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DISH OTA questions

Discussion in 'DISH Network Support Forum' started by omeletpants, May 17, 2019.

  1. omeletpants

    omeletpants Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Family

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    -Is the OTA antenna attached to the existing Dish? Does a separate wire need to be run?

    -Any recording or guide issues I need to be concerned?
     
  2. NYDutch

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    The OTA antenna can be located wherever it gets the best reception. A diplexer pair could be used to minimize cabling if the antenna is close to the dish, but more commonly a second wire is used for better antenna placement.

    Once the OTA locals are scanned, the program guide lists them and recordings are done the same as sat channels.
     
  3. JSheridan

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    An OTA signal can only be diplexed on VIP or Wally receivers. Diplexing is not supported on Hopper systems.
     
  4. omeletpants

    omeletpants Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Family

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    I have Hopper 3
     
  5. JSheridan

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    You should use a separate wire for the OTA antenna.
     
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  6. NYDutch

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    Yep, I should have asked which STB you have or are considering. My apologies for misleading...
     
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  7. omeletpants

    omeletpants Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Family

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    JUST THOUGHT OF SOMETHING

    HOW DO I GET THE OTA CHANNEL GUIDE?
     
  8. Geronimo

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    It will download automatically. it may not be populatef till the next day----and eevn then there may be missing data.
     
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  9. omeletpants

    omeletpants Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Family

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    WHERE DOES THE DATA COME FROM?
     
  10. dishdude

    dishdude SatelliteGuys Master
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    FROM THE SATELLITE
     
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    By the time you run through 2 duplexes, your loosing 7-10 DB of signal.

    Better to run another cable if at all possible
     
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    You also need a USB OTA adapter for a hopper


    Sent from my iPad using SatelliteGuys mobile app
     
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    Don't worry he will have to with a Hopper.
     
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  14. omeletpants

    omeletpants Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Family

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    UPDATE:
    Dish installer with 25 years experience came out today. Was able to pick up 70 of the 85 Chicago area channels, but not 2 (NBC and local pbs) of the ones I watch. No issue with guide. The biggest surprise is that the PQ of the OTA channels is less than the same channels on Dish. It is softer and less defined.

    These are deal breakers for me
     

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