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How do I hook-up a 2nd satellite?

I just upgraded to HD with whole home DVR. Now I'm unable to watch my TV from Southeast Asia via a 2nd (different) satellite dish. Does anyone have suggestions on how I can hook-up that other dish (not DTV) so I can watch TV from home?

Before I upgraded, the 2nd dish was hooked-up to my VCR. To watch my home country TV, all I had to do was tune the TV to channel 4, turn on the VCR and hit the input button on the 2nd dish remote.

Now, since the upgrade, nothing I do works.

Any ideas on how to do it? If I can't, then I'll have to cancel the upgrade and revert to my old way.

Thanks for any ideas.


I just upgraded to HD with whole home DVR. Now I'm unable to watch my TV from Southeast Asia via a 2nd (different) satellite dish. Does anyone have suggestions on how I can hook-up that other dish (not DTV) so I can watch TV from home?

Before I upgraded, the 2nd dish was hooked-up to my VCR. To watch my home country TV, all I had to do was tune the TV to channel 4, turn on the VCR and hit the input button on the 2nd dish remote.

Now, since the upgrade, nothing I do works.

Any ideas on how to do it? If I can't, then I'll have to cancel the upgrade and revert to my old way.

Thanks for any ideas.


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Not sure what this has to do with DirecTV,  but your upgrade should not affect how your Dish receiver works.  it should be the same way

Not sure what this has to do with DirecTV,  but your upgrade should not affect how your Dish receiver works.  it should be the same way

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First go and look to see if the second dish is still there. The Tech might have upgraded the wrong dish.

First go and look to see if the second dish is still there. The Tech might have upgraded the wrong dish.

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Thanks for the responses. I think I need to be a little more elaborate on

my original post. Hopefully, not confusing, but here goes.

Up until today, we had DirecTV(dish 1) for many years - basic programming.

We also had a separate dish (dish2) to receive Thai/Lao TV programming.

That was set-up differently from our DTV. Here's the schematic: We had an

older TV and DTV was connected directly to it via cable. Dish 2 was

connected directly the 2nd dish box. The box then was connected to our VCR.

Using RCA jacks, the VCR was connected to the TV.

To watch Thai/Lao TV, all we had to do was tune the TV and VCR to channel

4, turn on the VCR and press the Input button (TV/VCR) to VCR.

At that point, DTV was overridden and the Thai/Lao channels came on. To go

back to DTV, all we had to do was turn the VCR off.

Approx.. two weeks ago, my son brought us a new Smart TV (Phillips). No

problem. Still able to get DTV and our Thai/Lao channels.

Today, we were upgraded to HD, with DVR, etc., and now cannot get the

Thai/Lao channels. I took used the RCA jacks from the VCR output and

plugged them into the RCA jacks in the back of the TV. Tuned the TV to

channel 4 and blank screen that says Channel not available. I get audio,

but no video. So, I then took the RCA jacks from dish2 box and connected

directly to the TV. Same thing.

Right now, I'm at a loss as to why something that should be very simple is

not. I'm out of options to try.

If I cannot get this set-up so I can get the Thai/Lao channels, I will

cancel the HD and go back to what I had previously.

By the way - no satellite dish was disconnected. I just cannot get video

from dish 2 no matter what I try.

I apologize if this is too lengthy/complicated.

Thanks for the responses. I think I need to be a little more elaborate on

my original post. Hopefully, not confusing, but here goes.

Up until today, we had DirecTV(dish 1) for many years - basic programming.

We also had a separate dish (dish2) to receive Thai/Lao TV programming.

That was set-up differently from our DTV. Here's the schematic: We had an

older TV and DTV was connected directly to it via cable. Dish 2 was

connected directly the 2nd dish box. The box then was connected to our VCR.

Using RCA jacks, the VCR was connected to the TV.

To watch Thai/Lao TV, all we had to do was tune the TV and VCR to channel

4, turn on the VCR and press the Input button (TV/VCR) to VCR.

At that point, DTV was overridden and the Thai/Lao channels came on. To go

back to DTV, all we had to do was turn the VCR off.

Approx.. two weeks ago, my son brought us a new Smart TV (Phillips). No

problem. Still able to get DTV and our Thai/Lao channels.

Today, we were upgraded to HD, with DVR, etc., and now cannot get the

Thai/Lao channels. I took used the RCA jacks from the VCR output and

plugged them into the RCA jacks in the back of the TV. Tuned the TV to

channel 4 and blank screen that says Channel not available. I get audio,

but no video. So, I then took the RCA jacks from dish2 box and connected

directly to the TV. Same thing.

Right now, I'm at a loss as to why something that should be very simple is

not. I'm out of options to try.

If I cannot get this set-up so I can get the Thai/Lao channels, I will

cancel the HD and go back to what I had previously.

By the way - no satellite dish was disconnected. I just cannot get video

from dish 2 no matter what I try.

I apologize if this is too lengthy/complicated.

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If you're connecting the RCA cables directly to your TV, then you don't want to tune the TV to Ch4.  You want to select the TV's Video INPUT for that RCA (Composite Video) Input. 

If you're connecting the RCA cables directly to your TV, then you don't want to tune the TV to Ch4.  You want to select the TV's Video INPUT for that RCA (Composite Video) Input. 

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Thank you litzdog911. We finally figured-out how to connect. Instead of

using the RCA cables, we used the RF feed from the box direct to TV then

tuned the TV to channel 3. Viola!! It worked. We now have happy people

throughout the house - those that want DTV and those that want the other.

I want to thank all who responded to my post. What a pleasure to be able to

interact with people that really want to help others.

This is my first time on these forums and it has been an enjoyable

experience.

Again, thank you all.

On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM, litzdog911 <directv-admin@forums.directv.com

Thank you litzdog911. We finally figured-out how to connect. Instead of

using the RCA cables, we used the RF feed from the box direct to TV then

tuned the TV to channel 3. Viola!! It worked. We now have happy people

throughout the house - those that want DTV and those that want the other.

I want to thank all who responded to my post. What a pleasure to be able to

interact with people that really want to help others.

This is my first time on these forums and it has been an enjoyable

experience.

Again, thank you all.

On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM, litzdog911 <directv-admin@forums.directv.com

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You're very welcome.  Please click the "correct answer" on that post if you would be so kind.  Thanks.

You're very welcome.  Please click the "correct answer" on that post if you would be so kind.  Thanks.

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