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Old 01-07-2010, 07:24 AM   #1
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New Directv Receiver with old dish ??

I just installed a new 32 inch TV in the front of my RV. I want to get an HD receiver so I can hook up to my new tv with an HDMI cable. I know I can only pick up Standard Def (SD) with my old dish but i am almost sure I will get an upgrade in picture quality by using the HDMI cable.

The question is, will an HD receiver allow me to only tune the SD transponders and give me a normal guide/veiwing experience?

A new receiver is only 99 dollars at BEST Buy and Im'm willing to spend that just for the HDMI hookup.

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That'll work fine. You won't get the HD channels, but you'll get anything your old receiver got.

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You should get HD channels (ESPN and TNT) in the channel 70-80 range. All others will be in SD. Good Luck. Walt
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You should get HD channels (ESPN and TNT) in the channel 70-80 range. All others will be in SD. Good Luck. Walt
Maybe not. I think those channels are on the 110 satellite. If the OP's "old disk" is a single head (101 only), then he won't get those either.

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You also would not get those HD channels (even with a capable antenna) without paying the additional fee for HD programming. It's hardy worth the extra cost for only a couple of channels.
While you can expect a better picture with the HDMI cable, it is unlikely that it will be any better than you would get by running an S-Video cable from your current receiver to the new TV. The new receiver is not a bad idea (get a DVR even if you don't currently have the 2nd input cable) and enjoy!
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I actually already have the HD package because I piggyback off my home account. The SD receiver in the RV part times in my house guest bedroom.

I currently have it hooked up with the S-video cable and am unimpressed with the result over the rca cables. I have an upscaling dvd/dvr/vhs player in the rv too, and I am very impressed with the picture quality even from the vhs tapes as they are delivered through the HDMI cable. I think I will go ahead and give this a try and report back to y'all. I probably will have to do it on Sun or Mon as I have to travel to Las Vegas Fri AM for a bachelor party. (Not mine, but a long time friend, hopefully we will still be friends after this weekend)

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My eye tells me that SD pictures on my HD tv's is not any better than (and sometimes not as good) as my old tv sets. If you tell your HD receiver that you are using the 18" round dish, it will tailor the guide for the channels available.
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I'm glad you brought that up, I was looking through setup options on my current HD receiver and noticed there were MANY different types of dish options. Any other set up tips?

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I just installed a new 32 inch TV in the front of my RV. I want to get an HD receiver so I can hook up to my new tv with an HDMI cable...

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The newer DirectTV SD DVRs (R-22) have an HDMI output, so you don't have to go to the extra expense of getting an HD receiver just to use an HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
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Are you aware that the$99 dollar price merely gives you the oportunity to LEASE the receiver and that you will pay a lease fee in perpetuity? You will not own it.



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I just installed a new 32 inch TV in the front of my RV. I want to get an HD receiver so I can hook up to my new tv with an HDMI cable. I know I can only pick up Standard Def (SD) with my old dish but i am almost sure I will get an upgrade in picture quality by using the HDMI cable.

The question is, will an HD receiver allow me to only tune the SD transponders and give me a normal guide/veiwing experience?

A new receiver is only 99 dollars at BEST Buy and Im'm willing to spend that just for the HDMI hookup.

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Since the most you will ever pay for the receiver is only $99 I have never really seen the big deal about "leasing" a receiver or "buying" a receiver. When I throw it away (or ship it back to DTV) 4 years from now I will still have only paid $99. Additionally, if something goes wrong, I don't own the receiver, DTV does and I will have a much stronger case when I request a replacement.

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I actually already have the HD package because I piggyback off my home account. The SD receiver in the RV part times in my house guest bedroom.

I currently have it hooked up with the S-video cable and am unimpressed with the result over the rca cables. I have an upscaling dvd/dvr/vhs player in the rv too, and I am very impressed with the picture quality even from the vhs tapes as they are delivered through the HDMI cable. I think I will go ahead and give this a try and report back to y'all. I probably will have to do it on Sun or Mon as I have to travel to Las Vegas Fri AM for a bachelor party. (Not mine, but a long time friend, hopefully we will still be friends after this weekend)

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If you have hooked up with RCA and S-Video and you are not happy with either result I suspect that you won't be much happier with HDMI. The problem may well be with the TV and not the connection. Let us know what happens if you do take this route.
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Great information!

I am saving my pennies for the hd dish but am probably 18-24 months from that. Good to know that they have new sd receivers with hdmi, I do have the service contract and I heard sometimes those old recievers can attract coffee.

Nothing wrong with the tv, over air hd looks FANTASTIC. Upscaling dvd is as sweet as it should be. I'll post soon about how sd looks with an hdmi hookup.

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