Well, here is the tale.
A few weeks ago, when J&R had some referbed 515s for sale, I purchased one. Yes, I am a dedicated Panasonic guy, but the 515s had the useable tuner, and they WERE the last models available made for North America. I figured I should take advantag of the offer. I got it, and it sat on a shelf, unopened until this week. (I was wondering if I would ever open it
.) What happened this week, you ask? Well, DirecTV and Tribune entertainment came to a non-agreement resulting in all the tribune stations going offline on DirecTV midnight Mar 31. This included LA channel 5, which has some shows I record.
So I expected the situation to be resolved pretty quickly, but when Tuesday evening rolled around and I was still getting the "no service" screen on channel 5 from DirecTV, I knew, for domestic reasons, that I needed to act. I dragged out my old antenna, connected the wires and strung the antenna cable into the living room. The television saw the over-the-air signal just fine, but we would be out that evening, so I needed to record the show. TA-DA! The 515 to the rescue. I opened the box, set it up and had it operational in a very short time. (I have a little experience with DVD recorders that transferred from the Panasonics to the 515 pretty easily.) Tuesday evening, it made the recording exactly as it was supposed to Whoo-Hoo!
The antenna wire was, however, run through a window and kinda down the hall, held to the ceiling by wrapping it around the base of the hall light fixtures. While it had the intended end result, this was not long-term acceptable. On Wed, this forum (and the DBS forum) was filled with comments about legal action flying between DirecTV and Tribune--the rerhetoric sounded like it was getting heated, and nasty.
I assumed a resolution was not imminent, so Wed evening, I unstrung the wire, ran it through the attic, snaked it down the wall and through the hole that I have been using for all the DirecTV satellite cables. I got it to be "pretty" and long-term workable, reconnected it to the televison, verified that I had signals, and tuned to 5-1, where there was a breaking news story of an agreement just hammered out between Tribune and DirecTV, so they reported that they were back on DirecTV! I switched inputs and tuned to channel 5, and yes, they were back on.
I was not happy about expending all that effort when it had been unnecessary. Yes, I have the 515 connected up, and the over-the-air signals coming in, but really! I was pretty annoyed, and that because the outcome I had wanted, actually occurred.
Talk about cognitive dissonance
As I said, IT HAD TO HAPPEN, didn't it.