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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by bounderdon, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. bounderdon

    bounderdon New Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    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?
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    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?
  3. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
  4. mini1

    mini1 Icon

    Jan 25, 2004
    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. bounderdon

    bounderdon New Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    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.
  6. mini1

    mini1 Icon

    Jan 25, 2004
    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.
  7. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
    Yes, all HD receivers except for the H25 will work with an 18" round dish. They will only receive SD channels though.
  8. HiDefRev

    HiDefRev Cool Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    Waycross, GA
    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.
  9. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    Technically you can, if you used a swm multi switch.
  10. bounderdon

    bounderdon New Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    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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