Originally posted by bl123
Joe - sorry to respond to a question with a question but I'm interested in how you get the HBOHD output stream for recording. I'd like to be able to time-shift the four high def cable channels I have.
As of 02/11/04, it will be a moot point but I thought I would answer to spread the word in case other folks have not heard the news that DISH is screwing it's model 5000 customers.
I use a DISH 5000 (actually, I have 2 of them) with the optional HD modulator.
The modulator has an RF connector on the back that outputs a signal that looks like a VHF ATSC compliant signal. The only thing output through the modulator are the High Defintion channels from DISH.
Any STB or HD PC card like the MYHD sees this as an OTA VHF station
I have had this rig for a number of years and before the advent of the HD PC cards like the Hipix, I used a Panasonic DST51 STB and Panny HD1000 D-VHS to record.
Now I use the MYHD for this. The Panny was replaced with a MITS D-VHS.
Have a library of at least 90 HD Movies.
I can record SHOHD,HBOHD and HDPPV.
Starting in August 2002, with the rollout of Discovery HD theater, DISH starting using 8PSK for all their new HD transmissions so the 5000 does not recognize these HD channels (Discovery HD,Hdnet,etc.).
FYI,During that rollout, DISH had a free 1 month preview period of Discovry HD and they kept transmitting it with the 4PSK format so the 5000 did recognize it. I have 15 hours of great eye candy on tape.Here is why it is now a moot point.
In February, DISH is moving SHOHD and HBOHD from the 61.5 ( and 148 for you west folks) bird to the 110 bird and transmitting it in 8PSK so the 5000's HD modulator will cease to function.
NO more recording HD programs from DISH with STB's or cards like MYHD.
That mesage you see on the program guide for SHOHD,etc. is what this is all about.
We all knew this was coming and assumed (incorectly) that DISH would wait until the 921 was widely avaialble before dumping on it's loyal customers.
I am on about 6 waiting lists for the 921 and if I don't get one by the 'death' of the 5000 in February,
I will be droppping DISH altogether in February and using my now useless 61.5 dish to get VOOM.
Can't record but I get a large selection of HD movies so I don't have to deal with HBOHD/SHOHD showing movies I want at wierd hours like 2:00 AM like it is now on DISH.
Sorry for the rant but I guess you can tell that I (and MANY others) are really P***d about this.
I did answer your question