I installed the Samsung T160 on Saturday, swapping out the old RCA D* Receiver. On the D* side, to my amazement I was able to get the NFL Sunday Ticket HD channels using only my old 18" round dish (channels 70 & 71 - one CBS HD broadcast of Giants & Dolphins and the other Fox Widescreen broadcast of the Packers/Seattle game). The other ST games were almost unbearable to watch...D* needs to do something about this, especially with the big price increase for 2003.
On the Antenna side, I am very pleased with the job the Silver Sensor (SS) did in pulling in all the local channels...its sitting on top of my RPTV and with a single 45 degree shift, I can pull in all the local DTV stations, even WOLO (SS is a UHF only V-shaped antenna for those that are unfamiliar with it) . Signals are strong, mostly in the 90+ range with little adjustment, and some are at 100 if I play with it a little. But there is no need to tweak the orientation of this unit since the digital signal is very stable. The other thing I noticed is that some of the stations seem to do better 'hitting' the SS from the side rather than having it pointed in their general direction. I did not need a VHF antenna to get WOLO, so that has been a pleasant surprise.
Tonight, I will be watching the Red Sox and Athletics on Fox Digital format (hopefully in Widescreen), something I cannot do today with TWC. I also now have NBC in Digitial and I'll be able to check out Leno tonight...something I can not do with TWC. Okay, okay enough about TWC.
The Samsung T160 is a pretty slick unit, but it does have some annoying quirks. When you are scanning for local DTV OTA stations so you can incorporate them into the Guide, it does not have a way of saving what you picked up from each scan. When you shift the Antenna to pick up what was missed on the first pass, it overlays the original scan. Does not appear to be any way to manually add channels to the Guide. Today, I tried going through the 'Add local networks' process and it seemed to pick up everything I needed plus a few more that I don't. Anyone know of a way to get the channels entered without going through the 'destructive scan' process?
The Triple LNB arrives on Saturday morning, just in time for more Digital sports on ESPN and Fox...something I can't do today with you know who!