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Those With The DISH Network MT2 Over The Air Module

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Jim148, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. Jim148

    Jim148 Godfather

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    For those of you using the DISH Network MT2 Over the Air Module and have locals on your plan, do you watch local channels via the satellite or through the over the air module? When I first got my 722k and added the over the air module, I used it to save the $5 per month that DISH charges. Now, I h ave the over the air channels bundled. Anyway, I think the picture via the over the air module is better than the locals through the DISH satellite. I do still like having the MT2, particularly during storms, so that I can watch TV if I lose satellite signal. I do use both a Slingbox PRO and a Sling Adapter and I can't select over the air channels through the module with either of those. Anyway, I would like to hear from others on how they ise their MT2.
     
  2. mwdxer

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    I use both here. Dish locals and OTA locals, as I get the sub channels that Dish does not carry.
     
  3. RBA

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    I think this answer is the same for most people that use OTA. I don't have a MT-2 my DISH receiver has a built in OTA tuner but it still allows access to subchanels and adds 1 additional tuner for recording.
     
  4. Rduce

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    I have a 922 with the OTA mod installed and use it exclusively to watch my locals, or I watch my locals off my OTA without using the DISH receiver. But, if I need to record a local I will use that OTA mod and NOT the sat channel. This way I have two sat channels available to me for recording and two OTA channels the same. I seldom watch any network programing, less than 4 hours per week, so locals do not play into my view habits very much. But, I mainly use my locals for news and weather.
     
  5. scooper

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    I use both - definately OTA for the subchannels, sometimes OTA for the majors carried by Dish (mostly when there is a local weather issue preventing satellite reception).
     
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  6. mnassour

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    Soooo...regarding the program guide for the local sub-channels, is everyone getting that now or is it still spotty? Come Wednesday I'm getting a Hopper with the OTA built in (or so I'm told, I didn't even know that existed), and no one to this day can tell me if program guide for sub-channels is available in my market (Austin TX).
     
  7. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Leapin' Lizard Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    There is no Hopper with OTA built-in. There is a Hopper with Sling built-in... but both existing Hopper models require the OTA USB module from Dish. Maybe they bring one with them for your install, so it could be "included" with your scheduled service, but it definitely isn't "built-in."

    Someone specific to your DMA will have to chime in about sub-channel OTA EPG. In my DMA there are still sub-channels with missing info. There are also some glitches with mis-mapped data (data exists but is not correctly mapped to the right OTA sub-channel) so that is a problem for some as well.

    You should find most of your major stations with OTA EPG though... it's the sub-channels where you find the problems typically.
     
  8. nmetro

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    I had a Hopper installed two months ago and they did not bring an the OTA USB adapter. I purchased one on amazon.com.
     
  9. mnassour

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    Yea, that's what I thought. Sounds like I'll be back on the phone with them tomorrow. Thanks so much for the update. Is anyone from the Austin Texas market out there?

    LATER: Effing chaos on a phone call with DISH this evening. They told me the account had to be active before they would provide/sell the OTA adapter, that the tech would not have one on his truck and they could not ask him to bring one out. This is completely unacceptable BS from Dish. If I can't get it done through a local dealer tomorrow (who has some idea of what he is selling, unlike Dish phone support), I'll just say to H**l with it.
     
  10. SeaBeagle

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    Some local sub channels do not record though.


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  11. mnassour

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    Ummm.....what? Any idea why that would be, and could you please tell me what market you're in?
     
  12. Justgrooven

    Justgrooven Cool Member

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    To the post, I use both for all the reasons stated. I record the dish feed because files use much less space on the drives. Next, I replaced my 622 with the hopper so the rooftop jack was right there. After the hopper was activated the USB OTA adapter was listed in the equipment view of the online store. It took less than a week to arrive and two minutes to install.
     
  13. KAB

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    Has nothing to do with market. A software upgrade blunder for Hoppers rendered all subs (below 01) non recordable from guide. Only manual timers will work.
     
  14. mnassour

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    Well, several months ago it was reported that OTA tuner owners in some markets were getting program guide info from the subchannels, while those in other markets weren't.

    Now...as a Dish newb, I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean by all subs (below 01). It's probably simple, but I don't get the reference.
     
  15. jsk

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    I have noticed that I can't see channels on the app that come up as "Digital Service" on my TV. However, if I enter the channel numbers manually, I can watch them.
     
  16. dennispap

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    By subs below 01 he means ota subchannels such as 2.3,3.3.. Not the main channel 2.1. 3.1 etc.
     
  17. mwdxer

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    Yes, The OTA local channels here. Portland OR translators

    6.1 KOIN CBS Guide
    8.1 KGW NBC Guide
    8.2 KGW Live Well Guide
    8.3 KGW Estrella No info
    10.1 KOPB PBS Guide
    10.2 KOPB OPB+ Guide
    10.3 KOPB NPR Guide
    12.1 KPTV FOX No info
    49.1 KPDX MYTV No guide

    Both 12.1 and 49.1 do not have guides on any OTA tuners, so the info may not be avaliable.
     
  18. SeaBeagle

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    Should have never had a software update when things are working fine. Like why fix something that is not broke.


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  19. mnassour

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    After all the discussion about the guide, I thought I'd better report back on what my OTA module receives on my Hopper as far as guide data was concerned here in Austin, TX.

    KTBC 7.1 / Fox - all program data
    KTBC 7.2 / Movies! - no guide data

    KLRU 18.1 / PBS - all program data
    KLRU 18.2 / PBS Create - all program data
    KLRU 18.3 / PBS Q - all program data
    KLRU 18.4 / PBS VMe - all program data

    KVUE 24.1 / ABC - all program data
    KVUE 24.2 / TV Estrella - all program data
    KVUE 24.3 / radar - no program data

    KXAN 36.1 / NBC - all program data

    KEYE 42.1 / CBS - all program data
    KEYE 42.2 / Telemundo - all program data

    KNVA / 54.1 / CW - all program data

    So the only holdout is Fox with its Movies! Channel. The all-important PBS data is there, and I'm one happy camper.

    thanks to all!
     
  20. scooper

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    On my 222 in Raleigh DUrham - there is only guide data on the .1 channels (except for WUNC 4 (PBS).
     

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