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Will 921 work as an OTA tuner if account is Cancelled/frozen??

Discussion in 'Standard Definition Receiver Support Forum' started by lionsrule, May 23, 2005.

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  1. lionsrule

    lionsrule Godfather

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    Can anyone definitely confirm whether or not I could temporarily "put on hold" my account for the summer and still use my 921 as an OTA HD tuner??
     
  2. socceteer

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    That should be simple to test....unplug the Dish input cable and see if the OTA channels work..!

    I would think that you will get the message "waiting/ searching for Satellite signal" and you want be able to get out of it
     
  3. Cyclone

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    Well, I had my 921 work with OTA before I called Dish to activate it. So I would think that yes it would work. But the time/date was incorrect and there was zero EPG info until you sub to locals.

    I think you can drop to a $5/mo fee to hold your active. But then the 921 has its $5/mo VOD fee and I'd guess you'd want locals for the EPG which is another $6/mo.
     
  4. Larry

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    Actually, I don't think unplugging the satellite cable is a valid test. As long as the ird can see a satellite signal (subbed or not) you should be able to receive OTA signals. I'm not certain with the 921, but it worked just fine that way with a 6000.
     
  5. Bob Haller

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    I never owned a 6000 but others posted if rainfade occurs, OTA reception would quit too
     
  6. Bradtothebone

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    As long as the 921 can see an E* satellite, you can use it as an OTA tuner. However, you will NOT be able to use any trick play features or record anything, AFAIK. This is the way I first used mine before activation (for about a week).

    Brad
     
  7. Larry

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    I'm quite sure it's this way for all E* irds.

    No doubt that's the way it is before activation. Here's the question...has anybody tried using DVR & trick play features after de-subbing their 921? AFAIK, all that happens when you cancel your subscription is your smartcard is written to as de-subscribed. This would most likely eliminate the locals in your guide, but there are always manual timers for OTA (we sure used them enough in the early days of the 921). I doubt anything is sent to the ird, but I'd like to know with some certainty what actually does happen to the 921 under these circumstances.
     
  8. Cyclone

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    I can't speak to the de-subbing. But even after hooking it up to the dishes, the 921's clock/calender was way out of wack. That would make scheduling a recording very difficult.
     
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    Bradtothebone

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    I'd still like to know the answer to this question. Surely someone who has desubbed a 921 has experimented with it afterward. Mark? Alan?

    Brad
     
  10. boylehome

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    I've disconnected the dish cables from one of my 921's and did a power cord reboot. Check switch did the long check and came up with nothing. The only thing that worked was the OTA channels, yes, I was still able to get them. This was about a one hour process and I don't know what would happen if left unconnected for a longer period of time. BTW when I had my 6000, it received the OTA's fine with out dishes or phone line connected.
     
  11. Bradtothebone

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    That's interesting that the OTA worked without the receiver seeing a satellite. The real question, though, is "Did the trick play features work, and could you record OTA?"

    Brad
     
  12. Reider

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    Yes, you are able to view & record OTA programs with a manual timer after desubbing a 921. There is no info in the guide but if you set up a manual event timer it works just as it did when the sub was active. Hope this helps.

    Reider
     
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