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No Locals On Sony A1

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by spec2, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Dec 5, 2010 #1 of 14
    spec2

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    Is there any reason why a Sony A1 would no longer pick up locals (Atlanta). DirecTV has given me conflicting answers. Phone support said it should since SD locals for ATL are on the 101 but a tech visiting my parents house said this model does not support the slimline 3 antenna (they have two newer HD receivers). The A1 gets locals on the 900s and just gives a black screen w/ "searching for satellite signal" message. It gets all other channels except for SportsSouth.

    If the A1 is too old my parents have a deactivated Samsung SIR-TS160. If I reactivated this unit would it get SD locals for ATL?
     
  2. Dec 5, 2010 #2 of 14
    BattleZone

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    DirecTV will happily replace that ancient A1 with a new D12 for free...
     
  3. Dec 5, 2010 #3 of 14
    spec2

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    of course they will -- they get a $5/ mo lease fee. I'm trying to avoid that because the A1 & Sammy receivers are owned units. Will DTV sell me one outright?
     
  4. Dec 5, 2010 #4 of 14
    P Smith

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    Take a look into gct's maps here and find where is your local first.
     
  5. Dec 5, 2010 #5 of 14
    Crystal Pepsi Ball

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    If this is your only active receiver, and you replace the A1 with the new D12, it will show a $5 leased charge as a primary, but then a $5 primary lease receiver credit.
     
  6. Dec 5, 2010 #6 of 14
    spec2

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    It's the 3rd receiver - Also have 2 leased HD receivers, so already get the one "lease fee free" credit.
     
  7. Dec 5, 2010 #7 of 14
    Edmund

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    So now you have ancient A1 receiver with $5 mirror fee, directv replaces with working D12 with $5 lease fee. Same cost per month.
     
  8. Dec 5, 2010 #8 of 14
    CCarncross

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    Each additional receiver beyond the 1st one on the account costs you $5 per month, if its owned it shows as a mirrored programming fee, if it's leased it shows as a lease fee, the money is the same....ask D* for a replacement model as that A1 is virtually useless now....
     
  9. Dec 5, 2010 #9 of 14
    spec2

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    OK. Thanks for clarifying that.
     
  10. codespy

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    I got a Sony A55 going strong...with locals, but on its own 30" non-slimline dish antenna.

    My locals are on the 101 Milwaukee DMA. If you have legacy equipment on a SWiM slimline-3, it probably will not work unless you have a SWM multiswitch with legacy ports.
     
  11. P Smith

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    I did ask OP to find what sat carry his SD locals, but he didn't bother to do his legwork.
     
  12. dishrich

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    Well since his post DID say Atlanta locals, I'm pretty sure they ARE on 101... ;)
    My guess would be the parents have a SWM slimline, which of course will NOT work at all on this receiver...or the receiver is just old & should be replaced. (my suggestion)
     
  13. P Smith

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    If he could check parent's DVR setup screen for SWM setup, then we could reduce our fantasies. :)
     
  14. RobertE

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    Doesn't matter. If it was on a SWiM, it wouldn't work at all. No locals, no base channels, nothing. 771s on everything.
     

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