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How would you upgrade an existing (Directv) Seatel Series xx04 Antenna with Dual Ku LNB Marine Standard Definition Satellite system to a Dish Network HD system?

According to Seatel's manual, It looks like all I will need to get is an HD converter (HDTV 110 WEST CONVERTER KIT) and install it before the Multi Switch. does that applies to Dish Network or only for Directv?
I will also need to install a manual or an automatic switch on the 110 input of the Multiswitch (I guess I need it in order to switch between the HD channels and the Standard channels).
And of course upgrade all the receivers to HD and upgrade the TVs and wiring to support HD.


Is there a way to avoid the switching? Iv'e heard that it is a problem and in some cases the switching takes very long time and can be very disturbing. But again, that was with Directv.
Does it make sense to just drop the Standard Def. and just watch HD?
Does anyone have an idea on what's the best way to deal with this issue?
I know that Directv will be dropping the HD over the KU band and move it all to KA band, will Dish Network leave all the HD channels on the KU band?

Thanks!!!
 

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Dish's HD will be on Ku band for the forseeable future, so in theory, your antenna should work. As far as HOW it works, and what limitations are involved, you'll need to contact the manufacturer (Seatel). The converter kit you're referring to was for DirecTV only, and should not apply to Dish.

Generally, "in-motion" antennas only have a single LNB, and it is "legacy" style, which means you are limited to a single-tuner receiver. For HD on Dish, this means a ViP211 receiver.

Again, you'll need to contact the manufacturer and find out if Dish is supported by the antenna, and how you will need to go about configuring the receiver to be compatible.
 

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Thanks! I will contact Seatel...
I know that the Dish is supported by the antenna.
I will probably need to get new LNBs. So the only reason for the dual LNB in this case will be for dual input receivers for watching and recording to different channels at the same time? or is there anything else I will be loosing?
 

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A dual LNB would only be useful if you were pulling information ONLY from a SINGLE satellite. For example, DirecTV's standard-def national English programming is all from 101, so the dish could track 101 and feed 2 receivers, or 2 tuners.

Dish's content, especially with HD, is spread over 3 satellites, so when you change channels, the dish will frequently have to move from one sat to another. It can only be on one sat at a time, so you can't have more than one tuner trying to control it. Thus, one dome = one sat tuner = one single tuner receiver.
 
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