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anyone in St. Louis area, i need OTA help

mvert
02-18-2006, 09:41 PM
Ok...so DirectTv was here today and set me up with the HD10-250 dvr, new multi dish and OTA.
Anyways, when he was all done and checking things out he says "oh, you're not getting your local hd channels. I guess you'll have to call DirectTV and tell them that." Huh? What does that mean? I was running a small amplified antenna that I got from Best Buy before this and that was doing me good, to a point. (There was the hassle of adjusting the antenna everytime we switched channels.) But for the most it was working. Now with the OTA I ain't getting nada. Tried running my mini antenna through the rf? plug in the back of the DVR and it only got NBC for a few minutes.
Does anyone know what I can do? Should I call DirectTV back and tell them to take this OTA back or send someone out to get the job done right? Are there any configurations in the system that I can do?
My tv is a Samsung 30" built in tuner so I don't see why it's not getting the job done.
My zip is 63119. And like i said before, we were getting the local channels before with the mini antenna, so I don't see any problems with obstructions of buildings or trees and what not.
Can someone help me?

deadhead68
02-18-2006, 11:39 PM
Ok...so DirectTv was here today and set me up with the HD10-250 dvr, new multi dish and OTA.
Anyways, when he was all done and checking things out he says "oh, you're not getting your local hd channels. I guess you'll have to call DirectTV and tell them that." Huh? What does that mean? I was running a small amplified antenna that I got from Best Buy before this and that was doing me good, to a point. (There was the hassle of adjusting the antenna everytime we switched channels.) But for the most it was working. Now with the OTA I ain't getting nada. Tried running my mini antenna through the rf? plug in the back of the DVR and it only got NBC for a few minutes.
Does anyone know what I can do? Should I call DirectTV back and tell them to take this OTA back or send someone out to get the job done right? Are there any configurations in the system that I can do?
My tv is a Samsung 30" built in tuner so I don't see why it's not getting the job done.
My zip is 63119. And like i said before, we were getting the local channels before with the mini antenna, so I don't see any problems with obstructions of buildings or trees and what not.
Can someone help me?

Did your installer bring the OTA as a seperate feed into your house? Or did he bring the OTA feed to a multiswitch outside the house? If your OTA feed is not a seperate cable into the house, he had to have used a diplexer to split the sat and OTA back out. I have heard many people on this forum complain of your same problem. People suggested removing diplexer and that fixed it. Also have heard complaints about the OTA's installed by D*. Basically that it sucks. Hope this helps.

DeadHead68

remlle
02-19-2006, 04:59 PM
I am in st.louis 63021 and have an old antenna (analog one) that was on the house when we bought it 4 years ago. and the then owner said it as there when they bought the house 10 years prior to that. It picks up the signal wonderfully. I Get every hd channel the ota provides. 2-1 4-1 5-1 5-2 ect. the installer that came to install my stuff said no way it would work and was ammazed when I proved him wrong. so I must say you got a terrible installer and I would call D* and have them send a DIFFERENT comany out. or depending on hwo good you are with the tech stuff remove the diplexer and run it straight into your hd box. the antenna MUST go to the HD tivo if you want to watch the OTA through it.
try that let me know

mwkbear
02-20-2006, 08:53 AM
When I had my DTV installed originally, it was just an SD system. When I got my HDTV last fall, I had them come back to add a room and upgrade me to HD. As part of that, I figured let them install an OTA, it had to be better than my indoor antenna.

The second guy was at my house for 8 hours, fixing the prior install, which I guess wasn't done properly. The OTA he installed was one of those double bowtie ones, and he just clamped it to a plumbing riser on the side of my house. It picked up ONE channel, and I'm only 10 miles from the transmitters, and I'm on top of a large hill, too.

Oh, and at first, he installed a SD Tivo, instead of the HD one I had ordered. I had to print out the spec sheet for the HD Tivo to convince him he had the wrong one.

The prior owners had a large VHF/UHF antenna mounted in the attic, so we decided to try hooking to that. It works beautifully and picks up all the network digital stations. The only advantage of having DTV install an antenna, was that we had all the connections already run into our living room, and we just had to unhook the DTV antenna and hook up the other one. Luckily, he did run the OTA feed as a separate line directly to the back of our TIVO.

akdubya
02-20-2006, 09:55 AM
HD Tivo? Did he end up giving you one? I wouldn't mind seeing the Spec sheet on that one - do you have a link?

mwkbear
02-20-2006, 02:55 PM
HD Tivo? Did he end up giving you one? I wouldn't mind seeing the Spec sheet on that one - do you have a link?

http://www.directtv.com/DTVAPP/imagine/TiVo_HD.jsp

This is the HD Tivo box that is NOT compatible with the new MPEG-4 local HD broadcasts over DTV's satellite.

However, it works great with OTA HD signals, and as long as they keep adding the pay channels in MPEG-2 (like the recent addition of TNT-HD), and you can get all the networks OTA, there's no real reason to upgrade to the new DVR yet. Even though I live in Boston, and the locals are available over the dish, I'm not going to rush to get the new DVR when it's ready in a few months. I'm happy with the HD Tivo and the antenna for now. I get all my network shows in crystal clear HD.

akdubya
02-20-2006, 03:29 PM
This is a "duh" moment for me... My mind had me thinking that this person wanted an MPEG4-compatible Tivo.