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Ponbiki,

First of all, Welcome to DBSTalk! :welcome_s

Partially just guessing here, but without the receiver activated, I would guess the box is not enabled to do much of anything - OTA or not. If you connect it to a working satellite signal, you may get channel 100 or one of the channels that basically let you know you've got signal. If you get through all the set up steps (would still need to be connected to the working satellite signal and maybe even an OTA antenna for the OTA set up to work properly), you may or may not be able to get the OTA working. Again, without activating the receiver through D*, I wouldn't be surprised if OTA still didn't work.

As far as "if not (defective) it's kind of annoying that a company purposely makes a device useless when someone actually paid for it", the H10 DirecTv HD Receiver was not designed to be a stand alone OTA receiver - it was designed to be a satellite receiver. If you wanted just an OTA HD receiver there are many receivers that are made just for that purpose that have nothing to do with satellite at all. Unless you plan to subscribe to DirecTv service, it may have been a better idea to invest in one of those instead.
 
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