Just got this tailgater. every time i start it up it takes 15-20 minutes. Is it supposed to spend 10 minutes downloading the EPG every time it starts up? it doesn't keep the guide on its hard drive? if this is normal is there some way to watch tv while the EPG downloads (like directtv)? it seems really illogical that it would work this way. we went to a football game yesterday and it lost signal for some reason it a totally unobstructed sky then we all waited 20 minutes while it went through the whole process again.
also is there some way to watch OTA when the dish is not getting signal? when we lost signal we thought we would just switch over to OTA but the screen had a dialog that said signal was lost and we couldnt find a way to watch OTA tv.
does nothing. when i start up it takes 8:45 to "check the switch", another 3 minutes to align the dish then another 10 minutes to get the guide. during that whole process and forever more if it doesnt get a satellite, no button has any affect. if anything goes wrong, reboot and do the entire 20 minute grind again. this can't be how this is supposed to work.
It wont while it is in the acquiring data screen. The tailgater has to locate each satellite independently. Its searching all over the sky with something the size of a coffee cup. You just have to wait that one out. The alterbative is that you get a regular antenna, they take about 5 minutes to set up.
it makes sense that it takes 3 minutes to acquire the satellite and while 9 minutes just to check the switch seems high it would be survivable but 10 minutes to download the epg every time you start up makes no sense. if i unplug my directv box and plug it back in it just starts with the guide that it previously downloaded and stored to the hard drive. and when it starts up for the first time with no guide it works immediately without a guide then fills it in over the first few minutes. hopefully dish will improve their software to think about startup time.
yes i have the wally. called customer service and they say it should take 3 minutes. seems like a reach since it takes 10 minutes to download the epg but they say it should not download the epg each time i power up. that seems like common sense to me so maybe something is wrong. perhaps if i add an external hdd it will retain the epg?