So here's a question (as I try to stay on topic): Now that SD is upgrading their STB's, what happens to the old 505's & 530's? Could they be theoretically used by Skyvision in much the same way they look to be using old 401's?
i've asked the question to mike
technically it's doable after a master reset to point the receivr to W5 nad download the firmware to do 4DTV but
he said that motorolla had an agreement with shaw direct not to authorise the shaw direct receivers on 4DTV so technically it.s doable but motorolla would not authorise them
I was thinking less of 4DTV (which is for all intents and purposes, dead) and more of a way for subscribers to access the DCII megapipes. This might be a possibility (if technically doable) simply because Moto is getting out of subscription services.
For 505/530s to be useable for C-band DC-II yes, one that posesses those receiver could not just sell them to somebody to use for C-band.
The receivers would have to be collected by Shaw or their agents, then shipped en-masse to a refurbisment centre, where they would get re-flashed for firmware duty, and their serial/UA numbers moved from Shaw's database to the C-band one, then shipped off to C-band equipment distributors.
As well, a C-band compatible firmware would need written for that platform, as the original 4DTV software will not work on it.
it's feasible on the 400 serie (and maybe the 301)i have a dsr 401 which would probably take the software from the W5 sat after a master reset but it would be doubtfull that the 505-530s would work as classicsat told no software been written for it
I never said it was feasable, I just said what would have to be done to get the 505/530 units to actually work on C-band.
Besides, since they will work fine as Standard Def boxes on Shaw Direct, there is no real incentive for Shaw to collect them et al.
Getting a Starchoice DSR401 to take a W5 software load is the half of it. The receiver will need activated by a W5 provider, and they will not activate a receiver still on the Shaw database. That is except to get fixed/open key programming any EMM provider can receive.
W5 is a pay DCII from satellite called that in the 4DTV, and on C-band. It is basically reselling parts of the HITS-QT service, to customers with Motorola DSR410s sold through Skyvision, and likely American 4DTV receivers.