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georgelesley

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Posted: 12/16/20 05:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK guys I need some quick advice. We lost our local ABC and CBS stations due to a fight between Dish and somebody. I have figured out a way to get cbs, but cannot get abc. Saturday is the Clemson/Norte Dame game. Naturally it is on abc.

We have fiber optic internet and dish. Dish offers no help anything I can do with the fiber optic or something else? I don’t really want to sign up for a whole new service for one game, but would consider a one month trial. I also have an Amazon fire stick which might have internet and we have one internet capable tv. Ideas pls.


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Posted: 12/16/20 05:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How about an antenna and watching the OTA broadcast - or are you so far up a holler you have to pipe in the sunlight?

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Get a good over the air antenna. I can watch on both satellite or OTA in most locations at my choice.


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georgelesley wrote:

OK guys I need some quick advice. We lost our local ABC and CBS stations due to a fight between Dish and somebody. I have figured out a way to get cbs, but cannot get abc. Saturday is the Clemson/Norte Dame game. Naturally it is on abc.

We have fiber optic internet and dish. Dish offers no help anything I can do with the fiber optic or something else? I don’t really want to sign up for a whole new service for one game, but would consider a one month trial. I also have an Amazon fire stick which might have internet and we have one internet capable tv. Ideas pls.


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If you are within 30-40 miles of the broadcast towers (maybe a little farther on flat terrain, or less if hilly/mountainous) just buy an amplified indoor antenna. Did that last time Dish fight over our locals.

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If you have a firestick you can get it. You do have to have internet.
Just go into you tube search and search for "how to get network stations on firestick".


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Posted: 12/16/20 06:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Second Chance wrote:

How about an antenna and watching the OTA broadcast - or are you so far up a holler you have to pipe in the sunlight?

Rob


Use TVFOOL to find the stations nearest to you, it will give you distance and signal maps and more.

There are other signal maps out there that may be better but you should be able to get an idea if there is a OTA broadcast near you..

Barring that..

Something likes this should handle most station within 50 miles of you..

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Do you have any antenna on your rig?? A Sensar IV should reach something depending how deep you up the gulley.


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How about watching the game at a neighbor's that can get the station?


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Posted: 12/16/20 09:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Johno02 wrote:

Do you have any antenna on your rig?? A Sensar IV should reach something depending how deep you up the gulley.


Sensars and any other RV antenna are a pretty poor choice for any OTA reception unless you can physically be within 20 miles of the station transmitter antenna and there is no trees, hills or buildings in the way..

RV antennas by their nature must be small and compact, small and compact does not lead to any "gain", they are basically nothing more than a Dipole with a small preamp.. Dipoles have very minimal gain and then that weak signal is put into a pream which not only amplifies the noisy signal but adds it's own noise to party..

Garbage in = Louder Garbage out.

But, yes, the OP needs to try the OTA for local channels, they can try a piece of wire, rabbit ears, expensive amplified rabbit ears or instead of wasting money on junk just go buy some sort of external antenna similar to the one I showed.

But MAKE SURE that the antenna IS not a small UHF only one, those are junk in most TV markets since the last channel repack.. The last repack many stations actually moved back onto not only VHF High band but also the VHF LOW band (old analog 2-6) frequencies and a UHF only antenna will do a poor job picking up those channels.

I check my DISH channels and my local OTA broadcasters CBS, ABC,NBC)are still on my Dish so if there is a dispute, it is with the OPs REGIONAL STATIONS. OP NEEDS to CALL their local stations and tell them they are not happy with the dispute..

Local stations have gotten more and more greedy since they view cable cos and sat co as an extra revenue stream..

They ALL sell commercials which is where they get their revenue, don't be so greedy. When you turn off the cable or sat feeds in a dispute, now you are NOT getting any revenue stream so whats the difference?

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