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^^^^ The indoor antenna needs to be connected directly to the tv (if it has a built-in ATSC tuner, which most still do). The antenna would be connected to the ANT/CABLE input on the tv or however it is labeled. You probably need a simple A/B switch to select which source you wanted to use (antenna or satellite) being as you only have one input on the tv to connect the coaxial antenna cable to. Once the antenna source is connected, you need to tell your tv that the source is antenna and then have it scan for the local stations. Your tv should be able to keep track of the stations you selected so once you switch your source back to satellite, and then back to antenna, your favorite local stations should still be there.
If your satellite box has an HDMI output you could use that to connect to an HDMI input on your tv which would then leave the ANT/Cable input free so you wouldn't need a switch. All you have to do then is tell the tv which input to use, antenna or HDMI (satellite). For example, we have cable and the cable box uses an HDMI connection to the receiver and then to the tv. The ANT/Cable coax input on the tv is not used.
Keep in mind that indoor antennas can have serious limitations as far as reception goes depending on where it is pointed (the transmission towers), how high up it is, building interferences, etc).
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