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OTA for Hopper?

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by dunkonu23, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. clotter

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    All I can say is that the USB tuner can't come soon enough. Watching the Packer game through the Dish CBS local this afternoon was painful. My wife even said, "I thought the games are supposed to be in HD..."

    A wife mentioning ANYTHING audio or video related is all the proof I need to support my opinion of how poor the quality was. ;)
     
  2. sregener

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    It may not have been Dish's fault. I've seen some pretty bad quality from CBS this season on some NFL games. I knew it wasn't Dish's compression the moment they showed a highlight from a previous game (footage from a Fox-covered game) which looked fantastic. Then back to live, which looked horrible.

    Still, I agree that the OTA tuner is a long-awaited accessory. It sure doesn't feel like "summer 2012" out there!
     
  3. moman19

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    So true, so true! :(

    Sometimes I think we ARE from different planets. Mine is still trying to grasp the 16 x 9 concept :nono2:
     
  4. Nov 1, 2012 #144 of 369
    BenJF3

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    Yes. I'm sick of finding my TV set to "stretch" then finding my family watching an HD show with the sides cut off. ** sigh **
     
  5. Nov 1, 2012 #145 of 369
    3HaloODST

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    Agreed! So irritating!
     
  6. Nov 2, 2012 #146 of 369
    RasputinAXP

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  7. Nov 2, 2012 #147 of 369
    P Smith

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    OK.

    The plan is seems to show the contrapt.. umm.. as an invention at CES 2013 [and get 1st prize for it], then start a deployment in Summer [2013].
     
  8. Nov 2, 2012 #148 of 369
    harsh

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    It isn't likely to curry much favor if it is limited to "an additional local channel".
     
  9. Nov 2, 2012 #149 of 369
    P Smith

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    OMG !

    It will be limited to use just ONE channel ?!
     
  10. Nov 2, 2012 #150 of 369
    harsh

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    That's how I parsed it.
     
  11. Nov 2, 2012 #151 of 369
    scottchez

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    Hopefully you can buy TWO of them for $30 each and record Two channels at once instead of "an additional channel"
     
  12. Nov 2, 2012 #152 of 369
    James Long

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    So, when I order the dongle, do I specify which one local channel I want to receive?
    Do I specify the RF channel or the virtual channel number?

    :rolleyes:
     
  13. Nov 2, 2012 #153 of 369
    P Smith

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    OMG ! You must contact dish.
     
  14. Nov 2, 2012 #154 of 369
    3HaloODST

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    I'm going to place my bet that it's here by the end of the month.

    Can't believe that anyone is surprised that it's only 1 tuner. I thought that was pretty apparent for a while now.
     
  15. Nov 3, 2012 #155 of 369
    Stewart Vernon

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    I thought that was pretty much what everyone was expecting too... The only question (to my mind) was would the Hopper support more than one OTA adapter? I'm guessing that if you have two Hoppers you could probably put one on each one... but it would be cool if you could put multiple ones on the same Hopper.

    That said...

    With PTAT, if you are in a market that gives you ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC HD LiL via satellite... do you really often need more than one OTA tuner after that?

    I know I wouldn't.
     
  16. Nov 3, 2012 #156 of 369
    BenJF3

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    Well, if its a single tuner, then I'll go with the Genie. I get local per DMA, but not local to me. I need OTA for my two local news outlets. I absolutely love the Hopper and its GUI, plus Auto Hop. Then even have more HD channels I want. I was hoping to see an OTA module with dual tuners and streaming to Joeys.
     
  17. Nov 3, 2012 #157 of 369
    Stewart Vernon

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    Is there even a dual-tuner USB OTA tuner available for use with computers?

    Admittedly I haven't tried really hard, but all I keep finding are single tuner USB OTA adapters.
     
  18. Nov 3, 2012 #158 of 369
    James Long

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    Here, let me Google that for you ...

    "Sabrent TV-USBHD Dual ATSC & Digital HDTV and Analog TV Tuner / Video Capture USB 2.0 Pendrive with Remote Control and Antenna Vista Ready"
    http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-TV-USBHD-Digital-Capture-Pendrive/dp/B000VKU33S/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt


    Personally I would prefer a solution like the HD Homerun tuners ... two tuners in one box located somewhere on the home network. Then the tuner could be attached to an OTA antenna feed on one coax and the MoCA network on another coax (or Ethernet, as a secondary connection for Ethernet Joeys). It would save running OTA coax all the way to a Hopper. HD Homeruns are more expensive than a single tuner, but in the right price range for two single tuners.

    (I have an older single tuner HD Homerun that is connected to the antenna without the antenna feed going to any other devices. If I get a Hopper dongle I'll have to split that feed and run a cable to my Hopper.)
     
  19. Nov 3, 2012 #159 of 369
    moman19

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    I don't get it. With the OTA adapter, you will have FOUR tuners available before and after Prime Time, which is when most local news shows usually run. You say you want to record two news outlets. Isn't one OTA and one SAT tuner sufficient to meet that requirement? How many other events do you need to record simultaneously at those particular half-hour time slots? You'll still have two SAT tuners available.
     
  20. Nov 3, 2012 #160 of 369
    BenJF3

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    Neither sat provides my actual locals. I get address based locals for my DMA out of Syracuse (50 miles away). Utica (about 15 miles away) actually covers my area. I record alot off both ABC & NBC affiliates there because they do a lot of locally produced programming, some of which I've worked on. So, I easily can tie up two OTA tuners at any given time.

    If satcos were allowed to carry both, like Time Warner currently does then it wouldn't be an issue and I'd only use OTA for those stations that neither satco carry.

    I'll admit my circumstances are out of the norm.
     

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