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what is a bbc

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dparinisi, Aug 11, 2007.

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  1. dparinisi

    dparinisi New Member

    Aug 10, 2007
    I am new to this and the the teck talk so if some can tell me? Thanks
  2. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

    Oct 20, 2006
    :welcome_s to DBStalk

    BBC=Broad Band Converter

    They are the little gray boxes that go in between the SAT lines and the HR20 or H20. They allow the receiver to receive lower frequencies (Ka lo) that the new HD channels will be on.
  3. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Welcome to the forums, dparinisi! :welcome_s

    The BBC is a small gray or more recently black box that connects to the HD receiver or DVR. It takes the satellite signals from the two newest satellites (or will when they launch and turn on) and converts them to a frequency the receivers can use.

    If you tune to channel 499 and the BBC(s) is working correctly you should get a signal missing error, 771.

  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    If you don't get that "Searching for signal" message, call customer service right away! You don't want to miss out on the new channels.
  5. Kansas Zephyr

    Kansas Zephyr Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    I thought BBC stood for B-Band Converter.
  6. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    It does. However, the functional explanations are correct. :)
  7. MikeR

    MikeR Hall Of Fame

    Oct 5, 2006
  8. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    OK, so I get off the phone today with a D* CSR to order a free HR20-700, and she tells me I need these converters for my current HR10-250's as well. So she places an order for 6 of these for those units. I asked her if these are usable on that model--I thought they worked only on the new HD DVR's--and she tells me that these will allow one to view the new HD channels on all existing HD DVR's, including HD TIVO's.

    Huh? :confused:
  9. PoitNarf

    PoitNarf New Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    CSR was obviously confused. The only receivers that can receive the MPEG4 HD channels and will require the BBCs next month are the H20 and HR20 (H21 also, but these are not available for purchase yet).
  10. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    No offense, but I don't know where they get these CSR's from or where they train them at, if at all. :rolleyes:

    No, you do not need the BBC's for your HR10 as it will not be capable of picking up the new HD channels from the new sats.
  11. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Hall Of Fame

    Apr 27, 2004
    By the way, I requested 4 through the website the other day. They sent me a total of 8 (maybe because all my MPEG4s are DVRs?). FedEx delivered 8 packages, each containing one BBC! :) You'd think for an outfit that seems to be more conientious about costs that they could work out something better than shipping multiple paclages to the same address when a single shipment would do. :D
  12. 996911

    996911 Go Pack!

    Aug 24, 2006
  13. dwrats_56

    dwrats_56 Godfather

    Apr 20, 2007
    Columbia, MO
    Big Boned Cow:D
  14. Cru Jones

    Cru Jones Cool Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    I am new-ish to DirecTV (within the past 6 months). I got an email from D stating that I needed to check for B-Band Converters on my HR-20. I followed their instructions and then checked the back of my receiver and did find 2 b-band converters hooked up however only one of them has a coaxial cable running into it. The other one is just hanging there. Upon further investigation, I noticed I only have one coaxial cable coming out of the wall. Am I missing a splitter/switch? Did my DirecTV installer forget to run another cable? Am I screwed (hahaha). I thought I'd try you guys out first before I called Direc since I can get a real, technical answer out of you guys. Thanks!!!
  15. Cru Jones

    Cru Jones Cool Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    I was just surfing some other threads and heard people talking about getting multi-line switches for single line installations. Will this work in my environment? HR-20 receiver wanting to take full advantage of all that DirecTV has to offer me. Thanks!!!
  16. davidrumm

    davidrumm Legend

    Dec 2, 2005
    Yes you need a second line. This will allow you to record 1 program and watch another or record 2 programs at once. The SWM is not out yet but should be shortly. You do need to contact D* about the tech not installing the 2nd line. I hope it's not too late as I think they only warranty the install for 90 days.
  17. Cru Jones

    Cru Jones Cool Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    Thanks for the reply! I figured I was out of luck with installer not setting up a second line. Hopefully the SWM will be out soon and available to D* customers. I have a feeling running a second line will be a pain (which is probably why the installer didn't do it).
  18. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    A multiswitch lets you have more than 4 lines in. At the moment, a dual-tuner DVR like HR20 or R15 needs two lines in, so if you want more receivers than that, you need a multiswitch.
  19. syphix

    syphix Hall Of Fame

    Jun 23, 2004
    BTW, why wasn't the BBC built into the H20 & HR20?? They knew that they were gonna be used with the new satellites and MPEG4, why wasn't it built in?? :confused:
  20. Kansas Zephyr

    Kansas Zephyr Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    Because they must be removed later when/if a SWM is installed.
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