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Trying To Decide - Hopper Question

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by Thunderstruck, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. celticpride

    celticpride Icon

    Sep 6, 2006
    Sometimes people think everybody can get free over the air but unless you live in a big city or have a good antenna ,you may not be able to get a good signal.I live 90 miles from the towers and cant get a good signals because the mountains block the signal coming into the valley. we do have a tv translator where i live but i dont know if they ever upgrade the system to digital i guess i'll go ask my local tv repairman since no one at best buy knows That way if i ever have to go ota i know i just need to buy an antenna.
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    not everyone live there ... here, in Silicon valley we have 80+ channels from SF, SJ and Salinas, Richmond, etc
  3. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    There are certainly places where OTA is better and places where OTA is worse. I suspect better would be harder to find than worse - but I am like most people who want to put up a simple antenna and not need to engineer a system that picks up signals from multiple directions without causing problems with multi-path.

    I am fortunate to have a home where I can put up a rooftop antenna (no HOA restrictions) but I don't want to put up a tower. The extra channels are just not that interesting. The trade off to being in a city where more stations and subchannels may be available is losing locations to put an antenna.

    That being said I appreciate the way DISH handles OTA locals ... allowing people to tune any channel and subchannel they manage to receive on their antenna and not artificially limiting stations based on a zip code. It is good to see that restriction go away on newer DirecTV boxes.

    OTA would be more useful if there were more tuners available. Since OTA cannot be stacked on the cable to the Hopper (as was allowed on previous models) I would prefer a separate tuner module accessible via MoCA. Install the tuner where OTA signals are available and connect to the MoCA network. But that is not the design DISH followed.
  4. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    I have to replace my nearly dead 722. I inquired about a Hopper and I've been quoted a $50.00 upgrade fee only which is not a deal killer.

    But I haven't been keeping up here. Are you still blocked from watching saved EHD recordings from channels you don't subscribe to? That probably would be a deal killer for me.
  5. some guy

    some guy Godfather

    Oct 26, 2012
    People have been reporting it but I believe it's a bug. I don't think everyone runs into this.
  6. garys

    garys Hall Of Fame

    Nov 4, 2005
    This was a bug when the Hopper first came out. It has been working great for about the last 10 months.
  7. fudpucker

    fudpucker Godfather

    Jul 23, 2007
    NW Iowa
    That's the "old" Hopper, not the newest one (Hopper with Sling) right?
  8. some guy

    some guy Godfather

    Oct 26, 2012
    $50 is the average cost for Hopper 2000 upgrades. Hopper with Sling is $200-300 from all the posts I've been reading.

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