Originally Posted by btw2003
They know I am wanting to receive the off air subchannels through the antenna and I don't expect all the subchannels from the satellite. So they understand what I want but they claim they can't deliver it because they don't have the bandwith. Yeah I know it is just an excuse to get rid of me.
The way I see it the HD dvr should pass through whatever the antenna delivers to it. I don't really care if there is no guide data I can look online to find out the schedule and just do a manual record.
How do I find out directtv's guide data supplier and request they add all the subchannels for the Des Moines area locals?
I'd go ask this question on DBSTalk.com. They should be able to explain this issue better than me.
As I understand it, the DirecTV HD Receivers (non-DVRs) can do a normal OTA scan, find all available channels and display them... just like a normal HDTV can, digital converter box, etc.
However, DirecTV's HD DVRs can't actually do this. There's no way to do an OTA scan on an HD DVR and have those channels added as something tuneable. Instead, you have to wait for the box to receive updated guide data that says, "Yes, there is a 13.3. It's available on RF channel 13." You can't just scan and go find it. Not sure why this limitation is still in place, as it's been an issue on HD-DVRs through DirecTV dating back a few years.
The reason I remember this to begin with was when IPTV (11) re-shuffled their sub-channels a few years back... everyone on HD-DVRs through DirecTV that got their channels OTA were screwed up until they finally got DirecTV's guide data subscriber to submit an updated sub-channel listing.