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john
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Why is DISH offering a OTA antenna and $12 a month? I am interested but companies don't give away services for free, thanks

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Bchan
Costume Designer
So there are a few reasons

1. Some customers can't get locals though the satellite and have to do OTA. For example, my locals come from Western arc satellites but I can only get Eastern arc because of where I need to put my Dish (there are line of site issues on Western arc), so my only choice is OTA.

2. OTA often provides more channels than satellite because you don't need to worry about contracts with OTA, so some people prefer to get those OTA channels and save the 12 a month.

3. From what I understand, locals are one of the worst culprits of jacking their prices way up, so if dish can "cut their cord" from local providers, it would help them in the long run.

There are likely more reasons, but if you can get reliable OTA locals, I would suggest dropping your locals through Dish and doing it that way.

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Chadt4141
Screen Writer
There are honestly no catches. You’d be actively assisting Dish change the market sphere to make it so customers can have affordable tv. According to the ATVA, since 2008, locals have increased their prices over 10,000% which is so far beyond inflation. It is not altruism, by forcing these channels to offer better pricing, it benefits Dish, as customers are tired of paying high fees and not feeling the reward for such.

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tommyy2
Cinematographer

One possible problem:

 

There are 4 major networks, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX.

The OTA dongle can only record up to two networks at a time and you cannot have more than one dongle.

So 4 networks, you have a 3 or 4way conflict you can't get them all.

 

If Dish could update the Hopper to allow 2 dongles to be used at a time this issue would be fixed.

Re: OTA

john
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Tommy,

 

thanks for your reply, now my scary question, my wife uses her hopper extensively, so with what you are saying, does that mean she won't be able to record like she does now?  That would not be good for the household....

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MSP
Extra

Don't go with OTA!!!

 

I live in a strong signal area so this should have been a natural for me.

 

Recording of programs is extremely  unreliable.  You may think it is recording (red dot on the guide) and you may think there is a recording when looking at the DVR menu (program title and screen shot is visible) but usually there is no episode listed and there is no recording.

 

The guide for PBS is totally wrong and useless.

 

I'm going back to local channels from the satellite.

 

If Dish is able to resolve this, I'll amend this post.

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MSP
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This is a followup to my posting about OTA not working properly.  After speaking with an advanced tech rep (unusually  knowledgeable and polite I might add) at Dish I learned the following.

 

1)  Any time  you rescan your local channels for whatever reason, click on Remove All in the OTA menu first and click then click on Save.  Then rescan the OTA channels and then save again.  [In my view, resetting the Dish Hopper box after doing and saving Remove All isn't a bad idea.]

 

2)  Guide information in OTA is supplied by the local station when using the OTA antenna.  Dish cannot guarantee the information is correct.  This was my situation with my local PBS station in the Los Angeles area, KOCE.  Regardless of what the Guide says, if you watch a station, such as KOCE in my case, the broadcast programming you're watching will be correct even though it does not agree with the Guide.  You can't be assured that you will get a recording of that programming however.  The only recourse for channels with incorrect Guides is to set a manual timer like we did on our old VCRs 25+ years ago.

 

I also learned that if your Hopper is connected to the internet, the Dish techs can see what's on your screen after they alert you, which is useful.

 

In the end, I switched back to receiving local channels from the satellite since the above is completely unacceptable for my viewing.  BTW, This required another Remove All OTA and save and unplug the USB cable on the back of the receiver and reboot.

 

Marty

 

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hstevenson
Camera Crew
The guide for KOCE OTA is now correct

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MSP
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Thanks. I went back to satellite service for OTA channels. Was very disappointed on Dish's handling of this inexcusable issue. I'll try again the OTA antenna in a year or so. We have several OTA channels in the LA area. Perhaps only the KOCE program guide was fixed.