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Using DirecTV with antenna for locals

jpalarchio
03-21-2006, 07:23 AM
I have TV that does not have an HD tuner built it. I currently have a standard non-HD DirecTV subscription.

My understanding is that the HD DirecTV receivers have an antenna input that will allow the OTA channels appear in the guide so that you can watch your locals.

Does anyone know if it's possible for me to use an HD DirecTV receiver (obtained from eBay or elsewhere) with an HD antenna to watch my non-HD DirecTV subscription and watch the HD locals via the antenna?

Will they subscribe an HD receiver without making me pay the extra $10/month for the few HD channels they offer?

Thanks!

TulsaCoker
03-21-2006, 07:40 AM
To quickly answer your questions...yes. to the first and no to the second.
I bought a H10 and did not subscribe to D* HD package for a while and
recevied local HD with a antenna. And yes it showed up in the guide.

rbinck
03-21-2006, 08:19 AM
If you decide to go that route, be sure to wire the OTA antenna separately. In the future should you decide to upgrade to the 5LNB HD dish system the method of using diplexers is not compatable with the new system.

jpalarchio
03-21-2006, 06:04 PM
Thanks for the responses, I do plan to run an extra cable for the OTA.

I'm a little confused still on whether they will subscribe an HD receiver without the HD package.

Has anyone else had any experience with this? Could I subscribe it for a month and then call and cancel the HD add-on due to not being satisfied?

I'm trying to find a way to get the HD locals free and not have to switch back and forth between various inputs.

Jimbos
03-21-2006, 08:17 PM
Thanks for the responses, I do plan to run an extra cable for the OTA.

I'm a little confused still on whether they will subscribe an HD receiver without the HD package.

Has anyone else had any experience with this? Could I subscribe it for a month and then call and cancel the HD add-on due to not being satisfied?

I'm trying to find a way to get the HD locals free and not have to switch back and forth between various inputs.
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Yes they WILL sub a HD receiver without requireing you to purchase the HD package.
Usually if you are new, they offer you 3 months HD free ....

If you don't want to get the HD package.. just tell them you don't need it yet and wil consider it in the future.

Connect your OTA antenna lead to the correct input on back of unit, go thru the set up process, be sure to have it scan for OTA locals and it will show up in your guide.

Actually, it works quite nicely.

Jimbo

TulsaCoker
03-23-2006, 09:51 AM
Just one more thing. If you purchase a HD receiver and want the
rebate you have to subscribe to the HD package. But sub for the free
three months and then cancel. :hithere:

gotsand
03-24-2006, 12:23 PM
Thanks to this forum and some research, I was able to connect an OTA (inexpensive rabbit-ear VHF/UHF/FM type) to my new HD receiver and now get the HD feed from a bunch of local Phoenix stations that I never knew existed.) The setup was easy and the guide has the information I need. I'm 25 miles from downtown, but the signal strength is very good to excellent. From what I have read here, it wouldn't work with my HD DVR Receiver because of the way it was set up (two lines from the dish to the back of that dude). I even was able to buy the HD plainJane receiver from Ultimate Electronics for $99 bucks instead of the $199 because they only had the new receivers that were and are going to be the leased receivers and I beat the changeover deadline by two days (thanks to the DTV tech who gave me the heads up when they installed my HD dish). Anyway, thanks to all of you for your input. I am learning a lot.
MarkD