New Dish Network Deal

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Geordy, Jul 5, 2001.

  1. Geordy

    Geordy Stunt Coordinator

    Apr 21, 1999
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    Ok, couple of questions...
    The dish comes thurs, so I have a week before I get in over my head...I got the PVR501 deal.
    The guy on the phone said I can use it for HDTV signals so long as I have the decoder....true or false?
    DD is only optical?
    and finally...
    what kind of video out is on the satellite reciever?
  2. Ken Stuart

    Ken Stuart Second Unit

    Jan 31, 2000
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    quote: The guy on the phone said I can use it for HDTV signals so long as I have the decoder....true or false?[/quote]
    This seems false on the face of it.
    In order to get HDTV on Dish Network, you need a model 6000 receiver. Period.
    The 501 is designed for the other 500 non-HD channels.
    Programs on a local channel that is transmitted by Dish Network, are converted from HD to NTSC if they originate in HD.
    And lastly, Dish Network will be making a PVR for their HD channels in 2002.
    I hope this answered the question, otherwise, you might want to describe what you mean by "use it for HDTV signals".
    DD output is only in Toslink Optical (not coaxial). I think this is true of all DBS receivers.
    The 501 has 1 S-Video output, 2 "Composite" video outputs, 2 sets of L/R audio outputs and 1 "RF" video output, all of which are usable at the same time (ie in parallel).
    PS Just thought about it and added this - your statement quoted above only makes sense as " The model 6000 receiver will also tune Over The Air (broadcast) HDTV signals if you add the 8VSB decoder. Otherwise, it only receives Dish Network channels, of which about 3-4 are in HDTV, and the rest NTSC. " This, of course, has nothing to do with the 501, but perhaps the phone guy thought you were now talking about the 6000 instead when he said that.

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