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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. wje

    wje Godfather

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    I just called Dish support, explained I couldn't get my locals because of no OTA input, done. Quick and easy.
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    sorry
    what exactly been done ?
     
  3. Troch2002

    Troch2002 Member

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    Free OTA,module would be my Guess...

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
     
  4. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    your guess is good as mine, better to get wje's answer
    but quick and easy is not in par with real long process of ordering/shipping/installing
     
  5. MWC

    MWC New Member

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    Newbie here and I have been trying to read through all of this and have a few questions if you guys don't mind answering please. I just upgraded from 722 to Hopper 3. My ultimate goal is to get uncompressed OTA signal directly to my TV. Uncompressed through the Hopper 3 is my second choice. If I can do both, even better because recording OTA would be great as well.

    The main benefit is to shut off all my gear except for TV attached to OTA antenna. I guess I am old school and try to turn off as much of my stuff as I can during storms. I also really want uncompressed OTA if possible. My TV, for reference is a Samsing 60ks8000. Only has one antenna input.

    Questions

    1. Will this work directly to my TV or through the Hopper without compression? -

    2. Does plugging into the USB on back of Hopper 3 work without compression like here? - https://www.mydish.com/support/products/receivers/hopper/how-to/receiver-to-ota

    3. If plugging into back of hopper works uncompressed, I assume, with the hopper 3 off I would not still get the feed to TV only if I want to just use the TV Tuner.

    4. Am I over thinking this? Can I simply plug the indoor OTA antenna into the back of the TV and I will get OTA on TV and Hopper 3 for recording?

    I am probably over thinking this and there might be an easier way. Thanks in advance for all replies and suggestions.
     
  6. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    everything is compressed, would be it OTA or sat or Internet streaming
     
  7. MWC

    MWC New Member

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    I understand. I guess I should have said less compressed because my eyes seems to like OTA HD better than Dish HD
     
  8. speedboat

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    The dongle allows the Hopper access to OTA for watching thru the Hopper or Recording. Most likely your TV already has a ATSC tuner, while will allow your TV to watch HD OTA. A splitter, would allow both access to OTA, at a slightly degraded signal level unless amplified.

    Most likely your TV doesn't output any video, only input it. Nothing you do to your TV will allow any additional functionality added to your Hopper.
     
  9. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I would add: it's RF signal, as to video/audio - those are will not affected before RF signal will drop dramatically
     
  10. MWC

    MWC New Member

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    Called Dish...None in stock as everyone knows. No ETA. She also said they may not ever get them again. Who knows if this is true.

    I went to dish.com find a dealer and found a dual tuner OTA adapter locally for $57. It was $61.70 including tax. He included a new splitter. He said he pays $46 for them through Dish. I think he had quite a few in stock. He brought 3 out when I purchased mine. He said he would swap it out as well if I had any problems. If anyone needs one ask your local authorized Dish dealers 1st. Probably as cheap as anyone else.

    Now have to decide what amplified indoor antenna to buy? Any suggestions? This one gets great reviews - Amazon.com: 1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna - 50 Mile Range with Detachable Amplifier USB Power Supply and 10ft Coax Cable: Electronics
     
  11. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Regarding antennas I dont have any recommendations for indoor antennas but I will sat that getting 50 mile range out of any antenna of the style shown in your link is almost impossible. First I would go to TV Fool and insert your address to get a report of what antenna you need. If an indoor works, great and if not I recommend the Televes line from Solid Signal for outdoor antennas
     

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