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Neighboring Locals on D*?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by BenJF3, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Oct 7, 2012 #1 of 32

    BenJF3 Godfather

    Sep 12, 2008
    I did a search but found only locked threads on this from almost 5 years ago. Does anyone know if Neighboring locals are available yet on D*?

    I could put up an AM21, but that would really only serve the main unit. The problem in my DMA is that it's served by Syracuse over 40 miles away where as as our local stations and coverage come from Utica which is less than 20 miles away. Time Warner Cable currently gives us both, but I'm growing tired of the garbage DVR. I know D* offers both citied, so why can't they just open them up for me?
  2. Oct 7, 2012 #2 of 32

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    The legally probably could, but mostly dont. Might have to do with paying the stations in the second city more money they would not recover from you.
  3. Oct 7, 2012 #3 of 32

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    If the other city has what is classified as significantly viewed TV channels for your area, it is possible for Satellite to provide them, but they are not obliged to. Also Cable rules are different than Satellite.
  4. Oct 8, 2012 #4 of 32

    BenJF3 Godfather

    Sep 12, 2008
    The D* rep I chatted with confirmed I'm SOL and they will only provide my assigned DMA which doesn't cover squat locally. So, I can go OTA, but next question is can I di-plex OTA onto a SWM line so each of 6 outlets gets the locals? I want to go with an HR-34 and HD reciever at each outlet. No need for DECA as I have an existing network in place and running second coax to each location is almost out of the question.
  5. Oct 8, 2012 #5 of 32

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    You wouldn't need a second coax for DECA, it runs in the same coax that comes from the SWM.
  6. Oct 8, 2012 #6 of 32

    BenJF3 Godfather

    Sep 12, 2008
    Not what I was stating. I wouldn't need DECA on the coax because the network is in place already. I was asking if I could di-plex OTA onto a SWM feed and split it at the IRD.
  7. Oct 8, 2012 #7 of 32

    cyfman AllStar

    Nov 4, 2009
    I'm kind of the same boat.My "locals" are from DFW about 90 miles away. Yet Tyler Tx which is about 35 miles away and D carries their channels but I cant get them because I live to far away from Tyler to receive them.

    I've called D a couple of times but there is nothing they can do to help.

    So silly and confusing.
  8. Oct 8, 2012 #8 of 32

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    I believe the answer to that is "no". But you can record two OTA channels at once on your 34 and play those back on your receivers.
  9. Oct 8, 2012 #9 of 32

    dielray Legend

    Aug 5, 2009
    Yes and no.

    If DECA is completely removed from the coax diplexers specifically used with SWM would allow OTA to coexist on the coax.

    But... A technician would not touch this, you would be on your own. The HD receivers you would likely receive do not have Ethernet ports and rely solely on DECA for their networking.

    A better more supported option would be to have just the DVR connected to OTA and use MRV to watch recordings off it. This would require a 2nd line to the DVR location.
  10. jamieh1

    jamieh1 Hall Of Fame

    May 1, 2003
  11. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    That is completely against the TOS and should not be brought up here.

    The OP can blame Nielson for the DMA boundaries. It doesnt matter if you are 10 feet away from another city with locals, DMA boundaries are not controlled by the providers so you get the locals that the boundaries say you should get.
  12. sweep49

    sweep49 Legend

    Jul 15, 2008
    SW GA
    I have diplex ota with my system using a SWM 8, which has an input port for the ota antenna. This is the most convenient way to accomplish ota diplex. My MRV is unsupported via ethernet so no deca conflict exists.
  13. gcd0865

    gcd0865 Legend

    Jul 23, 2008
    The new HR34 main receiver, when combined with the separately-purchased $50 AM21N OTA receiver, is able to send OTA stations from the AM21N (along with satellite-delivered stations received by the HR34) to other household tv's that are connected using the new C31 client boxes (just coming out now). This is because the C31 client boxes do not have their own built-in satellite tuner (such as when using an H25 receiver at remote tv's), so they instead share the 5 satellite tuners from a single main HR34 (along with anything provided to the HR34 from an attached AM21N). In addition, when an AM21N OTA receiver is used with an HR34 main receiver, the new HR34 allows the AM21N to scan for any additional received local OTA stations that do not happen to be included in DirecTV's/Tribune's master list of receivable OTA stations (which would previously prohibit the AM21N + earlier main receiver combination from receiving them). Using this setup would allow you to view all locally-available OTA stations at all household tv's.
  14. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    The AM21/AM21N is a two-tuner device... so technically, it would only allow one to watch all locally available OTA stations at all household TVs if one only has two TVs...

    It may be possible if everyone's viewing the same channel... I've never attempted to see if that's possible...

  15. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    The latest DIRECTV client equipment (H25, C31) doesn't support conventional Ethernet so that may not be the solution you thought it was. By decree, all new HD setups are DECA and Internet (if available) enabled.
    This may be possible, but as pointed out above, DIRECTV isn't going to set it up that way. I'm still not sure how the SWiM communications channel down at 2.3MHz is reconciled in a diplexed SWiM setup. A 771a error may result.
  16. razorbackfan

    razorbackfan Godfather

    Aug 17, 2002
    Same problem here. My "locals" are from Denver, 400 miles away, that completely ignores my area when it comes to news and weather. Yet, the closest networks, 30 miles away, I am not permitted to watch. Can't do OTA due to terrain. Just really stupid.
  17. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    In my zip code we are part of the Joplin/Pittsburg DMA market but DirecTV is nice enough to offer me 2 of the Tulsa DMA local channels at no additional cost to me. The two they offer from another DMA are 2 of 3 considered significantly viewed (CBS & ABC). It is very nice getting some locals from Tulsa as they are the only local channels I get from the state I live in. The Joplin/Pittsburg DMA is in Kansas and Missouri but I live in Oklahoma. While Tulsa is in state, it is not closer to me then my own DMA.
  18. BenJF3

    BenJF3 Godfather

    Sep 12, 2008
    Ah, thanks for the clarification. I thought the HR-34 (Genie) had an Ethernet jack on the back? My switch is right there with my other gear, so I was simply going to plug into that. I could run a single OTA line over to the wall since the Genie streams OTA to the clients.
  19. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    It does and when you connect to it, it doesn't disable the coax networking like the other receivers do.
  20. BenJF3

    BenJF3 Godfather

    Sep 12, 2008
    Ok, so it's using MoCa to distribute content to the C-31's. I just wouldn't need a DECA adapter to feed the Ethernet port since I have a switch right there. I follow you now.

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