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How many folks have AM21's?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RAD, Feb 1, 2011.

Do you have an AM21 connected to a receiver and actually are using it?

  1. Yes, have one or more AM21's and they are used

    0 vote(s)
  2. No, never had an AM21 or did have one but don't use it anymore

    250 vote(s)
  1. Feb 2, 2011 #41 of 103

    gcd0865 Legend

    Jul 23, 2008
    I have an AM21, and use it often. Wish it had 4-DMA capability (5 at night) or just allowed a user-selectable radius of 50/100/150 miles from your home zip code, so I wouldn't have to switch over to the tv tuner sometimes (and can't record or see the guide data for those channels)...
  2. Feb 2, 2011 #42 of 103

    chdoud Legend

    Jan 15, 2008
    I have both a HR20 and an AM21 hooked up to my HR21. I got it because I live in WI and in the MI DMA and could not get WI Public TV. Unforutnately D* discontinued the low power repeater stations and I now can not record my favorite WI Public TV programming. I worked with Zap2it and the WI Public TV people to get the stations in the guide and D* decided it was not worth it.

    I could understand some lower power stations but public TV provides valuable programming. And since I live in WI and support WI Public TV I want to watch it not MI Public TV.
  3. Feb 2, 2011 #43 of 103

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    I have one AM21 on an HR21-100 and another AM21 on an H21-200. Both work just fine and have for years. Wouldn't be without OTA, given what kind of winters we get here.
  4. Feb 2, 2011 #44 of 103

    say-what Active Member

    Dec 14, 2006
    New Orleans
    I have 2 AM21's, both connected to HR24's, but they are more like security blankets, there if I need them and only for the convenience of not having to switch inputs on the TV in case of a weather related interruption. But even with the last few weather interruptions, I didn't use the AM21 because I wasn't watching network programming, so it wasn't of any use. So they're used, but not used, if you get what I mean. So I guess my answer is yes, but very rarely if ever. :)
  5. Feb 2, 2011 #45 of 103

    chevyguy559 Fresno State Bulldog!

    Sep 19, 2008
    Fresno, CA
    I have one hooked up to my main HR22 in the living room with an indoor antenna....back when I first got DirecTV, they didn't have my local CW station in HD so I used it mainly for that until it was added, but then I also found out that about 10-12 SF Giants games a season are broadcast on a digital sub-channel so I still need it
  6. Feb 2, 2011 #46 of 103

    scottchez Icon

    Feb 4, 2003
    It works but it sure does slow down my HR21-100 when it is recording OTA, almost un usable. I get many channels through it from TWO DMAs
  7. Feb 2, 2011 #47 of 103

    codespy So much for the 2017 season!! <Crying> DBSTalk Club

    Mar 29, 2006
    I have 5 AM21's, + 3 HR20's.....OTA is a must. We get locals from Direct, but not subchannels, and we still have HR10's for OTA, and using scan I get 3 markets.
  8. Feb 2, 2011 #48 of 103

    DodgerKing Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2008
    I just included it because it was listed by them. I never watch it and don't have it saved in my favorites, so I was not aware it was SD only
  9. Feb 2, 2011 #49 of 103

    LCollett Cool Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    I will have one as soon as I get something other than HR20's. I use OTA to receive two extra DMA's. I'm using two HR20's, each one set to a different DMA, and each one has separate antennas pointing in different directions.
  10. Feb 2, 2011 #50 of 103

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
    If your comments are accurate, then it would appear that unlike many other comments I have seen on this board saying that all that is required is for the Tribune database to be updated and voila, the receiver guides would be populated... rather, it indeed seems someone at DirecTV has to make the call on these things. Reports of OTA sub channels missing from the guide, such as 36-2 in Atlanta, seem to support the notion that the missing link is on DirecTV's end.
  11. Feb 2, 2011 #51 of 103

    tweaked AllStar

    Jul 1, 2008
    I've had one ever since I'd made the switch for an HR10-250 (with integrated OTA tuner) to the HR-21 awhile ago. It's always worked like a charm, allowing me to pull in several adjacent markets with an ability to watch/record numerous HD feeds, including sub channels not available via Directv.

    I recently replaced the HR21-200 with a new HR24-500; the latter receiver being one that's been 'flagged' here as having compatibility issues with the AM21. In the admittedly short amount of time I've had the HR24, there's been absolutely no issues... works great. I'd suspected the problem was likely software related and judging by my experience as well as the lack of recent complaint from others, it's been resolved.
  12. Feb 3, 2011 #52 of 103

    vikefan Legend

    Jan 20, 2008
    I have one. Glad I do. Picture quality is great. Is reliable during dtv down times. Only down fall for me is, while using my sound system some local channels the sound breaks out occasionallyl . Not sure if I would have the same problem if I subscribed to my locals. I guess it's not a big enough problem to make me find out yet.
  13. Feb 3, 2011 #53 of 103

    jasonblair Icon

    Sep 5, 2006
    My mother has one in the Terre Haute DMA. As soon as DirecTV started carrying locals there, I disconnected it. Her and I both have HR23's, but with that AM-21 connected, her DVR was WAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY slower than mine here in the DC DMA. We had to disconnect it just so her DVR would be reasonably responsive. It's sitting in the garage now. I'm debating on using it if I ever get an HR24 or HR34/HMC30 (whatever it's called these days.) Maybe those boxes will be fast enough to handle the AM-21's drain on speed.
  14. Feb 3, 2011 #54 of 103

    tritch Legend

    Jan 15, 2008
    Porter, TX
    I use it all the time especially for watching sports ....

    • Never have to worry about Directv's contractual disputes with local stations
    • Great backup during bad rainstorms
    • No 3 second satellite delay when talking to someone on the phone watching the same show on OTA or Cable
    • Receive all sub-channels
  15. Feb 3, 2011 #55 of 103
    Stanley Kritzik

    Stanley Kritzik Legend

    Aug 4, 2005
  16. Feb 3, 2011 #56 of 103

    turls Legend

    Jul 8, 2006
    My sig says it all.
  17. Feb 3, 2011 #57 of 103

    Sim-X Godfather

    Sep 23, 2009
    DTV has had locals here in Minneapolis for a long time, no need for it what so ever which I'm glad.
  18. Feb 3, 2011 #58 of 103

    Montezuma58 AllStar

    May 24, 2004
    I have one. I got it after after my HD-Tivo was replaced with an HR-21 and my HD locals weren't live. Plus at the time I had no set with an OTA tuner. Since they've had my HD locals up I rarely use the AM-21.
  19. Feb 3, 2011 #59 of 103

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    Never had any use for one. I live 60 miles from Reno, so I'm not getting any OTA reception no matter what I use.
  20. Feb 3, 2011 #60 of 103

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
    I have an HR20-700 hooked to OTA, and I just ordered an AM21 for my HR24, so I voted yes.

    update - AM21 arrived in less then 24 hours, is hooked up and perform much better on the problem stations at pulling in signal than does HR20-700.

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