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Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by feldon23, Jan 1, 2004.
are u using an ota antenna to pickup Cleveland digital stations?
No, I'm just receiving off of Adelphia Cable. I only get ABC and NBC for local hd.
Just called Adelphia and 5 transfers later, the rep confirmed Adelphia passes thru the ABC 720P signal unchanged. It depends on the display type but I'd say this is a good thing. A progressive signal is usually a higher quality signal especially if it's not converted.
Interesting. You are indeed a patient man, I hate calling adelphia for just about anything. Thanks for the info.
I was curious how my TV handled 720p if I have my cable box at 1050i. The Sony representative I got on the phone told me NO ONE broadcast in 720p. I told him I had heard different, that I knew for a fact that FOX and ESPN broadcast in 720p. He said he hadn't heard that, but it didn't make a difference because you wouldn't see any difference in the picture.
I have to admit, no matter what format I watch either ESPN, FOX, or ABC they all appear exactly the same. I notice no difference if I watch it in 1080i or 720p.
Great FAQ. I would suggest adding a section with the currently/planned HD channels that are offered from DTV as opposed to OTA channels that may be available in some markets if you have an antenna. I started a thread yesterday because I had heard that NBC and FOX were coming online soon and was able to compile the following list that may be useful to others.
70 HBOH duplicated on 509
71 SHOH duplicated on 543
82 NBCE Scheduled 9/16/04
83 NBCW Scheduled 9/16/04
86 ABCE Not planned
87 ABCW Not planned
88 FOX Scheduled ??????
89 FOXW Scheduled ??????
91-97 NFL Ticket
It depends on your TV. Basically, the TV will do the 1/1 map to its native resolution. If your TV native resolution is 720p, 720p source will look better than 1080i source since there is no conversion needed. How much better is very subjective. I notice that if the screen is big (>60), you can see the difference. For smaller set, it's hard to tell. Another difference is the amount of overscan. If source and display resolution matches, there is virtually no overscan. Otherwise, you can lose a small part of your picture due to overscan. Does that matter much? probably not for majority of people.
I would suggest visiting the AVS Forum for this information:
I think the FAQ needs to be updated. Currently it shows NHL content in HD being available on HDNet and ESPN. That should probably be changed to "No content to be broadcast until the players get their respective heads out of their butts"
I did and it is not very clear what exactly D* is offering in HD vs. what can be recieved in HD over the air. For those of us who cannot recieve OTA braodcasts or who do not have or want antenna it would be nice to have a concise and up to date list of what can rbe recieved from D*. Especially since channels like Fox are not available from D* but are available in some markets OTA and D* doesn't always give you all the channels to which you are entitled unless you specifically request them and are eligible. CBSE/W and NBCE/W are two that I had to request and only did so because I realized HD programming was available vs my local channels which are in Denver.
BTW the list that AVS does have is inaccurate.
Are now available !
Try pressing the Guide button. All of DirecTV's HD channels are conveniently located in the 70-99 range.
How can we enter the . or - when tuning OTA HD channels - ie: I want to tune 6-1. Which key do I use between the 6 and 1 before hitting enter to tune the channel (subchannel)?
Right now I have to select the main ch #, then step up to the sub-channel.
What a PITA!
You enter a "-" by pressing the button that has a "-" printed above it.
I know, sounds simple, right?
It's a dual purpose button; when you're not entering a channel number, this button is the ADVANCE -->| button (30 second skip when you enable that, too).
But pretty clearly printed on the remote, directly above it -- a "-".
BTW, you'll also find this information on Page 73 of the manual under the heading "Watching Live TV", subheading "Changing Channels".
I appreciate your connection diagrams. I have four TVs, three TiVos, HDTV sattelite and off air antena for local HDTV. I think I need a 5X8 multiswitch and several diplexers to connect it all so that sattelite and OTA is available in each room. Could you add such a diagram for this? Thanks, jsimtx
The recent SW upgrade cancelled the 30-second skip function, and I can't seem to remember the button sequence to reprogram it. Can anybody help? Thanks!
Select Play Select 3 0 Select
Best done while playing back a recorded program.
Thanks, Doug! This time I wrote it on my manual so I won't have to bother nice guys like you.
I've read most of this thread and I'm a little confused.
I realize there are 4 tuners (2 sat and 2 OTA). I've read that you can record 2 channels simultaneously. However, can you record 2 and watch a 3rd?
In other words, if I'm recording 2 things off the sat, can I watch an OTA program? Or record 2 OTA and watch a sat channel?
If the answer is yes to the above, what about buffering the show being watched?