How do I switch to tv when direct tv isn't working

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How do I switch to tv when direct tv isn't working

We get really bad storms and the famous 771 searching for satellite error comes on. Since we have more tvs than receivers and we have internet for 10 dollars more I get to have cable service with my internet. How do I switch from satellite connection and use my cable on the tvs hooked up to direct tv. I tried to put it in TV mode versus HTM1 and switch it to tv input but couldn't get satellite off and cable tv on.

Thanks for any help for a rookie. My receivers are hr -34 and hr 22-100

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Professor

Re: How do I switch to tv when direct tv isn't working

Most likely you would need the cable box connected to another TV input then just switch to it when needed, if it is a basic no set top box needed service then possibly direct connecting the coax to the TV so long as it has a digital tuner then using the TV ant/cable setting.

There are also HDMI switches that can allow a single HDMI TV to have more inputs just make sure it is HDCP compatible.

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ACE - Expert

Re: How do I switch to tv when direct tv isn't working

Can you receive any stations using an old-fashioned off-air antenna?  

How often do you lose your satellite channels?   Even in a "bad storm", the outage should only last a few minutes at most, assuming your dish is properly aimed/aligned.

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Employee

Re: How do I switch to tv when direct tv isn't working

As shannon says, most cable companies now require a STB to receive any of their programing

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Contributor

Re: How do I switch to tv when direct tv isn't working

please Assist me so that may be able to reconnect

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Employee

Re: How do I switch to tv when direct tv isn't working

Please start a new thread and provide as much information as possible.

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ACE - Guru

Re: How do I switch to tv when direct tv isn't working

1. If you have a cable tv box attached to your TV - Using the TV remote - Change it to that input the cable box is connected too.

2. If you have cable internet & Basic Cable TV included - You would need to Split the Cable modem RG6 (with a cable supplied Splitter and then run a rg6 to your TV -Turner RG6 input - Then again using the TV remote Change the input to the TV -tuner.

3. If you have a Playstation or XBOX Connected you can use the cable company App to get content from the internet - Again Using the TV remote Change the TV input  to the GAME input on your TV.

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Re: How do I switch to tv when direct tv isn't working

You can't get cable TV on a TV that isn't connected to cable tv. You either need another cable box or move one of your boxes to that TV.

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