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Where are the Hopper OTA modules?

Discussion in 'DISH™ OTA Support and Discussion Forum' started by DoyleS, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. msglsmo

    msglsmo New Member

    Dec 27, 2015
    Kansas City, MO
    Mind sharing a link via DM?
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    just make a quote here.
  3. DWA123

    DWA123 New Member

    Feb 4, 2017

    I recently upgraded to a Hopper3 from a ViP722K and was concerned about the loss of the OTA adapter. I had been continually asking DISH when the new units would be available, and kept getting a reply that they have no idea. I lost patience waiting for DISH and found the new dual tuner OTA adapters listed as "in stock" at Dish Depot. I was skeptical, but took a chance and ordered one two days ago. It just arrived today. It came in a plain generic box with no DISH markings, and no instruction booklet, but it looks identical to the photos of the new unit which have been posted online. It connects via USB 2.0, and thus leaves the USB 3.0 port open for my EHD.
    No power adapter is needed - it gets its power from the USB port. The package included the adapter and a short USB 2.0 cable.

    I hooked it up and it installed with no problem. Only one tuner is currently recognized, but this was expected since it had been announced that the second tuner apparently requires a software upgrade that is not expected until this May.

    Otherwise, the new OTA unit is working well, and is at least as good as the one built into the ViP722K. I get the all of the main OTA channels and all of the digital subs. The signal is at least as good as the old unit, and possibly better. I won't know for sure until I have had a chance to use it for a while.

    The program guide immediately updated to show the programs on the main channels, but not yet on the digital subs. The same thing happened on the 722, and it did not update until a day or so later. I expect the same will happen on the Hopper 3.

    I have no idea how Dish Depot got them before the DISH online site, but somehow they did. Perhaps DISH actually has them, but has not yet informed their own people?

    Dish Depot charges a bit more than the announced DISH price, but it was worth it to get it this soon, and the two-day priority mail shipping was a pleasant surprise.
  4. Spanky_Partain

    Spanky_Partain Active Member

    Dec 7, 2006
    Well hello new friends. I have not been here since 6/2012 and I was a Directv user then. Now I have a Hopper Sling and I do not know anything about this thing.

    I am looking to get the USB OTA plug in and I too was wondering on where to purchase.

    Nice to be back!
  5. jbjsm

    jbjsm Cool Member

    May 15, 2005
    Bought one of these "dual tuner" USB dongles on ebay last week. Arrived on Monday and spent all afternoon trying to install it. Went to local channels under settings and plugged in the tuner. Hopper 3 recognized it and I scanned for channels. Found 173 channels and I selected all. Hopper then asked for a reboot and when it came back up all the scanned channels were gone. Tuner was still detected so I re-scanned and this time I only got 163 channels. Rebooted again and the Hopper did not re-initialize. Got black screen and had to do a front panel manual reset. Tuner was now not recognized. Started over plugged in the tuner and Hopper froze. Had to do a power cord reboot. Gave up because I was afraid I would corrupt the software or brick the Hopper. Last night I got bored and decided to give it one more try. Went to settings, local channels and when prompted plugged in the tuner. Hopper recognized it and asked to scan for channels. It found 165 and I again selected all. Got a prompt to reboot the Hopper, I accepted and it took almost 15 minutes to finish rebooting. This time the channels were still there but they had zero signal. I waited another ten minutes and was about to give up when all the channels showed 100 percent signal strength and were "locked". Went to the guide and it was populated with all the OTA channels some showing guide content, others not. Changing channels is a little slow but I can live with that. Hopper shows only one OTA tuner so I guess I'll have to wait for Dish to update their software. Not holding my breath on that one. When I upgraded to the Hopper 3 and Joey 4K from 2 722K's with dual OTA tuners I was very disappointed to learn that Dish had stopped offering the USB OTA tuner. Now I have all the OTA sub-channels and the ability to record. Price on ebay was quite a bit higher than the one in the quote. It will probably come down if and when Dish decides to offer them again.
  6. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    nothing unusual - same old dish/e* motto: push out new device, lets users debug our buggy SW/FW (the rush to get more customers, what is the reason for galloping SW development and missed QA job)
  7. Troch2002

    Troch2002 Member

    May 7, 2016
    Definitely doesn't surprise me.
    I can't use OTA so I don't have to deal with those issue.

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