How to Add Local Channels to Your Dish Lineup

dkreichen1968

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#1
If you're a DISH or DIRECTV customer, you're probably already getting your local network channels, hopefully in high def, on your existing receiver or DVR. These channels are delivered via satellite using something called "spot beaming." This technique assures that customers only receive local broadcasts for their specific geographic location. For the most part, this works fine, but there are some drawbacks. The quality of these re-broadcast local channels can suffer as they undergo compression to fit within the satellite signal's bandwidth. Also, when station owners renegotiate their terms with your satellite provider (as is currently happening with LIN Media and DISH), you may be subject to blackouts in your local service. What's a poor TV addict to do?..

... I found at least a handful of digital channels broadcasting in HD, that were not being offered by my DISH Network service.

Now, not only does the OTA module offer more channel options, but it also offers more DVR options. On its own, my 722k box is a dual tuner set-top box. It currently feeds DISH Network signals and a shared DVR to my living room and bedroom TVs. The OTA module adds in two additional OTA tuners, which means two additional recording options as well. Drooling yet?

In the DVR's single output mode (cutting off the bedroom TV - sorry, honey!), I was able to record two OTA channels and two satellite channels at the same time. Just an FYI: Assuming you have the need to record four shows at once, you won't be able to watch a fifth. That's just downright greedy!
How to Add Local HDTV Channels to Your DISH Network Lineup: BigPictureBigSound

Also note that depending on your location you can get stations that are outside your official DMA.
 
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scandiskwindows9x

Moderator of DTV Latino
#3
but why not have the antenna and the satellite receiver hooked at same time, i mean, suppose to install your DVR in a HDMI ,videocomponent connector or composite connetor and you have the antenna in of your television not used so can you install an rooftop antenna to the antenna in in your television and gets the local channels instead of get a expansion card and etc etc. i think would be more easier than call and wait to get delivered the famous expansion card.

also are some LG televisions that have two antenna input one for cable tv and other for HD antenna well of anyway is not my case i have an panasonic tv with a cable company contract and also ave an converter box for HD because my television have ATSC turner but we choosed ISDB-Tb system so have hooked both services in my television the cable tv one and the antenna for get HD local channels.

best regards
Francisco
 

dkreichen1968

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Staff member
#4
Francisco,

You do make a valid point that you can use the tuner in your TV for OTA stations, but with the expansion unit you're able to use your Dish DVR to record the OTA signals, and the OTA channels are included in the channel guide which generally is much better than the one offered on the TV.

I enjoy the channel guide on my Echostar/Dish DTVpal DVR. It gives me 7 days of guide data, and I can see what is on multiple channels. It sure beats the EPG on my HDTV!!!

Thank you,
Dan
 

scandiskwindows9x

Moderator of DTV Latino
#5
Well some televisions have an ability of PVR some LG televisions have the time machine system well some not all, but is not my case, some set top boxes too and well that is a valid point too

well here according with the set top box can get EPG 7 days or just one day accoding with the set top box or television.

best regards
Francisco
 
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