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Oh, so anyway, I turn on the ol' television and flip through the channel guide, and HBO-HD (channel 9,440 -- I kid you not) has got a message attached to it saying it's moving to another channel on the 18th and I "may" need an equipment upgrade.

So I call up Dish Network, and I swear I knew exactly how the whole conversation would go before I even dialed.

Since I have the old, old HD receiver, the model 6000, it needs to be upgraded with the 8PSK module to get any of the HD channels.

I bitched at them. I paid seven hundred stinkin' dollars for this piece of crap receiver, and now they're basically forcing me to spend $99 to make it keep working.

Oh, but they have a wonderful deal going right now. If I buy the High Definition Programming pack for $109.89, they said they'd throw in the 8PSK module for free.

Well, I did want those four extra HD channels... so I said okay.

So in six days I can start enjoying HDNet, HDNet Movies, ESPN HD, and Discovery HD, bringing my total number of HD channels to... twelve.

I already get NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX (sort of), PBS, HBO-HD (East), Showtime-HD (East), and HD-PPV.
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djdean From: djdean Date: February 13th, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, if there is such a thing, you are a TV nerd.

If not, then I just made it up, and you still are.

But, I will admit. There is nothing like watching the HDTV or seeing a movie in HD on HBO just for the hell of it. I am squinting at my TV all the time, and basketball would be soooo sweet on your TV.

You need to develop a love for the Kings and the NBA and invite me over. Otherwise, I will settle for just playing poker with you and some folks.
From: dark_wolfe Date: February 13th, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've heard about their "forced" upgrades that were coming up--has to do with DRM in many ways. The new receivers are supposed to lead the way to where they can control how you record shows, etc. (e.g. an HBO movie might be marked as "protected--do not record", so the receivers will do like DVD players try to make it difficult to record via VCR, PVR, etc.)
jarrett From: jarrett Date: February 13th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


No, put away the tin foil hat... for now.

Some time after Dish Network started doing HD, they switched to eight-level phase shift keying modulation on their newer channels, which uses 35% less bandwidth.

Decoding 8PSK would not be possible without a hardware upgrade, and the receivers have a slot in the back for just such an occasion.

I never bothered to do the upgrade before because I've been waiting to get their Tivo-like HD receiver. It was supposed to come last year. But I'll probably need to wait at least another month before I get one of those puppies.

At any rate, it will be easier to sell my 6000 on eBay if it's got the 8PSK installed.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: February 13th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)


I never realized "eight-level phase shift keying modulation" sounded so cool.

"Why, yes, my receiver is equipped for eight-level phase shift keying modulation."
yellzer From: yellzer Date: February 13th, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)


That's so hot...talk electronics to me :P
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