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There's no RF output on the SD DVR. Help.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Jon J, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

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    DirecTV is replacing my very old DirecTiVo DVR with a SD DVR which it appears has no RF output...only RCA and S-video outputs. One of the TV sets I feed with the DirecTiVo only has an RF input.

    What can I do to continue to use this set?

    Thanks,

    -Jon
     
  2. gilviv

    gilviv Godfather

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    An RCA to RF modulator/converter will do the job. They run between $12 & $25 A guick internet search will show you what's available.
     
  3. BattleZone

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    Some RF modulators.
     
  4. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

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    Thanks. The expertise at this place is amazing. ;)
     
  5. paulman182

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    Go to Wal-Mart and get one quicker.
     
  6. CCarncross

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    Don't all the SD models still have RF outputs? Is it possible he is being sent an R22 or is there a typo in his post and he is actually getting an HD model?
     
  7. Jon J

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    I downloaded the manual and it looks like there is an RF output. Tomorrow I'll know for sure. ;)
     
  8. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The R15, R16 and R22 are considered SD DVRs. The R15 and R16 do have RF outputs. The R22 does not. So Jon J is going to have to wait and see what shows up on his doorstep to know whether or not it will have the output. While it is unlikely he'll get an R22, it is possible.
     
  9. drpjr

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    Don't forget that old VCR as a modulator. Not as tidy as the ones in BattleZone's pictures but probably free and collecting dust in the closet.;)
     
  10. Jon J

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    The replacement is an R15-300. Built in 2007 it is cosmetically fine but this model looks like it has the fewest features of all the SD DVRs. From what I've read it can't and never will be able to do dual live buffers, one of the features I enjoyed most with my DirecTiVos and my HD DVRs. Boooo.
     
  11. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Next it'll be Line2 this, channel 3 that..? What do you mean I have to leave my VCR on all the time? That little red power light bugs me, yatta yatta :rolleyes:
    Sometimes a proper modulator is just so much less trouble. :lol:
     
  12. ThomasM

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    It can do the same thing.

    Choose show #1 you want to watch. Press RECORD. Enter the channel number of the show #2 you want to watch. Now, just press the PREV CHAN key on your remote to toggle between the two "live buffers". When you are finished, just delete the recording.

    Works JUST LIKE "double play" or any other "dual live buffer" schemes.
     
  13. drpjr

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    Yep, As I said not as tidy, but free.;)
     
  14. matt

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    My RF modulator also has a red power light. I'm confused.
     
  15. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    Use #14 for duct tape.
     
  16. matt

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    Yeah, I got some lovely owned R22s and an HR23 in today that have duct tape goo all over them. :mad:
     
  17. Jon J

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    Actually it doesn't. It's a workaround not the feature.
     
  18. Thaedron

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    That's exactly what I'm using. I had an old VCR that I bought for $5 used collecting dust and realized it would make a perfect (albeit large and not very efficient) RF converter.
     
  19. Jon J

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    Found one online exactly like in the pic for $15 delivered.
     
  20. Jon J

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    Ordeal update: Getting the refurb R-15 activated properly is turning into an ordeal. If not activated properly the owned receiver can magically become a leased receiver and likely as not with a programming committment.

    The PP tech I spoke with earlier was adamant there was no way the receiver could be activated as owned...only leased. Could not convince her.

    Will spin the CSR roulette wheel one more time before just sending the receiver back.
     

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