Originally Posted by Wakey
Was his name Ed?
Hey everyone, long time no see.
I wanted to get my OTA going again and it appears the DirecTV AM21 is my best bet. I can plug the OTA directly into the TV but the AM21 would put the channels in the guide, if I understand it correctly.
And unless there has been some incredible shift in the universe, the Channel Master antennas are all you need. I've rarely needed any amp or a dedicated WXIA antenna. I don't care where you live or who runs your neighborhood but the FCC says you can install a full blown BillBob array on a 14' pole.
Why bother though, put the thing in the attic.
FCC links here.. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/...nna/54582432/1
Yes, his name was Ed. He reinstalled my Directv dish earlier this year after a new roof was put on my house. He did a really nice job....much better than the Directv installer when I originally got it several years ago. By that, I assume Ed does nice work with antennas as well.
I too have been contemplating going with the AM21N for OTA. I upgraded to the HR44 Genie and C41 Genie Minis recently, and the thought of having OTA integrated is tempting (especially for all of the subchannels). I have read that there are issues with Directv's OTA guide database whereas many of the subchannels are not listed in the OTA guide. The AM21 and AM21N don't scan for OTA channels like a traditional OTA tuner, rather, they pull data from Directv's OTA database. If a subchannel is not listed in their database, then the Am21(N) will not tune the channels, even if it is being picked up by your antenna. I know here in Atlanta, some of the subs that are missing from the DTV OTA guide are (virtual): 5.2, 32.2-32.20, 34.2-34.4, 36.2, 36.3 and others that I don't care to list. There is a workaround where you can add guide data from other cities that have some of the missing subs on the same virtual or RF channel, but in my mind, that is a huge hassle to go through.
Now that I have discovered that many newer tvs will automatically display guide data from OTA channels (like my Samsung), I'm almost inclined to leave the antenna plugged directly into my tvs instead of going the AM21 route.