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Getting Locals without B Band Converter?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by DARG, Aug 28, 2006.

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  1. DARG

    DARG New Member

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    Hi. New here. I just upgraded to Hi def and have installed the AT9 5 lnb dish and have an H20 receiver. I wasn't sure about whether the B Band converter included with the Receiver was necessary so initially I never installed it. Everything was and is working fine INCLUDING receiving my locals in HD through the direct TV dish and receiver. After a week I decided to check into it what the B band converter was for and find out that I am supposed to need this to get the locals in HD over the AT9. I called DirecTV and 2 techs say that I should NOT be getting the locals through the Dish and Receiver without the convertor, yet I am. There is no OTA in the system and the locals are 100% definitely working and in HD without the B band convertor.

    So, my question is what gives? I assume that there must be a built in convertor somewhere in the receiver or built in Multiswitch at the dish, right? But DirecTV themselves as well as every thing I see on the net says no, a convertor is not built in and I must use the B Band converter. So unless they are wrong and there is a built in convertor somewhere (or an FTM? if I read that correctly), what is going on?

    Why can I receive the locals, and in HD to boot, WITHOUT using that supplied converter? again, there is definitely NO off air antenna installed either. Also, the H20 Receiver has a sticker on back indicating that it was manufactured in 2005 so my H20 is not from a new production run.

    Thanks in advance for an explanation or any ideas.
     
  2. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

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    Right now... only in a few select areas, the HD locals are comming in on the frequency that needs to be shifted via the B-Band converter.

    So it is VERY possible that you are not in one of those areas (like me), and thus not having any issues without the B-Band converter.

    Don't "lose" that B-Band converter, as when they launch the new sats next year, you will probably need it.
     
  3. DARG

    DARG New Member

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    Makes perfect sense, thanks Earl. Not at all surprising that Directv didn;t have the answer.

    One more question if you dont mind. Is there any harm in just going ahead and putting the B band converter in the signal path right now? That way I wont end up losing it and I will be all set if they change my area in the future. Will it affect any other channels or anything else if I use it now evernthough I don't need it now?

    Thanks.
     
  4. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    Bainbridge...
    You probably should install it--they may move some channels between different satellites/transponders even before the new satellites are launched. If it isn't needed, it will automatically will be bypassed (inside the assembly).
     
  5. mhayes70

    mhayes70 New Member

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    It shouldn't affect anything. I didn't have mine attached when I started getting HD locals via satellite and they came in fine. I also thought the samething you did about it and called Directv and asked about it. They told me the samething and that I should attach it. So, I did and still do and it is not affecting anything. I have very little problems with my H20.
     
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