Originally Posted by moolala
I could really use some help from existing owners that are familiar with how best to do this with these particular receivers.....
Ok, here's how I did it. First I told it NOT to use local program information for my zipcode. I "killed" (exit button) the LOCAL channel search - right after the SATELLITE channel search - before it could find any stations off the antenna (you can hear it switching) so all that was left was the satellite channels. Then I manually added ONLY the channels I really wanted - say, channel 29, which showed up on the guide as 5.1. If there was a 5.2, 5.3, etc., they would have been added at the same time. Then I added manually the others that I wanted so my guide isn't all cluttered up with junk. You'll have to know what the REAL broadcast channel is.
It was getting a bit too crowded with things like Satellite 9, Local 9, HD 9.1, HD 9.2, HD 9.3, HD 9.4 and HD 9.5 were taking up the whole screen.
The downside to all this is that is that program information does not display in the guide. Example: Satellite 5 will show "CSI: Miami" and Local 5.1 will show "Regular Programming". So I use the satellite 5 when they are broadcasting in SD and the Local 5.1 when they are broadcasting in HD.
Now ......if I could only keep the GEM channel and the CDUSA channel and a few others pathetic channels I never watch from reappearing every time I delete them from the custom guide.......grrrrrrrr.
Regarding the smaller appearance of the program guide when your display is in a higher (720) resolution...... This is because the guide is sized for 480i and does not change as you increase the resolution, therefore appearing smaller on the screen. It's kinda like on your personal computer when you change it to a higher resolution -- all the desktop icons appear to be smaller. Hope this helps.