AM21 OTA Tuner Discontinued

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dtparker, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. dtparker

    dtparker New Member

    May 24, 2007
    As of 9/25 according to the rep I talked to.

    If you use and depend on this box - time to find something else. The Protection Plan no longer covers it, and no replacements are available.

    Now, I need a new OTA box and some way to DVR it.

  2. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    The good thing is, they are so basic and simple, there's not a lot to go bad.

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  3. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Here is some additional information:
  4. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Agreed, good point
  5. codespy

    codespy Go Pack Go!!!! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 29, 2006
    Protection plan still covers it......I have 6 recent replacements to prove it. :)
  6. dtparker

    dtparker New Member

    May 24, 2007
    Well then you got a better CSR than I did - 2 I spoke to said 9/25 was the last date of support, and none were available to swap out.
  7. codespy

    codespy Go Pack Go!!!! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 29, 2006
    Out of the four different CSR's I spoke with, one had the same result as you, the other three found them. The three that found them, I was able to get two AM22's from each, no charges.
  8. stoutman

    stoutman Godfather

    Feb 8, 2003
    Since I asked the original question, then I will answer with my reasons why I do not want to lose OTA.

    1) I can watch two cities or neighboring markets that cable has, but DTV doesn't.
    2) One of the sub channels broadcasts significant sports in HD, but DTV only carries it SD
    3) I live in snow country and dish fills up in blizzards. Having OTA allows me access to news during storms

    I know I am a pebble in the DTV ocean, but I do not want to lose OTA.

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  9. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    I'm going to go out on a limb and say with 13 DVRs you spend more than the typical customer and are more likely to get freebies than the average customer :)
  10. am3211

    am3211 AllStar

    Mar 23, 2008
    I have four DVRs and recently had three AM21s shipped to me at no charge/
  11. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

    Apr 22, 2002
    Music City, USA
    I have an HR20 with built-in OTA capability and an AM21 attached to an HR24. I don't understand why there are more OTA stations on the HR20's EPG than on the HT24/AM21. The HR20 has an OTA entry on the EPG for the ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS and three other network stations I never watch. The HR24 with AM21 only has entries for the ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS stations. The DIRECTV tech person was of no help and in frustration, I suppose, hung up on me. I would really like Fox OTA on that receiver. ;)
  12. coconut13

    coconut13 Active Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    Probably because the HR20 with built in OTA scans for the channels and will pickup all the channels you receive. On the other hand, the AM21 only gets the channels in D* database, which probably doesn't have all of the channels in your area. There is a workaround to get channels not in D* database, and it requires running secondary zip codes to match channels not in your database for your given DMA.
  13. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    The HR20 used to be able to scan for channels. It no longer can, but channels that it picked up before that ability was removed are still found when you rescan. If you completely reset its configuration so it knows of no OTA channels, then do set again, you'll only find the ones the AM21 does.
  14. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Thought that was just for the old H20 receiver, not the HR20 DVR which should receive the same channels as the AM21 (or now AM22) does?

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  15. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    Pretty sure they work the same way, both will remember OTA channels they've found in the past unless you fully reset it to the point it forgets them.
  16. ejbvt

    ejbvt AllStar

    Aug 14, 2011
    Well said. OTA integration is one of the biggest reasons I like Directv. When I lived in NC, the AM21 saved me from a pretty awful DMA and gave me over 40 subchannels, many of which were interesting. Now in VT, there are far fewer (7) but Movies!, Create, and MeTV are great. One sub is CW and
    CW fans in my area need the AM21 to get WPTZ 5-2... Directv is the only provider that doesn't carry it... Even Dish has it!
    The AM21 is flawed but I will keep mine until it blows up.

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