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Is HR20 capable of following moved OTA transmitters?

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In my area, I understand that a number of local channels have plans to switch to transmitters that other local channels are currently using. For example, channel 2 will be moving to the transmitter that channel 11 is currently using, and channel 11 is moving somewhere.

My question is, will the HR20 "follow" channel 2 when it moves from it's current location to channel 11's location, and show up as channel 2 in the guide? Or will I need to go into antenna setup and mess around?
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Yes it will as soon as the updated information is pushed through. The units don't scan so it could end up taking a while potentially. Assuming it is happening with the analogue cut off how ever it shouldn't take long to update since DirecTV will be expecting a lot of moves then and planning for them. Some people how ever have reported problems with sub-channels taking weeks or longer to get resolved. You won't need to do anything it will be completely automatic when it does happen.
If you are inquiring about the RF transmission of the move, the OTA tuner in the HR2x does not care where it is transmitted from. It only supplies access to the market channels according to the zip code(s) that are provided by you in the setup.

So if a local channel move from one antenna site to another, the HR2x will not care. You may need to adjust your antenna to accommodate the best signal.
As long as the local stations pass on the correct info timely, there should be no problems. After Katrina, we had 3 stations sharing transmitters with other stations - meaning they were using frequencies other than their assigned frequencies. Recently, these 3 stations moved back to their own towers/transmitters/assigned frequencies without any problems.

I actually had to have my TV rescan, whereas the HR20 and HR21/AM21 never missed a beat.
No, it will not "follow" in the traditional sense. If the information is provided to Tribune and the info is actually paid any attention to, AND they get it right....then and only then will the "updated" tuning info be useful in the HR series.

When the big transition comes in Feb 2009:

If you have any changes to your local station frequency assignments, I expect significant delays, mistakes, and required follow-up phone calls to the local engineer in charge at the missing/incorrect TV station. This will be followed by the requisite finger pointing/blame shifting/revisionist history and eventually the HR20 series will catch up and be accurate and functional.

BE forewarned! (The best predictor of future performance is past performance, and OTA channel issues with the HR20 have been legendary and long running for a significant number of us.)

We still don't have 13-2 (local weather) here, after 3 months of waiting, and it took nearly a year to straighten out two other channels...and that was only finally fixed (in about 10 days) when a friendly local engineer at the affected station(s) went out of his way to call Tribune and read them the riot act (as they already had the required info in their possession for many months)

One can always hope....but I expect that Feb 2009 is going to be a real mess for those of us who are having stations move from UHF to VHF, or change their RF assignments (3 stations here will be doing just that).

Hmmmm....lemme see...yup....right smack in the middle of the new Prime Time TV season. Wonderful, just wonderful.:)

Don't take this sarcastic post as being anti-OTA...I'm very big into OTA, and very much like what my HR20-700/100 and HR21-200/AM21 do on OTA. it's the support infrastructure that is found wanting.
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hasan said:
Hmmmm....lemme see...yup....right smack in the middle of the new Prime Time TV season. Wonderful, just wonderful.:)
I've got a feeling that we'll be seeing mostly re-runs on the networks that week ;)
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