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#1 OFFLINE   bounderdon

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 02:07 PM

I have a new Vizio LCD LED HDTV with a R-15 DirecTV receiver. If I set the screen mode in anything other than normal I get a distorted picture. In the normal mode the picture is less than a full screen. Is the only solution to this problem a HD receiver? I have HD on another TV so the proper dish is available for a HD receiver. Also, will a HD receiver work OK if connected to a round 18" dish?

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#2 OFFLINE   carl6

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 02:38 PM

SD uses an aspect ratio of 4:3 (pretty much the "square" picture). HD normally uses 16:9 (the wide screen picture). No matter what you do to adjust the 4:3 ratio picture to a wide screen, something is not going to be right. Either you will stretch the picture, or oversize it so parts are not showing.

You won't get HD channels with a round dish. If you already have the proper dish, why the question about the round dish?

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:21 PM

.... Is the only solution to this problem a HD receiver? ...


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#4 OFFLINE   mini1

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:59 PM

And why exactly do you have an SD receiver connected to a brand new expensive HDTV? You need an HR24 HD DVR connected with an HDMI cable to the HDTV. You need a new slimline SWM dish. An 18" round dish will not work with HD at all. There are no HD channels on the 101 satellite.

#5 OFFLINE   bounderdon

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 09:34 PM

Regarding the question about the round dish, I take this receiver with me when I travel in my RV and it only has the round dish. If the HD receiver will not work with the round dish then I will leave things as they are and live with the smaller picture.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 09:50 PM

Regarding the question about the round dish, I take this receiver with me when I travel in my RV and it only has the round dish. If the HD receiver will not work with the round dish then I will leave things as they are and live with the smaller picture.


So why exactly did you spend $100's on a new LED HDTV then? That makes no sense. It's like buying a Ferrari and not driving over 10 miles per hour because you are too cheap to buy gas for it. You would be better served with a CRT TV from 1995. Buy an SD receiver (D12) and turn it on/off as you need for for the RV. Get an HD DVR for your house and a new slimline SWM system.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 10:42 PM

Regarding the question about the round dish, I take this receiver with me when I travel in my RV and it only has the round dish. If the HD receiver will not work with the round dish then I will leave things as they are and live with the smaller picture.


Yes, all HD receivers except for the H25 will work with an 18" round dish. They will only receive SD channels though.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 12:43 AM

Indeed. Buying an HDTV and not getting HD programming is quite irrational. Seriously, you're much better off with an old CRT TV. SD programming on an HDTV looks like crap compared to HD programming. Do yourself a GIANT favor and get the HD receiver and a new dish. You'll kick yourself for not doing it sooner.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:19 AM

Yes, all HD receivers except for the H25 will work with an 18" round dish. They will only receive SD channels though.


Technically you can, if you used a swm multi switch.

Edited by Shades228, 21 July 2011 - 12:21 PM.
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Posted 23 July 2011 - 11:27 AM

I purchased a HD TV because my old analog TV crapped out. It's located in the bedroom. I have HD TV in the living room so I'm good to go if I get a new HD receiver for the bedroom. Rather than spend the money for a HD receiver for a TV that doesn't get much use, I would keep the R15 receiver if I could improve the picture since it is the receiver I use in the RV. Since I cannot, and since apparently the HD receiver will work OK in the RV, that is the way I will go. Thanks to all for your help,

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