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

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#1 OFFLINE   J Blow

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 04:02 PM

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.


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#2 OFFLINE   litzdog911


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Posted 29 September 2010 - 07:23 PM

I'm not aware of any way to do that. These things are pretty much boat anchors when there's no satellite feed.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 08:22 PM

well...you could press list to access recordings...possibly just try to tune to channel 1000 or 1100 to access the on demand content. worth a shot.
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 08:29 PM

The background is that I have moved into an apartment that will not let me install the dish.

Are they saying no completely to installing the dish or just not installing it in a common use area? If you put it on a porch, patio, balcony or other "exclusive use area"...they can't restrict you.


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Posted 30 September 2010 - 07:55 AM

I was able to force playback of recorded programming on a HR22 using the list button when a disconnected unit was searching for signal, but NOT with same receiver that was connected when service was shut off due to late payment for roomates system....
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#6 OFFLINE   J Blow

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 10:57 AM

Thanks for the reponses, guys. I think this confirms what I suspected - it's just a no go. After I thought more about this I think it' actually needs the satellite feed to access the guide information in order to see what information I am able to download...if that makes sense.

As far as setting up a dish, it's hard to explain but trust me when I say there is NOWHERE that I can obtain a signal. My apartment is on the lower level of a two story building which runs North and South with me being right in the middle. It has no decks and the only area that I have that's even close to being called a 'private area' doesn't have a southerly view. Ya, this totally sucks but I was in a tight spot in looking for a place. Come March I'm gone for sure!

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 12:52 PM

Also note that without the satellite signal, you'd have no guide data, including VOD. So you wouldn't be able to select a program to download.

And the question I have is why did you move to that apartment? :D
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 03:37 PM

Yes, the answer to this hit me in the post above yours and I agree 100%.

As far as to why, it was my best option. I took a new job and had a temporary residence for two weeks while looking for another place. I still own two houses in other places so needed to buy some time. I had 1 day left to find a place to live in a place that has very few options during this time of year. I've got a 9 month lease so hopefully by then I'll have a better option...or a couple fewer houses.

I now have a plan for Sundays if nothing else....I will mount the dish in the back of my pickup for the NFL games. Pictures to follow! :D

#9 OFFLINE   J Blow

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 03:38 PM

By the way, I'd too echo that it's not hard to watch prerecorded programs on units with no sat signal.

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