WHAT IT IS
The DSR470 essentially replaces the tuner in any TV, extending it to all analog and digital channels on the cable.
Digital channels are by subscription, and may be activated or de-activated on request.
The Guide button presents an on-screen listing of all channels.
The Info button presents an on-screen paragraph describing the current program or any program listed in the Guide.
The Browse button opens a small window with channel and program titles that you can use to browse programs on other channels and times without leaving the program that you are watching.
The Options button allows a password to be set and provides the ability to lock out channels that might have content that is inappropriate for children.
DSR470 Digital Cable Box FAQ
- Do I need a special TV to use the set-top box?
- No. The DSR470 will work with any TV.
- Do I have to install the cable box myself?
- No. We install cable boxes at no charge.
- How does the set-top box connect to my TV?
- It uses either composite (yellow, red, white) or coaxial cable (TV stays tuned to channel 3 or 4).
- If I put a set-top box on one TV, how are my other TVs affected?
- TVs without a set-top box continue to receive the analog channels (2-90 plus 98).
- If I get more than one set-top box, does my programming fee increase?
- No. The digital programming paks that you select apply to all set-top boxes in your home.
- What happens when I use my set-top box to watch regular TV?
- The set-top box processes regular (analog) TV the same way as your TV does, but it provides the Information button, the program guide, browse feature, and other features not possible with regular TV. The result is that transitioning between analog and digital channels is completely seamless.
- Does the set-top box help me select programs that I might want to watch?
- The Guide button fills the screen with a program grid similar to that in the local paper, providing the channel numbers, station call letters, and program names. You can use the arrow keys on the remote to navigate the grid and view a synopsis of each program. No more need to use the newspaper to see what's on TV or determine if you have seen an episode before!
- How do I keep my kids from watching inappropriate programs?
- Use the Options button to set up parental controls.
- I have TiVo. Can I still use the set-top box?
- Yes. You can set up your Series II TiVo so that it changes the channels on the set-top box. Click here for details.
- Do I need a set-top box for every TV in my house?
- You need a set-top for every TV on which you want to watch digital programming (Channels 200 and above). TVs without the set-top box will continue to receive analog channels (Channels 2-90 plus 98).
- Can I record programming from a set-top box?
- There is a second set of composite outputs for recording.
- Can I play the commercial-free digital music channels on my sound system?
- Yes. You can use the second set of composite outputs to connect directly to your sound system or you can connect your sound system to your TV. The first method lets you listen to digital music with the TV turned off; the second method allows you to have all your TV sound pass through your sound system.
- What happens when I connect a set-top box to a high-definition TV?
- The DSR470 set-top box does not receive HDTV, so your digital programming will appear as standard (4:3, full-screen) TV on your HDTV set. You will get digital-quality 480i pictures and stereo sound.
- But suppose I want both digital programming and HDTV?
- You will need to add a splitter so that the signals from the cable go to both the set-top box and to your HDTV cable input or HDTV tuner.
- Do I need to connect each set-top box to a telephone line?
- Any set-top box configured for receiving pay-per-view must have a telephone connection. If you do not wish to use pay-per-view, no telephone connection is required. Should you move a set-top box to add or delete the telephone connection, be sure to let us know so that we can activate or de-activate pay-per-view on your set-top box.
- How big is the set-top box and what are its installation constraints?
- The DSR470 is 15-inches wide and 2 3/4 inches high. Allow 15 inches depth for rear-panel connections. Allow 4" height for ventilation. Do not put on top of another device with air vents on its top cover. Be sure to place the set-top box so that you can control it with your remote from all viewing positions.
- How do I use the set-top box remote control?
- There are two different remotes. Use the photo at the top to determine the remote you have and then download the guide for the legacy remote or the new CheckMate remote.
- I got a new TV and my set-top box remote no longer allows me to turn it on and off, adjust its volume, or switch its sources.
- The remote for your set-top box is programmed for the particular TV that its associated set-top box is connected to. If you change your TV, you will need to re-program your remote by entering a "TV Code." Codes and instructions differ depending on the remote you are using. If you have a legacy remote, you will find the information in the DSR470 user's manual. If you have a CheckMate remote, you will find the information here.
- How do I hook up a VCR to a DSR470
- Unlike TiVo, which can change channels on the set-top box and thus jump from program to program as needed to record any analog or digital program, VCRs lack that capability. So you have two choices when hooking up a VCR to a TV with a cable box:
- You can use a splitter to provide cable signals to both your TV and your VCR. You can then program the VCR to record programs at specific times and channels, but it will only record analog channels. This has the side benefit that you can watch one channel while recording another.
- You can connect your cable box to the cable and your VCR to the signal coming from the cable box. You will then be able to program your VCR to record at specific times, but it will only record on the channel to which the cable box has been preset (however you can use the timer in the cable box to switch channels if you wish). This option allows you to record both analog and digital programming.