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5 LNB vs 3 LNB

sacohen
05-01-2006, 08:14 PM
I'm just getting into HDTV and have bee doing a little research on what I need for my Directv System.

I'm a little confused about the 5 LNB and the 3 LNB.

From whay I can tell the only difference is that the 5 LNB will deliver my Local HDTV channels in MPEG 4.

If I used the 3 LNB would I get local HD channel in another format than MPEG 4 or not at all unless I got them OTA?

Also The only receiver that seems to be available for the AT9 dish is the H20.
As of yet there is not HD/PVR for the AT-9 Disk (or MPEG4)?

Am I right about all this or am I confussing myself?

HD Dude
05-01-2006, 08:32 PM
I'm just getting into HDTV and have bee doing a little research on what I need for my Directv System.

I'm a little confused about the 5 LNB and the 3 LNB.

From whay I can tell the only difference is that the 5 LNB will deliver my Local HDTV channels in MPEG 4.

If I used the 3 LNB would I get local HD channel in another format than MPEG 4 or not at all unless I got them OTA?

Also The only receiver that seems to be available for the AT9 dish is the H20.
As of yet there is not HD/PVR for the AT-9 Disk (or MPEG4)?

Am I right about all this or am I confussing myself?

You sir, are 100% correct. The only difference between the 3 and 5 LNB dish so far, is HD locals.

I have the 3 LNB dish. I get all the Washington, DC locals in SD. For HD locals, I use an OTA, or, if I had line of sight, I could upgrade to the 5-LNB, which carries DC locals in HD.

And yes, with the 3-LNB dish, you get everything else DirecTV is offering in HD....HBO HD, DisoveryHD, HDNet and so on.

So far the H20 is the only MPEG4 box. No MPEG4 DVR is out yet. Maybe later this year.

You had it right.

rbinck
05-01-2006, 08:36 PM
You are right. There is not a mpeg4 DVR at this time. Also you can't get HD locals with any other mpeg2 receiver unless you live in the LA or NYC service areas or in a remote area certified for national service.

If you want to record HD locals, your best bet is cable, if available, or OTA if you can receive them.

Also it is good to remember that all of your locals will not necessarily be available via the AT9 satellites anyway. Here in Houston only NBC, ABC and FOX are available in HD. CBS, PBS, WB, UPN and the independants are only available via OTA. I don't think PBS is available over the satellite in HD anywhere, so if that is important then OTA might be a better choice for you anyway.

Smthkd
05-01-2006, 10:38 PM
But! Be mindful that future HD National channels will eventually be MPEG4 and the 5LNB AT9 dish will be required!

sacohen
05-02-2006, 06:11 AM
Thanks for all the info. It's a little confusing just starting out.
A retail I was e-mailing to said "the HD DVR model H20-250 is due out in --a few months-- so DIRECTV states."

Just a little infotmation for everyone else interested.

rbinck
05-02-2006, 06:39 PM
But! Be mindful that future HD National channels will eventually be MPEG4 and the 5LNB AT9 dish will be required!
Has anyone got a date for this?

Smthkd
05-02-2006, 08:14 PM
Not yet but rumors has it that D* will be giving us NGHD within the next month or so!

ucla92
05-04-2006, 03:46 PM
I am moving and DTV has told me to upgrade to the H-20, I of course, need the 5 line dish. But in doing so I will lose my ability to receive my HD locals (LA area) on my HD Tivos. So, my idea was to keep the 3 line dish and my HD locals via DTV for my Tivos (I don't use OTA) and purchase H-20s on ebay or another retailer. My question is, do the H-20's work with a 3 line dish? Or do I have to buy old H-10s?

Smthkd
05-04-2006, 06:17 PM
It will work with the 3 LNB dish also! But, MPEG4 will only work with the 5LNB dish!

black72
05-05-2006, 10:32 AM
Sorry if this has been asked and answered a hundred times, but I'm new... Even if I am able to receive HD locals through DTV and the MPEG-4 tivo/receiver was available, is there really a benefit to paying DTV for the HD locals over using an OTA antenna to receive HD locals (other than the cost of the antenna)?

A receiver without a dvr is not acceptable to me. So, it sounds like if all I really want is local HD channels, I am best off getting an HR10-250 with an OTA antenna. Does that sound right, or is there a downside to the OTA HD locals? antennaweb.org shows I am only 10 miles at most from the affiliates.

Also, if I really wanted the few "non-local HD channels" that DTV offers, it sounds like the HR10-250 will be able to receive and record them, at least for the time being, right?

Thanks in advance for the help!