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Receiver upgrade question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by rhipps, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. rhipps

    rhipps Legend

    Apr 7, 2008
    I have a motorhome with a large Sony SD tv and have been using my SD batwing antenna for local broadcasts and satellite dish/ancient RCA receiver to get my DTV. Come February next year, we all know that SD broadcasts will go away and our world will go digital. So, I would like to get a DTV receiver with an OTA ATSC tuner to use with my batwing. What should I buy and where can I get the best deal on it?

    Thanks in advance,

    Bob in Toano, VA
  2. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
    the only directv rcvrs with OTA tuners are the HR2x units with an AM21 They are High Def, It might be better to get a digital tuner and then feed the output into your directv init. Directv rcvrs do have a passthrough
  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    A stand alone ATSC tuner is the cheapest way to go.
    There are several "older" receivers.
    Sony SAT HD 200/300 would work.
    Hughes had some too.
    The H20 receivers have OTA. [some were owned]
    For DVRs:
    HR20 [but most of these were leased and not owned]
  4. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    As Curt correctly stated, the only DirecTV receivers currently available with OTA ATSC tuners are the HD-DVRs, mostly the HR22 right now, using a separate add-on OTA module called the AM21. If that's what you want, they are nice; the OTA is integrated into the DVR's guide and can be recorded just like sat content.

    Otherwise, buying a standalone ATSC tuner box and using that along with your existing DirecTV box is the way to go. If you're using coax to connect your DirecTV box to your TV, you can use coax to connect the ATSC tuner to the antenna passthrough port on the DirecTV receiver. When you turn the DirecTV receiver off, the signal from the ATSC tuner is sent to the TV. When you want DirecTV, just turn the receiver back on and it will cut off the ATSC tuner's signal and show you DirecTV.
  5. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    A separate ATCS adapter might be the easiest way to go since you travel as the AM21 D* receivers guide is regulated by DMA's. You would need to reset it to where ever you may stop during your trips. It will only find stations that are in the DirecTV database where the separate tuner will scan the complete channel array where ever you might be stopping. Also to use the AM21 you would need an H or HR series HD tuner which would require a $10.00 monthly HD access fee on top of your regular programming fees.
  6. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    I would agree, go with one of the inexpensive (approx $60) ATSC converter boxes that are out there. They scan ota, work very well (I've got one and it works better than the HR20 or AM21) and will feed your existing TV set with no problem. Then you don't have to make any changes in your DirecTV setup either.

    Only downside - you can't record. But you weren't doing that anyway.
  7. rhipps

    rhipps Legend

    Apr 7, 2008
    Thanks to all for your inputs. Looks like a standalone ATSC tuner is the way to go.

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