OTA Channel Blocked ?

Discussion in 'DISH™ OTA Support and Discussion Forum' started by w1ksz, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Aug 2, 2013 #1 of 10

    w1ksz New Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    Since the little boys are engaged in a hissy fit, I thought I would watch my blocked channel OTA.

    Now, I may not have my box configured correctly, but when I try to access the blocked channel
    OTA, it too is blocked. Now, how can Dish block an OTA broadcast ?

    Maybe I didn't configure my box correctly ? I have the OTA Module installed and my external
    antenna is connected to the input.

    Any thoughts ?


  2. Aug 2, 2013 #2 of 10

    Lifesaver2000 New Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    I have a 722k with OTA module, and am able to get the local channel that has been taken off of Dish OTA just fine. The guide data is no longer there, but the channel itself is present, along with subchannels.

    I don't see any way they could block an OTA channel from you. If nothing else, plug antenna directly into the TV, assuming you have a TV with digital (ATSC) tuner.
  3. Aug 2, 2013 #3 of 10

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Poke in the channel number followed by a 1 (or a 01) and see what happens.

    You may also need to scan channels again if you haven't recently and make sure you didn't block the channel from the guide.
  4. Aug 7, 2013 #4 of 10
    Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    OTA still works here, except there is no guide data. Ironically I still get MeTV guide data off the same station that is blocked on it's main feed. I also get an OOM CBS OTA with full guide data. However the one recording timer I set up resulted in a split recording and a pixellated mess (the station is 57 miles away, I'm using an indoor antenna that usually works, but the atmosphere might have been the cause).
  5. Aug 7, 2013 #5 of 10

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    You should be able to tune the OTA channel either directly (for example 008001 for channel 8 OTA) or use the guide to go directly to it.

    Again the channels ending in 00 are vis satellite, those ending in 01, 02,03 etc. are OTA and should appear in yellow in the guide.

    If they are not there, you can add them manually or do a scan to add them.
  6. seanb724

    seanb724 Cool Member

    May 13, 2005
    It seems like Dish has replaced my local Raleigh OTA for NBC with WGN out of Chicago. WGN is not NBC, so they've affectively blocked NBC from my Dish DVR. It works fine if I move the OTA cable to my TV, but then of course I lose DVR. I guess I pay Dish for the DVR service but that seems really like bad business to me. I plan on calling Dish today to complain, though I doubt that will do much.
  7. seanb724

    seanb724 Cool Member

    May 13, 2005
    Ok, I don't know if I was mistaken or confused... A re-scan of OTA and I get my 17-001, etc., back, so OTA is not blocked... Of course there is no guide data. :-/
  8. 34Ford

    34Ford AllStar

    Jul 3, 2004
    What I cannot figure out is why are they covering up my cbs guide with this important news **** on my off air channel.
    I have to reset my recorded shows every week now.
  9. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    If Dish is in a carriage dispute with a channel, there is no guide data provided for any flavor of that channel, SAT or OTA, zip, zero, nada.
  10. n0qcu

    n0qcu Legend/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Because DISH isn't carrying guide data for any OTA version of a channel that they carry.
    They map the guide data from the satellite channel to the OTA version in the guide so if there's no data on the sat channel there is none to be had on the OTA version.

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