Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

I live in Gardena, CA.  I have a DirecTV HR24 DVR with the DirecTV OTA Tuner and the Terk Amplified HDTV Indoor Antenna (recommended by, and works with Antenna TV).  I don't seem to get Retro TV Los Angeles Channel 8.1.  After 3 scans, I still don't see Channel 8 (or sub-channels) at all.

I've double-checked antenna troubleshooting.  It is extended and pointed towards Mount Wilson.  I also seem to be getting 100% signal strength on all the other channels and sub-channels from 5 to 40.

I contacted Retro TV and I was told: "Direct TV intenionally blocks all community tv stations,

including KFLA.  I suggest that you try connecting the antenna directly to

your TV and bypass the Direct TV DVR all together."

Is this true?  Is DirecTV blocking Los Angeles Channel 8.1 KFLA?  Or, is there something else I need to do to get this channel?

Thanks!

-ron

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Message 1 of 21
Employee

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

DirecTV does not intentionally block these channels. The DVRs rely on a database, if the channel is not on that database the channel would not appear on the DVR.

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Message 2 of 21
Administrator

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

DirecTV does not deliver Sub-Channels to consumers.  Only way to pick them up, would be to put up an antenna in your attic or on your roof, to pick up the locals.

Message 3 of 21
Employee

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

That is what the AM21 OTA tuner accessory does, picks up the locals and where available in the guide data base, sub channels as well

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Message 4 of 21
Administrator

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

From what I understand with the AM21, it does not pick up the Sub's, only the main channels. I have a Antennas Direct DB8 for UHF, Antennacraft Y5713 for Hi-VHF, and Channel Master CM-7778 Pre-amp.  I mainly had it for backup when my U-Verse service would go offline and to pick up the local sub-channels from three of the local broadcasters, that we did not get with U-Verse.

I have the whole setup in my attic, and can pick up all locals, and on a good night, can pick up the channels from Peoria, IL, which is around 80 miles away for their towers.

Message 5 of 21
Employee

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

gregzoll wrote:

From what I understand with the AM21,

Then you are not understanding. The AM21 "can" pick up sub channels, as long as they are in the guide database.  But because the stations got carried away with  so many sub-channels, DirecTV stopped adding any more to the already bloated guide database

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Message 6 of 21
Administrator

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

I looked at the spec's for the am21, when I was getting Direct, and from what I read, it does not allow for sub's to be available, from what it states at http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=am21&d=directv-am21n-off-air-dual-tuner-(am21)&sku=8546300063...  More of a hit or miss, depending on the market, if the subs are going to be there or not with it.

Message 7 of 21
Employee

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

Again one last time.  you are NOT understanding.  back in the days, the H20 receiver used to do scan, and ANY channel that it found was added to the guide.  the HDVRs relied on a database, instead of doing an actual scan.  some markets were (are) able to pick up the main feeds plus some subs. When the HR34 came out, it had the ability to do a scan just like the H20, but this has been removed by DirecTV. So now all DirecTV receivers rely on this database.  THERE ARE subs but there might NOT be all of the subs that the station carry.

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Message 8 of 21
Administrator

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

I fully understand, but going by what the info states about the AM21, it is going to be a hit or miss if the OP is able to use it to get the subs in their market.  For $50 and a return guarantee from Solid Signal, I say try it, and if it does not work for the OP, return for a refund.

Message 9 of 21
Employee

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

lol.  you still dont get it.  the OP already has the AM21, (s)he is not getting 8.1 for the reason that I explained.

Very funny

"I have a DirecTV HR24 DVR with the DirecTV OTA Tuner and the Terk Amplified HDTV Indoor Antenna"

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Message 10 of 21
Administrator

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

If they do have the AM-21, then they answered their own question, regarding that the unit is not capable of picking up Sub-channels from the locals, due to the limitations of the unit, as stated in the information given at Solid Signal.  No laughing or joking about it, so really if the OP wants a serious answer, they have it as to why they cannot get the sub's.

Really best way to do it, is just connect directly to the tv, or get a third party OTA tuner connected to their tv, if they use a Soundbar or Home Theater for audio, when listening to OTA.

Message 11 of 21
Employee

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

Wow, I am done here!....lol

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Message 12 of 21
Employee

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

Before I leave, you might want to take a look at this,

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s230/sh/bad2e3ee-d519-4253-bd21-28e3f27ae7c4/bc9b61136b3aa653f88d4f03...

This is an spreadsheet showing what is available on the DirecTV database.

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Message 13 of 21
Administrator

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

To let you know, this was discussed back in April, regarding why not all markets have the Sub's available.  Does not matter what the database may or may not show, it is the limitations of the system, that they do not have enough room for every sub-channel in every market, to push through the Spot beams.  http://forums.directv.com/thread/11224515  It has been known for a very long time, that Direct, just like U-Verse and some of the other providers out there, they limit not having Sub-channels from local broadcasters available through their systems, so you have to resort to using an Antenna in your Attic or on the Roof, if you are not able to pick up locals with a antenna on top of your tv.

Since Sub channels do not fall under the "Must have", under FCC reg's, providers do not have to carry them.  They are only required to carry the main channels, and may choose to carry sub channels if they wish.

Message 14 of 21
Administrator

Re: Why can't I get RetroTV Channel 8.1 with DirecTV Off-Air Tuner?

For the OP, if you want a listing of what locals are available in your area, see the Spreadsheet at Transponder Maps: Domestic & LatinAm ~ Data Refresh 10/16/2013 - DIRECTV Tips and Resources - DBSTal...  And again, it really depends on the Spot Beam in your area if they have the room for all the sub's.  Remember that they are limited to a certain number of transponders for each market, and cannot carry every single OTA sub-channel that each local has for every market.

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