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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.

    0 vote(s)
  2. No, but I plan to.

    453 vote(s)
  3. No.

    8 vote(s)
  4. Other. Explained below.

    103 vote(s)
  1. Dec 15, 2009 #41 of 118

    Satchaser AllStar

    Sep 23, 2006
    I am located in a "dead zone" and I can't receive any digital signals. Anyway, towers are approximately 90 miles away. I would have needed a tower approx 300 feet high to receive analog.
  2. Dec 15, 2009 #42 of 118
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I am able to receive 37 channels (including subchannels) over the air but I do not have the antenna hooked to my receiver. I did, for a long time, but found that I never recorded OTA and so I took the splitter off and ran the antenna line right into the TV.
  3. Dec 15, 2009 #43 of 118

    RCY Godfather

    Nov 16, 2005
    LA area, Clearstream4 with CM7777 in attic. Get many channels and subchannels, probably about 10 channels I actually watch. All my HD is OTA, DVR'd by BeyondTV and Media Center on PCs which are networked. I have DirectTV (currently SD DVR'd) for the basic cable we view. Still looking at HD options for basic cable. Haven't decided whether to just add a Happauge HD Pvr to my HTPC and capture component from a simple receiver or to get someone's HD DVR.
  4. Dec 15, 2009 #44 of 118

    jjfeo Mentor

    Dec 9, 2009
    I have an AM-21 connected to my HR21-700. It has come in handly a couple times with rain/snow fade.....
  5. Dec 15, 2009 #45 of 118
    Kansas Zephyr

    Kansas Zephyr Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    I feed OTA into my D* HD DVRs and also is the primary source for viewing/recording locals.

    Rain-fade, sub-channels and PQ all make OTA a necessity, not optional, for me.

    If D* ever drops OTA capability, I will terminate service.
  6. Dec 15, 2009 #46 of 118

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    I get all of my locals OTA because it's the only way I can watch them in HD. Once HD locals are added in my area I will get rid of it.
  7. Dec 15, 2009 #47 of 118

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    Right in the middle of the Orlando and WPB markets. Not a strong enough signal from either.
  8. Dec 15, 2009 #48 of 118
    Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    We get a few of the Milwaukee networks in HD through Directv, the rest via antenna.

    We get all of the HD networks from Chicago Via antenna, my own NFL Ticket. Milwaukee FOX and CBS and Chicago FOX and CBS. While the CBS games are usually the same, I always get the Packers and Bears games.
  9. Dec 15, 2009 #49 of 118

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    I only get 4 HD local channels from D*. For the others in my DMA, I need to use my OTA setup. I also use my OTA setup to receive HD channels from a few neighboring DMAs (Philly and Baltimore). It comes in handy sometimes during football season when a different game may be on the CBS or Fox affiliate from a neighboring DMA than what is on locally.
  10. Dec 15, 2009 #50 of 118

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    With 200 votes in, I never in a million years would have guessed that OTA penetration was as high as 80%! I could be wrong, but I have a feeling that many without the ability to use OTA saw the thread title and elected not to visit, skewing the results.

    Many thanks to the 200+ folks who so far took the time to respond... especially the 35 who voted "No"! :)
  11. Dec 15, 2009 #51 of 118
    Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Small undercabinet lcd tv is antenna only, news while eating....
  12. Dec 15, 2009 #52 of 118
    Brian Hanasky

    Brian Hanasky Godfather

    Feb 22, 2008
    W/O OTA I have no NBC or CBS HD. Locals won't grant DNS waiver and no locals on directv in Wheeling, WV/Steubenville, OH DMA.
  13. Dec 15, 2009 #53 of 118
    Jason Nipp

    Jason Nipp Analog Geek in a Digital World Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Jun 10, 2004
    I believe the results, especially from the geek group we have here that understand the benefits of adding OTA to their Sat system.

    People in my DMA actually had no choice 7 years ago. This was because neither E* or D* had carriage agreements for my DMA.

    These days, I find many of the people I know that do not have OTA setup just don't want to put up any kind of antenna.

    And again, I use OTA to take advantage of the extra tuners in my equipment.
  14. Dec 15, 2009 #54 of 118

    xmguy Active Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Middle, TN
    I have a OTA antenna connected to my HD TV. It's a small Radio Shack amplified antenna. Sadly I only get one HD and the other 2 sub channels are SD. Rest of my SD/HD is via D*. My locals are from Nashville, about 75 miles away.
  15. Dec 15, 2009 #55 of 118

    Fenway Legend

    Aug 24, 2007
    I may have misunderstood the question. We do have a roof antenna and can receive local channels from that if Direct is having problems - weather for example. This antenna does not run through the Direct system.

    We normally watch local channels coming from the satellite.
  16. Dec 16, 2009 #56 of 118

    ozonedan Legend

    Dec 27, 2005
    I'm in the West Palm Beach, Florida market. The locals are only about 10 miles away. But I can also pick up the Miami market which is about 60 miles away. I have a Channel Master 4228 antenna, pole mounted and attached to the roof. I usually record OTA for the locals channels so there is no rain fade.
  17. Dec 16, 2009 #57 of 118

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    You could be right. We're still at 80% with another 50 votes in.
    That's a huge plus for DISH owners. For those DirecTV owners that may not be aware, the VIP's allows 3 simultaneous recordings, 2 Sat and one OTA.

    Ever since the HR2x's were given the ability to simultaneously record a third VOD stream, I've been hopeful that a third OTA stream will someday be recordable as well.
  18. Dec 16, 2009 #58 of 118

    kevinwmsn Hall Of Fame

    Aug 19, 2006
    My primary reason several years ago was to get HD locals, being nobody carried any of the locals in HD except NBC. Luckily things have changed and the Big 4 and PBS are carried in HD on all providers. The main reason I still have it hooked up to the TVs are for MyTV(got to have SEC football) in HD, RTN, Weather Sub channels. I have the antenna connected to the PC running MythTV as well for it to record primetime shows in case I have tuner conflicts.
  19. Dec 16, 2009 #59 of 118

    Kentstater Godfather

    Jun 18, 2004
    SE Michigan
    I am in Detroit DMA and 11 miles from all of Toledo Ohio's broadcast towers.
    The HR-20 is perfect for me.
  20. Dec 16, 2009 #60 of 118

    Brit_in_WV Mentor

    Sep 11, 2009
    Still connected to my AM 21 and will leave as is for now. I watch my locals via the satt. since going HD and the pq is a non factor. Only difference is the ever annoying brrrppp. on Fox.

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