV as Qwest can't cancel and reorder. Yeah, right.

Anyway, they suggested that once installed, call direct tv back and switch out the receivers..... sounds like another trial & tribulation in the making.

So then, will an HD receiver work with a non-HD tv (at least for the non-HD stations)?
We are told that at Qwest that the dtv techs will not install a HD receiver on a non-HD tv. So that might be a issue when the dtv techs show up for the install.....
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:44 AM   #7
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Customer installation support should be able to change any order before it is installed, and most time will be able to do it within a limited time afterwards. Don't takt the Quests word for it.
It shouldn't be a problem for them to install an HD receiver on a regular TV, but they do like to have an HD TV there.
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:21 AM   #8
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We are told that at Qwest that the dtv techs will not install a HD receiver on a non-HD tv. So that might be a issue when the dtv techs show up for the install.....
Since this is happening while moving, I'll just hold off on moving the furniture for that room until after the tech installs eveything. Out of site, out of mind.
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