|Originally posted by sr:
3. Is there a seamless method of feeding both the OTA HD and DISH satellite HD signals into the single antenna input of the Panasonic STB so I can record either source by changing channels on the Panasonic STB and still use the built in timer feature?
I too have the DST50/PV-HD1000 fed from a 5000/modulator.
And I too have two dishes (110/119 and 61.5), feeding a
6/4 switch which requires the power inserter.
The "seamless" connection is simply to run a coax from
the DTV output of the HDTV Modulator to the DTV input of
the DST50. And you run your OTA antenna into the RF
antenna input of the HDTV modulator.
The single coax out of the modulator to the DST50 will
be carrying either 61.5 HD channels (modulated to channel
3 for the DST50) or off-air digital channels.
So depending on what you're tuned to with the 5000, the
modulator puts out either (a) channel 3, for the 61.5
satellite channels like HBOHD on 9440, or (b) OTA digital
channels from your antenna. All output is 8VSB, from the
DTV output of the modulator to the DTV input of the DST50.
You set up your 5000 to have the multi-dish switch, and you
add your local off-air channels... both the VHF non-digital
ones and the [probably] UHF digital ones. That way when
you tune to a digital off-air channel the 5000 knows what
it needs to do, which will be to put a message on the
non-digital screen of your TV to go to DTV in order to
view the picture, as well as putting out the DTV channel
through the DTV output of the modulator to the DST50 which
is most likely feeding the component inputs of your HDTV.
In order to record on the PV-HD1000, you need to have the
5000 tuned to either (a) a satellite HD channel, with the
DST50 tuned to channel 3, or (b) an off-air digital channel
with the DST50 tuned to that off-air channel.
You can set up a FAVORITES list on the 5000 that contains
both your local off-air channels as well as your 61.5
channels, which makes it convenient to see the program guide
as perform one-button timer event setting.
You can set the DST50 for timer recording, choosing either
channel 3 or the off-air channel number. And you must also
set the 5000 timer event for the same time, and the same
channel... as a "tune only" event. That way it will go on,
revert to digital mode from either the 61.5 satellite or
off-air antenna, tune to the proper channel, send the
proper output out the modulator DTV output to the DST50,
which will wake up at the same time from its own timer and
record to the PV-HD1000 through firewire.
Hope this helps.