Originally Posted by Satcom15
But, does the IR blaster have a timer function? Can I program the IR blaster to change channels at a particular time? Say record on Ch 8 at 7PM and Ch 46 at 8PM? Otherwise I'd have to be there to change the channel. Are there any manufacturers and/or models I should look at to get an idea of how they work? Thanks for any information.
On another note, I saw an interesting article on Free to Air (FTA) satellite TV in Monitoring Times. There was dicussion on the Pansat 200HD receiver - Cool. I was wondering what receiver and antenna you were using for your PBS reception. Also, do you watch any other channels? Finally, can one still subscribe to encrypted channels (paying a fee for the service of course). I'm wondering if a Ku-Band system might be the way to go instead of cable or Dish/DirecTV.
Your DVR does that. You don't have to be there to change channels, that's what your DVR does. All this IR device does is send the IR to the tuner box so the channel can be changed. It's a dumb device. It's kinda like telling your DVR to pick up the remote and change the channel. If you build an HTPC to act as your DVR you definitely can do this. As for regular DVRs, you'll need to check if it supports an external IR function for changing channels on your tuner box. So for finding what you want, check your DVR product information to see what it supports.
I'm using an Antennas Direct ClearStream 4 antenna in my attic pointed directly at Cheyenne Mountain. I have clear line of sight. It looks bigger in the pictures than it really is. It's about 1ft high by 2ft wide. I could have gone much larger in my attic, but I'm glad I didn't because my reception is perfect even in really bad weather. I watch the following OTA stations. Rather, these are the ones that I didn't hide, so I can't really say that I watch them, but more that they didn't annoy me enough to hide them. Here's the list: 5.1, 5.2, 8.1, 8.3, 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 13.1, 21.1, 21.2.