Originally Posted by Servicetech571
Most people view Pay TV as a utility, just like electricity or water. few know the ways of free HDTV, but more are learning
Most people bought into the confusing HDTV-Ready/HDTV-Capable TVs pitched by the electronics salesmen as "all they needed." Those misnomers made looking for an ATSC OTA-capable TV confusing for most people. Four years ago I was determined to get one that tuned NTSC, ATSC, and QAM. I did find a 52" Mitsubishi DLP with all of the features I wanted and a lot more. I could view the un-scrambled HDTV on the cable before the other subscribers were able(after they paid to upgrade, of course). The only thing more that I would wish for, is more than ONE HDMI input port. I got a Sony receiver with 3:1 HDMI ports and thought I had it made. Now I'm "drooling" over the new Onkyo TX-SR607 with 5:1 HDMI on the rear and a 6th on the front! Maybe if I have a garage sale soon I can get one of those. I'm using a 5:1 switch to my receiver, or rather feeding the switch with my receiver since the switch won't "feed" the receiver (RMA'd one before using it to feed the TV). This really overly complicates switching between devices. It's way beyond my wife's ability/desire to turn things on. If the TV, Receiver, HDMI switch, and the desired source STB/DVR is not set "just so", she's lost. (I, too, sometimes.)
I really had a lot of fun adding the second PAL DVR yesterday(the 7th HDMI source device). I was trying to set the remotes up and I wound up with both PALs set to 4, sort of. I could get both DVRs to show system info -- channel 4 on both, but I couldn't turn either off... meanwhile the DISH 722 in ANOTHER room was responding to the PAL remotes. I came back to the beginning of this forum and found that I needed to use TWO digits for the channel on the PAL remote -- not mentioned in the DISH DVR guides. Nothing is mentioned about how to change remote control channels in the PAL DVR Guide -- another reason to watch and join this forum. I really appreciate the wealth of information shared here by people who really go out of their way to help all of us.