Got 811 OTA working without satellite connection


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Feb 26, 2004
Recent threads have discussed using the 811 OTA tuner without being subscribed or during periods of satellite outages due to weather.

We had severe thunderstorms tonight in DFW, so I did some experimenting.

I had complete loss of signal for several minutes...

1) Hit menu
2) Select Program Guide
3) Select OTA channel
4) "Searching for satellite message" screen came up
5) Hit menu
6) Hit Program Guide
7) you should now see your digital channel playing in the upper right corner (if you have picture in guide selected)
8) reselect the channel from the program guide
9) watch digital TV, use browse functions to switch between digital stations

I was able to reproduce this several times *with the satellite cable completely removed from the back of the 811*.

I do not know if the behavior would be the same on an unactivated box.
Excellent work !!

Thanks for taking the time to let us know. This will really come in handy.
I can't get this to work. I haven't had my 811 plugged in or activated since the last software update, so when I hit menu and guide, I just get an error message saying, "Unable to acquire program guide at this time."


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