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Any way possible to disable the searching for signal message to use On Demand Service

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by J Blow, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. J Blow

    J Blow Legend

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    I'll try this here since I think I may have put it in the wrong spot after looking at the other topics.

    I think the title lays out my question. The background is that I have moved into an apartment that will not let me install the dish and, of course, I have already paid for the football package so I didn't want to discontinue my services (or even suspend them so I can watch the games online at the very least). In the mean time, I started wondering if I could still use the Video on Demand feature so I hooked up my receiver. Of course I can't go anywhere on the menu because it's constantly looking for a signal.

    There simply has to be a workaround, correct? As a google pro, I'm having no luck finding any answers.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Kevin F

    Kevin F Hall Of Fame

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    On the searching for signal screen with the dtv logo, hit exit on the remote and it should work
     
  3. litzdog911

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    It won't work for long. You need an active satellite feed or the DVR will eventually become a boat anchor.
     
  4. J Blow

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    This has been discussed in another area but I thought I'd post here about it for others - and to let those know it's been unsatisfactorily resolved.

    After thinking about it, I realized it's necessary to have the guide (which is downloaded via sat signal) in order to actually choose the program to start downloading.

    What a kick in the goat sack.
     
  5. Manctech

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    Do you have a window facing southwest with a LOS. [(Line of Site) No tree's/ Other buildings] I've heard of people paying for D* just for the sunday ticket, and setting up a dish on a tripod at the window on sundays. They also were not allowed to put a dish outside.

    Just a thought :)
     
  6. J Blow

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    If I thought I could make this work I'd have a satellite pointing out my window for the rest of my stay! I have only East and West facing windows unfortunately. I may still see if I can tilt the sat enough to get a signal through the window.
     
  7. Manctech

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    If you don't have southwest, then theres not much you can do. You can always use


    www.dishpointer.com

    Input your address and move the point to your exact apartment. Good luck!
     

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