Need help with OTA HD

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Allen C Hecht, Dec 4, 2003.

  1. Allen C Hecht

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    I am in desperate need of some advice. I have a Mits 55" HD capable tv,
    and have a DISH Network pvr/tuner connected to it, which is working just
    fine. I am now very upset that I did not spend the money up front to get the
    HD ready tv, with the built in HD tuner, since more and more off the air HD
    programming is available. While I still wont pony up the extra money to Dish
    for their 3 HD channels, I would like to get my local stations in HD. I know
    I need a separate UHF antenna(that can be pretty small right, if you have
    any suggestions, I am all ears!). I see that there are many different brands of OTA HD receivers available as does DISH(which would allow me to view satellite HD someday). If there are any suggestions for a basic OTA HD receiver I would appreciate that too!

    MY questions, which I hope make sense, are:
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    > 1. Would I want to or can I, have both recievers(if I got the separate OTA
    receiver) living off the same receiver, which I dont think has two digital
    audio jacks?
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    > 2. Am I better off moving the PVR to another tv(which means I can't record
    things and watch them on my big screen tv), and using the OTA receiver on
    the big screen, although I would still need to have a non-pvr Dish receiver
    to watch other stations.
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    > bottom line I am looking to see if there is a way to get my sattelite
    stations, get OTA HD stations, and still have my PVR. If there is someone
    else you think can help me, please forward me his/her email address!!
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    > Thanks,
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    > Allen
    [email protected]
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  2. Frank Zimkas

    Frank Zimkas Supporting Actor

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    If your PVR has multiple inputs, adding a stand alone HD receiver should do the trick.

    I've been using a Dish 6000 and am going to upgrade to the 921 DVR once it is available.
     
  3. Allen C Hecht

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    Frank, thanks for the reply. What type of inputs should I be looking for on my existing pvr? I thought about waiting for the 921, but my guess is that it will be quite pricey, since it will combine sat hd and ota hd, along with a 100 gig pvr. Dish just doesnt offer that much hd programming right now, and you need to pay for a second dish. I have seen ota receivers on Ebay in the $225-$300 range, that is less than half of what I suspect the 921 will cost. As it is, doesnt the 6000 go for around $500-$600?
     
  4. Frank Zimkas

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    The replacement for the 600 is the 811, I believe it goes for $399.

    The 921 on the other hand will go for about $1k.


     
  5. Allen C Hecht

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    frank, that being said, if I went for the 811, how would I connect my existing pvr into it? I am currently running s-video from the pvr(doesnt have component jacks)to my mits, and running optical from the pvr to my receiver for sound. also, do you have any recommendations for an ota antenna, would prefer to keep it on top of my wall unit as opposed to the attic or roof(dont want to deal with massive amounts of wiring). I hear the "silver sensor" from Zenith has gotten good reviews and is quite inexpensive.
     
  6. Frank Zimkas

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    Connect both Component video and s-video outputs from your A/V receiver to the appropriate inputs on the Mits.to the receiver.
    S-video from the 811 output to the PVR input.
    S-video from the PVR output to the A/V receiver.
    Component outputs (for HD)from 811 to the A/V receiver Component inputs.

    Basically, use your A/V Receiver for all of the video switching duties.

    Here's a link for the spec's on the 811.
    http://www.dbstalk.com/specsheets/Dish811Specs.pdf

    You might want to checkout WWW.DBSTalk.COM for lots of good info regarding DBS.

    You might want to call Dish about special offers for existing customers.

    Antennas? I'm looking for a new one myself, I've given up on the Terk TV55 that I've been using. I get a better signal from a $10 set of rabbit ears!
     

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