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hughes e86 ota hd won't decode

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by whisky, Nov 7, 2006.

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  1. whisky

    whisky New Member

    May 21, 2006
    Can anyone tell me why my hughes e86 dtv hd receivers will not receive ota hd signals without a dtv subscription? I have had 2 e86's for about 4 yrs. just using for ota hd. finally subscribed to dtv 1 yr ago and also got 2 h20's. finally got fed up with the h20's continual problems and cancelled dtv. now hughes will not receive ota. is there a way around this problem or do i need to call a attorny? thanks in advance for info.:mad:
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    I'm surprised that you were ever able to use the E86 receivers without a DirecTV subscription, even just for OTA reception. That's certainly how the newer receivers (H10, H20) work.
  3. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    Some of the older (non-Directv brand) receivers will receive OTA without a subscription. You might try unplugging it for a few minutes and restarting it, then going through the setup. I doubt that an attorney could help.
  4. Lynskyn

    Lynskyn Mentor

    Dec 17, 2005
    I have an E86 that's not subscribed and it works fine for OTA digital. NTSC tuner went out though, so no analog OTA - those boxes had tuner problems.
  5. Twosted

    Twosted Godfather

    Sep 18, 2006
    I had an old Hughes E86 that I had no use for so I gave t to a friend. He uses it for OTA and it works fine. He does not subscribe to D* either.
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