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Dish Network HD Channel Mapdown

by Andrew


Posted on May 27, 2007



The addition of HD icons and Mapdown of HD channels will make it easier to identify and locate HD channels. Similar to local channels, HD channels will be mapped down in the electronic program guide to a location adjacent to the equivalent SD channel. An “HD” icon will now appear in the EPG and other locations to help identify HD channels. HD Channel Mapdown Overview • The HD version of the channel will have the same channel number as the corresponding SD channel. • New Timer options to record either HD or SD versions of a channel. • A new HD icon appears for HD channels in the Program Guide, View Banner, Browse Banner, and channel lists. • HD Mapdown is a default feature that can be disabled by the customer if desired. • Over-the-air local channels will continue to display at the local station’s channel number. HD Channel Mapdown Supported Receivers: • DISH 411 • DISH ViP211 • DISH ViP222 • ViP622 DVR™ • Future upgrade to ViP612 DVR* General Facts and Features of HD Channel Mapdown: • The new HD icon will appear next to all HD satellite channels in the electronic Program Guide and other channel lists and displays. • When both SD and HD channels are available, entering a channel number on the remote control automatically selects the HD channel. • Channeling up or down with the remote control will allow you to choose between the HD and SD versions of a channel. • Although programming may differ between corresponding HD and SD channels, the channel number will be the same for both when the Mapdown feature is enabled. Channel Display Options of HD Channel Mapdown: •To select an option described below, access the Local Channels screen by pressing MENU on the remote control, select System Setup, Local Channels, then Chan Display. •DishHD channels, if subscribed to, will appear in the Program Guide at the SD channel number when Enable is selected from DishHD Channels option. The Disable option will list DishHD channels only in the 4-digit channel range. •There are also four different options for how local channels are displayed in the Program Guide and other channel lists. HD Priority: Only HD versions of the local channel appear below channel 100 unless an HD local channel is not available; if not, the SD channel is listed. SD Only: Only SD local channels appear below channel 100 at the local station’s channel number. HD Channels appear in the 4-digit channel range. HD and SD (default): HD and SD local channels appear below channel 100 at the local station’s channel number. Disable: Both HD and SD local channels are only listed in the four-digit channel range. DISHPass of HD Channel Mapdown: •DishPASS timers include a new menu choice under Options—Set Resolution—allowing the customer to choose the recording resolution: HD Preference (Default): Records HD programs matching the DishPASS search term, if programs are available. If a matching program is not available in HD, the SD version will be recorded. HD Only: Records only HD programs matching the DishPASS search term. SD Only: Records only SD programs matching the DishPASS search term. •Local channel Mapdown is independent of DishHD channel Mapdown with separate display setting options. •If the customer changes the Mapdown preference for satellite local channels or DishHD channels, timers on those channels may be lost. A pop-up will appear to alert the customer when changing the preference. •Locks will still need to be created separately for HD and corresponding SD channels. •The HD icon will not display next to over-the-air channels that are listed in the Program Guide, even though they may provide high-definition quality programming. •The HD Mapdown feature can be disabled by choosing Disable for local channels and Disable for DishHD channels from the Channel Display Preferences screen. •The Mapdown feature will not apply to customers who do not subscribe to the DishHD package. •The Sat Locals button on the Local Channels screen will be renamed Chan Display in a future software release. •While local channels are in HD Only mode, a DishPASS timer created for a local channel will record only HD local channels. •While local channels are in SD Only mode, a DishPASS timer created for a local channel will record only SD local channels. •A DishPASS timer will not record an HD program if a duplicate SD program has already been recorded. To record the HD program, manually restore the HD program from the “skipped” listing in the Daily Schedule.   Dish Network Provides Great "How-To" Documents on the customer Tech Portal Please visit the DISH Network Customer Tech Portal