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OTA and channels

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Mar 8, 2010.

Are you having trouble with your over-the-air channels?

  1. I have OTA and I am having issue (describe below)

    0 vote(s)
  2. I have OTA and I am not having any issues (note market below)

    60 vote(s)
  3. I do not have OTA

    87 vote(s)
  1. Mar 8, 2010 #1 of 105
    Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    From this thread it seems that Wilmington is having some issues accessing one of the local channels. I'm not sure if this is localized or more widespread, so I thought I'd start a poll and find out.

    If you do seem to be having some issues, please note the market you are in and the issue you are having (channel #, etc.)
  2. Mar 8, 2010 #2 of 105

    Indiana627 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    As of 8AM this morning I was not having any OTA problems, and that's how I get all my locals.

    Binghamton, NY DMA.
  3. Mar 8, 2010 #3 of 105
    David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    right now, 11 am, Bangor, ME DMA my NBC 2-1 and 2-2 are only ones not working.
    have verified they work on TV tuner just fine with high strength.
    am re-running ota setup to check.

    I accidentally clicked ok, I had forgotten to check this channel as it required an antenna rotate. can you please change my vote.

    edit: redoing setup/rebooting/clearing settings did not help.

    edit 3-10-10: today redoing initial setup for a 7th time brought it back although its signal is extremely low. what used to be 80 is now 30. tv still sees it as 85% strength as always.
    what a horrible convoluted setup.
  4. Mar 8, 2010 #4 of 105

    dwrats_56 Godfather

    Apr 20, 2007
    Columbia, MO
    I noticed yesterday that channel 22.1 in the Columbia/Jefferson City MO DMS was no longer available.

    I did a rescan without any luck. I was also PM'd by another DBSTalk member and he noticed that 22.1 disappeared last Wednesday, March 3rd.
  5. Mar 8, 2010 #5 of 105

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    Boston MA,Portland ME every thing ok so far getting all channels.
  6. Mar 8, 2010 #6 of 105

    jilardi2 Legend

    Mar 6, 2008
    scranton wilkes-barre PA locals

    abc (wnep) goes off for a day now and then, signal is between 93 and 100 all the time execpt when it goes off.

    fox (wolf) all were out last night OTA (03/07/2010), and on directv fox was losing signals every couple of minutes, with burps and hiccups.

    also no weather problems clear skies all day and night

    but this is always 100 signal stregnth. OTA

    nbc (wbre) is fine all the time

    cw is fine all the time

    cbs (wyou) is fine all the time

    pbs is fine all the time

    all my locals are in hd with directv except pbs and cw, ota is mostly a backup for weather.
  7. Mar 8, 2010 #7 of 105

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
    Metro Atlanta - all the subchannels (that I know of) are in the guide. HR20-700
  8. Mar 8, 2010 #8 of 105

    WERA689 Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    Canton, GA
    I'm in the Atlanta DMA, and I have no issues with my OTA reception here.
  9. Mar 8, 2010 #9 of 105

    j2fast Godfather

    Jul 15, 2007
    Everything is working here, I receive OTA channels from both the Pittsburgh, PA and Steubenville,OH/Wheeling, WV DMA's.
  10. Mar 8, 2010 #10 of 105

    Sandy Legend

    Apr 22, 2002
    Amarillo TX market. No problems.
  11. Mar 8, 2010 #11 of 105

    jazzyjez Legend

    Jan 2, 2006
    Market: Wilmington, NC
    Affected channel: CBS / WILM / 10-1

    Further to my original post about the loss of CBS OTA, I should also point out that this is our only CBS channel (maybe that's different elsewhere when OTA channels are lost?).

    Please DirecTV, you need to look into this as this is the only way some of us can get local channels in HD is via OTA - and using our HR20s so they're integrated into our overall programming. As stated in my original thread, it's a straightforward (I hope) issue with only one channel being affected; the other locals (ABC, NBC, Fox, and PBS) are still working fine. I've also contacted the CBS local station and they seem to be well aware of the situation, and also believe it to be a DirecTV issue.

    Thanks Doug for pursuing this - I'm sure there are plenty of others who too will be grateful for this!
  12. Mar 8, 2010 #12 of 105

    dolfn1 Cool Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    Market/Location: Charlottesville, VA
    Zip Code: 22901

    Beginning sometime after 11pm on 3/2/10 the following stations disappeared from the guide.

    WVAW (RF Channel 16) 16.1 ABC16
    WAHU (RF Channel 40) 27.1 FOX27

    Sub channels 16.2 and 27.2 are still in the guide.

    Reboots and rerunning antenna setup do not help.
  13. Mar 8, 2010 #13 of 105

    marker101 Legend

    Nov 6, 2007
    pbs is in hd.
  14. Mar 8, 2010 #14 of 105

    jilardi2 Legend

    Mar 6, 2008
    ok, that shows you how much i watch PBS.

    i guess we just need the cw then

    do you have occasional trouble with wnep or fox ( i think is wolf-tv) OTA
  15. Mar 8, 2010 #15 of 105

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Bit error rate ("signal strength") for FOX in NY appears to be jumping all over the place. It used to be consistently in the high 90's, but every now and then I get 771's that result in a/v burps in recordings.

    Fox is coming from the Empire State Building, along with NBC, ABC and CBS. PBS comes from the same direction (228 degrees), but is in NJ. As opposed to FOX, signals from all these providers are clean and steady.

    FOX is the highest #'d UHF channel I receive (44), and I wonder if that may have something to do with it. All the others range between VHF 7 and UHF 33. I understand that higher UHF channels are more sensitive to interference from leaves on trees, e.g., that could be randomly obstructing my signal, based on how windy it is at the time. :scratchin
  16. Mar 8, 2010 #16 of 105

    ciurca Godfather

    Apr 14, 2009
    Salisbury, MD DMA. No problems.
  17. Mar 8, 2010 #17 of 105
    Brian Hanasky

    Brian Hanasky Godfather

    Feb 22, 2008
    I have OTA in the Wheeling, WV/Steubenville, OH market and have NO issues.
  18. Mar 8, 2010 #18 of 105

    snafup Cool Member

    Sep 20, 2007
    Raleigh-Durham. No problems. I do use/need an amplifier for antenna and 70 ft. run
  19. Mar 8, 2010 #19 of 105

    TBlazer07 Large Member DBSTalk Club

    Feb 5, 2009

    According to antennaweb, from my location in NJ FOX, PBS & WOR have a different compass heading then ABC, NBC, PIX & CBS. ABC,NBC,CBS & PIX are (from me) at 81degrees and 14.8 miles and PBS, FOX and WOR are at 75degrees and 17.1 miles so i don't think FOX is on the ESB unless antennaweb isn't updated. Seems the 17.1 mile stations are further uptown.

    Actually I think antennaweb is screwed up because it lists PBS as 17.1 miles and it's actually in Newark which is probably less then 10 miles from me.
  20. Mar 8, 2010 #20 of 105

    marker101 Legend

    Nov 6, 2007
    I mainly use my AM21 for WNEP-2 at this point, and from what I watch with that it looks pretty solid.

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