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Are you set-up to receive "Over The Air" broadcasts?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Steve, Dec 15, 2009.

Are you set-up to receive "Over The Air" broadcasts?

  1. Yes.

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  2. No, but I plan to.

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  3. No.

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  4. Other. Explained below.

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  1. Dec 15, 2009 #21 of 118
    David MacLeod

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    I don't get as many here but I do get portland fox 23 (transmitter is in Gray) as well as Bangor and those subs.
     
  2. Dec 15, 2009 #22 of 118
    samrs

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    I put up an Off Air Antenna at my daughters request, so her younger brother wouldn't grow up with just one point of view. She's kind of partial to NPR for some reason. It's connected to two AVR's, two computers and two HR20's. Being able to record Smackdown in HD did provide a little motivation on my part.
     
  3. Dec 15, 2009 #23 of 118
    Vinny*

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    Yes, via indoor antenna.

    I use OTA for 23-1 PBS-HD and the local sub-channels not provided by Directv in Richmond, Virginia.
     
  4. Dec 15, 2009 #24 of 118
    islesfan

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    We're 60 miles from Reno. There are no OTA signals to receive.
     
  5. Dec 15, 2009 #25 of 118
    paulman182

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    It took 1500 feet of feedline to a hilltop antenna in analog days to get three channels.

    So no, no OTA here. Don't watch locals anyway.
     
  6. Dec 15, 2009 #26 of 118
    jtbell

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    I have 2 small indoor antennas that do the job just fine. Primarily used as a backup to my D* service.
     
  7. Dec 15, 2009 #27 of 118
    bidger

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    Yes, I can receive over-the-air broadcasts. When I started with DIRECTV twelve years ago next month, I used what was then called "Lifeline Cable" for networks. TWC was running a special for Roadrunner in late 1999 and I called to see if I qualified. I was assured I was and thanked the rep and said it was definitely something I'd consider. About thirty seconds after hanging up the phone, it rang and it was the same TWC rep calling to let me know she was in error, that it would be twice the normal price for install and monthly service since I was a Lifetime sub. I knew then my days with TWC were over. I pulled the plug in Jan. 2000, used an indoor antenna (ugh) until Summer '07, when I had an outdoor chimney-mounted antenna with rotor installed. Unless you're truly in the cat bird's seat as far as local broadcasts go, an indoor antenna isn't of much use.

    I'm happy with things the way they are right now and I don't want my locals from DIRECTV. If and when that ever happens, DIRECTV will be giving up what I consider a huge advantage.
     
  8. Dec 15, 2009 #28 of 118
    markrubi

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    I am only about 7 miles away from the antenna farm now. I am able to get all locals with a small antenna I have made out of a piece of coax. Works great. I did live about 75 miles straight west of OKC and had an antenna mounted in my attic. At the time KOCO was about the only channel I could not get.

    I only view OTA when the weather gets bumpy and I lose Directv signals.
     
  9. Dec 15, 2009 #29 of 118
    machavez00

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    I use OTA for the full power sub-channels and the low power digital stations. Our Phoenix ION station went HD, but DirecTV has an agreement with the ION OAO stations to pipe in the national feed in place of the LIL. Until DirecTV carries ION HD, I have to use the OTA tuner to watch KPPX in HD

    On related note, over on the AVS board there are members that have put up antennas and can pick up Tucson locals.
     
  10. Dec 15, 2009 #30 of 118
    carl6

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    I have locals set up on 3 of my DVRs / TV locations (one HR20, two with AM21). I do not have them set up on the remaining units. I rarely use them - occasionally for sub channels.
     
  11. Dec 15, 2009 #31 of 118
    LCollett

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    I receive over the air locals from two additional DMA's using two HR20-700's. One DVR is set for Raleigh stations and the other DVR is set for Charlotte. Each use separate antennas pointed in different directions. I live in the Greensboro DMA.
     
  12. Dec 15, 2009 #32 of 118
    joshjr

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    I bet that works out nice for you.
     
  13. Dec 15, 2009 #33 of 118
    jrmichael

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    Yes, using an attic mounted antenna. Reception is great since the digital conversion. I really only use OTA when both tuners are in use recording.
     
  14. Dec 15, 2009 #34 of 118
    joshjr

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    What kind of Channel Master antenna are you supporting?
     
  15. Dec 15, 2009 #35 of 118
    gfrang

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    Yes in two markets Boston MA and Portland Maine.
     
  16. Dec 15, 2009 #36 of 118
    rudeney

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    I have an old "flying saucer" powered omni-directional Radio Shack antenna from Radio Shack. I do not have the signal diplexed, but instead have it on a separate feed throughout the house. All four HR20's and the H20 have OTA feeds, plus both of my ATSC-capable plasmas have feeds. We rarely use it except for the occasional rain fade, or when there is interesting HD content on PBS (we get all our other locals in HD via D*).
     
  17. Dec 15, 2009 #37 of 118
    CCarncross

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    Since DMA 119 Lansing, MI is still not offered in HD, I have no choice but to use an antenna to get my locals in HD unless I wanted to bring Comcrap into the mix....which ain't gonna happen....
     
  18. Dec 15, 2009 #38 of 118
    timmmaaayyy2003

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    Only way I get to see networks. My market is way too small.
     
  19. Dec 15, 2009 #39 of 118
    bidger

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    Grade A reception for all of them?
     
  20. Dec 15, 2009 #40 of 118
    trainman

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    Yes, but not via my DirecTV equipment -- I have an EyeTV Hybrid hooked up to my desktop Mac. With a set of rabbit ears next to a window that faces the Los Angeles TV transmitters on Mount Wilson, I get all the OTA I need.
     

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