Well, I just hooked my 4DTV receiver back up the other day. The internal battery is still good (was replaced about 2 yrs ago). So my ID is valid. Did some research these last couple of days and came across some interesting information. Looks as if they are going to change the signals up there - and that my 4DTV unit will not be able to decipher it. But there seems to be good news for me (not sure it applies to anyone else). I'll be able to point my dish at the W5 bird, reset my 4DTV receiver and download a new operating system that will be able to pick up (dechiper) the digital channels on W5 (which has a lot of new digital channels).
This is all slated to take place at the end of this year! So the 4DTV unit will be able to download the DSR410 operating system and will still be able to deciper the signals. I guess that means that if you have a DSR410 receiver (or equivalent?), you should be okay.
Just a side note, unless I'm mistaken - the feeds you get directly from the satellites are 1st gen when using a BUD. Small pizza dishes actually first receive this first gen signal, but then uplink and compress the signal - making it crap. Going straight to the source is where you get the best PQ - and that is only possibly with a BUD.Official Motorola (who made the 4DTV unit) Noticehttp://www.callnps.com/motorola-notification.pdfProgramming availability for W5 satellite
Page 1 http://www.programming-center.net/Page1_PACKAGES.pdf
Page 2 http://www.programming-center.net/Pa...CKAGES%202.pdf
Page 3 http://www.programming-center.net/Page4_ALACARTE.pdf
I don't know how this effects people that do not have the 4DTV unit. Maybe there is no change for owners of other brands. Again, I'm not certain and you should contact a provider to better understand your individual situation. And in order to deciper, your receiver must be capable (digitally).
For sure though, if you wanted to set up your BUD again, you can buy the 410 from Skyvision (who offers it). It seems it only requires you to point your BUD at one bird (W5 sat). http://www.skyvision.com/programming...tml#all_movies
You can also still get (free) FTA channels across the spectrum with other types of receivers.
As for pricing - since I've been out of the game for a while, I'm not sure how they compare.
Originally Posted by hughh
Are they still useful? If so, how? I still have my 10 footer, but I trashed the C-receiver as I could not get any subscription.