Originally Posted by g_bartman
I am moving soon to a new home. the cable provider has a miniscule hd programing package. I am thinking of going with a satelite. My problem; I don't have a built in hd tuner for over the air. Can i connect a terestrial antenna to the satelite dish to pass the signal from the antenna to the tv?
While all satellite STB's have an antenna "pass through", only the true HD model STB/IRD's have an OTA tuner.
For DirecTv I know of model DTC-100. There are some newer ones (including an HD TIVO) that I am not aware of the model numbers, as I am a Dish Network Subscriber.
For Dish Network the following IRD's have a built-in HD OTA tuner: 811, 6000 (careful with the 6000, it was an add-on module so not all 6000's have the tuner).
PVR's: 921 and 942.
If you are interested in a PVR the 942 is the latest and greatest, while the 921 was released before the "bugs" were worked out. While they have been working on the bugs with s/w updates, it's takes a hearty soul to deal with it's quirks.
Probably your best bet if you don't want to go the PVR route is the 811 - it is the only one to get guide data for the OTA's integrated into the EPG hassle-free (i.e. without having to sub to the SD locals just to get the guide data).