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1 12th June 23:35
toni-lynn
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I've just joined the ranks of dish owners -- and told Comcast to kiss
off. For a number of reasons, among them being a fan of Canada, and
not liking the offerings of either Dish or DirectTV, I opted for a
Canadian StarChoice system -- as I'm in the USofA, it places me in a
somehat exclusive arena. So far after 10 days, I am more than pleased
-- everything about it, from the price to quality to the channel
choices, have exceeded my expectations. Every channel is digital - -as
opposed to the some are some aren't of so-called digital cable.

For obvious reasons, I won't go into the details of getting a Canadian
system in the USA -- apart from saying that this can be done legally
and ethically, without piracy etc.. But I will give it an enthusiastic
****** up.

My question for the group is: It came with a General Intrument remote.
The model number is IRC-431. I see on the remote that it is
mutli-function and can be programmed for VCR and TV in addition to the
receiver. Does anyone have any instructions on how to do this?

I'd also like to hear from other owners of StarChoice systems in the
USA.

One last comment as a side thought: Gee, Comcast, its both rained and
snowed here, and never once did I have picture breakup. Wish I could
say that about you.

Toni-Lynn
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2 12th June 23:36
david levy
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The Star Choice website offers programming instructions and TV/VCR
codes for the model IRC-442 remote control, which is included with the
Navigo 305 and 405 receivers. I don't know if this information
applies to model IRC-431, but it's worth a try:

http://www.starchoice.com/english/support/remote/ProgramRemote.asp
http://www.starchoice.com/images/support/downloads/TVCodes.pdf
http://www.starchoice.com/images/support/downloads/VCRCodes.pdf

I wish you continued success with your new satellite system! I've
been planning to supplement my DirecTV setup with a Bell ExpressVu
subscription, but now I'm considering Star Choice. Any additional
comments would be sincerely appreciated. :-)
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3 13th June 02:26
toni-lynn
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First, thanks for the pointers to the sites for remote programming.
They worked just fine with the remote for my 401.

As to comments on Star Choice, it is recommended that you use a 90 cm
dish. I have a wall mounted Paraclipse.

Based on what I have read, quality is better on Star Choice, but it is
more expensive up front and more difficult to set up than ExpressVu. I
did not compare the two on a qualitative basis, so I can only go on
what I had read, and with the fact the Star Choice looks beautiful (1
inch of snow here this AM, and no reception problems while it was
coming down). Programming costs on Star Choice are a bit cheaper than
ExpressVu, but again I think that you can jig that anyway you want.

I liked the fact that Star Choice offered 1050 CHUM Toronto as a part
of its radio audio tier.

As I said before -- I am more than satisfied with Star Choice

Toni-Lynn

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4 13th June 02:26
gary tait
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You cannot pirate Starchoice, you can only greymarket subscribe in the USA.

You hold the device button until it blinks, and enter the 3 digit
code. The codes are in the manual.


I'm in Canada, the only difference I am a full legal subscriber, have PPV too.


Watch it when snow sticks to the dish. Heavy rain also puts out the signal.
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5 13th June 02:26
gary tait
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Compare the programming offereings. Also, if you choose Bell, you can
use external Dishnet hardware. Currently Bell has a DVR, SC doesn't.
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6 13th June 04:36
david levy
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You're very welcome! :-)

That's why I initially ruled Star Choice out. I was planning to rig
my existing 60 cm elliptical dish (roughly comparable in performance
to a standard 45 cm dish) to receive both DirecTV at 101 and Bell
ExpressVu at 91.

Since then, I've decided to purchase this lovely piece of equipment:

http://www.multilnbdish.com/catalog/t90-usi__toroidal_90_1739402.htm


As for which Canadian service to choose, I'm presently undecided. My
lack of an adequate dish had caused me to settle on Bell ExpressVu
before reading much about Star Choice. Researching each service's
pros, cons and programming differences, I could go either way.

Having primarily encountered accounts of Americans subscribing to Bell
ExpressVu (presumably because of the dish size issue), your positive
comments regarding Star Choice reassure me that either service is a
viable option.
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