I lost my "moved" of local houston channels out of houston and got the new Beaumont locals, the problem is there is a problem between dish and the local ABC affiliate. I called Dish and talked to a rep they will install an antenna so I can get the Local ABC. I thought I saw that as an option on the special charlie chat but I thought it was free, what i found out was the install is free the antenna cost $49.99. Did I get goofed or did I just hear charlie wrong? I had them install the antenna and it will be hear in two days installed.
A few weeks ago I called DISH about the distant locals issue. They offered me a free OTA antenna and installation. I asked what sort of antenna would they give me and I was told it would be a "quality" antenna.
A few days later a local DISH crew arrived with my free antenna and I was underwhelmed to say the least. They installed a bottom of the line Winegard, the Sensar. This is maybe a $30 antenna and according to the Winegard web site is good for up to 25 miles. I live 45 to 50 miles from nearby broadcasters and my house is surrounded by trees. I was expecting a higher-gain free antenna!
The installers put the antenna on my deck next to my DISH 500.
I received two channels, one was okay, one was blurry.
I have an old antenna amplifier, I connected it and received twelve channels. Three of them (NBC, FOX, CW) weren't bad and the rest were pretty blurry. I shortened the cable by about 25 feet and the picture improved slightly on some of the blurry channels. Overall, it's better than some rabbit ears I have.
Yesterday I received a postcard from DISH offering me a free OTA antenna. Just for the heck of it called them back. I told them I already had a free antenna and appreciated the gesture and didn't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but my suggestion was that they provide (okay, give away) better OTA antennas. The rep swore she was writing down my suggestion and was going to send it "upstairs."
I guess my next step is to get an STB ATSC Tuner and see if I can receive any digital channels with this antenna/amplifier setup. Then maybe I'll get a better antenna (though I wish Charlie would send me a better one!).
I once had a rooftop antenna with amplifier and rotator. The picture wasn't bad (better than what I have now) but storms kept tearing it up and finally Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina (a year apart) finished it off.