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HR34 Monthly Charge??
Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:58 PM
Once again, morons. What they told me is they completely ignored my initial explanation, when they told me I had 3.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:07 PM
Yes, if you live in an MPEG 4 market and cancel HD Access they will lock your receivers down to Hide HD duplicates (so only SD channels show in the guide), and de-authorize all of the HD channels except for your locals (so your existing series links won't work anymore). I believe they also lock the box to a maximum of 480p, but I'm not positive about that, you might still be able to watch your locals in HD instead of downscaled to SD.
EXACTLY how it works; so if you do NOT pay for HD access, you still get all your locals, but the ones put up in HD only, are downrezzed (& locked down) to 480p.
Why would they "lock" the box down to 480p when you can get your locals OTA in HD with an AM-21 even if you AREN'T in an MPEG4 local market?
Uh, because of the fact they expect you to pay THEM, for the "HD technology infrastructure" to transmit the locals in HD - regardless of the fact that in MPEG4 areas, they ONLY transmit (most of) them HD.
Bottom line, YES they definitely DO this, sorry.
I verified this when a friend borrowed me his AM-21 and I hooked it up to my R22. I was able to record the locals in HD and play them back at 1080i.
Well when you are using an OTA antenna to recieve locals, then you are NOT using THEIR infrastructure now, are you...& since there really isn't an "authorization process" for channels thru the AM21, then when you tune the receiver to an OTA channel, those said channels are then NOT locked to 480p.