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OTA channels different from sat locals

Discussion in 'DISH™ OTA Support and Discussion Forum' started by scout12, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. scout12

    scout12 Mentor

    Mar 26, 2007
    I have a weird question. I live in an area where I get locals over the sat from a market to far to get the locals OTA. I do get one channel OTA (at least thats what antenna web says) but it is not one of the channels I get from the sat.

    My question is if I get the OTA signal will I get guide data for it?
  2. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC

    Dish has EPG data for all the locals that they carry... beyond that, in many markets they have additional EPG data for some channels that they don't carry, for the OTA signals.

    If you have a specific channel in a specific market, you can ask and if someone is in your area I'm sure they will chime in and let you know.
  3. scout12

    scout12 Mentor

    Mar 26, 2007
    Well I guess I will just have to try it. Now I need to find a good deal on an antenna.
  4. Matt Beachy

    Matt Beachy Mentor

    Jun 15, 2006
    I subscribe to the South Bend, IN local channels with Dish, but using an antenna I pick up a channel from the Fort Wayne, IN market. I receive the guide data for that channel.
  5. Schizm

    Schizm Legend

    Jul 31, 2007
    I've hooked up a Channel Master 4228 antenna and a 7777 preamp. I pickup all of the locals E* offers for my area (Gainesville) and more.

    So today I decide to disconnect my local service through E* today. Now I go to my program guide and OTA locals' programming data only show "Digital Service". When I had locals through E* their data showed up and even for the couple of channels E* doesn't offer. I've warm booted and rescanned the channels to no avail.

    Anyone else have experience with this? Will the programming guide come back tonight after the maintenance cycle or will I have to get my locals back through E* for the OTA guide data?
  6. DishGeek75

    DishGeek75 New Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    You have to subscribe to your DMA locals in order to get the guide data for the OTA.
  7. Schizm

    Schizm Legend

    Jul 31, 2007
    WEAK!! Thanks for the information though. I'm calling now to have them reconnected so my timers will work again.
  8. fredinva

    fredinva Legend

    May 10, 2006
    And there is a good reason for this:
    Dish doesn't know what's on every local channel in over 200 market areas!!!!
    Especially during the day, your local broadcast station dictates what is going to be shown. Dish could probably guess and get most major network primetime shows correct, but there is no quarantee. Geeez, around here the locals will prempt anything to broadcast ACC bball!!!!

    Remember when we didn't even get sd locals via dish?????

  9. goldbear

    goldbear Cool Member

    Jan 16, 2008

    Not hard to do as some of us still do not get even locals in SD

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