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Q: Satellite Receivers and TIVO ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Satellite Receivers and TIVO
Category: Computers
Asked by: f16chevy-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 25 Apr 2005 18:57 PDT
Expires: 25 May 2005 18:57 PDT
Question ID: 514189
I have a DISH 811 UHF HD receiver that I purchased along with Dish
Network service. I would like to buy a DVR that has a built-in DVD
burner. Dish Net. does not have such a product, and I would really
like to go w/ TIVO anyway. TIVO service and DVRs require that the
SATELLITE receiver be IR controlled in order to be compatible w/ TIVO.
I was told by Dish Net. that the 811 HD recvr that I have may work
with some IR controllers but thay "are not SURE" and "they don't know
what remotes might work." They don't really know who makes the 811
recvr (they said RCA makes some componets and 'a leading Japanese
manufacturer' makes other components, if you can believe that). I
spoke w/ three Techs at Dish Net that  don't really know. I want to
buy a DVR w/ DVD burner at Best Buy and start TIVO service, but I want
to know if the receiver I have will work. I have another recvr that is
IR controlled and the IR controller works on the UHF recvr (811), but
is that enough for me to go on? I checked out Ebay on the DISH 811 and
I found some guys selling the 811 and under one of the descriptions it
says that the 811 has an IR sensor and Blast Emitter. Any help would
be appreciated!
Subject: Re: Satellite Receivers and TIVO
Answered By: djbaker-ga on 25 Apr 2005 19:38 PDT
Good Evening!
Well I have some good news for you, the 811 is IR controllable and
should be compatible with a TiVo system that comes with a IR Blast
Emitter. This was actually a really interesting question to research
because I had not seen systems which use IR control in such a way

In case you did not know the way the IR control works is almost
identical to a standard remote control.  The DVR unit comes with an
attachment which fastens to the front of the receiver overtop of the
IR "eye".  At this point the DVR can control the receiver in the same
way that a remote control could.  The signal is sent over the IR and
the receiver responds to it.

I found a number of reports from different people online saying that
they had successfully hooked up a DVR with their 811 receiver via IR
control.  The key is to have the correct code which you should be able
to find in the DVR instruction manual.

Here is one quote from someone trying to hook up a Replay TV DVR to
their 811 (it's not a Tivo system, but if it works with a Replay TV it
should work with any IR blast emitter)

"Couldn't get the Replay TV IR blaster to work until I changed the
remote address to 1 on the 811. Replay gave me instructions that
didn't work but the Dish tech straightened me out. On your 811 remote
hold the satellite button until all the modes start to blink. Release.
The SAT button will be blinking. Press the system info button on the
front of the receiver to see the remote address. (on other DISH
receivers you have to use the menu to get here.) Press 1, # and then
hold down record until the address changes to 1. Press select. All
set. Use code 0775 for the Replay TV blaster.-)"

Another quote from a different user...

"The 811 receiver will accept UHF and IR signals to control it."

Finally, this site lists one of the 811 receiver's features as having
a IR receiver...

Other sites you might find interesting...

TiVo Community - Cable/Satellite Box Compatibility and Codes List

Technical Information Bulletin

I hope this answered your question, it looks to me that it would
definitely work.  If you have any questions or need something cleared
up please request a clarification before rating my answer and I'll be
happy to help.

Have a great evening!


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Subject: Re: Satellite Receivers and TIVO
From: georgeadams-ga on 25 Apr 2005 21:41 PDT
I'm not sure if this was part of f16chevy's question, but I'm
wondering, does TiVO even work with Dish Network?  I know it can work
with cable systems, but does it also have access to Dish Network's
program guide, such that it knows what time and channel to start
recording any given program?
Subject: Re: Satellite Receivers and TIVO
From: f16chevy-ga on 26 Apr 2005 15:31 PDT
Thanks for the great answer. I will wait a day or two to rate your
answer in case a have a pile-on question when I set it up. Again,

I spoke w/ a TIVO rep and they said that TIVo will work w/ dish to
include searching by program title and actor/actres w/ the dish menu.
I hope he knows what he is talking about. I don't know of anyone that
has the TIVO/Dish Network combo.

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