Dish Doles Out Digital Antennas as Retrans Battle Looms (1 Viewer)

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Dish Network is handing out free digital antennas to its subscribers in the Providence, R.I. area, as the deadline for a retransmission agreement with a local ABC affiliate there nears.

Dish’s existing retrans deal with WLNE-TV (ABC6), the Citadel Communications-owned ABC affiliate, expires at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18. As that date looms, Dish said it is offering qualifying customers installation of a high-definition digital over-the-air antenna at no charge to receive the signals for free. Dish said that customers who take the OTA option also can save about $10 per month on their pay TV bill if they drop their local channel package.
 
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ScooterS

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do you still get your Locals guide on the Dish menu when you drop the Satellite Locals.
 

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do you still get your Locals guide on the Dish menu when you drop the Satellite Locals.

Yes. They probably will say "OTA - 003" for example, but it will show in guide.

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I"m thinking about what you see when you use the OTA dongle...
Actually I am not sure on that question since I haven't done it that way...
Hmm..
 

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I will post this again for all to see. I have a 211k that is hooked up to satellite- just to power my ota antenna ,but it has NOT been Authorized since 2012. It has ota antenna and I am getting full guide data for all the ota channels that DISH carries on their satellite. Some sub channels still show digital local,but they didn't have guide data when I had the 211k authorized. SO YES, you should get guide data for your ota channels that DISH carries on their satellite, even if you don't have locals .
 

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Yet they don’t support their OTA adapter so good luck if you have problems setting it up. :biggrin
From the quote in the first post, it sounds like Dish is setting it up for the affected customers.

Dish said it is offering qualifying customers installation of a high-definition digital over-the-air antenna at no charge to receive the signals for free.
 

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SO YES, you should get guide data for your ota channels that DISH carries on their satellite, even if you don't have locals .

But they have pulled guide data for disputed channels in the past.

Disputed channels being the reason for Dish providing OTA antennas.
 

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do you still get your Locals guide on the Dish menu when you drop the Satellite Locals.

I dropped sat locals saving $10, but a bizarre problem occurred. A number of channels, mostly PBS, show no guide data for the main -01 channel, but do show guide data for the subchannels! I am working with the excellent guy with Dish Technical Operations who is trying to get this fixed. They did some back-end fixes, and if memory serves, my Baltimore channel 22 MPTV had no data before but now it does. Unfortunately, I can't receive Baltimore very well and my local WETA PBS channel 26 still has no guide data on 26-01. :( He now thinks it's a receiver software problem and that will take much longer to fix.
 

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Dish hasn't said they would provide or install that kind of antenna for free.

In my high signal area, I still have a huge UHF/VHF antenna on my roof. Was an attempt to get a certain distant station (didn't work). I also have one TV (Sony Trintron, 27", free to good, or bad, home! ;) ) with an indoor antenna. It gets the stations I'm interested in.
 

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Off topic(someone meme me) but any suggestions on where to look for a rooftop OTA. I plan on wiring it myself, and possibly, while I'm up there, rewiring my H3 setup with some RG11 I found online for $150...
 

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Don't bother with the RG-11.

Other questions about which- best settled with antennaweb or similar. But I favor Channel Master or top end Winegard.

Solid Signal for "where."
 

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