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Using an indoor HD antenna in conjunction with Dish receiver

by kfree10 / July 11, 2015 6:35 AM PDT

We use a Dish Network 625 DVR receiver on our main TV (Vizio E550i-B2). Dish Network is currently in a dispute with one of our local broadcasting companies so we don't have Fox or CBS right now. We thought a good solution was to purchase an indoor HD antenna to get those channels in the meantime. The problem is figuring out how to hook it up! After much internet searching, we know we cannot plug the antenna directly into the receiver's OTA port because our particular receiver doesn't have something or another (can't remember what it is!).

Our Dish receiver has to plug into our TV's "antenna IN" port with a coaxial cable so that means there is no port to plug the HD antenna into on the back of the TV. Any suggestions? Is there some sort of splitter we can plug into our TV's "antenna IN" port so we can use two coaxial cables? We are not very tech savvy over here.

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According to this,
by Oldartq / July 11, 2015 10:50 AM PDT
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Look through here and see...
by Oldartq / July 11, 2015 10:55 AM PDT
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The HD antenna will plug into the receiver ok
by kfree10 / July 11, 2015 2:31 PM PDT
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It doesn't need an adapter, I can connect it ok. Because the receiver is not HD, it won't work with an HD antenna. I appreciate you answering though, thank you.

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Then I am confuse as to what you are looking for.
by Oldartq / July 11, 2015 3:19 PM PDT

Ok let do this as a test. Unplug the DVR connection from the TV, now connect the antenna to the tv, are you able to receive TV station?

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I might be confused by your advice too--sorry!
by kfree10 / July 11, 2015 5:55 PM PDT

Yes, it works when I unplug the Dish receiver from the TV and plug the antenna directly into the TV. There is an OTA connection on the back of the Dish receiver that I plugged the antenna directly into as well, but there are no options on my Dish menu to scan for local channels.

Someone on a Dish forum suggested plugging the receiver into the TV using the RCA cables instead and then plugging the antenna directly into the TV. I might try that.

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I wasn't giving any advice at this point,
by Oldartq / July 12, 2015 9:50 AM PDT

I was just doing a little trouble shooting as to why the OTA connection on the DVR don't work. Now we know the isuue is with the DVR. So I take a look at the DVR manual and I am sorry to say I won't be much help. That manual really got me confused, sorry. Hope you get this resolve soon. Good luck.

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