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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 2010-11-09, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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Question OTA With Motorola DCT6200 CATV set top box?

Hi all, coming here as the newbie of the week, so I apologize in advance for my ignorance

Here is my problem: I live in the Vancouver area, where I know OTA is available. SoI have finally decided to join the OTA side by cancelling my cable subscription, buying an OTA antenna and also using Netflix as my main movies provider (I have high hopes Netflix Canada will soon provide a selection comparable to that of our Neighbours to the South).

I have spent most of the evening trying to connect it all up, but to no avail.. here is my gear:

an Indoor RCA Digital Flat Amplified Antenna, coaxial connected to my Motorola DCT6200 set top box, coaxial and Component connected to an "old" Toshiba CRT HD TV (34HF84)

I am pretty sure my TV does not have an ASTC Tuner, so not Digital ready, so my only hope seems to go through the set top box, but again no joy.

I also tried plugging the antenna directly into the TV, but again without results.

manual for the antenna pretty much boasts plug and play, but not in my world...Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 2010-11-09, 01:46 AM
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welcome aboard.

Your motorola set-top box is the issue. It is only designed for digital cable. It does not contain a tuner for over the air ATSC.

You need an ota set-top box / digital convereter box. Typically $80.00 for an SD resolution one.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 2010-11-09, 01:50 AM
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm fairly certain you cannot use the DCT6200 for OTA. It is designed for Digital CATV.

Edit: Annnd... beaten. lol
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 2010-11-09, 02:06 AM
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Welcome here yves_san, please start with reading this: http://digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=125161 and we will help you get excellent OTA results.
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