Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Forest Hills, NY
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Thanks Balazer for your reply. I realized I had the wrong channel numbers; HBOHD is 9440 and the demo channel is 9443. Now I don't get the "subscribe" message, but I still can't use the remote's keypad to change channels once tuned to an HD channel, the receiver only responds to the channel up/down button. Do you get this same symptom?
Your explanation for the missing banner is right on the money. To overcome the loss of video when I'm switching from an HD channel to an SD channel, I monitor the S-video output from the 5000 on my HTPC tuner card just to get a clue on where I'm at when the projector goes dark. Who the heck designed this mess! What makes me nuts is that the instruction manual that came with the modulator talks about a seamless operation. When you speak to Dish Tech support, they seem to be clueless on this topic. And don't even waste your time asking them about the purpose of the accessory ports on the modulator and 5000 receiver because they have no idea. I measured a small AC voltage on the outputs, but they didn't seem to change state at any point that could help automate switching.
Regarding the failure of the 5000 to pass through the OTA signal through the modulator, I tried plugging the modulator into a spare 5000 receiver, and this did not resolve the problem. If I unplug the receiver from the wall, the signal passes through. Either the 5000 introduces high loss (as you suggested), and this is normal, or (I hate to even think this) the modulator is not working properly. Unfortunately, I don't have a spare modulator to verify this.
By the way the receiver has the latest version of software.
Al, I'm not clear on your solution. You don't feed the OTA signal into the modulator, but instead you connect it to a Ch 4 converter; one input takes the OTA, the other input takes the modulator output (tuned to channel 4), and then the output of the combiner is fed into the STB's antenna input? Is this unit available at Radio Shack? Did you use this solution as a result of experiencing the same symptoms I mention?
I'm on a mission to simplify the task of just watching OTA/satellite HD/satellite SD channels without having to think what I have to switch next to watch a show. I was hoping that I could program some macros into the Pronto remote, but I've come across so many obstacles with this setup. I get a headache every time I change channels. It's nuts. OK I just took a deep breath, and am feeling better.
I know I can just get a 6000 receiver, but I refuse to give up without a fight.