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I have a non-HD DirecTV satellite and DVR. Since I upgraded my TV to a 65" Mitsubishi 1080p DLP set I'd like to get at least the local OTA channels in HD.


Is there any way that the satellite will pick up OTA channels? I did a scan with my TV and it didn't find any channels. I hooked up the coaxial cable output from my DVR to the coaxial input on my TV and then did the scan.


If there's a way to get the local channels I would appreciate any help! It would be much easier (and cheaper!) than installing an antenna on my roof. I live about 60-70 miles from the broadcast towers that are in the Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN area.
 

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At 60-70 miles, it would be virtually impossible to get over-the-air HD channels without a roof antenna, and even with a roof antenna at that distance reliable reception is not guaranteed.


The other alternative is to upgrade to DirecTV HD, and they'll provide local HD.
 

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Thanks for the quick reply Ken.


My best friend used to live 2 blocks from me and picked up OTA channels very nicely with a roof-mounted antenna and signal booster. I was just hoping I would be able to use the hardware I already had for OTA channels.
 

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Thanks for the quick reply Ken.


My best friend used to live 2 blocks from me and picked up OTA channels very nicely with a roof-mounted antenna and signal booster. I was just hoping I would be able to use the hardware I already had for OTA channels.

2 entirely different frequency bands. You really would need a real OTA antenna. If you could post the TVfool.com of your situation, we could give you a reasonable idea of what would be required. That said, at 60-70 miles - you would be pushing it. We're talking high, outside, large antennas here, as well as appropriate amps.


Your cheapest answer is probably DirectTv / Dish or cable (if available).
 

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Going to have the wife call Qwest/DirecTV Monday and see how much extra the HD package will be. Looks like I can get a free HD DVR right now too.
 

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TV signals are primary received line of sight. Due to the curvature of the earth, that means about 60 miles. This can increase with higher transmitting towers (e.g. on a mountain) or high mounted antennas.


At ~60 miles, you need a large directional antenna mounted outdoors as high as possible, with a clear view to the transmitting tower. In some areas at closer distances, ~15-20 miles, you can use an indoor antenna. As you get closer with few obstructions, in some cases a paper clip has been used with success.


TV reception is like other wireless reception, think cell phones; it widely varies based on a number of variables.
 
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