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Forgive me if this question has been answered, I didn't see it in the guides.

I'm converting from an older SDTV D* Tivo box to the H20. I have one round dish with two cables that provide the dual-tuner (watch & record) function on the existing DVR. I bought the HR20 at local BB, but they didn't know about any possible dish changes.

My question: Will I need to replace my dish? If so, where can I get the one I need? (I've installed my own dish several times.)

Also: If I connect to the existing dish, will I be able to continue the current SD services until I get the new dish?
 

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You need to replace your dish with the 5-LNB dish. This is larger, and can be a challenge to align, especially if you don't have a signal meter.

If you ordered the HR20 from DirecTV, they would provide the dish and send an installer. You might call and see if you can arrange the dish upgrade and installation anyway.

To your last question, yes, you can continue to use the existing dish and get the SD programming you were getting before.

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Thanks for the explanation Carl. (Nice bike too, I'm also a rider.)

I'll give them a call and see what they can do.

If there is some delay before they can come out, I may get impatient and opt to do it myself.

If I operate temporarily with the current feed, should I just move my current access card over to then new box? Or must I call them to a get a new card authorized? Will the current card even work in the new box?
 

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Thanks. Yes it did and the HR20 is now up and running on the old dish. Turns out they also have a shortage of the 5-LNB dish and that won't show up until early January. Until then no HDTV :(
 

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I generally recommend to get the 5LNB job up to a pro. It's very precise in it's alignment and without a signal meter you might be out there for days.
 

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Mertzen said:
I generally recommend to get the 5LNB job up to a pro. It's very precise in it's alignment and without a signal meter you might be out there for days.
Yes, the "pros" are coming in January to install it. :hurah:
 
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