: Bell TV 6131 Discussion thread
Is anyone still waiting for their "free" uhf to ir remote controll with their 6000 to 6131 changeout?
Every time I call - they are on backorder - over 2 1/2 months.
Just went to canadacomputers and bought a Western Digital 1TB black edition internal sata hard drive with 3.5/7200/32mb cache with a Vantac Nextstar 3 enclosure.....placed the hard drive in the enclosure connected it to the 6131 and powered it on, and thats all!! It recognized it without a problem and formated it. Now i got PVR:D
2009-07-21, 11:31 PM
I am thinking about getting an external drive for my 6131... but i am trying to find the best solution for me.
I'd like to be able to plug in a USB drive to my 6131 for recording...but is there something that i can have that same drive plugged into the PS3?
I;d rather not have 2 drives in my Ent. Unit
My Set Up:
Also, can anyone recommend a drive that runs Cool, when left on 24/7... and would use little power? My receiver runs rather hot.
2009-07-21, 11:39 PM
@Pinza...or anyone for that matter
I just 'upgraded' to the 6131 a couple weeks ago... Why didn't they tell me about these other models? Bastards at Bell i tell you.
So in still using this as a PVR i can at least record my shows if i'm not at home right?
i didn't know it had to be a dual tuner... or that this wasn't... i would have told them to give me one with a dual tuner in it.
...or would that cost me more... seeing as i am renting it from them. $10mth.
2009-07-22, 01:09 AM
cdpage, when you connect your hard drive to the 6131, it will reformat it. Nothing will be saved so you'll need a hard drive dedicated to the 6131. I use a western my book essential for my external hard drive, seems to be fine. Don't spend extra for any included software for the HDD as the tuner won't use it.
The dual tuner is a 9241 and will probably cost more to rent. YOU can also add an external HDD to this which will extend your recording capacity and yes with an external HDD you can record any programs with your 6131, you just can't record one while watching another.
2009-07-22, 10:11 PM
I have just purchased a 9241 (dual tuner PVR) and a 6131. If you buy Bell's recommended La Cie 500GB EHD @ $200.00, there is no cost difference between the 9241 and the 6131 with EHD.
In addition, with the 9241, you get an internal drive that will sleep when you aren't using it, dual tuners and an RF remote.
In the end, because I already have 2 - 9241's in the house, the third receiver was a 6131 which will get a smaller EHD for occasional recording. But, if it was the only receiver in the house, the choice is simple for me (9241).
2009-07-27, 11:36 AM
Just wondering how much time i can expect to record with a 500 GB drive.
I suppose there would be two ways of looking at this too.
HD / Hours
SD / Hours
2009-07-27, 01:01 PM
50-60 hours of HD. Plug it in and it will tell you both numbers.
2009-07-27, 04:43 PM
It will say 60 hr HD and 500 hr SD. YMMV with program content.
2009-07-27, 04:53 PM
Actually, ScaryBob it will say 60hr HD OR 500hr SD.
It will all depend on just what you record, HD or SD.
2009-07-27, 05:38 PM
i didn't actually see a place that told me how many hours it would give me or had left... i'll look again.
but that's good to know.
One other Question,
If i am watching something, and recording it... is there a way to cut out the commercials... or for that matter, much like TiVo, have them auto cut out?
2009-07-27, 07:07 PM
All you can do is skip through them during playback.
2009-07-29, 04:17 PM
Yea i figured... oh well,
from someone on Bell Chat
Karim: 1 hour of HD recording takes about 8 hours of space.
Karim: For 500gb you can get more of 200 hours of standard recording.
Karim: Almost 50 hours of HD recording.
Karim: Precisely 62.5 hours of HD recording.
2009-08-03, 10:39 AM
Informative thread. I recently purchased a 6131 after threatening to switch ect, ect. They gave me a new customer deal.
I bought the 500 GB LaCie ED at Tiger Direct for $115. all taxes in, about half what Bell charges.
Everything worked great until I decided to attach an RCA splitter to the Sat/Dish feed so I could use my old 2700 receiver to take advantage of the multi tuners in my TV. I have the 6131 going to my HDMI input and the 2700 into the SVideo input. I have taped an HD program while watching the Argos in SD and it all came out fine.
I do have a problem when firing up the system however. Both receivers show me the "Satellite Feed Temporarely Unavailable" message and this will last from five to ten minutes, the receiver cycling between the channel and the announcement every 30 seconds or so. Repeatedly changing channels eventually lock one in and after letting this channel "settle" in, I can go back and get all my channels. This happens with the 2700 in the on and the off position. The 2700 shows the notice steady without the cycling. Can you not use a regular splitter on HD signal?
Is there something technical I am "Missing or messing up on"?
I look forward to any comments on the above. Thanks.
2009-08-03, 10:58 AM
You cannot split the feed signals with Bell TV.
You need to add another line from the Dish. Check out the Installation Thread for a setup that mimics yours and then you should be able to work out what you need to add.
My guess is that you have an SW21 at the rear of the Dish, if this is the case, you need to add a second one and then run another line to the 2700.
2009-08-03, 12:07 PM
Thanks Pinza, sort of figured it was something like that! I'm checking the hardware now and will get back to the Forum with results, good or bad. It's an inexpensive solution to watch and tape at the same time.
I received my wirless remote (UHF( today. After 3 months.
2009-08-05, 03:04 PM
Bob Boucher, It's not necessary to install an SW21. Just connect the 2700 to the 91 LNB out with an RG6. That will give you most of the SD channels. There are a few SD channels on the 82 LNB but, unless you sub to them, they will not be missed. (The SW21 can be added later.) You might also want to review the installation threads (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=183). Your installation questions are already answered there.
2009-08-13, 12:53 PM
I have a 9200, 2700, 4700 installed and working now through the sw 44. Have installer coming next week to install 2 6131's. Will he have everything needed to get all three tvs working with HD? Or should I expect to have tp purchase something extra?
Thanks for input
2009-08-13, 03:30 PM
Are you keeping ALL the current receivers.? And adding the 6131's.?
If yes, expect to be paying for a second SW44 @ $150, plus either 4 Splitters or 2 x 4 Way Multiswitch's @ $75 each, plus the $75 Service call. Total $375.
In no, he will just swap out the 2700 & 4700 with the 6131's. Cost $75 Service Call. No extra hardware and you can then sell the 2700 & 4700 and recoup some of the cost of the 6131's.