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Hello.

I have (own) a Bell 9242 HD PVR. I have an antenna attached to the antenna port on it and get quite a few OTA HD channels (in Toronto). We're cancelling our Bell subscription (phone and tv) and I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way that I could still use the PVR for OTA only?

I tested this by disconnecting the satellite inputs and as soon as they're gone, then PVR seems to be rendered useless since it can't receive a satellite connection.

So, is the 9242 a paperweight without a Bell subscription, or is there a way (hack or other) to keep using the OTA functionality of it?

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The 9242 needs two things for the OTA tuner to work:

1. A satellite feed connected.

2. A current subscription.


The 9200 only needs a satellite feed connected.
 

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Ah, bugger. Well, a paperweight it is then.
Shame it can't be modded or anything — seems a waste putting it in a box in the cellar. At least I can build a PC-based PVR with the money I'll saving by ditching Bell.
Thanks for the reply,
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Ah, bugger. Well, a paperweight it is then.
Shame it can't be modded or anything — seems a waste putting it in a box in the cellar. At least I can build a PC-based PVR with the money I'll saving by ditching Bell.
Thanks for the reply,
k.
It's far from a paperweight. 9242s are very valuable, esp. since Bell has discontinued selling/renting them - they are the only two tuner/two TV output MPEG4 capable receivers Bell has ever had. Ebay/Kijiji it or post it for sale here:
http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=70
 

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Ah, bugger. Well, a paperweight it is then.
Shame it can't be modded or anything — seems a waste putting it in a box in the cellar. At least I can build a PC-based PVR with the money I'll saving by ditching Bell.
Thanks for the reply,
k.
Hope it's not too late for "theboyk" to help you. By the way, I assume your last name is BOYKO --- have a friend with the same.

Hope you haven't gotten rid of your 9242.

I have a Bell 9242 Receiver, and can confirm from my experience over the last few days of cancelling my Bell subscription that the 9242 still works as a PVR for OTA and you can still fast forward, pause, rewind live tv and use PIP.

I believe all you need is to maintain a satellite feed (I.e. keep the coax cables plugged into the back of the 9242 and leave your dish up) A subscription is NOT necessary. I repeat, a subscription is NOT necessary.

However, be warned:

1. The ATSC (OTA) tuner in the 9242 is only a single tuner, meaning you can only record one channel at a time (and watch that same channel), unlike the magnificent dual tuner experience for the satelite feed (where you could record 2 channels simultaneously and even watch a 3rd recorded program). An improvement / work around, in my opinion is to split your OTA signal with an appropriate splitter (can be had for >$10), pipe one feed into the 9242 and the 2nd into the ATSC tuner of any HDTV and voila - watch one program on your TV while recording another on the 9242. Furthermore, most TVs ATSC tuners allow you to pick up analog signals (although you may not care as the quality of digital is so much better)

2. The EPG in the 9242 does not obtain any information (no program name, no information, etc). The only thing you get is the channel numbers and non-descript text such as "digital info" or something like that (too lazy to go see exactly what it says at the moment) that goes on for infinity (i.e. there are no discrete blocks of 1 hour or 2 hour times for the shows.

3. You still can record shows, but only use it with a timer set, so you need to know when the show are being broadcast and where they are. You can find such information on the internet by doing a quick google.

Personally, I explored putting together a low cost computer as PVR and it pretty hard to do what I want to do without shelling out $600 (including HST) --- (i.e. desktop computer, HDMI output, wireless keyboard and mouse, dual tuner card like the Hauppage 2250 or the HDHomerun --the only two I've found that are worth considering) and I read all the issues on forums and seems more trouble than its worth. The 9242 has a quick startup and is virtually wife - kids proof
 

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Has anyone out there been able to discontinue their Bell satellite subscription and use the Bell 9242 PVR for OTA without keeping the dish up?
 

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I am pretty sure you need a Sat feed for it to continue working.

If you have a 9242 and have canceled your Bell, try it and report back.
 

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Thanks for the quick response Pinza.

Bilgruza's post (above) was from 5 months ago. Since some time had passed since last September; I was wondering if anyone had found a work around on the dish staying up.

I will move ahead in cancelling Bell. If I learn anything that Bilgruza hasn't already posted, then I'll give an update.
 

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The problem with Bell receivers is that they don't supply guide data, even when present in the HD signal. There are lots of alternatives for ATSC. Among them are ATSC DVR/PVR receiver, HDHomeRun with media player, HTPC with ATSC tuner. I believe some FTA receivers also do ATSC and can provide some extra FTA channels as a bonus. That can be paid for by selling the 9242, which is in high demand.
 
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