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Removing HD Channels from a HD receiver

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Draconis, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

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    A friend of mine got a CSR to remove HD Access (budget issues) and he wanted to remove all the HD channels from the receiver, (without reprogramming the dish) so I took the plunge and helped. Here is a walkthrough of what I had to do and the shortcomings of the solution.

    The first thing I did was un-hide the SD duplicate channels. So I went to Parental, Faves, & Setup -> System Setup -> Display -> Guide HD Channels and set it to Show SD Duplicates.


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    Once you select Show SD Duplicates the receiver will tell you that the new setting will take effect in about a minute. The message does not stay long and leaves quickly.

    Next, I setup a favorites list that takes the HD channels out of the guide, so I left the system menu then went to Parental, Faves, & Setup -> Favorite Channels -> Edit Settings.

    Finally, I went through and setup a favorites list that completely removed the HD channels. This had to be done manually because Channels I Get is not 100%.


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    One little thing I noticed is that when you are looking at 2 channels with the same number, the HD version of that channel is always the first one displayed.

    In the end, I found that doing this does NOT override the receivers programming to tune to a HD channel when the channel number is entered directly into the system. The only way to ensure it does not tune to a HD channel is to select the program from the guide or use the CH +/-. Also, it did not remove the HD channels from the search results.

    But at least the solution kept my friend happy.
     

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  2. DiSH Defector

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    So, why wasn't it just easier to reprogram the dish to only look at sat101 ? That would eliminate the HD channels from the guide AND keep them from showing up when entering channel numbers directly.
     
  3. dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

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    Maybe he needs to see the MPEG4 satellite for his locals...
     
  4. DiSH Defector

    DiSH Defector Legend

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    I was assuming the OP's friend was also in Las Vegas, which should get SD locals in mpeg2 off the 101.
     
  5. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

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    Actually, our locals come from the 119. My friend is in California and lives in a MPEG-4 local market.
     
  6. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

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    With the Fall 2009 software release this thread is now obsolete.

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  7. jdspencer

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    Don't you mean the Summer 2009 software release? :)
     
  8. DirectMan

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    Is this now possible to do by selecting a feature in the setup mode?
     
  9. DogLover

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    Yes, with the newest update. It is on a staggered rollout. If you haven't received it yet, you should within the next few weeks.
     

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