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BBC Check ?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by thekochs, Aug 30, 2007.

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  1. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    Well, I've been reading some of the threads on new firmware and I am catching that if you turn to channel 499 it will let you know if your BBCs are installed ? I have HR20-700 with 0x18A...H20-100 and H20-600 with there latest. All have had the BBCs on the cable since install awhile back. Is tihs 499 channel check true for all Hx20s ?

    Out of curiosity what new "channels" will the BBC allow me to see that were not there before...I assume 499 is one.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    B-Band converters will let you see all the new HDs when they are released. All H20s and HR20s need them unless you have the Single Wire Multiswitch.
     
  3. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    I knew that...just wanted to confirm if the 499 channel is the "check" that the boxes see them....and if so what "new HD" channels #s should I be looking for.

    Thanks !
     
  4. jwd45244

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    We don't know yet as the new HD channels are not lit up. The B-Band converters let your box see channels that are broadcast on Ka-low. The new D10 Satellite is nearly on-line (couple of weeks we all hope) and it will be putting out the new HD traffic. It is not yet operational (for us at least)
     
  5. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    OK....can you comment on my assumption on channel 499 ?
     
  6. jwd45244

    jwd45244 Hall Of Fame

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    Nope, 499 is current the B-Band check channel. I doubt it would be pushed into service for a regular HD channel. In reading some other posts, when the HD content shows up it will have the same channel number as the SD version so TBS HD would be 247 as would TBS SD (you would have to channel up to get to the SD version). This is just like the HD and SD version of HD locals.

    But it is pure speculation. wait a couple of weeks and we'll all see.

    I suspect that once the D10 starts running, when you tune to 499, you'll see a message that might say if you can see this your BBC is installed correctly. But who knows?
     
  7. Carbon

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    When you tune to channel 499 you should receive a searching for satellite if all is working correctly. Now that may seem counterintuitive that it will say searching for satellite however if you think about it there is no satellite there so it should be "searching for satellite".
     
  8. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    got it...thanks.
     
  9. mrudo

    mrudo Mentor

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    Really?
    I've had my HR20 for a few months now and I just hooked up the BBC's last night. I got the searching for satellite signal and figured I had something not working.
    I cliked on the more info and it said to reset and re-connect everything. i reset but still had the same searching message.

    What do you see if it is not working?
     
  10. vegasflyby

    vegasflyby AllStar

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    ^^^ A screen that says "connect bbc's".
     
  11. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    Sounds odd but I get what Carbon is saying. Since there is no satellite feed turned on for these channels/HD yet the unit will be "searching" if things are working. This means the BBCs are installed and it sees this and is trying to receive a satellite feed. If the BBCs are not installed or are bad then the receiver must check this first before trying to receive the signal and says "BBCs not connected".
     
  12. mrudo

    mrudo Mentor

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    This is just another mistake D* is making.
    You can NOT expect the average low IQ individual to think that Searching for satellite means you have it connected properly.
    It simply means they will receive more help calls than anything else. They should have a channel that simply says "Congratulations! You have the BBC's connected properly."

    Oh, another mistake D* made....calling these things BBC's. American's think of British television, and bad television at that, when they hear BBC, not something that will bring them into the high def world.
     
  13. Carbon

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    The only way to achieve what you said is to only turn on the test channel after D10 is in it's final location which would not have allowed for enough time to replace all of the defective poorly named BBC's. But I do agree with you it's just one of the classic damned if you do damned if you don't.
     
  14. paulman182

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    Well, if they push "Info" when they tune to the channel, they'll see it all explained. Not "select," but the regular "info" button.

    Unless the low IQers you are talking about can't read, in which case they're on their own.

    Because of the way the BBCs work, it is technically impossible for a channel to show "You have the BBCs connected properly" until the new sat is in place and working.:)
     
  15. cbearnm

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    OK, I have had the BBCs hooked up since I got the HR20. I saw the promo channel the other night and tuned to 499 and got 'Channel Not Available' message. I figured that it was just not ready yet, so didn't think about it.

    I have an install scheduled for Sat (9/1) to get the 5 LNB dish installed.

    Last night, I got a call from D* to let me know that the new HD as coming and they wanted to confirm that the BBCs worked. I tuned to 499 and got the same message. The CSR said she would transfer me to support. The support person checked a couple of things and said everything was OK. She said that once the 5LNB was installed, all would be fine. I should know by noon Sat.


    By the way, there are some excellent shows on BBC. Many of our TV programs have had their roots in the BBC. Going back to "All in the Family" up to "Desparate Housewives" and "The Office". And of course, "Planet Earth". Even "Extras", which is on HBO here, is from BBC.
     
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