Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Lake Worth, FL USA
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Install was completed yesterday about 4:30pm. The installer had no issue with removing the old dish and installing the new one in the same location (I had heard otherwise on this forum).
I got two new H20 receivers with the deal. I wanted to hook them up myself and he said fine. He asked that I connect them and as they power up, press 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 which he said will force the lastest software download. I have no way to verify if that's true or not, the display showed nothing to indicate anything other than a boot. Went through setup and got channel 100.
He completed the new dish install, called D* for me and activated the new boxes. I checked my channels to make sure I was getting all I should, signed the papers and he was out of there. Total time, about 1.5 hours.
I have owned several receivers before this including the Sony A50 and B50, Toshiba's first HD box, Sony HD100, and Samsung 360 HD box. The first thing I have to say is that the new H20 responds in slow motion compared to ANY of those and that is something of a disappointment. The guide is usable but seems to take two presses, one to select the guide type and one more to bring up the selected guide. None of this is a show stopper, but it is a little annoying.
Now for the pluses. The OTA section is the best of any box I've had yet pulling channels I got marginally before as solid and pulling channels I simply did not get before from my OTA antenna in the attic. The funny thing about that is that one of the reasons I went with the upgrade was to get solid local HD channels which I now do both from the Satellite and OTA. If I had this OTA receiver in any of my previous boxes, I would not have needed to upgrade...
The new slimline 5LNB dish is supposed to be more rain fade resistant, we will see. Also, the H20 has a search function which only my Samsung had and I do like that!
I had a little trouble programming my Pronto as the first set of codes I downloaded from RemoteCentral.com did not operate the dash (-) key. Also, the pronto refused to learn that key. I downloaded someone elses configuration file and the dash worked from that one, so I can direct tune OTA HD stations now.
I'll report again after a few days and include my wife's input. The interface and the speed of the interface are very different from the HD100 sony she was used to, so she may have some issues.