DTV Active Channel Shutting Down

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  1. Jul 1, 2017 #1 of 25
    Richjr42

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    as of July 31. Any reason or replacement?
     
  2. Jul 1, 2017 #2 of 25
    Willh

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    well, it makes sense, you can get local weather though the Weather Channel app on Genie systems and i'm sure they need to replace the older boxes or install internet features to the older boxes that can connect to the net. and all the other features of the active channel could move over to the internet apps on the Genie.

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  3. Jul 1, 2017 #3 of 25
    compnurd

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    Agreed. That channel has been useless for a long time
     
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    dpeters11

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    y2k02c5

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    Waste of bandwidth
     
  6. Jtaylor1

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    no more localized Weather channel Local on the 8s back to boring satellite feed of LOT8s.
     
  7. KyL416

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    Local on the 8s has nothing to do with the active channel. Local on the 8s will still appear and you'll still be able to access local weather on channel 362 via the red button (even on recievers as old and basic as the D10) and the TV app on Hx2x's and higher.

    The only thing that really won't be available at all is the lotto results and horoscopes. Everything else will continue to be available:
    Cinema Screening Room: Channel 125
    What's Hot: TV apps
    Weather: Red button on The Weather Channel and WeatherNation and TV Apps
     
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  8. DBSSTEPHEN

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    I wonder how they are going to do the tv apps when they change the UI

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  9. slice1900

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    Probably just make them HTML5 apps like you'd find on the web. They even BE HTML5 apps on AT&T's web site, since they require the internet to work anyway.
     
  10. y2k02c5

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    Oh man. Where am I gonna get my lotto and horoscopes now? lol
     
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  11. codespy

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    They won't- AT&T will just remove them because we actually use the few apps available. If recent history repeats itself, they will get rid of them like several of the other things they got rid of when they took over DirecTV. The features we don't use..they will keep.......:(
     
  12. bobcnn

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    Good, I will no longer have to yell at my TV when I hit the Active button by accident :)
     
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  13. Brian Hanasky

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    Never used it expect for when it was accidentally hit and then took forever to load only to exit again. PITA.
     
  14. boukengreen

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    That's why the first thing I did after the initial programming of my Harmony 650 was to remove the command for the active button lol was tired of the accidentally hits
     
  15. Delroy E Walleye

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    I always took apart the RC6x remotes to disable that button.

    As far as the RC7x remotes, there never was an "active" button. (It's the only thing they got right on that remote, the only missing button that would never be missed.)
     
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  16. codespy

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    I would love to easily take apart my old Packer RC64RB remotes to replace components that are malfunctioning, but it's like they are molded together and break when I take apart...what's the secret? I would also do the same with the active button!
     
  17. makaiguy

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    Not molded together, snapped together, and the two halves can be (carefully) separated via a knife or screwdriver in the separation line. The secret is to first pry out the grey snap-in insert around the navigation buttons and remove the 4 screws there, then remove the battery cover and remove the two screws exposed at the bottom of the remote.
     
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  18. TheRatPatrol

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    Hmmm.....what could that button be used for now?

    PIP SCREENS ACTIVATE! ;) :p
     
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  19. Delroy E Walleye

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    Yeah, I've found that some of those older RC6 remotes eventually defy cleaning to get them working again.

    Active is easily disabled by putting a small piece of tape over the circuit board contact.

    You might be able to swap the components of a newer RC6 into an older case. Last I looked the newer components (keypad and contacts) have much larger surface area, so they don't fail as quickly. (Also "brighter" IR led output.)
     
  20. makaiguy

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    The conductive coating on the bottom of the rubber buttons can eventually wear off. Cleaning can remove stuff interfering with the contact but can also remove some of the conductive "stuff" in the process.

    I've had some success smearing some graphite on the button contact areas, but that isn't too reliable or long lasting.

    I've had good results with the conductive paint from a rear windshield defroster repair kit.

    But the best I've found is Keypad-Fix (eBay link: KEYPAD FIX - Permanently Repairs All Rubber Keypads | eBay). My one small jar will probably last the rest of my life.
     

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