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5LNB Dish and Local HD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by TexasAggie, Aug 14, 2006.

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  1. TexasAggie

    TexasAggie New Member

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    I live in Houston and was just about to pull the trigger this weekend, then I talked to a friend of mine that has D* and HD and after talking to him, I got a little disturbed.

    He has the new 5LNB dish with the HD-DVR (HR-10 I think) and he claims that he cannot pick-up or record local HD stations. He said that D* CS said that there is a capatability issue between the two. So, D* gave him an additional HD receiver to pick up local HD stations when he wants to view them.

    He has tried several over the air HD antennas, but since we live in an outlying suburb between Houston and Galveston, he cannot pick up the signal.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem?
     
  2. boba

    boba Hall Of Fame

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    The HR10-250 is not a MPEG4 receiver so it can't pickup the satellite delivered local HDTV channels. The HR20-250 expected to become available late in August is MPEG4 capable. As flat as the land is around Houston I would expect that OTA reception would be available with the right equipment.:)
     
  3. TexasAggie

    TexasAggie New Member

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    We live in Clear lake, around NASA, and we cannot even pick the ST well, especially NBC.

    Thanks for the explanation of why the HR10 does not work. I will probably wait until the HR20's are available as I can't live without my DVR.
     
  4. Cap'n Preshoot

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    The Houston transmitter sites, most of them anyway, are in Missouri City, which is almost due West from Clear Lake, approx 30 miles. I would think on a extra clear night you might be able to stand on your roof and see the strobes, at least with binoculars. What have you tried in the way of an OTA antenna? Anything besides the POS Terk antennas (which are absolutely worthless, IMO).

    Radios Hack has a nice little 18-element UHF corner reflector for just under 30 bux that I would think if chimney-mounted would drag in those signals in mighty fine style.
     
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