Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Walnut Heights area of Walnut Creek, CA
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Since you didn't get any responses to date, maybe my 2 cents worth is at least something... ((maybe less than 2 cents...)
The fact that you have 3 LNBs on your sat dish shouldn't affect the number of lead-ins from there. The only factor I'm aware of is how many STBs you are going to connect it to. I have a 3 LNB dish also, but I have 3 lead-ins only because I send it to 3 STBs, one of which is an HD model. If I had only one STB, there would be only one line to it for the dish. The 3 LNB feeds are integrated at the dish.
I think it depends on what kind of inputs are available on your TV as well as what kind of STB you have. On mine, a Mits 55" HDTV, fed by a Hughes E86 receiver, I can select the input on the TV, i.e. antenna, DTV, VCR, DVD, etc. by using the TV remote. Since I only have D* and OTA for TV viewing, cable is not an issue. (I dumped cable when I got D*)
For TV viewing , I have D* into the SAT input on the E86, and my OTA antenna into the ANT input on the E86. If I also wanted to have cable, The only way I think I could do that would be to connect the cable to the antenna input on the TV, and to then view cable, would have to change the input on the TV to that input. Cumbersome.
Unless I want to use my VCR or DVD player, I just leave the TV input set to DTV, and the E86 receiver integrates both the OTA and D* feeds to the TV, and also intregrates the channel menus as well. I then set up several channel lists to pull up, one with only D*, one only for OTA, and one showing both of those integrated. The latter shows duplicate channels, both OTA and D*, which for my wife can be confusing, so I don't use that often.
Maybe this is of no help at all, who knows......