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HD headache

POPdevil
02-12-2006, 01:38 AM
Its hard to believe that something simple turned into such a headache. I got a gaming system that used HD. After a while I decided to get an LCD HDTV. Well now that I have the HDTV I wanted to see what the fuss was about for watching HDTV with Directv. I didn't want to spend so much money so I got a used hd receiver off of ebay. Come to find out you have to have a 3 LNB. (I only have a 1 LNB). Got a 3 LNB off ebay and found it it doesn't like my round dish. :) I have spent less then $100 bucks on the equiement so I'm not too worried about that and can always sell it on ebay.

I want to find out JUST WHAT I NEED from you pro's. :hithere:
I want to get HD with directv along with hd local channels. I live in an area that has the HD locals from directv. What do I need to get and would it be better in the long run to just go through directv and buy it from them and have them install all of it?

Thanks :thumbsup:

Diogenes
02-12-2006, 07:29 AM
Its hard to believe that something simple turned into such a headache. I got a gaming system that used HD. After a while I decided to get an LCD HDTV. Well now that I have the HDTV I wanted to see what the fuss was about for watching HDTV with Directv. I didn't want to spend so much money so I got a used hd receiver off of ebay. Come to find out you have to have a 3 LNB. (I only have a 1 LNB). Got a 3 LNB off ebay and found it it doesn't like my round dish. :) I have spent less then $100 bucks on the equiement so I'm not too worried about that and can always sell it on ebay.

I want to find out JUST WHAT I NEED from you pro's. :hithere:
I want to get HD with directv along with hd local channels. I live in an area that has the HD locals from directv. What do I need to get and would it be better in the long run to just go through directv and buy it from them and have them install all of it?

Thanks :thumbsup:

The triple LNB and oval dish will not give you any HD unless you subscribe to to Directv HD package ($10.99 a month, more) and even then you probably won't get locals from the triple LNB, depending on where you live. Recommend you try an over the air antenna for your local stations. Could you tell us your zipcode and what receiver you have? BTW if you don't want to spend money, you don't want to get into HD.

POPdevil
02-12-2006, 11:15 AM
The triple LNB and oval dish will not give you any HD unless you subscribe to to Directv HD package ($10.99 a month, more) and even then you probably won't get locals from the triple LNB, depending on where you live. Recommend you try an over the air antenna for your local stations. Could you tell us your zipcode and what receiver you have? BTW if you don't want to spend money, you don't want to get into HD.

I live in the 30045 area code. Right now the used HD receiver I got off ebay is an H10. I am aware that the H10 will not work with the 5 LNB. I would be willing to scrap everything I have now and start freash if needed. I already have 3 receivers with DVR built in and have a mutil-switch that allows 8 lines. If I was starting out new what would you guys suggest?

lwilli201
02-12-2006, 02:00 PM
If you can get the HD locals on an OTA, then you can order an oval 3 LNB dish from Ebay (it some times refered to as a Phase III dish). You can get the HD package for 10.99 if you want ESPN, ESPN2, HD NET, UHD etc, in HD. You can do all of this with the H10.

POPdevil
02-12-2006, 02:30 PM
If you can get the HD locals on an OTA, then you can order an oval 3 LNB dish from Ebay (it some times refered to as a Phase III dish). You can get the HD package for 10.99 if you want ESPN, ESPN2, HD NET, UHD etc, in HD. You can do all of this with the H10.

Great info all....
What should I get for an OTA? I don't know if I can buy something on ebay that can connect into my muti-switch?

lwilli201
02-12-2006, 04:42 PM
If you have a 5th input on the multi-switch, use it, to connet the OTA otherwise get a diplexer (looks like a splitter). Connect a cable from the satalite and the OTA then to the multiswitch. Go to antennaweb.com to get a recommendation for an Antanna. When selecting an antanna it is important to know which channels the HD stations are brodcasting on. If they are all broadcasting on the UHF channels (above 13) get a UHF antenna. If any are below or you want to recieve the off air channels on you SD sets, get one that is suitable for both VHF and UHF.

Good Luck