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Standard Def Receivers

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by HDTVFreak07, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. HDTVFreak07

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    Are there any DirecTV standard definition receivers that have digital tuners for OTA? I was on the phone with one of the agent that assists people with DTV problems and I told them that not ALL satellite customers may receive local channels digitally.

    Thanks in advance.

    Sorry for placing this post on here. Moderators, please place this post in the appropriate place.
     
  2. Mike Bertelson

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    I don't think so.

    You can use the AM21 with the R22 but other then that I'd say no.

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  3. carl6

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    No, not with any SD receivers. You need to use the OTA tuner in your TV, or get a digital converter box if you don't have a digital tuner.
     
  4. boba

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    If you have a TV antenna or the ability to install one OTA converter box will be the least costly method. Next will be a used HDTV receiver from D* such as a Hughes or Samsung, these will require an access card swap $20 and $5 per month on the account.
     
  5. HDTVFreak07

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    Thank you everybody, for responding. I KNEW I was right. On their web site, they said "Cable and satellite viewers DO NOT need converters". I told them that they were wrong about satellite viewers. I said that not ALL satellite viewers get local channels via Satellite and those without H2X or HR2X receivers will either need a converter box or a TV set capable of receiving digital TV signals. The person I spoke with had to call the supervisor and again, this person also doesn't understand that. I should be the one working for them instead of the people they hired!
     
  6. terryfoster

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    Semantics. The dtv.org site says it best:
    Additionally, not all H2X and HR2X receivers have ATSC tuners.
     
  7. joed32

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    I thought all subs received SD locals?
     
  8. LOCODUDE

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    You can receive your locals through D* you just have to add same to your present package...
     
  9. joe diamond

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    It is going that way but there apparently are some small markets that still need OTA service. I saw a list somewhere and most subs do get some local feed in SD......if nothing else they can get the national channels;CBS, NBC & ABC.

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  10. CCarncross

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    This is not an entirely black and white deal here. You are not entirely right and they are not entirely wrong. Cable and satellite viewers do not need converters, UNLESS they want to receive OTA channels, and they dont already have something with an ATSC tuner in it. In areas where D* doesnt offer their locals, and they are within OTA range, it really should be up to the customer to find a way to receive them. In areas where D* doesnt offer locals, and you cant within reason get them OTA, then you should be eligible for DNS locals thru sat.
     
  11. BattleZone

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    DirecTV only provides SD locals to about 160 of 210 DMAs. Some of the smaller DMAs are really tiny, with less than 5,000 residents, and it wouldn't be anywhere near cost-effective do carry them. But we may see a few of the larger un-served DMAs get locals from 119 and/or D12 when it is launched.
     
  12. jdspencer

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    My DMA is 157 and we do not have SD locals, much less the HD ones. And this area is a bit larger than 5000.
    Binghamton is about 48k and Broome County is at 200k in population. Luckily I get DNS and have OTA for ABC, CBS, Fox and PBS.
     
  13. joe diamond

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    There is a local around here that carries school closings for several counties around Salisbury, MD. The first thing people ask if they can get that channel (ch6 I think). Anyhow, the viewers overlap several DMAs in two ststes and if put together would constitute a big market. When you fly over these DMAs you can't see any lines on the ground........I wonder how they make up the boundaries?

    Joe
     
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  15. Bob Coxner

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    Also, there are millions of us in DMAs that have DTV locals but only the main channel for each network. DTV doesn't carry subchannels. For example, in my DMA the CW network is on a subchannel. If I want to view it, I have to use an ATSC tuner. Fortunately, I was an early adopter and my HR20 has a tuner. If I add a new HD DVR the odds are extremely high that I'll need an AM21.
     
  16. Brian Hanasky

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    My DMA 159 doesn't have locals in SD or HD either. Accoring to this list (2009) my DMA has about 133,000 "tv homes".

    http://www.nielsen.com/pdf/2008_09_DMA_Ranks.pdf
     
  17. Jhon69

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    If you can get an HR20 or H20 or HR10-250 then you would have built in OTA tuners.;)
     

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