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#26 OFFLINE   Sunner73

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:55 PM

Quote from bigglebowski;

We used a Directv receiver a while back for just this purpose but I can not remember what model it was. Was purchased on ebay and was absolutely not activated or hooked up to satellite. Im thinking was a H20, I do remember the HDMI out didnt work so component out was used. Might have been old enough that it was DVI out just cant remember. We left it on the bench hooked up and tuned to a good station so you could just hookup component to a TV to test.


Are you indicating that the H20 worked for OTA purposes (with an AM21) even though it was NOT activated (on a valid acct). If so could you have possibly meant an "HR20" DVR instead of the H20? I have noticed and observed that when a receiver is "not" active it will not record anything. Even if you must use the component or DVI connection it would be a great option.
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1 HR34-50" Projection TV
2 HR24-27" HDTV/Monitor & 27" CRT
2 DSR704 DTivo's (no locals)-32" CRTs
1 DSR7000 DTivo-27" CRT
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Upgraded to AU9 Slimline w/SWM16 w/uS575 stacker feeding a LAL20a amp supplying single coax to each of the 3 DSR's w/dual destackers.

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#27 OFFLINE   Sunner73

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:29 PM

From myself;

Are you indicating that the H20 worked for OTA purposes (with an AM21).


Duh!!! My bad... if it was actually a HR20 then it has it's own OTA tuner and it wouldn't need a AM21......

However I still haven't gotten a response to my question...so...
Directv customer since 2001
1 HR34-50" Projection TV
2 HR24-27" HDTV/Monitor & 27" CRT
2 DSR704 DTivo's (no locals)-32" CRTs
1 DSR7000 DTivo-27" CRT
Only the 2 DSR704's MRV'ed

Upgraded to AU9 Slimline w/SWM16 w/uS575 stacker feeding a LAL20a amp supplying single coax to each of the 3 DSR's w/dual destackers.

#28 OFFLINE   tigerwillow1

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:40 PM

One of the early high-def DirecTV receivers, the Toshiba DST-3000, will receive digital and analog OTA signals without being activated. It takes setting the dish type to "none", and selecting "antenna" or "cable TV" for the RF input. It scans for stations. This info is all in the manual.

#29 OFFLINE   Sunner73

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:58 PM

Thanks for the info. Sounds like a great option for OTA reception with or especially without DTV service.
Directv customer since 2001
1 HR34-50" Projection TV
2 HR24-27" HDTV/Monitor & 27" CRT
2 DSR704 DTivo's (no locals)-32" CRTs
1 DSR7000 DTivo-27" CRT
Only the 2 DSR704's MRV'ed

Upgraded to AU9 Slimline w/SWM16 w/uS575 stacker feeding a LAL20a amp supplying single coax to each of the 3 DSR's w/dual destackers.

#30 OFFLINE   tigerwillow1

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:00 PM

I should add about the DST-3000 that it's probably not a good choice with an active subscription. DirecTV replaced all of the active ones in 2008 with H21s, I vaguely remember because the DST-3000 doesn't do MPEG4. I think it might work ok for SD channels, but it's a no-go for HD satellite.

#31 OFFLINE   Sunner73

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:46 PM

OK, I was thinking of just doing OTA w/o a subscription anyway....... so that should work out.

Another question though... since it's an older box and it's MPEG2 it shouldn't have any issues still receiving HD OTA channels.... correct?

Thanks for your input.
Directv customer since 2001
1 HR34-50" Projection TV
2 HR24-27" HDTV/Monitor & 27" CRT
2 DSR704 DTivo's (no locals)-32" CRTs
1 DSR7000 DTivo-27" CRT
Only the 2 DSR704's MRV'ed

Upgraded to AU9 Slimline w/SWM16 w/uS575 stacker feeding a LAL20a amp supplying single coax to each of the 3 DSR's w/dual destackers.




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