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Questions about HD channels and setup!

BORGUSX
03-25-2009, 06:33 PM
1.I have a Choice Extra Package with HD Access,which HD channels has true HD all of the time?

2.I saw Family Guy on TBSHD and it is in widescreen,but how do I look if it is in 720p (true HD) or it is just a SD being stretch out?

3.What is D* or E*,well I am new to this forum,lol?

4.How can I get a free upgrade to a HD DVR? Can I just switch my current HD receiver for the HD DVR? Will it cost more for leasing a HD DVR per month,what do I need to know?

I guess you guys agree with me that why would you pay for a receiver,if you have to return it back after you cancel your subscription?!

5.Is it possible to have one source and have three televisions hooked up,since only one TV is being hooked to DIRECTV right now?

Since,my father doesnt want more hole(s) being drilled into the house and the installer lied to my dad about that he is able to use a spliter or something later in the year. When my dad called the installer,nobody pick up. Oh,great.

6.What is a 3lnb or 5lnb satellite setup?

7.How can I find out which one do I have?

isszguy
03-25-2009, 07:00 PM
1.I have a Choice Extra Package with HD Access,which HD channels has true HD all of the time?

2.I saw Family Guy on TBSHD and it is in widescreen,but how do I look if it is in 720p (true HD) or it is just a SD being stretch out?

3.What is D* or E*,well I am new to this forum,lol?

4.How can I get a free upgrade to a HD DVR? Can I just switch my current HD receiver for the HD DVR? Will it cost more for leasing a HD DVR per month,what do I need to know?

I guess you guys agree with me that why would you pay for a receiver,if you have to return it back after you cancel your subscription?!

5.Is it possible to have one source and have three televisions hooked up,since only one TV is being hooked to DIRECTV right now?

Since,my father doesnt want more hole(s) being drilled into the house and the installer lied to my dad about that he is able to use a spliter or something later in the year. When my dad called the installer,nobody pick up. Oh,great.

6.What is a 3lnb or 5lnb satellite setup?

7.How can I find out which one do I have?

1. If a channel is listed as HD, it's HD. However, if its showing something is standard definition, that will not be in HD. (Say ESPNHD is showing a highlight of a game that was broadcast in standard definition, that's all it will ever be.

3. D*= DirecTV E*= DishNet/Echo

4. Maybe. ALL DirecTV equipment is LEASED. If you go to Costco, they sell the HR DVD DTV record for $169. Except they don't really sell it. The $169 price is a one time lease. When you terminate a DTV account, they will want the equipment returned.

5. YES! There are several outputs on the back of a DTV receiver. So you can have one TV fed by HDMI, a 2nd fed by component, a 3rd fed by s-video, a 4th fed by composite and 5th fed by coax cable.

However, there are limited audio jack for the component, s-video, and composite. If memory services me correctly, there are 2 separate audio out feeds. And YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE OUTPUTS GOING A THE SAME TIME (SAME CHANNEL OF COURSE).

6. You need a 5LNB antenna to receive all the current stations. My old DTV antenna used a 3LNB (around 2002).

I'll leave it to the experts here to answer the questions I missed.

glennb1
03-25-2009, 10:34 PM
You need the latest DIRECTV dish called a slimeline to get all the regular and HD channels. It has 3 LNBs, not 5 LNBs.

isszguy
03-25-2009, 10:48 PM
You need the latest DIRECTV dish called a slimeline to get all the regular and HD channels. It has 3 LNBs, not 5 LNBs.

If that's true (3LNB), why did DTV install a 5LNB on my new hookup. My existing antenna from a previous installation around 2000-2002 was a 3LNB antenna.

glennb1
03-26-2009, 02:30 PM
If that's true (3LNB), why did DTV install a 5LNB on my new hookup. My existing antenna from a previous installation around 2000-2002 was a 3LNB antenna.

It's true, only need to look at 99/101/103 satellite locations.

Don't know why you got a 5 LNB one. Maybe the install company had some 5 LNB antennas laying around that they wanted to use up. It works, it's just got 2 extra LNBs. I've got an ancient 5 LNB sidecar dish(pre-slimline). It works fine, I don't have any plans to change it.

isszguy
03-26-2009, 11:31 PM
It's true, only need to look at 99/101/103 satellite locations.

Don't know why you got a 5 LNB one. Maybe the install company had some 5 LNB antennas laying around that they wanted to use up. It works, it's just got 2 extra LNBs. I've got an ancient 5 LNB sidecar dish(pre-slimline). It works fine, I don't have any plans to change it.

OK, you're right. I was outside today and looked at my antenna and it does only have 3 LNBs. The work order DID say that they were going to install a 5 LNB system. Also, it is a slimline unit.

Now my question is why didn't the installer just use my old antenna (also with 3 LNBs)? Not that I care 2 hoots one way or the other as long as it works and it does work GREAT!

BORGUSX
03-28-2009, 12:23 PM
So,if I get a DIRECTV tech to come over,will they dirll another hole into the house,so will they use the same source that I always have with my HDTV?

glennb1
03-28-2009, 02:56 PM
Now my question is why didn't the installer just use my old antenna (also with 3 LNBs)? Not that I care 2 hoots one way or the other as long as it works and it does work GREAT!

The installer didn't use your old antenna because it's not designed to be used for the new MPEG4 HD channels.

Word Maestro
03-28-2009, 05:22 PM
I'm not `100% sure of this.
But in order to receive your local networks (CBS,NBC,ABC,Fox) in HD and to recieve any sports packages (NFL, MLB-EI) in HD you require a 5 LNB antenna.

glennb1
03-28-2009, 06:59 PM
I'm not `100% sure of this.
But in order to receive your local networks (CBS,NBC,ABC,Fox) in HD and to recieve any sports packages (NFL, MLB-EI) in HD you require a 5 LNB antenna.

I'm 100 % sure you don't need the 5 LNB antenna to recieve your local networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX) in HD and to receive any sports packages (NFL, MLB-EI) in HD.

It wouldn't be to smart of DIRECTV to put up 3 LNB antennas for all the HD customers then send out another tech. to swap out the dish to a 5 LNB dish when a customer calls to add NFL, MLB-EI.

BORGUSX
04-22-2009, 05:04 PM
1.So,if I get a DIRECTV tech to come over,will they drill another hole into the house,so will they use the same source that I always have with my HDTV?

2.What is a LNB?