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New to satellite, question about basic cable/sat mix

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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Chuck Paskovics

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Posted August 16 2002 - 01:25 AM

I've got my satellite hooked up now. I still have basic cable for my local channels. My question: Is there any way to run basic cable through my satellite receiver and view the channels through the receiver? I noticed it has a normal 'coax in' option on the back of the receiver (RCA dolby digital model). It would be nice if you could get the satellite receiver to recognize some of the local channels and view them through the receiver instead of having to flip to another input to view them. Since all the channels below 100 are not used for satellite can you program them somehow by running your cable to that coax input?

#2 of 3 OFFLINE   NickSo



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Posted August 16 2002 - 12:40 PM

I'm not 100% sure, but with my Bell ExpressVu Echostar 2700 reciever, theres an RF input on the back. If you could somehow hook up the cable thru a VCR, or cablebox or something, and have it output at channel 3/4, then you hook it up to the RF/Antenna input on the back. Then you can switch it form TV/Video. But it only works on the Coax OUTPUT on my reciever and not the Composite or Svideo

#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Pete Jennings

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Posted August 17 2002 - 01:14 AM

You normally have to have a higher end satellite receiver to do this. My Dish 6000 integrates my OTA (over the air) channels into my regular program guide. It even pulls down programming data from the Dish Network satellite for some of those cahnels! It will do the same for cable channels. Some of the higher end DirecTV boxes will do the same. I believe that the boxes that are capable of doing this are all High Definition capable.

Good luck!

High Definition baby, yeah!