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Hughes GAEBO Receiver Rating

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by JAMHRR, Jun 11, 2002.

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  1. JAMHRR

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    How well does the Hughes GAEBO receiver work? I am thinking about changing receivers.

    I have an RCA DRD450RG and this receiver stinks. It takes about 5 seconds for the guide to come up on the screen. It also takes about 5 seconds for it to react when you change the channel. (pushing each number individually.

    Thanks.
     
  2. timf

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    The new Hughes receivers are hands down the fastest DirecTV receivers ever built. The guide appears with no delay at all, and the receiver is very responsive overall.
     
  3. mgarland

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    Well, I don't have the GAEBO, but I have the next step up - the Executive Director (GCEBO). I think it's a fantastic receiver. The guide is top notch, VERY speedy. And the remote control is wonderful - it has a joystick-type control that makes channel changing and selections really quick.

    I recommend it.
    -matt
     
  4. Neil Derryberry

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    Welcome to dbstalk, mgarland!
     
  5. mgarland

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    Well thank you much!
    -matt
     
  6. JAYPB

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    I have two of the GAEBO's. Overall I'm satisfied. Like some others here (and on other boards) my caller ID works intermittently. Also, am I the only one who thinks "advancing ahead" in the guide takes a wee bit too long....at least IMHO it seems to take longer than it does with my D-45 (4th gen) and E-45 (5th gen). Also, I notice that *sometimes* when I try to hit previous channel it takes me to the previous channel I may have checked out on the bottom banner for show information.....NOT the previous channel I was just viewing.

    All in all, I like it (as I do ALL my Hughes receivers) better than the RCA's I 've used....and the Sony's a few friends have.
     
  7. Rusty

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    I also have the GCEBO and it's a top notch receiver. There is one feature that I don't particularly like but I do see the reasoning behind. When a channel number is dialed via the remote, the screen shows places for four digits instead of the usual three. This means that there are a few seconds of delay before the receiver switches to the dialed channel. You can, however, get around that delay by either dialing zero before hitting the three numbers for the channel or by dialing the three numbers and immediately hitting the select key. Hughes did this in order to plan for some future features that will require a four digit number to be entered. The remote is very slick and easy to use.
     
  8. James_F

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    I'd second the 4 digits issue. The issue I have with my remote is that there is no enter button to remove the delay. If I hit 45, I have to wait until the reciever forwards me on to the channel. I would like to hit 45 enter, like on my Sonys....
     
  9. timf

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    Pressing SELECT acts like an enter button when entering a channel number, if I remember correctly.
     
  10. HarryD

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    Lehigh...
    Is there a way to keep the current channel in the display while browsing another channel? Overall, I think the recv is excellent.
     
  11. mgarland

    mgarland New Member

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    Here, here! It is annoying that the guide automatically switches the watched channel on you. You should have to hit Select or something.
     
  12. James_F

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    i don't know why it never dawned on my to try that huge button in the middle.... :lol:

    Thanks :blush:
     
  13. Guest

    i have the executive director pack gceboa gold box ,i am hard to please, i am very critical of guide systems ,i must say the guide system is the best i have seen. it is extreamly fast and fun to use . the remote is great. it is fully backlite ,and controls all my other devices, however the first remote was slightly defective so hughes sent me a relacement that works fine, no big deal. BUT, now for the problems !! My box is impossible to soft boot, the slightest freeze or disruption in the signal will cause this unit to lock up .I cant soft boot it so the only way to restore my picture is to kill the power(pull plug), it will then re-aquire the satelite but IT LOOSES ALL ITS FAVORITES AND SETTINGS!!! THIS IS A MAJOR PROBLEM .according to hughes, many of these recievers have this problem and a software up-grade is on the way ! but my experiance with these upgrades via satelite is that they never happen . Any one else having this same problem?????? i could always hook up my spare rca drd480 re, wich is far better than the rca drd 450 RG (wich sucks btw), but i enjoy this hughes model so much i`ll stick it out and just complain to dtv and hughes for now.
     
  14. bengalfreak

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    You guys seem to know alot about Hughes receivers. I have a question. I have a new GCEB0 receiver. Is there any way to get this thing to stay on the channel I am currently watching while I surf the guide. Having the channel change everytime I switch the guide cursor is very annoying. The Hughes web site says the receiver is supposed to be able to do this, but the owner's manual is really bare bones and leaves alot of options out completely. I tried their 800# customer support, but there is never an option to speak to someone live. any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  15. mgarland

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    As far as I know, there is no way of keeping the channel you're watching while surfing the guide, which is a MAJOR pain for me (and most, I'd imagine).

    cheers,
    -matt
     
  16. David T

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    Move the cursor to the actual channel banner. This will allow you to move up/down w/o changing the picture. Of course, if you want to see details on a program you do have to move it to that selection, which will cause the video to switch to that channel.
     
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