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Monday, November 20th, 2023 4:02 AM

Canceled Dir Tv

I finally just canceled my Dir Tv subscription, but was able to keep all the equipment. First, am I able to get the local channels now w o having to buy a certain/diff type of antenna? 

Second, I'm eventually going to be hooking up a firestick type of service...shall I just keep the Dir Tv box connected as an antenna and/or just for a an easier transition?  

ACE - Expert

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19.9K Messages

7 months ago

Nope, the DTV receivers will become bricks.

ACE - Expert

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7 months ago

@geedigger 

DirecTV boxes are proprietary for that satellite service. They cannot be used with any other provider. If your boxes are non-returnable, then you recycle them as they are just bricks without your service. You cannot even transfer them to someone else.

Just to help prevent a non-return fee later if you got misinformed, what are the models of each box you have?

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7 months ago

Ok thx all.  I'd have to check the model of the box, but they told me directly and by mail as well to just recycle the only one I have. 

How about the white cable wire they installed that now stays in the house....is that beneficial in any way?  Such as my first question in trying to atleast get the local channels for the time being?  (Or can I possibly get those even w o that cable?)

ACE - Expert

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7 months ago

You own it and you maybe able to connect it to an OTA antenna and the digital tuner on the TV to get your local channels or another cable provider can use it.

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7 months ago

Ok yeah...I was reading about that.  Knowing all along it was prob too good to be true that I didn't need any other equipment these days just to get the local channels. 

I am super old-school, but even I know the days of just the bunny ears are long gone...and apparently even just plugging in my smart tv w + a cable wire.  😞 

ACE - Expert

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19.9K Messages

7 months ago

While rabbit ears may work they have been replaced with these www.amazon.com/s?k=flat+antenna+tv+digital+hd+indoor&crid=2Q6ZPWKWHT62P&sprefix=flat++antenna+indoor%2Caps%2C148&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_19

ACE - Expert

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7 months ago

@geedigger 

Well the days of the "bunny ears" are just to their next generation. You plug a digital antenna into your TV's antenna input like you would the old style.

If by chance you have a very old TV that doesn't have the digital tuner built in, then you would need to get a converter box as well. But it sounds like you have a 'smart' TV so that would have the digital tuner built in.

Everything but the receiver/client boxes you own upon install. So the cabling, receiving dish, etc. are yours. I'm guessing the white cable is the coax. Another provider or if you get an outdoor digital antenna they 'might' be able to use it.


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