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AM 21 Questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by damondlt, Apr 25, 2014.

  1. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Here is kind-of a dumb question.
    I have broadcast basic cable,
    If I screwed the cable coax on the back of the AM 21 would it load any channels?

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  2. ejbvt

    ejbvt AllStar

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    It will not do that. It will only find OTA signals.
     
  3. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    So I'm guessing it has something to do with frequency?

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  4. litzdog911

    litzdog911 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    The AM21 can only tune to off-air ATSC (digital) channels, not Cable TV.
     
  5. litzdog911

    litzdog911 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Not just frequency, but also the modulation format. Cable TV uses different digital modulation schemes than off-air ATSC digital channels.
     
  6. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Ok thanks, maybe you guys could recommend a dvr for my cable?

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  7. litzdog911

    litzdog911 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    What does your Cable company provide? Tivos are nice.
     
  8. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Nothing for Broadcast basic, I have that because directv provides NY locals for my DMA. And cable provides Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Philly and NY.

    So I have it bundled with my internet.
    Tivo would be nice , but i don't want additional fees with having digital cable , and Tivo fees.

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  9. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    I know Dish Network used to make a DVR for Ota when they were selling those digital converter boxes.

    Wasn't sure if they made a DVR for just basic cable.

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  10. nmetro

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    Is there a cable box?

    If not, you may be able to buy a cheap OTA Tuner/DVR which also supports Cable Mudualation. Run the cbale to the box and then out through the RF port or HDMI to your TV. There are some of these devices on amazon.com. These cheap DVRs can record to a USB stick or a USB powered drive. They are not high quality, get very hot Good ventilation is essential)but it may do the job you are seeking; that is record without paying for it.
     
  11. CCarncross

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    You just need to find a tuner that handles cable modulation. This company makes several different models for different applications, just pair it with an HTPC.....

    http://www.silicondust.com/
     
  12. AMike

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    As a dual-subscriber of DirecTV and Comcast, I use the Tivo DVR for the cable side of things. I really like the Tivo compared to the Comcast options of their DVRs (standard and X1). Yes, there are the lifetime or monthly fees, but as they say, you get what you pay for.
     
  13. HarleyD

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    You can probably convert your PC into a DVR with the addition of a tuner card
     
  14. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    I think you're talking about the unscrambled channels via cable that your tv gets, which are likely QAM. So, your DVR needs to be QAM capable.
     
  15. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Yes.I get channels 2-20 and some HD digital ones from 100-130. I want to be able to dvr these channels.
    I thought maybe if I plugged in the coax to AM 21 the channels my appear on the Genie to record. Mainly just Philly 6 , TV 13 and WNEP just to catch the news when I get home.

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  16. samrs

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    You could use a VCR.

    Stick one of your old wedding tapes in and set the timers. ;)
     
  17. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    What's a VCR? :)

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  18. slice1900

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    If you just want to view/record clear QAM cable, maybe the iView 3500stb:

    http://www.amazon.com/Multi-function-Digital-Converter-Box-Recording/dp/B00BFIJQ10

    $36 shipped, you need to buy a separate external USB drive to plug into the front. No monthly fees. HDMI or analog output. It can also handle OTA ATSC broadcasts, though since it has only one input like most TVs you have to configure it for one or the other, and would need need two if you wanted to record cable and ATSC simultaneously.

    It does NOT do analog cable, but I'm pretty sure all cable systems carry a separate unencrypted QAM copy of their analog channels, so this really only matters if you want to be able to view/record the output of a RF modulator (like security cameras) You can see what channels it would pick up using your TV's tuner - configure it for cable and scan for digital channels only.

    I have no idea what the interface is like and how well it works in long term use, but for $36 it is a cheap experiment to use with an a USB drive you may already own.

    Personally I own and would recommend a Tivo, but if you're trying to save money...
     
  19. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Tivo may come into play later this summer or fall.

    But I'll look into your link for now, because for now I am looking for cheap.

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