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AM21 Question?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Huck, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Huck

    Huck Cool Member

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    I have an amplified roof top antenna.

    I am near Tucson, Az now....But I don't think there is any digital stations out of Tucson. Maybe that is my problem.

    And I have re-setup the zip codes and re-started the R22 many times.

    I got this AM21 a couple months ago. And tried endlessly to get it to work.

    I was in south west NM and when I put in the zip for where I was at(Deming,Nm.) it(DTV) told me that my OTA channels were out of Durrango,Co......???? So I knew that was wrong.

    So I tried useing the zip from the city I got the OTA channels from(las cruces, Nm). I am thinking that the Am21 didn't work in Deming because there is no digital stations in Las Cruces. And Elpaso, Tx. was just too far away to get a signal to use as my secondary zip. Like I said, I tried everything a couple months ago.

    But now that I have moved I tried again.

    I am going to try Phoenix, Az. next. It is about 60 miles away.
     
  2. Huck

    Huck Cool Member

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    Thanks for all your tips..

    Phoenix has digital stations that work for me.....
     
  3. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    Tucson has several digital stations and Las Cruces has at least one: http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvonair.html. You may have to move your antenna around because the stations don't all transmit from the same location. Several in Tucson are located on Mt. Bigelow.
     
  4. srrndhound

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    According to http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Stations.aspx there are only 3 digital stations wthin 20 miles. Best if you fine tune it with your exact address--go to that link then click on "Choose an antenna." The street map will show you direction and distance for each transmitter. Very handy.

    Then go to http://www.zap2it.com/ and put your zip in the "Find it fast" window. The off-air listings shows that 85701 has primary digital TV from NBC (4.1), PBS (6.1), ABC (9.1) and FOX (11.1). These are the ones DirecTV usually supports, as this is where they get the guide data.
     
  5. sdirv

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    I FINALLY dropped the hammer on a DVR for $99. When I ordered it I stressed that I also needed an AM21 so I could continue watching my local's HD subchannels. I was told sure, no problem.

    Installer showed up today with my HR22-100, a multi-switch, and no AM21.

    I called D* and was told I didn't need an AM21 since D* provided me my locals in HD already, I asked about the subchannels, the CSR repeated that they provided me my locals, I asked to speak to a supervisor...heard a click and then a dial tone.

    I called back in, got another CSR who told me she couldn't order an AM21 for me since "their system" indicated I already got locals.

    I see on D*'s website I can order one for $50....but.......I've heard they routinely get sent out free of charge......what/who/where/whatever do I go from here???
     
  6. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    You got a pretty good deal on the DVR, and they typically don't give another "freebie" at the same time (or within a few months of) getting one discount. Your other choice would have been to pay full freight on the DVR, then get the AM21 for free, but you are coming out better this way (assuming you decide to buy an AM21).
     
  7. jwd45244

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    The routinely sent out free of charge is not true. Sometimes they do but most times they don't. If it is important to you spend the $50 and be done with it.
     
  8. sdirv

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    Guess I'll have to think about it some, my TV's got it's own tuner and I can switch inputs from sat to ant and watch the local sub channels if I want.

    Would save me the $50.

    Of course now I find out the installer used my existing b-band converter and one new one on the new DVR. And THAT means that the H20 that got moved upstairs has no BBC, so only gets about half the channels......(sigh).

    Another phone call in the morning.......
     
  9. WERA689

    WERA689 Well-Known Member

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    You can order BBC's on line, in seconds. They should arrive in just a day or two. No phone call needed.
     
  10. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

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    to clarify, they are free also. I've had better luck calling and having them sent, but they always arrived (3 times ) in 2 days.
     
  11. JLucPicard

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    I think, generally, those that get free AM21's are people who order the HD DVR and DirecTV does NOT supply their locals in HD. For those people the only option for local HD reception for their HD DVR is the AM21. If you get your HD locals via satellite, they generally don't supply a free AM21.
     
  12. sdirv

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    Which kind of sucks since the subchannels outnumber the channels they downlink almost 2 to 1.......

    I'll keep thinking about buying the AM21 though, ordered the stuff this morning I need to network the DVR and use the DOD stuff.....:)
     
  13. bobnielsen

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    Shortly after the HR20 (which had OTA) was replaced by the HR21 (which does not), Directv dropped the price by $100, so you are still ahead with the $50 AM21 (which has a better OTA tuner than the HR20).
     
  14. JLucPicard

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    I understand your feeling, but I am grateful to DirecTV for incorporating the OTA capabilities in the manner that they do, considering they are a SATELLITE TV company.

    Just out of curiosity because I've been away from cable for 15 years or so now (and am not even contemplating going back!), but how has cable integrated OTA into their equipment? Do they carry numbers of the sub-channels on their cable signal, or would you also need OTA for that with cable?

    Personally, I've got some HR20s and an HR21 with an AM21, and other than tuning in the -2 weather channel on one of my affiliates, I haven't found anything the least bit interesting on the subs.

    Oh well, just one man's opinion.
     
  15. sdirv

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    The subchannels I'll miss the most (if I don't do an AM21) will be from my local PBS affiliate. They've got 3, and I watch them a bunch. Arizona State University does a wonderful job with it's PBS offerings here.

    And I understand your comments about cable companies and OTA, but it's not been an issue until very recently when broadcasts became digital and local stations began broadcasting on multiple channels.

    Our ABC affiliate here broadcasts one channel in 4:3, and another in 16:9. It's little touches like that I guess that make it nice.
     

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