slacker said:Well from what i can gather around from this forum; the answer is no . So in the end if you buy it; it's just junk for OTA. Unless someone knows a way around it.
I do not subscribe to the Dish HD pak and I do use my 811 for OTA HD. That is, when the 49% bug is letting me. I don't see why you would be any different.If, at the end of the contract period I decide to drop the satellite HD, will I still be able to recieve OTA HD ?
I think that was my work around. That only works if you have the program guide already populated, and only lose your signal temporarily (ie storms). The 6000 & supposedly the 811 will continue to work for OTA even if you cancel your Dish service, but they do have to remain connected to the Dish and Dish will still need to see the satellites.GaryPen said:I thought I saw a workaround listed in another thread or forum that said you can access OTA channels, without satellite signal, by going through the menu, then guide, then choosing the channel. Perhaps I misunderstood?
Shichonni said:If you have a TV that has an integrated tuner then you can watch OTA HD channels irregardless of having satellite or cable for that matter.
There is no such word as irregardless. Perhaps you meant "regardless"? Maybe "irrespective"?Shichonni said:If you have a TV that has an integrated tuner then you can watch OTA HD channels irregardless of having satellite or cable for that matter.
snathanb said:I think there is some confusion... the original poster asked if they had to be subscribed to the HD pack.... people are giving him answers that match the question "Do I have to stay subscribed to Dish network to continue watching OTA HD".
No, you don't have to be subscribed to HD Pak to receive OTA HD.
rad said:Please point out to me in the original question anywhere where the words HD PACK occur? He wasn't very clear in his question so he'll get unclear answers. The answer that you don't need to stay with Dish to use the OTA tuners would supersede your interpretation anyway.
snathanb said:Of course, you are correct. He didn't. He said satellite HD, which I interpreted as HD Pak. Foolish me.
The answer "you don't need to stay with DISH to use the OTA tuners" is reported to be true today (though I don't recall anyone actually confirming that they have unsubsribed an 811 and are continuing to use it to view OTA). Even if true, it could easily be disabled in the future, so I wouldn't bank on it.
But, thank you, anyway for adding nothing of value to the thread.
jsanders said:My solution is to sell the 6000 on EBay, and buy an OTA tuner. They average between $300 - $400 now, and it shouldn't be that hard to get that much out of a 6000 w/8psk/8vsb.
mikew said:I put my 6000 up on E-Bay yesterday morning at 9:00 with a starting price of $450 and "buy it now" at $500 w/$20.00 shipping. I had $520 in my Paypal account in 30 minutes.
I don't know why they fetch so much, but I parted with mine in a heartbeat. I have to non-hd big screens and I thought I'd watch alot of HD stuff downconverted to the SD sets. I found that I rarely used the unit because most of what I watch is on the PVR.