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What if my locals look great on OTA?


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#1 OFFLINE   Marino13

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 01:48 PM

I have an OTA in the attic that works excellent. I get a great HD signal on all of my local channels. Do I need the new dish if I want to go HD through Directv or can I use my current 3 LNB dish? I have read that the new mpeg4 channels are only HD locals. They have not been released in my area yet (St. Louis) but I figure the quality can't be any better than my OTA. Am I right? Are all of the HD channels that Directv offers right now on mpeg2 besides the locals? Are they going to put other HD channels besides the locals on the new mpeg4 satellites? Thank you in advance.

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 02:33 PM

I have an OTA in the attic that works excellent. I get a great HD signal on all of my local channels. Do I need the new dish if I want to go HD through Directv or can I use my current 3 LNB dish? I have read that the new mpeg4 channels are only HD locals. They have not been released in my area yet (St. Louis) but I figure the quality can't be any better than my OTA. Am I right? Are all of the HD channels that Directv offers right now on mpeg2 besides the locals? Are they going to put other HD channels besides the locals on the new mpeg4 satellites? Thank you in advance.


The OTA signal is as good as you will get. The reason to consider additional DBS hardware for satellite reception of the HD locals is DVR capability. At some point, they'll want to sell you PPV movies and the MPEG4 DVR will be needed for that.

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 04:04 PM

The OTA signal is as good as you will get. The reason to consider additional DBS hardware for satellite reception of the HD locals is DVR capability. At some point, they'll want to sell you PPV movies and the MPEG4 DVR will be needed for that.



But the current and future dvr are both able to record OTA HD locals, right? What about 5.1 surround sound? If I record a HD local that has surround will it actually record the surround or downmix it to stereo?

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 05:15 PM

The current HR10-250 records 5.1 from OTA, and I can only assume the HR20 will as well.

Directv is eventually moving all HD content to the new KA/MPEG4 sats, and reception from those sats requires the new 5LNB dish. That switch will not take place until some time in 2007. All current national HD will work with your current 3LNB dish. So I don't see why you would upgrade until national HD is on the KA sats.




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