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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: AM21N Off-Air ATSC Adapter

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, May 29, 2011.

  1. hancox

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    that's a hole, period. :)
     
  2. Mike Bertelson

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    An antenna on a 5' pole, on my roof, with a rotator and I will get exactly 1 channel...CPTV (PBS). But, it is in HD. :D

    Mike
     
  3. Laxguy

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    I see the smilie, yet.....??

    Parts of that Desert around PS is a dream. Just lovely. Wish I could live there in the Winter!
     
  4. Stuart Sweet

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    And in the summer it is the pit of hell. No scratch that, it's where the people from the pit of hell go to warm up.
     
  5. NR4P

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    :lol:
     
  6. Alan Gordon

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    Satelliteracer has stated that they are TRYING to get ShortsHD to do better guide data. I wouldn't hold my breath, but at least DirecTV is trying to improve that situation.

    DirecTV is currently missing three OTA sub-channels in my (1 in my DMA, 2 in my secondary neighboring DMA). They are listed on Zap2it.com, my TiVo Series 3, etc., but they have yet to show up on DirecTV receivers with OTA setup. It's been noted elsewhere that it appears DirecTV has STOPPED adding new channels to their OTA database. Hopefully this is only temporary, but it kind of sucks in the meantime. :(

    I kept running into that problem last year when my local channels were added.

    So thankful I managed to get someone to help me straighten that out...

    As Stuart stated, it doesn't looks as good with a newer model like the HR24 as it does an HR23 (etc.), but it doesn't look bad.

    I thought that was South Georgia... ;) :D

    ~Alan<~~~~~~~~~~~Who's not enjoying the triple digit temperatures, no rain, dead crunchy grass, and failing air conditioners...
     
  7. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    But it's a dry heat.....:D

    Unlike the Deep South, as AG notes.
     
  8. Scott Kocourek

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    Rotator with one channel available? :lol:
     
  9. Beerstalker

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    Yeah, but I also read something here stating the Shorts has started supplying better guide data, but it couldn't be used because it wasn't in half hour increments (it was like Show A 6:12-6:18, Show B 6:18-6:27, Show C 6:27-6:31, etc.) and they acted like for it to go into DirecTVs guide it had to be in half hour blocks. Then someone else pointed out that is definitely not true because a lot of channels have smaller blocks than that, like the 15 min segments between shows on the Premium channels, short shows on some of the Nick or Cartoon Networks channels I think etc.

    So it really seems like there is a lot of conflicting info out there on this stuff.
     
  10. Carl Spock

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    You can believe:

    (1) something someone posted that is demonstrably untrue

    - or -

    (2) Satelliteracer.

    Hummm...who would I believe?


    (If you're still conflicted, go to ShortsHD's website. They can't even tell you what's on their own channel tonight. :rolleyes: )
     
  11. Tom Robertson

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    Or even this year. The "what's on" list is definitely not for 2011... :)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  12. Mike Bertelson

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    Yeah, sound wierd. When I get to 35' off the roof I can get a couple of channels. Two local and a couple from RI. :grin:

    Before DirecTV go our locals I tried to dump cable by going to OTA but it didn't work. I couldn't get all the local stuff.

    I did use the AM21 to get PBS in HD. Once DirecTV got PBS-HD it didn't need it anymore.

    Mike
     
  13. Carl Spock

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    LOL. I didn't notice that. The "What's On This Month" are for 2009! :hurah: At least that was the last year June 29 was on a Monday.

    I'm glad they know what they were showing back then. :rolleyes:
     
  14. NR4P

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    Wow, either behind a mountain or waaaaaaay out there.
    Get 60 OTA channels here, but about 15 are religious stuff.

    Summer storms started here. Lost all HD SAT for about 7 minutes jumped to OTA for local news to see the storm radar cell. Brief 60 mph winds too.

    BTW, if anyone has any doubts, I know with certainty some folks at Directv care very much about OTA and really do their best.
     
  15. Beerstalker

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    Actually, it's SR himself that posted it.
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=2777609#post2777609

    So supposedly Shorts is giving better guide info, but Tribune says they can't break it up properly for some reason. Supposedly a Tribune issue, so Tribune needs to fix it first and then theoretically it will start working right on D*.
     
  16. Carl Spock

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    Thanks for the clarification. :)

    The problem must be the length of the blocks because I see programs start or stop two minutes past the hour all the time in the guide, and those list just fine.

    Which network is it that, during the day, stretches CSI all the time out to over an hour, causing shows to start and stop at all weird times? Those show up fine in the guide. I've also seen details in the guide for shows as short as 15 minutes. It must be something about ShortsHD's programs in that they are just too short, no pun intended.
     
  17. Beerstalker

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    The thing is that can't even be the whole problem, because they already allow blocks shorter than 30 minutes all the time. Look at channels 292-300. Especially Sprout on 295. They have shows shorter than 30 minutes all the time. Same with a bunch of the channels up in the 2000s.
     
  18. aa9vi

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    I don't want to sound cynical, but can you substantiate that remark? Many of us have found quite the opposite to be true especially since they stopped adding local channels available on the shAM-21. Some of us have been waiting 6+ months for full powered stations or full powered subchannels to be added.

    Then if you call and speak to a tech specialist you feel you have gone into a kindergarten and are explaining rocket propulsion to them. Everyone I have spoken to in the dozen plus calls has absolutely no clue and reads the same sentence off a piece of paper.

    If they cared so much they'd synchronize with Tribune's database once a month.
     
  19. tkrandall

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    If you actaully have contact with one of them, it would be nice if you could get them to come onto this board and maybe explain what the current situation is with the OTA guide/database issue are, and if there is any hope of us having real, honest scanning/setup capabilty at some point in time.
     
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    I initially had issues with HR24-500 and AM21s shortly after the HR24 rollout, but they seem to have been fixed in software. We record and watch quite a bit of OTA with 2 HR24-500/AM21 combos and they've been working smoothly for quite a while.
     

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