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serviceless tuner?


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#1 OFFLINE   DBS1

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 01:36 PM

I use Time Warner cable broadcast basic service. My new TV has a low quality tuner that has light audio buzz on some channels. I am attempting to use a DirecTV box (from thrift shop) as a substitute tuner (without DirecTV service). My VCR does not have stereo audio output or I would use that. The box (DRD480RE) did not come with a remote. I have programmed a universal remote which works with some functions but I cannot figure out whether I can get a button on the universal to act as "Antenna" button. I am hoping this will get around need for an access card for simple broadcast service through the antenna jack. I am also willing to open up the box if there is a fix so I can just use the tuner. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

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#2 OFFLINE   litzdog911

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 05:04 PM

I doubt that your DirecTV Receiver has an NTSC tuner for over-the-air reception. That "Antenna Input" is just a pass through when the Receiver is off. So it's pretty much useless with a dish, access card, and active subscription.
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#3 OFFLINE   Newshawk

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 09:39 PM

I doubt that your DirecTV Receiver has an NTSC tuner for over-the-air reception. That "Antenna Input" is just a pass through when the Receiver is off. So it's pretty much useless with a dish, access card, and active subscription.


You are correct. There are no D* standard receivers that have a built in tuner for off air broadcasts of any sort, analog or digital.

#4 OFFLINE   Cap'n Preshoot

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 10:03 PM

You are correct. There are no D* standard receivers that have a built in tuner for off air broadcasts of any sort, analog or digital.



So the $499 High Definition Set Top Boxes (Hughes E86, etc) that have been around for the last 5+ years and work perfectly as OTA digital receivers must be a figment of our imagination.

True, you cannot do what you're wanting to do with an RCA 480RE, but you certainly can with a Hughes E86. Just beware in scrounging eBay for these. They're currently fetching $50~75 on eBay, but in their prime they ran scalding hot and many of them died on the vine or developed problems long before their time. Translation: make sure you can return it.
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Posted 10 September 2006 - 10:48 PM

Newshawk said standard receiver, not HD. There are no DirecTV receivers with a NTSC tuner.

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 06:39 AM

Newshawk said standard receiver, not HD. There are no DirecTV receivers with a NTSC tuner.

Many of the early HD receivers had NTSC tuners built in the E86, Hughes HTL, Sansung 160 & 360 all had NTSC tuners and would work without a D* signal. You can probably find a used or new VCR with stereo cheaper than a used satellite receiver.:)

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 08:25 AM

And if by luck of the draw you're able to snag a (still) fully working E86, you may want to pop the cover off of it and install a small (3") fan, i.e., a PC case fan in it.

IMO the E86 is a great receiver. I still have two in service (both w/fan modification).

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 10:08 PM

but it still may not work, because a lot of times, directv's receivers wont work as an off-air tuner if there is no Directv service along with it, even if you are getting reception from the off-air antenna.
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