I have 3 older RCA DRD420 and 430 receivers controlling 3 Replay 45xx machines using serial control. They have worked flawlessly since getting them some years back.
However, when I returned from a vacation yesterday, I happened to notice that one of my local channels (ch 6) on DirecTV which is a CBS station locally was showing the banner for an NBC station. Upon further review, the call letters for the NBC station that was showing up on the DirecTV banner (with no picture) was WDSU. After googling those call letters, I found out that NBC 6 - WDSU is in NEW ORLEANS. Or should I say WAS in New Orleans, cause their website says they have relocated their broadcast to a sister station somewhere else in Louisana. So guess that explains why I have a blank screen on my local channel 6 and also explains why they say I am not authorized to get it since I live in Michigan!!!! I also have 2 HTL-HD's which work just fine and the locals are all correct.
I called DirecTV and after 2+ hours on the phone with them they told me that I needed to replace my older RCA boxes with new models!!! Well, you have already guessed what my response was to that. I basically told them that if they did not allow me to purchase the boxes I wanted as replacements (that would work with serial control) so they would still be compatible with my Replay's that they could just take their service and "put it where the sun don't shine"!
So I guess my question is are the D10-100's the only hope I have regarding a new DirecTV receiver that has a snowball's chance of working with my serial control from the 45xx Replay's? (with or without dosman's gadget?)
Also, just be aware that they hinted to me that they were going to end support on my older RCA boxes in the near future and would have to replace them soon anyways! Almost got the impression that I was not the first, and that this was some kind of conspiricy on their part to get the older boxes out of circulation.
<start sarcasm> You don't think they would start screwing with channel lineups like this with older box holders and just play dumb as to what the problem really is just to get them to upgrade do you??? <end sarcasm>
Unless someone here can suggest a replacement box that will work, I guess I will just end my local channel subscription with them for now and use my cable locals with a less optimal picture (keep that for 8 a month so I get 15 a month off my internet from Comcast).
Are the D10-100's even available any more? I know the 200 and 300's don't work at all with or without Dosman's translator.
TIA for any suggestions.