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Dish setup: Other channels mapped to locals

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by clotter, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. clotter

    clotter AllStar

    Apr 12, 2008
    Wondering if anyone can shed some light on an issue I'm having with a DirecTV setup at a cabin?

    Just a little background, I'm part owner of a "hunting" cabin with seven other guys. One of the owners (of several) has DirecTV and brings up an older DTV receiver when we're up there. I don't know the model number but it's small, silver, SD, and not a DVR. Since I personally switched from DTV to Dish, I put my old DTV dish on the cabin. It's the latest Slimline 5. I had HD, locals, DVR etc...

    I'm getting good signal strength on all the satellites as best I can tell, but I'm not getting the locals. They show up in the guide but they seem to be mapped to the wrong channels. For instance local channel 2, which is either CBS or ABC comes on as the NFL network and so on. I ran through all the channels and can't seem to find the locals mapped anywhere else.

    From this list of dish types, I have tried everything related to the slimline 5 and 3 and seem to get similar results. I don't know what the different degrees means for the dish types but I have tried them all. I feel it must be something simple I'm missing or perhaps the old receiver is not compatible with the dish?? Any ideas?

    01: Round (18")
    02: 3-LMB (18"x20")
    03: Slimline - 3
    04: Slimline - 5
    05: Round (18") &72.5 degrees
    06: 3-LMB (18"x20") & 72.5 degrees
    07: Slimline - 3 & 72.5 degrees
    08: Slimline - 5 & 72.5 degrees
    09: Round (18") & 95 degrees
    10: 3-LMB (18"x20") & 95 degrees
    11: Slimline-3 & 95 degrees
    12: Slimline-5 & 95 degrees
    13: Round & 72.5 degrees & 95 degrees
    14: 3-LMB & 72.5 degrees & 95 degrees
    15: Slimline-3 & 72.5 degrees & 95 degrees
    16: Slimline-5 & 72.5 degrees & 95 degrees
    17: Slimline-3S (SWM)
    18: Slimline-5S (SWM)
  2. Kevin F

    Kevin F Hall Of Fame

    May 9, 2010
    How far away is your hunting cabin compared to where that reciever is activated (the billing address). The reciever is only entitled to the locals where it is activated to. There are a few workarounds though...

  3. clotter

    clotter AllStar

    Apr 12, 2008
    It's about 50 miles away. The guy that brings the dish would have the same locals as I would have and the same as what would normally be available at the cabin.
  4. azarby

    azarby Hall Of Fame

    Dec 15, 2006
    Your dish is probably pointing at the wrong sat. It is easy to think you are pointing at the 101 when you are in effect pointing at the 110 and vice versa. Re check your alignment.
  5. DTV77

    DTV77 New Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    I would guess you are having an issue with your LNB on the dish or a problem with cabling/connector somewhere. When you try and tune to a local your receiver is getting wrong/dropped voltage information and is instead bringing up a national channel like NFL Network.

    72.5 degrees options are for markets that need 1 dish for national channels and a seperate for locals. The 95 degree option is for the international programming dish. You should be fine selecting the 04 slimline 5 option in the menu.

    Is there an available empty port on the Slimline dish you can switch the cable to?
  6. clotter

    clotter AllStar

    Apr 12, 2008
    Thanks for the responses guys!

    I feel fairly confident it's pointed correctly because I'm showing signal strength on all the different satellites. I will check again next time I get up there though.

    Cabling is a real possibility. Thanks for the explanation on the different degrees, now I know to stick with option #4. I will check on the empty ports when I get up there. Are you referring to the number of cable feeds available? If so, I'm pretty sure there are four.

    Are possible compatibility issues with the old DTV receiver a non-issue?
  7. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    Not really, as everything is backwards compatible.

    Maybe it's time to find out what this receiver really is.
    SD should only need the 101 [& maybe 119 SATs for locals].
    The 72.5 markets are fading and would need a second dish anyway.
    One of these should get you working for SD:
    01: Round (18")
    02: 3-LNB (18"x20")

    Even if you have a Slimline 5

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