Do you use OTA?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by houskamp, Jul 17, 2007.

Do you use OTA?

  1. Yes - all the time

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  2. yes- some

    65.8%
  3. yes - rarely

    24.2%
  4. no - never/not even hooked up

    10.0%
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  1. Jul 17, 2007 #1 of 188
    houskamp

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    In light of the new stuff coming out, and since there is a big group of regulars here:
    Do you use the OTA on your HR20?
     
  2. Jul 17, 2007 #2 of 188
    jeffshoaf

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    Yup - PBS-HD.
     
  3. Jul 17, 2007 #3 of 188
    say-what

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    Yes, my local Fox is not on D* yet and PBS-HD.
     
  4. Jul 17, 2007 #4 of 188
    trgonz

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    Yes- - During storms and to get channels that are not on D*.
     
  5. Jul 17, 2007 #5 of 188
    soccergrunt

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    Yes I do. Our local CBS affiliate (WISH 8) in Indy does not have a rebroadcast agreement with D* for their HD channel. Also, I can pick up the CW, My Network and PBS stations, local weather radar and 24hr local news sub-stations with OTA.
     
  6. Jul 17, 2007 #6 of 188
    cygnusloop

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    Yep, for almost everything that is available OTA vs. MPEG4 HD-locals.

    Reason #1: Trickplay performance. (Major difference.)
    Reason #2: Picture quality. (Minor difference, the Denver MPEG4 is very good.)

    Of course there is the stuff (PBS) that is only available OTA, as well.
     
  7. Jul 17, 2007 #7 of 188
    houskamp

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    Well this got hit on quick :)
    I'm a "Yes - all the time" I would say that 40%+ of my veiwing is OTA.
    reasons:
    only 3 out of 15 channels I get thru D* ie: no pbs,nbc,subchannels..
    during storms..
     
  8. Jul 17, 2007 #8 of 188
    racemanva

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    Yes Sir and I love it! 70%-OTA, 30%-DTV
     
  9. Jul 17, 2007 #9 of 188
    Earl Bonovich

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    Had to vote: Yes-Rarely....

    I have it connected, since I already have the infrustructure in place.

    I use it for WCIU when the Sox happen to be playing a home game, and they are covering it (WGN and CSN are on SAT), and I am around to watch it live.... once WCIU is available via SAT... I really only see me using OTA to test thing when you all say it is not working
     
  10. Jul 17, 2007 #10 of 188
    RegGeek

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    Yes.
    ... Our CBS is owned by LIN. Will probably need OTA for HD until the next ice age the way things are going.

    ... I like getting local wx/radar on the subchannels

    ... PBS OTA looks great.

    No OTA wouldn't be a big deal to me on a secondary, non-DVR receiver, perhaps in a bedroom. Not being able to DVR my OTA programs on my main TV... that would suck.
     
  11. Jul 17, 2007 #11 of 188
    bidger

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    Yes. I only have waivers for CBS, FOX, and PBS, while NBC and PBS are doing ATSC brdcsts in my area. I'm going to cancel PBS when my DIRECTV account is reactivated next month.
     
  12. Jul 17, 2007 #12 of 188
    Teacherman

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    Usually only during rain fade, I can't tell the difference in quality and being over 50 miles away from everywhere, OTA is often iffy.
     
  13. Jul 17, 2007 #13 of 188
    Doug Brott

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    I never use OTA .. There's a 1800 ft mountain in my way :)

    Having been without OTA for 2 years now, I can honestly say that I don't miss it. MPEG-4 HD is the difference.
     
  14. Jul 17, 2007 #14 of 188
    tonyd79

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    On main TV, for the CW, for subchannels and much of the time for PQ. On bedroom TV, for next-market Washington OTA.
     
  15. Jul 17, 2007 #15 of 188
    MikeR7

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    Yes, 5 PBS subchannels(1 HD), ABC HD(1 subchannel CW), CBS HD (2 subchannel, MyTV/Weather)
     
  16. Jul 17, 2007 #16 of 188
    bcrab

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    Yes....No locals thru D* in my area.
     
  17. Jul 17, 2007 #17 of 188
    lug1

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    Yes all the time, Fox 8 New Orleans is not on DTV not having ota on the h21 is just stupid.
     
  18. Jul 17, 2007 #18 of 188
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    LIN owns our local NBC affiliate so OTA it is for that station. Our local PBS doesn't bother firing up the HD channel until 8PM everynight so I don't bother with them. Other then that I usually use the MPEG4 channels, mainly to keep an eye on D*, plus it allows for more recording time on the old HR20.
     
  19. Jul 17, 2007 #19 of 188
    Doug Brott

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    BTW, I fully believe the (relative) accuracy of the poll numbers here. However, I don't think that these numbers will represent the DIRECTV user base as a whole. The audience here is biased. The installation numbers that RobertE presented in another thread (40:1 in favor of NOT using OTA) may be more representative of the DIRECTV population.
     
  20. Jul 17, 2007 #20 of 188
    packfan909

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    I use OTA all of the time. Given the choice of Sat delivered and OTA delivered, I always use the OTA delivered. Also, there are multicast channels that are not available on satellite.

    pf
     
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