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OAT antenna, Dish network old style receiver - one coax input on HDTV
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Post 1 made on Friday March 27, 2015 at 15:32
Lurking Member
March 2015
I currently have Dish Network, but do not have the newest digital cable box. therefore my receiver box is connected to my HDTV via coax. that works fine. however - I have only one coax input on my Emerson TV. I have several HDMI inputs.

We recently installed an OTA antenna which also works fine. We are at a very high elevation in NE Illinois (IL / WI border) so receiving signals is not a problem. Again - the OTA anntenna only has a coax connection.........

Short of unscrewing one and then connecting the other - depending on which we choose to use - is there a way to set this up so that is not necessary?

If I were to connect a 'switch' box which had 2 inputs (one antenna and one dish box) and then one output to the single coax on the TV - would that work?

Would a harmony remote be able to do the switching back and forth?

OR- if I were to put a 'receiver' inline and connect via that to the TV, would that be a better solution?

thank you for any and all help.


Which, if any, of these solutions would work the best at the lowest cost? I have not upgraded my DISH service because I'm grandfathered in to the price I have and the channels I'm receiving. plus I'm no longer in contract and don't want to sign another 2 year contract plus lose my channels......
Post 2 made on Saturday March 28, 2015 at 16:57
Long Time Member
March 2008
Use a "T" coupler to unite the two coaxials with one exit signal.
Post 3 made on Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 11:00
Long Time Member
August 2008
A "T" or regular splitter works very well since OTA is usually UHF and Dish has a channel 3 or 4 output, no adjacent channel problems BUT OTA and Dish signal reduced
Post 4 made on Monday April 6, 2015 at 12:00
Senior Member
November 2003
I guess depending on how many OTA channels you receive, and if you would find value in having an on screen TV guide (and PVR) you could also consider getting something like the Channel Master DVR+. This would take in the coax connection from your OTA antenna and give you a HDMI output to your TV. I would imagine your Harmony remote might be able to be set up to control this box too. You should also potentially see a better picture.
If you are looking at the cheapest solution, then the splitter ideas presented above are your answer.
Post 5 made on Thursday April 9, 2015 at 21:48
Long Time Member
April 2007
The vip722K is a Dish HD receiver that has a tuner built in for an OTA antenna that will include in the guide your local antenna channels, after you scan for them. You can record, pause and rewind live OTA TV with it too. Because it's a dual tuner you can record one channel off the antenna and watch another channel at the same time.

You only need to run one co-ax from your antenna to the receiver and if you've got a dish 1000 antenna, one line from that too.

If you don't have HD with dish yet, maybe consider upgrading.

I've got a 722K and it works great. I am not an agent for Dish Network, just a long time subscriber.

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