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How to combine Direct TV output with OTA

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by derricott, Feb 22, 2006.

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  1. derricott

    derricott New Member

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    Is there a way to combine the Direct TV output with my OTA signals going to other TVs which don't have Direct Tv receivers so I can choose between OTA channels and the selected Direct TV channel? Possibly using a diplexer? It seems like this would work but I am concerned because I have both channel 3 and 4 OTA signals and thought that the weak OTA signal might interfere with the Direct TV signal which is also transmitted on ch 3. I'm just trying to save a few bucks since I have six TVs but rarely use more than one at a time.
     
  2. Wolffpack

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    I'm not sure if a diplexer will work for that or not but why not get get a standard A/B switch from RadioShack or someplace like that? You're talking about two coax feeds, correct?

    Just wondering, do you get your locals from DTV? Why not just use your DTV receiver to feed the other TV? What's the need for OTA channels in addition to the DTV feed?
     
  3. boba

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    If you have both channel 3 and 4 as active OTA channels you are in an odd location the FCC dosen't assign them together because they will interfere with each other. The solution for you is to modulate your satellite signal onto an unused UHF channel and then combine through a splitter in reverse. Google for UHF modulators then decide what you want to pay.
     
  4. derricott

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    Channel 4 is an active channel but I also receive a poor picture on ch 3 and thought that it might interfere. Thanks for the thought on UHF. I may try that. It's got to be cheaper than $25 per month for five more Direct TVs.
     
  5. derricott

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    For one thing I get 24 OTA channels and only 5 on Direct TV but the main reason is that if someone is watching the Direct TV set then only that one channel is available on all of the other sets. If I can do what I am proposing then all other sets will have 24l OTA channels and the selected Direct TV channel available simultaneously.
     
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  7. Wolffpack

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    I guess I really misunderstood what derricott is trying to do. This one device is $160. Derricot has multiple TVs and is trying to avoid the cost of adding additional DTV receivers.

    Derricott, how many coax feeds do you have running to each of the TVs in question?
     
  8. derricott

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    Right now I have a single antenna coax with an 8-way splitter and single coax to each TV. Three of the sets are located where I can easily run additional coax to them but the others would be very difficult to get to. I can live without Direct TV at these other sets but I thought there might be an easy way to make this happen.
     
  9. Wolffpack

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    That makes more sense now. But it may be cheaper to a) run coax or b) get some cheap DTV receivers off ebay for those TVs that a new coax cannot be run to.
     
  10. boba

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    There is no such thing as a cheap DTV receiver on EBAY. You have to buy the receiver then unless it is brand new you have to buy a card for $20 from Directv and pay shipping. Then you still have to pay $5/Mo. for the additional receiver. Most dealers would be happy to sell a brand new D11 for $50.:)
     
  11. derricott

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    I just had DTV installed two days ago and the receivers and cards would have been free at that time. I just didn't want to have to pay an extra $25 per month. Especially not knowing how much I would be using these other sets. I may still try the diplexer. They are very inexpensive but I just don't want to fry anything. The A-B switch is also a good alternative for the rooms where I can run another coax. Thanks everyone.
     
  12. Wolffpack

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    I know I keep hearing that but I have not experienced it. But it's always a possibility.
     
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