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Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by westview, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. westview

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    My friend has Dish. He says he bought a box that connects to his tv that works as an antenna. He says he gets all the local channels and sub channels. Is this possible?
     
  2. boba

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    Yes it is possible. Rabbit Ears have been doing it for the last 30 years.

    A lot depends on your circumstances,how far are you from the broadcast towers, are they VHF or UHF channels, what quality indoor antenna are you looking at using? Construction of the home makes a difference steel or concrete have more resistance to radio waves passing through than wood or glass.
     
  3. yosoyellobo

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    I love this answer. Having to explain rabbit ears.:)
     
  4. boba

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    westview asked the question????????
     
  5. garys

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    To see what type of antenna you may need you can check:

    tvfool.com or antennaweb.org
     
  6. yosoyellobo

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    I can imagine someday our grand children trying to explain DVRS.
     
  7. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    He might be talking about one of the converter tuner boxes. Yes, I know calling it an "antenna" is incorrect but it does help tune local channels and subchannels on TV sets that were not designed for ATSC OTA reception (digital television).
     
  8. levibluewa

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    Perhaps he's talking about a DISH box that accepts an OTA input...& not an optional add-on.
     
  9. westview

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    He says he has no antenna. This works as antenna and brings in the local stations including the sub channels.
     
  10. scooper

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    Pictures and/or links ?
     
  11. jsk

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    Sure.


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    VHF Antenna


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    UHF Antenna

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    Amplifier & UHF/VHF combiner


    OTA Module for a 722k:
    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...er-the-air-module-(es162303)&sku=753960010601



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    OTA Locals integrated into the guide and no worries if a local is dropped. They do take away the guide data for dropped locals, but If they drop my Baltimore locals, I still will get guide data and good signals from the DC locals.
     
  12. scooper

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    I was refering to the OP
     
  13. jsk

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    I happened to be up in my attic and wanted to try posting pictures from my iPhone. My VHF antenna must be really old (it came with the house), but with new coax, it still pulls in the channels.
     
  14. sregener

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    If I read your original post right, you're not asking about using a Dish receiver for a tuner, but rather the TV's internal tuner. The "box" you refer to is probably an indoor antenna.

    Depending on your distance to the transmitting tower, your elevation, and obstacles that may be between you and the transmitter, it is possible to receive television signals with no subscription. Typically, this will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and PBS in HD. If the stations multicast (broadcast more than one virtual channel on one physical channel), then it is also possible to receive all sub channels as well.

    I would search Amazon for a Leaf Paper-Thin Antenna and try one out. If it doesn't work for you, you're out a few bucks return shipping.
     
  15. jsk

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    Actually, you should go to antennaweb.com or tvfool.com. They will give you an idea of what kind of antenna you need to get the stations you want.

    Also, I would assume that the OP would want to integrate OTA with his Dish receiver. It would allow him to record OTA on his DVR and seamlessly switch between OTA and satellite.

    If you have a 722, there is already an OTA tuner included, you just need to plug in an antenna. If you have a 722k, see the link in my post above to the OTA module. If you have the Hopper, there is a USB dongle that you can buy to add OTA.
     
  16. ls1dreams

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    How many channels do most people manage with a small indoor antenna?
     
  17. James Long

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    Location location location. It all depends on where you are and where the towers are.

    The indoor antenna adds a handicap to the challenge of receiving signals.
     
  18. garys

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    I live quite a distance from my local towers and very hilly terrain, I wouldn't get many if any by using an indoor antenna.
     
  19. Grandude

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    With a small indoor antenna I get one (1) channel.
    With an attic antenna I get five or six depending on the weather.

    Was that helpful?:grin:
     

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