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OTA for Hopper?

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by dunkonu23, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. BenJF3

    BenJF3 Godfather

    Sep 12, 2008
    Not sure about that as a basic function. My understanding from my questioning here is that you can't at this time. That's the integration I speak of. Where a two Hopper install basically networks them into one DVR to the end user in which any connect Joey would take any available tuner as needed. The operation becomes "seamless" with no switching and re-linking. If they did that, I'd already be signed up! It's the one thing I'm debating over deciding between DirecTV or Dish. DirecTV has this functionality, but I lose other things I want (HD Channels, a superior UI, Auto Hop). I have to consider the household and not myself only, so I want something everyone can be happy with.
  2. bobukcat

    bobukcat Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2005
    I don't have mine yet (Install scheduled for Sunday :joy: )but from what I have read I believe that the Hoppers can only view what is recorded on the other Hopper, they can't use or join a tuner on the other Hopper. If I'm wrong about this I'm sure someone here will correct me. :)

    If your client is a Joey you can unpair from the busy Hopper, pair it to the other Hopper and watch any of the tuners on that Hopper.
  3. BenJF3

    BenJF3 Godfather

    Sep 12, 2008
    No, I believe you are right. That was the consenus I gathered. Rumors of that functionality float around as "coming down the road". Right now, that one of the biggest gripes I have with Time Warner Whole Home setup. I can only see what's recording or recorded from clients or multiple DVR's. To me, it's worthless unless I can see schedules as one. I could live without tuner sharing, but it sure would be great. I just don't want all the duplicate recordings (that is when the Time Warner DVR actually records and doesn't glitch out). My other concern is VOD and what Dish offers for that. Their website isn't very informative. It's more ad hype than info.
  4. chriscpmtmp

    chriscpmtmp Legend

    May 13, 2006
    My module showed up today. That was pretty quick since I ordered it Wednesday. The install was easy. It seems to work pretty good.

    The only weird thing is when changing channels on the Joey to the OTA, it brings up the tuner conflict screen every time. I can see the need to take over the tuner the first time, but after that is weird. What I mean is to change between ABC OTA and ABC from Dish, just up/down, it keeps bringing up the conflict screen. hmmm.
  5. BenJF3

    BenJF3 Godfather

    Sep 12, 2008
    I can see the lack of a dual tuner on a single Hopper being an issue. This is one reason I prefer the Genie/HR-34 install and setup which allows for a dual tuner OTA add on. Problem is I prefer the Dish GUI, HD lineup, and Hopper features. Did you verify your software version is up to date? Keep us posted on any issues or if you resolve it.
  6. jeffdb27

    jeffdb27 AllStar

    Jul 13, 2007
    Why is everyone's OTA Adapter working but mine? I called tech support and she says I have the current version of software (S222). This is BS. She said I'll get an update that will enbale the adapter when it is ready.:mad: She had no timeframe to give me.
  7. thomasjk

    thomasjk Legend

    Jan 10, 2006
    The software to enable the OTA module is rolling out and will be S230 for the Hopper and S278 for Joey. No one can tell you exactly when you will get the update. I've had my module for 2 days and am still waiting. Patience grasshopper :)
  8. jeffdb27

    jeffdb27 AllStar

    Jul 13, 2007
    I don't mind waiting, but there are plenty of people on here who seem to have working adapters. You shouldn't be able to order this item online and then get it and be told you can't use it and we don't know when you will be able to. Put some kind of notice on the order page, at least!
  9. 3HaloODST

    3HaloODST Godfather

    Aug 9, 2010
    To be fair, most people aren't even aware that the adapter exists at the moment.
  10. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    I count only three posters with S2.29/S2.30 !

    See sticky thread about the version's experience. There you'll find when and what particular boxes upgrading.
  11. tomtb

    tomtb Cool Member

    Jul 14, 2003
    I got the OTA adapter and the update Thursday. The adapter works fine.
  12. scottchez

    scottchez Icon

    Feb 4, 2003
    They are doing a phased roll out by Recevier ID and should be done by Dec 1st according to one CSR (not a reliable source).

    Just wondering what the latest update range is. Can some of you out there that got it post the frist FIVE numbers after your R number.
    Just push Setup Twice to see it. It is the second line under Receiver CD ID num
    Do not post the whole number as that is like a serial number which links back to your account.
    No need to post if you did not get the update.
    Mine is way up there at R18841 so I may be last. (just got it a couple of weeks ago)

    Example I got it, my number is R18811 or R18812

    I think Fridays range was:
    Receiver Card Numbers R1881149252-R1881288030
  13. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    P Smith has the numbers range in the S230 thread ... it is fairly expansive.
  14. patmurphey

    patmurphey Godfather

    Dec 21, 2006
    The Genie can't begin to compare with 2 Hopper system. 6 tuners (plus PTAT) plus 2 OTA Additional tuners. For the difference in overall service cost you can add a Joey ($7mo) next to a Hopper and with a simple HDMI input change, have access to all tuners, timer setting, and all recordings from that location. Far more storage space, more timers and events, a truly versatile EHD arrangement and a far better interface. To me, the only reason to even consider the Genie and suffer through its problems and limitations would be the sports packages. Fortunately for Genie users DirecTV allows you to keep other HD DVR/receivers in addition to clients to ease some of the limitations.

    Now back to OTA for the Hopper...
  15. allenwoodruff

    allenwoodruff Cool Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    I had a 2 hopper, 4 joey install yesterday anlong with 2 OTA adapters and everything is working fine. When I plugged in the OTA adapter, it recognized it immediately and prompted me to reboot the receiver. After the reboot, I scanned for local channels and added the channels. The joeys can see the OTA channels.

    Initally I didn't have guide data for the OTA channels, but after a few hours, the guide data appeared.

    Overall, I am very pleased with the hopper and the OTA module.
  16. jeffdb27

    jeffdb27 AllStar

    Jul 13, 2007
    :flaimingStill pissed....:flaiming
  17. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    ??? about what?
  18. thomasjk

    thomasjk Legend

    Jan 10, 2006
    About no software update.
  19. scottchez

    scottchez Icon

    Feb 4, 2003

    I would think the DIRT members or the Dish Firmware deployment team could run a report of every customer that purchased it in the last week and then add them to tonights update list or at least tell us what the top secret force an update now key code is.
    For DirecTV to force an update you rebooting then pushed 0 2 4 6 8 at the first screen. I would think dish would have some kind of emergency code like this in case the firmware software got corrupted. Other wise we could be looking at Dec 1st to get it with maybe even more delays from the holiday weekend.

    OPTION TWO: for the firmware update code add the PID string for IF USB OTA Hardware installed and then in tonights 1am upgrade everyone with it plugged in gets the update. We could all then help test it.

    Example (add something in here):
    PID=08E0h 11/12/12 23:02:44
    Upgrading parts of new FW with filters:
    New FW:'S229'&'S229'
    List of BootStraps and BuildConfigs and SN:
    '1...'&'NA[CFJ].': {XiP813} R0000000001-R4000000000
  20. renpar61

    renpar61 Legend

    Aug 5, 2006
    Got OTA module, installed it, works like a charm with a $20 indoor antenna!

    Question: there is a group of channels, including GolTV (I never knew it was broadcasted over the air), that show on the guide but have a dark scrren if you select them. They have maximum (100) strength signal, so I know it's not a signal issue.
    What are those?

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