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Why doesn't anybody mention buying/using Hughes equip?
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Post 1 made on Monday December 6, 1999 at 22:52
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I have noticed that most people are talking of using either Sony or RCA products for their DSS systems. Is Hughes compatible, better, worse, or what?
OP | Post 2 made on Tuesday December 7, 1999 at 07:49
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Great thought.... Since Hughes owns Directv and I beleive developed the small dish..... Any Hughes receiver owners out there want to comment?
OP | Post 3 made on Tuesday December 7, 1999 at 07:59
billy c
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hi a mid to hi end hme thtre and residential & comm satellite dealer near boston..
...been doing a/v for over 20'e the scoop on DSS systems...rca 5451 very
sat-a4, a smidgen better, but i cant see the difference, so maybe it aint better: havent seen any a50's yet cause they aint shipping any cept to the mass marketers, ....and lastly the Hughes;
the old product line was also very good, but lacked all the options and goodies that the hi-end rca's and sony's have......but the new Platnum line, the E series, and the E-45 specifically, is probably THE BEST OUT THERE:
problem is , they again arent shipping them...
....still shipping the old D series receivers....
....but should be available at or just after xmas
.........out of all the higher end product out there, HUGHES consistantly has product available on a week in week out basis.......pertaining
to the audio and video....they ALL broadcast digital audio and video, but i find a very insig-
nificant difference in the video , favoring the sony sat-a4....although they all are supposed to be the same.......the conjecture now is that the
hughes #hird E-45, is supposed to be the very best....even better than the sony sat-a4, and a50
...........Hmmmmmm we shall see as time far as the audio, i hear no difference in stereo mode , or in dolby ac-3 between any of them.....ohhhhhhhhh well, anyone need any product????????....merry xmas , all....
ooops, had, and still has a digital VHS unit, D-vhs, avilable to the public..
...which functions transparently with their satellite receivers......probably as good as if not better than s-vhs which has been around for years.....meaning that u can tape/duplicate directly from your satellite rcvr a digital input signal onto tape.....hmmmmmm, i wonder how that picture looks and works..hmmmmmmmmmmmm ......oh, well , if anyone has any input, please lemme know
billy c
northeast satcomm
performance audio/ video
everett ma 02149
617 394-0281
OP | Post 4 made on Tuesday December 7, 1999 at 08:05
billy c
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......oooooops...wrong phone number, that is the fax line.......for anyone that wants to call for questions and or product.....617 394-9192....
fax line....617 394-0281
OP | Post 5 made on Sunday December 12, 1999 at 23:50
DJ Garcia
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I have a Hughes Platinum HIRD-45 Dolby Digital receiver with HDR-205 DVHS recorder as my primary DSS, and a Sony SAT-3 as my 2nd receiver.

The Hughes has a better user interface at the expense of being a little slower than the Sony, which is fine as it's still responsive enough and gives me a better guide, setup, etc.

The DVHS recorder records 5 hours of program in the same quality as the original, including Dolby Digital. I love the set-up.
OP | Post 6 made on Monday December 13, 1999 at 08:07
billy c
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hi...whats the story with digital vhs.....what is your experiences????....any special tapes needed, how is the recorded picture from dss satellite, what is the picture quality on tape to tape, off-air to tape,
dvd to tape,........any transfer degradation????..
.....have you used hi-end vhs tapes vs cheap vhs tapes on the recording????......have'nt played with D-vhs yet, so clue us videoites in on whats hot with D-vhs...........thanx billy c
OP | Post 7 made on Monday December 13, 1999 at 15:21
DJ Garcia
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DVHS with the HDR-205:

- Only from DSS, as it records and plays back the DSS bitstream through the DSS receiver.

- SVHS tapes OK, but may have a dropout or two.

- Quality is same as original, i.e. no degradation (unless you get dropouts from defective tapes, of course).

- Tape duration same as if recorded in EP, I believe. A DVHS tape is 5 hours. A T160 is around 4+ hours.

In other words, short of recording the DSS bitstream into a harddrive, which would require far more storage than currently available in Replay or TiVO, it can't get any better.

OP | Post 8 made on Wednesday December 22, 1999 at 13:08
Vincent Hollaway
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I would like to set up my toshiba sd2109 dvd to work on the aux key. Does anyone know the proper code?
OP | Post 9 made on Tuesday January 4, 2000 at 12:57
Michael Compeau
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I am getting the HEX codes for Hughes DSS systems emailed to me today by an engineer at Hughes Network Systems. I will post what I get later (today/this week) when they arrive and i've tried a few.

I also have been amazed at the lack of "energy" related to Hughes systems! Considering the prices they have/are sold at, I expected more chatter online about them. (Gosh $49 for a system?--amazing)

I'm going to use the Hughes codes to customize my RS15-1994 Universal Remote (6 in 1)

OP | Post 10 made on Tuesday January 4, 2000 at 16:36
M Compeau
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Hughes Network Systems Remote Control Transmitter Codes

Key Name Digital Satellite Device Code
Transmitter Code
0 04 "SAT, TV, VCR, AUX"
1 05 "SAT, TV, VCR, AUX"
2 06 "SAT, TV, VCR, AUX"
3 07 "SAT, TV, VCR, AUX"
4 08 "SAT, TV, VCR, AUX"
5 09 "SAT, TV, VCR, AUX"
6 0A "SAT, TV, VCR, AUX"
7 0B "SAT, TV, VCR, AUX"
8 0C "SAT, TV, VCR, AUX"
9 0D "SAT, TV, VCR, AUX"

NOTE: All Receiver Transmitter Codes are in HEX.
OP | Post 11 made on Thursday January 6, 2000 at 02:27
Bill Coffelt
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The following should generate some interest in Hughes:

Hughes Network Systems Announces DIRECTV PLUS(TM) High Definition Set-Top Receiver

New 'Platinum HD' Model Receives Both DIRECTV High-Definition and Standard
Broadcasts as well as Off-Air Digital Television

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems (HNS) and its
sister company DIRECTV, Inc. today announced that HNS will manufacture a
DIRECTV PLUS(TM) System set-top receiver designed to receive high definition
DIRECTV(R) programming, as well as high definition, digital "over-the-air"
signals from local broadcasters via off-air antennae. The new "Platinum HD"
receiver is planned for shipment in the second quarter of this year and will
be among the first high-definition compatible systems to feature the DIRECTV
Advanced Program Guide. The new receiver is also fully compatible with the
DirecDuo(TM) antenna system.
"The Platinum HD further expands our broad line of products to support the
high definition generation of programming," said Paul Gaske, senior vice
president and general manager of Hughes Network Systems Broadcast Products &
Services Division.
"With this receiver, consumers will be able to receive DIRECTV's standard
definition and HDTV programming as well as local high definition broadcasts --
and view all available channels seamlessly using DIRECTV's Advanced Program
"The HNS receiver includes the most widely adopted video output component
for high definition -- YPrPb -- enabling it to work with most brands in the
market," said Gaske. "Best of all, consumers can also use the product with
their standard definition televisions to receive an improved picture -- the
"Platinum HD" set-top box converts off-air high definition broadcasts into a
480i standard definition digital format," he added.
"We're proud to have our sister company add to the increasing selection of
HDTV-compatible DIRECTV System products available to consumers," said Bill
Casamo, executive vice president for DIRECTV. "The Platinum HD product offers
our customers yet another option for their DIRECTV home entertainment."

Features of the "Platinum HD" set-top box include:

* Reception capabilities for DIRECTV high-definition and standard
definition digital-quality programming (all 18 off-air high-definition
broadcasts [ATSC])
* Reception capabilities for off-air standard definition broadcasts
(NTSC) via an internal tuner
* Ability to convert picture from standard to high-definition format, and
vice versa. (Reception capability for 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i
* DIRECTV Advanced Program Guide, which provides customers with a single
guide for both DIRECTV high- and standard-definition digital
* Ability to present standard definition (4 x 3 format) on a 16 x 9 TV
screen, with either gray side bars (full picture in less-than-full
screen), or with the top and bottom of the picture automatically
cropped (less-than-full picture in a full screen).
* All features offered with the fifth-generation Platinum (standard
definition) product, including: Dolby Digital audio, RF remote control,
StarSight(R) One-Button Record, and all HNS-exclusive DIRECTV System

Additionally, the receivers enable consumers to receive the DirecDuo
service, providing high-speed Internet access from DirecPC(R) as well as
DIRECTV programming. An external DirecPC satellite modem and a PC running
Windows 98 are required to receive DirecPC service.
The Platinum HD product will be on display at the Winter Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas, at DIRECTV Booth 5611 and HNS Booth 6225.
A world leader in satellite products and network systems for more than
25 years, HNS is one of the leading suppliers of DIRECTV digital satellite
systems and the provider of the award-winning DirecPC satellite Internet
service. In addition, HNS is the global VSAT market leader and has shipped
more than 300,000 interactive and one-way terminals. Headquartered in
Germantown, MD, the company has sales and support offices worldwide. HNS is a
unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation. Hughes Electronics is the world's
leading provider of digital television entertainment, and satellite and
wireless systems and services. The earnings of Hughes Electronics, a unit of
General Motors Corporation, are used to calculate the earnings per share
attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE: GMH). For more
information, please visit the Web site at .
DIRECTV is the nation's leading satellite television service, with 7.9
million subscribers including subscribers to PRIMESTAR By DIRECTV. Visit
DIRECTV on the World Wide Web at .
DIRECTV and DIRECTV PLUS are trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc., a unit of Hughes
Electronics Corporation. DirecDuo, and DirecPC are trademarks of Hughes
Network Systems, a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation. All other
trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

SOURCE Hughes Network Systems
Web Site:

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