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DTV recomments a 5-LNB with HD?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Ted M, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Ted M

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    I live in northern New Hampshire, and use a Slim Line dish, Legacy, four-wire, 5-LNB setup. Non-SWiM. I use an HR23 and an HR24. Signed up for HD.

    Tree trouble gives me weak signals on 119. I set the HR23 to "see" a 3-LNB, so I would no longer get messages about not getting guide information for xx hours. Several times a day I tune to channel 264, so I get guide information from 101. This seems to work fine.

    I emailed DTV tech support about changing to a 3-LNB, so I would use 99, 101, and 103 only. I was advised that I should use a 5-LNB setup. They said when set for HD, that is what they recommend. If any new channels came along, they would be on 110 and/or 119.

    I recall reading on this forum that most new installations use SL3 only. Huh? Maybe that is for Standard Definition only?

    I’m going to install a 3-LNB and see how it works. No tree problems at 99, 101, and 103.

    The only channels I will NOT get are the Standard Definition locals (from Portland-Auburn, ME).
    The HD locals come in fine.

    If any new channels come along, so what. There are more channels than I can ever watch now.

    Any comments about having to use a 5-LNB?

    Ted
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    You'll be "fine", though you're losing the SD locals.
    There will be ZERO new HD going on 119.
     
  3. jpitlick

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    110 and 119 sats are mostly for foreign language programming, some locals and a music channel or two. They do not broadcast any HD programming. The HD sats are 99 and 103. If your SD locals some from 110 or 119, that is why D* is recommending the SL5-LNB.
     
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    110 is still carrying the old MPEG-2 HD [and only that].
     
  5. jpitlick

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    I thought they turned all of those off, but I haven't watched an MPEG-2 HD channel since they were the only HD channels out.
     
  6. dpeters11

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    Yeah, the 70 range mpeg2 channels were turned off in March. Those were the last ones, according to SatRacer.
     
  7. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Shows how much I look at 110. You are correct, the HD has been removed.
     
  8. CCarncross

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    the MPEG2 HD channels are still alive for commercial accts. only....residential customers had them turned off a few months ago
     
  9. paco1986

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    Actually Telefutura HD is on 119, IIRC.
     

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