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I am a Dish subscriber running a 501 and two 18"ers pointing at 119 and 110. Can I install the 6000 for OTA HDTV only, splitting it into my current system? I know you can't run two recievers on the same cabling but is there some sort of mode the 6000 can be put in so it sees the birds, downloads updates and won't screw with my 501 setup (without activating the 6000)? Right now I don't want to upgrade my dishes for Dish HDTV. I do have local HD from all three networks and should be able to lock a good signal.
 

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I am a Dish subscriber running a 501 and two 18"ers pointing at 119 and 110. Can I install the 6000 for OTA HDTV only, splitting it into my current system? I know you can't run two recievers on the same cabling but is there some sort of mode the 6000 can be put in so it sees the birds, downloads updates and won't screw with my 501 setup (without activating the 6000)? Right now I don't want to upgrade my dishes for Dish HDTV. I do have local HD from all three networks and should be able to lock a good signal.
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1. You could certainly use the 6000 for OTA only, assuming you can switch the video and sound with your AV monitor appropriately.


2. There are a number of relatively inexpensive switches, even simple A/B switches, that could be used to splice in your 6000 to the existing cabling. You'd have to check which dish the downloads come from.


3. But why would you want to do this, considering the excellent HD that is being broadcast on DISH? Even if you keep your 501, the extra receiver charge is only $5 a month. And you can buy a 18" dish for around $30 if you shop around -- try the DISH repair center. Buy yourself a third antenna and an SW-64 switch, put the 501 unit somewhere else in the house, and start enjoying HD. Start with the Sopranos and the truly excellent WWII series Band of Brothers. The HD feeds for HBO and SHO are free if you already have the SD package. Some of the PPV movies, e.g., 13 Days, have also been excellent. And no ads!
 

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3. But why would you want to do this, considering the excellent HD that is being broadcast on DISH? Even if you keep your 501, the extra receiver charge is only $5 a month. And you can buy a 18" dish for around $30 if you shop around -- try the DISH repair center. Buy yourself a third antenna and an SW-64 switch, put the 501 unit somewhere else in the house, and start enjoying HD. Start with the Sopranos and the truly excellent WWII series Band of Brothers. The HD feeds for HBO and SHO are free if you already have the SD package. Some of the PPV movies, e.g., 13 Days, have also been excellent. And no ads!
I hear ya Bob. But, I'm planning on selling the house in the near future and didn't want to put more stuff up on the roof. I already have two dishes and two two way antennae up there. My ex use to call it "Gary central". One thing I didn't know though is, from the statement above, some PPV is in HD. I don't currently sub to H or Showtime but now you have me thinking. If PPV has some HD stuff I might go ahead and install another dish. I picked up a used 6000 and it is coming with an 18" so no purchase necessary.:D Hmmm...
 

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what is this about a dish repair center? can someone provide a link?
 

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If you are not connected to a dish all the time, you need to be VERY CAREFUL how you tune your OTA channels. You will NOT be able to hit the GUIDE button or the 6000 will search for a sat signal. Change channels by hitting the RIGHT BROWSE button, then channel up or down to your channel and hit ENTER. You could key in the channel directly, but this is a dangerous method because if you miskey, your 6000 may want to tune to one of the Dish "Barker" channels (989 or 4xx) then you'd have to switch to your dish to reobtain a signal. A major PITA but supposedly this is being fixed in a future software download.


The first time you fire up your new 6000, you need to set it up and download the latest software before you install the 8vsb module, unless this procedure has changed since last January. If you need to do this, there should be a notice packed with your receiver.


Happy HD viewing, I love my 6000.
 
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