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Bell's current satellite receivers are just stripped down models of 10 year old Dish receivers. Dish's satellite receiver technology has gone so far beyond what Bell currently sells it makes Bell look they're in the satellite stone age. Even Dish has seen the writing on the wall and is moving into IPTV. Bell's betting all their chickens on fibre to the home but it's going to take some time before the build out is complete. By then, satellite TV will be obsolete in all but the most remote areas of Canada.
 

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just buy your own Antenna PVR and PVR the Antenna channels. it would probably be more robust and more reliable than the one bell has on select receivers. I get it, people want to PVR Antenna channels, the one that bell gives is a "nice to have" but its not a full fledged PVR for Antenna channels.
 

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I tried once to buy an OTA PVR but the only ones available where the Bell ones. Point me at a stand alone OTA PVR that does not require a subscription or an internet connection.
 

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I tried once to buy an OTA PVR but the only ones available where the Bell ones. Point me at a stand alone OTA PVR that does not require a subscription or an internet connection.
Some of Channel Master models will work without internet and still provide guide data, but I am not sure about all of them. Most of others will work without internet or any subscription just like Bell 9242 PVR.
 

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Availability of guide data depends on the station. US stations often have 24hr of guide data. Canadian stations are a lot weaker in that respect. I've yet to get more than 2-3 hr of guide data, if anything, with stations near here. That's with PC software PVRs. Don't know about the CM models. I ended up subscribing to Schedules Direct. It's US$24/yr but is better than the guide that Canadian BDUs provide.
 

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I could be wrong but the very first Bell HD Receiver, the 6000, had a port at the rear which in the US of A, was for an OTA Module. These were being installed by Bell Customers and allowing them to get OTA and Bell on the one STB, a great idea back in the day.

Bell however, never endorsed the Module and if an Installer went to a fault on a 6000 STB and a Module was installed, he would first remove it and then troubleshoot the issues. The 6100, had the OTA Tuner built in, along with the 9200 and subsequently the 6141 & 9242 models.

Again, I could be wrong but I think the 9200 would scan for analog and the 9424 did digital as well? The 9242, was IMHO the best unit Bell have ever put out. OK they did have hundreds shipped out from Echostar with the Case Fan running in reverse, causing massive overheating issues....lol

In this new Digital age where there are just so many ways to get the same channel, having one STB to do it all, is long gone.

There were lots of 'additions' that were available to Dish Customers that just never made the leap to Canada, additional storage space via a port on the rear of the 5100, 5800, 5900 PVR's for example. It must have been almost 10 years ago, at a Bell Roadshow, we were promised the radical new Dish Hopper & Joey, solution. I set one up in an Office at Wynford Road. Dozens were installed across Canada, for the Bell Top Brass, while the paying public got ZIP.......

Oh, what might have been.
 

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When I had a 9242, the integration of the OTA tuner was great. It had no guide data, but since I live in view of Buffalo, NY, it gave me the option to add all the Buffalo stations and record them (as Bell only provided Boston, MA feeds for the east coast). It also provided me with all the sub-channels in Buffalo with PVR capability.

I can see why Bell doesn't offer this capability anymore - it led to me ditching Bell altogether and buying an OTA DVR.
 

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We already know bell has stopped selling this type of equiptment. If you were lucky enough to have it, you have it and can benefit from it, if not, you can simply go out and buy a PVR that records Antenna channels
 
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