Questions about my new HR-20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by stususs, Jun 12, 2007.

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  1. stususs

    stususs Cool Member

    Dec 16, 2005
    I live 25 miles west of Philadelphia and 50 miles east of Lancaster, PA. With my OTA antenna and the DTC-100, I was able to tune in the analog version of Channel 8 in Lancaster. With the HR-20 when I tune channel 8, I receive the message "channel not available." Because I am in the Philadelphia market, Channel 8 is not among my list of available analog channels. The option to scan for and select off-air channels produces a list of only receivable digital channels. Since I cannot receive the digital version of channel 8, that channel does not show up in my off-air list. So, how do I tune in analog channel 8?

    I have a 6 year old monitor, the RCA MM36100, that receives an HD signal only through a 15 pin VGA input. I needed to purchase a component to VGA transcoder, the V-Digi VD-Z3 connecting the component cable from the HR-20 and the VGA cable to the monitor. The best picture is with transcoder switches 2, 4 and 6 set in the "on" position. However, there is a noticeable flicker in the image.
    Any suggestions on how to eliminate the flicker?

    Thank you.
  2. Koz

    Koz Icon

    Sep 16, 2006
    For your first question, I first want to clarify something you said. I think you want the digital channel 8 over the air, not analog, correct? If you really meant analog, I don't think the HR20 is able to tune in analog channels.

    Assuming you meant digital, I see that channel 8 NBC does have channel 8.1 broadcasting out of Lancaster. In order to get that channel to appear in your channel list, go back into antenna set-up in your HR20 and choose a secondondary area for OTA channels. I personally don't have a secondary area, but if you can't figure out how to set it, I'm sure others on the board can help you out.

    I have no experience for your second question, but have you tried an HDMI to VGA adapter?
  3. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    You can add a secondary zip code (e.g Lancaster) to your HR20 and it will add to the guide the OTA stations for that secondary zip. Then you can edit out any you don't receive. But of course you may not be able to receive channel 8 digital in your location and with your antenna, I had read somewhere it's one of the worst digital signals in the area.

    And yes, the HR20 does not have an analog tuner. It's a digital recorder so could not record analog signals even if it had an NTSC tuner, it would need an analog to digital converter and with analog going away in 2009 that would be a waste of money for most people.
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