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L214 vigil thread

Discussion in 'Other HD Receiver Support Forum (811, 921, 942)' started by invaliduser88, May 23, 2005.

  1. boylehome

    boylehome Hall Of Fame/Supporter

    Jul 16, 2004
    Welcome aboard 921Blues -

    Keep reading through the forums. There is lots of factual, informational, and interesting data. It sounds like you have a lemon of a 921. I have problems with both of mine but it seems not nearly as frequently as yours. I'm hopping that the next software update, L214 will fix the problems. You should contact E* in attempt to get a more functional unit. E* does value you as a customer. The 921 just didn't turn out as a stellar product. In several months, E* is going to begin a conversion process to MPEG-4 technology. Once the 921 bugs get fixed (thinking positive here), the new technology may render our current units as obsolete and the new might be just as problematic as the current.
  2. josem3

    josem3 New Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Well 921Blues,
    You can exchange you 921 receiver like I did it few months ago when it started no working good or very similar like the one you have it. So far, I can not complain with my replacement unit. I may reboot the 921 receiver once a month(if I remember).For me,it's a good unit. I'm just waiting the new sofware(L214) what it's gonna do. :rolleyes:
  3. 921Blues

    921Blues Mentor

    May 29, 2005
    Thanks guys - maybe I do have a lemon. I'll call Dish and see if they will exchange it. I'll also watch this forum more closely from now on. Hopefully a replacement will fix at least some of my problems.

  4. IamtheEggman

    IamtheEggman AllStar

    Sep 21, 2004
    Look at the bright side, alot of us wasted a $1000 bucks :D So you're ahead of the game.
  5. kzosat

    kzosat Legend

    Aug 22, 2004
    I have been lucky, my 921 has been a pretty decent unit. Not ONE of the problems that many others have. Never missed a timer, no ZSR's etc. These units really do seem to be hit or miss.

    I wish it had NBR, but I am not holding my breath.
  6. Larry Caldwell

    Larry Caldwell Godfather

    Apr 4, 2005
    Here is my voodoo reboot that seems to result in a fairly stable system. Put the unit in standby mode, pull the plug, and leave it in standby until the reboot is finished.
  7. boylehome

    boylehome Hall Of Fame/Supporter

    Jul 16, 2004
    It is pretty good voodoo too. It works well for me! Only if there was some way to force the EPG guide to re-populate.
  8. tahoerob

    tahoerob Godfather

    Mar 22, 2003
    Well it is finally happening :(
    I switched fully to cable after Adelphia significantly added more HD. Even the Voom 10 did not save Dish HD fo me.
    Also, I am moving in July & the new area has all the main HD channels that I like on cable.
    So I am selling my 921 starting today on Ebay!!
    I still have a 501 in an exercise room with only Dish 60 now until I move in July. Then I will totally cut the Dish string (a long). I used to have AEP & HD. Thus Dish is losing a high end customer. I even got my 921 back on 12/30/03!!!!
    Maybe next year after Dish, Directv, & cable compete for HD customers & with Mpeg 4 receivers, I will switch again back to satellite.
  9. boylehome

    boylehome Hall Of Fame/Supporter

    Jul 16, 2004
    Sorry to see you leave tahoerob. On the bright side, maybe you will come back when E* is better.

  10. tahoerob

    tahoerob Godfather

    Mar 22, 2003
    FYI, here is my listing!!!

    Overall, I would not hesitate to return to Dish. However, I will wait for MPEG 4 HD DVRs.
  11. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004

    When I mentioned PSIP as the source for EPG data the tech said that many customers have been requesting the same thing. We need to keep this message in the forfront! (Ironically, when I first started posting here Mark told me to cut out on the PSIP rhetoric). While many broadcasters don't get PSIP right the data E* sells to some of us is not right at times either (PBS stations are a prime example). BTW: If PBS HD is the same feed everywhere, why can't E* get that service's EPG data and plug it into the "n-01" spot, leaving the analog EPG for "n-02" on all PBS stations?

  12. DonLandis

    DonLandis Hall Of Fame

    Dec 17, 2003
    Michael- The guide service for PBS is, indeed a mystery. Here, our PBS affiliate does a bunch of time shifting of it's programming as well as several local programs on multicast subchannels. I suspect that the inaccuracy is really a function of the poor data quality from each PBS station's program department. Most PBS stations cry poor house all the time and don't pay much for help compared to the other network stations in a given area. If the PBS local uses it's primary channel -1 as the network prime time feed, then that should be fairly accurate but the multicast subchannels may be programmed at the last minute. The service bureau's listings have to be in well in advance to be published. Local origination may not be timely enough to generate any sort of accuracy. All this is just a guess but even with FCC mandated PSIP guide data the guide data would still be far less than what we need and most have come to expect in the guide. All it would do is give those who get nothing, at least something in that space for a few hours at minimum. There still, IMHO, would be a value added for E* wishing to have a revenue generator on OTA guide data.
  13. michaelL

    michaelL Mentor

    Nov 30, 2004
    Well, my analog EPG for PBS is the -01 spot. My PBS HD is on -02. Unless they use the PSIP data for the guide, everything else will be a hack.


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