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  1. LKG907

    LKG907 Cool Member

    Apr 30, 2003
    I've recently noted that the 625 has a location for an OTA antenna input.
    I've been hauling the receiver in the RV/Trailer and using it to play the recored movies and such. Are there other uses??
    With an antenna hooked up to the OTA input, will it get all of the OTA channels, or just the ones offered by Dish as locals? I find the sub-channels kind of interesting.
    Can I record the received OTA channels on the DVR? How do I program them in to the receiver?
    I just use rabbit ears in the trailer, but I'm always suprised at how many channels are available.
  2. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I don't have a 625, but I think it is just a passthrough... which means no actual tuner... it just passes through whatever signal you feed from something like a VCR.

    Even IF it were a tuner, though, it would be an analog tuner... and not a digital one... which would mean no OTA channels, and definitely no recording of them.
  3. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    No dice, SOL, no ATSC tuner in 512/522/625 DVR.
  4. Ray C@DISH Network

    Ray C@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

    Dec 28, 2010
    Depending upon your location when you a RV'ing, you can connect an outside antenna to that port, which is a pass through port, change your TV to the correct channel and can get locals from that area.

    Depending how far you are from the transmitting tower, that will determine your signal strength.
  5. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    That would only be true if the TV has it's own ATSC digital tuner. If the TV is NTSC analog, there will be few if any local stations available. Even Canada which still had many analog stations, finally converted to digital.

    Since the RF output of the 625 is analog ch 3 or 4, chances are the TV connected to that post is analog only as well. Bottom line that pass-through is virtually useless today.
  6. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    The only "tuner" that a 625 has are 2 Satellite tuners. As stated above - the "antenna input" on it is strictly a passthrough - any Digital OTA signals would need to be decoded by your TV.
    I used to have a 625 until I downgraded to a single tuner SD sat receiver.

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