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The great OTA debate

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by gcisko, Oct 18, 2007.

Do you want/need OTA

  1. YES

    0 vote(s)
  2. NO - I am good to go

    449 vote(s)
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  1. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Someone left off "Who Cares" as a voting option. :lol:
  2. Kansas Zephyr

    Kansas Zephyr Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    Then the "NOs" would be cut-in half! :p
  3. mopzo

    mopzo Legend

    Jun 15, 2007
    The PQ with OTA is superior. I don't lose my picture during thunderstorms. I can record two OTA channels at once while watching a D* channel.

    The signal strength is so good I use the RF antenna meant for the remote as my OTA antenna!!!
  4. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004

    ...and more people would have a reason to vote. :D
  5. orayzio

    orayzio Cool Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    I voted Yes. I use the Silver Sensor classic to pull in KSWB (The CW in HD) and KPBS (PBS in HD), neither of which is available through D*.
  6. rsblaski

    rsblaski Icon

    Jul 6, 2003
    Southern Nevada
    Dodge Viper...No room for the three kids??? That's just stupid.
    Or....just get a Dodge minivan.

    Different products for different needs......
  7. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Another urban myth. There have been countless articles and testimonies that its virtually identical. That said, your miles may vary.
  8. mopzo

    mopzo Legend

    Jun 15, 2007

    No rural myth....Just my opinion.
  9. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    It would not shock me if DIRECTV were to deemphasize the HR20. After all, they do want to save money. However, availability in Best Buy should not be a determining factor. Perhaps the only way to get an HR20 will be via DIRECTV when it's all said and done. I suspect both styles to be available and the HR21 (and H21 for that matter) to be the default unit.
  10. boilerjt

    boilerjt Icon

    Jan 11, 2007

    Being in DMA #153, it may take awhile before I see any HD locals on D*. There should be two polls. One with people that can get HD locals from D* and one where HD locals are only available from OTA. If I were to order another HD DVR and they sent me an HR21, I would not be a happy camper.
  11. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    Yep, it like ordering a hot dog, with or without relish. The one you like you order...or both, or none. Whatever suites your fancy.
  12. MeSue

    MeSue Legend

    Oct 7, 2007
    I didn't have a clue until two weeks ago after we bought our TV. I fully expected to be watching SD on my new 47" HDTV, but then a friend told me I could get HD over the air and I tried it. Once I saw it, of course, I had to have it with a DVR because we can't watch TV in real-time anymore... so we upgraded our DirecTV service (installation tomorrow... yay!).

    We have a big honking antenna on a pole with an amp--was here when we moved here--but the last time we had used it was like 9 years ago when we got D*. I had no idea OTA could look that good! The funny thing is, my hubby had been doing some work on the eaves and was planning to take down the antenna when he got to that part, but he got stalled on the project so the antenna is still up.

    I am hoping they bring an HR20 for my installation tomorrow because there have been times I wished I could get the more local stations than what D* gives me, especially for things like evacuation info during storms and such. And I like the idea of having an alternative for times when there is rain fade or when a tree limb falls on my dish.
  13. brian-ky

    brian-ky Cool Member

    Aug 20, 2007
    I'm in Louisville too. Sure wish D* would hurry up Louisville on D10.
  14. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Voted no.

    I have an antenna on the roof.

    The birds use it way more than I do.

    Of the OTA channels that I can pull in, I don't care about. Don't care about the programming on the CW or whatever they are calling themselves this week.

    Don't care about PBS.

    The only one that I cared about was the 24/7 weather radar. But since it seems that the TV must be a babysitter in lieu of proper parenting, that had to go away because of the "need" for educational content. :nono2:

    Don't know how many times it needs to be said.

    You want OTA then the H/HR20 is for you. If not the 21 line is for you. It's really a simple concept to grasp.

  15. hdfan01

    hdfan01 Legend

    Feb 1, 2006
    I need OTA. My DMA is non-HD and comes from 72.5. I have no LOS for that position. Thus, NO HD via D* and NO LOS too means I need OTA. Just bought a H20 yesterday at BestBuy before there are none. Got it there because I knew it would be a new one too, as opposed to referbed. FWIW, the H21 was the same price as the H20.
  16. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    How about Blonde or Brunette? :D
    :gott: :rolling: !rolling
  17. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Yes !devil12:

  18. dchamero

    dchamero Cool Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    There are many reasons why I need/use OTA. Besides the many ones already stated before, not only CW and PBS are missing...

    For instance, I am in Dallas, and right now I am watching the Mavs game on TXA21 (Formerly UPN21) in HD OTA, because D* only gives me Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC

  19. wmj5

    wmj5 Godfather

    Aug 26, 2007
    I would not have a receiver without an (ota) I can get about 15 channels with antenna, when I get shoot down with rain just flip off the dish and keep on trucking
  20. Marvin

    Marvin Godfather

    Sep 13, 2003
    Yes - Directv doesnt offer any type of locals here (HD or SD) and I can pick up my 3 HD local channels (along with 2 more SD channels) using a simple rabbit ear antenna setup on top of my tv.
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