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How do you get transponder maps

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by LakeSteve, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. LakeSteve

    LakeSteve Mentor

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    Not looking for the maps themselves, as several are posted and updated almost daily. How can a regular every day customer find this information on their own? Is it accessible within the receiver itself?
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Not in any way you could access. The maps are sent by satellite to tell the receivers what transponders and PIDs each channel are currently being sent to them on, so when you choose Channel 206, the receiver knows where the program for that channel is actually being sent from (which satellite, which polarity, what frequency, and that PID).

    Those guys use a computer program which intercepts the data from the LNB, and converts it to usable information.
     
  3. LakeSteve

    LakeSteve Mentor

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    Thanks! Guess I need to upgrade my equipment if I want to get that techy. Any specific software?
     
  4. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    You would have to talk to the people who have it. I dont know if they wrote it, or are using a commercial app.
     
  5. LakeSteve

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    I figured it out. It's a PC tuner card connected to the LNB with some open source DVR software that has some scripts that can talk to the transponders if wanted.. I'm not at the point where I want to watch TV on my computer, oh well.
     
  6. Gary Toma

    Gary Toma UNIX DBSTalk Club

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    Why don't you try this procedure: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=3090568#post3090568

    You can create your own TPN Map, one channel at a time. Most importantly, you can validate the TPN Map for that limited set of channels that are important to you.

    No expense involved here. But your DVR does need to be connected to at least your own LAN so you can talk with it through the IP port.

    Have Fun!
     

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