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Tuning into Dish Network Channels without a box?

Discussion in 'The DISH Forum' started by JasonSpatola, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. JasonSpatola

    JasonSpatola Thread Starter New Member

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    The claim:
    My mother has an analog television connected not to a Dish Network receiver, but "just to a cable from the wall". A DVD player is also connected. No Dish Network peripherals in sight.

    She claims, that as long as she uses the Dish Network remote, she is able to access her Dish Network channels, as well as the Dish Network interface elements (channel info, guide, Dish Network logo, etc.).

    I've not looked at this setup, but it sounds extremely, extremely unlikely.

    Is this possible in any way whatsoever? Is there some kind of discreet Dish Network receiver box that she's failed to spot? Her DVD player has a digital tuner - could she be tuning into her Dish channels that way while mistaking its guide for the Dish Network one? Is that even possible?

    Is there some kind of... magic remote tuner?

    I'm sorry if this all sounds completely stupid, but she's adamant that it works, and I'd like to know how.

    Thanks.

    -JSS
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  2. aaronwt6

    aaronwt6 Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Most likely she has a dual tuner receiver. You have the box in one room and it works two tvs independently. The 2nd room only requires a UHF remote that shoots through the walls to work the box in the other room.
  3. Iceberg

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    yep its gotta be a dual tuner receiver
  4. TheKrell

    TheKrell SatelliteGuys Family Pub Member / Supporter

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    Or something like a 4900, which is an SD receiver w/UHF remote. I still have one of these in the closet.
  5. jadiff

    jadiff Member

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    I assume she is paying Dish Network every month? Or is she claiming to "just get Dish Network"?
  6. busdriver72

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    OR...if it is a multi-dwelling...High Rise apartments building, or something like that, in which case it could be modulated out-put...a commercial type setup. There could there a room with multiple receivers connected to modulators.







    Or it could be a dual tuner.:D
  7. primestar31

    primestar31 SatelliteGuys Family

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    OK, if she doesn't have a Dish Network receiver, explain to me WHY she has a Dish Network REMOTE? :confused:

    It seems to me, if she has the remote, she's gotta have a receiver somewhere.... I'm sure her tv set, or dvd player didn't come with a Dish remote as default...

    So, yeah, I'm betting there's a dual-tuner receiver in her house that she's controlling with a uhf remote... As others said.
  8. jlong27

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    Please come back and tell us! This is just crazy...
  9. worldwithoutwires

    worldwithoutwires Member

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    She could have an OTA box PAL-40 or something like that which brings up a Dish looking guide but is striclty for Digital locals. Cool actually if locals are your thing, actually a mother kind of thing, the only one I ever saw was at someones mothers,
  10. skyviewmark

    skyviewmark Active SatelliteGuys Member Pub Member / Supporter

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    LOL. Just look for the number 2 on the bottom of her dish remote
  11. JWKessler

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    I don't know if Dish ever made something similar, but some friends had an early RCA HD TV with a huge picture tube that included a DirecTV tuner in it. The TV itself was the tuner.
  12. magnum2066

    magnum2066 Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Dish still needed a separate receiver, usually a 381 or the dreaded 811.
  13. navychop

    navychop Member of the Month - July 2014! Pub Member / Supporter

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    There have been cases of cablecos illegally retransmitting Dish programming. And I suppose the Dish remote could have been programmed for a cable box. I really don't think this is the case, but it is in the realm of possibilities.

    Or she's just messing with him.

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