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- Mar 2, 2004
DaveO said:IMHO, the 811 is a fine receiver for HD and Satellite channels. For OTA, it is basically junk (for me) at this point.
I had one digital channel before the 264 upgrade and I could lock it in at 72-75%. Since the fix, when I select the channel 022-3, it goes to the channel and shows 49%, and if I let it sit there it goes to the "no signal" screen. If I were to push the Info button and let it sit a while, when I press select or view tv, I now seem to have a lock at 62-64%, but a totally black screen and no sound. By switching back and forth, and pressing select & view sometimes the channel will come in fine and stay that way.
This is not a good OTA receiver for me anyway.
My 811 is a mixed bag for OTA digital (for analog OTA, it sucks, any way you look at it.).
On the one hand, it does get a lot of stations for me, about 28 channels from 15 or 16 stations in the South Bay Area (North SJ), using a small indoor antenna and preamp. It also provides 5.1 sound, when transmitted as such (Oscars were awesome). And, quite frankly, the HD OTA picture is breathtaking using the 1080i output, regardless of 720 or 1080 broadcast. Perhaps you need a better OTA antenna?
OTOH, it can take forever to lock on some stations, with the strength fluctuating wildly for up to 30 seconds or so. I don't believe that is the broadcasters' fault, as some Dishies have opined. If it eventually locks in at let's say 65%, that means the signal is at 65%. Why would their broadcast fluctuate when first tuned in, every single time you tuned to that station? That would be an incredible coincedence. However, most stations do lock quicker since the 264 upgrade, or so it seems to me. Overall, I'm noticing higher signal strength numbers, as well.
The channel mapping issue, wherein the PSIP channel name reverts to channel frequency is also annoying. Since nobody has complained of this with the 6000, as far as I know, and I've also only seen sporadic complaints of it in non-Dish receivers, I'd have to blame it mostly on the 811. It is a pain.
Then, of course, there's the issue of going to the EPG directly from an OTA channel. They gotta fix that. Jeez that's big time annoying.