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Watching recorded shows without active sat signal

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jgmiller31, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. SomeRandomIdiot

    SomeRandomIdiot Godfather

    Jan 6, 2009
    Unless they have changed it in the last 3-4 week, that is not the case.

    Test it out yourself. Simply disconnect the RG6 and reboot. It will error out (Communication Problem with Satellite - 775). Will continue to try and reboot if you leave it there long enough. But hit menu (you will see 775 cabling problem in PIG). Press startup menu and move to Playlist. It will allow you to play programs off the hard drive.

    It will not try a reboot loop when you are in the Startup Menu.

    Agree that UPS is best, but it wasn't an issue in late April. UPS would also prevent any Whole Home Authorization issues upon reboot with no signal.

    EDIT: I just tried this again with a HR20 and the above comments are correct - at least with a HR20. Have not attempted with a Genie.
  2. SVTarHeel

    SVTarHeel Mentor

    Oct 20, 2010
    Has anyone tried this lately? And, I can see how this would work during an evening watching TV - i.e., unplug the cable and then watch from the menu > playlist, but what happens, say, overnight? Does the machine need to be unplugged from the power so it will reboot from scratch at the next startup? Or just powered off as usual, then back on the next day?
  3. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Your best bet is to see what happens with your setup. Different units have different operations when it comes to that, and software versions can cause more variation. What is certain is that if you de-activate while connected to the sat., you'll not see anything after a power down and re-power. So, once you see what happens overnight, you'll get some info, but no one can say that it'll last for months, weeks, days or a few hours. A crap shoot you might say!
  4. bpratt

    bpratt Godfather

    Nov 24, 2005
    Salt Lake...
    I recently added an HR44-500 (September 2013). My plan was to keep one HR21-700 attached to the SWM 8 and disconnect the other but keep it active until we watched all the recorded shows. I was able to watch shows on the disconnected HR21 for about 3 days, then it would not let me watch anything. I tried all the above suggestions to get it to allow me to watch the recordings with no success. I finally had to re-attach the coax to the second HR21 after running sat setup and telling it to use only one tuner to be able to watch the recorded shows. The second HR21 never lost power and a reboot was not performed.
  5. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Wondering what was preventing you from watching. any error messages? Perhaps, a 722 OSD?...
  6. bpratt

    bpratt Godfather

    Nov 24, 2005
    Salt Lake...
    I got a message that indicated I could not watch recorded shows without a satellite signal. I don't remember exactly what the message said, but everything I tried would not get around it.

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