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DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner - AM21

Abt Model: AM21 | UPC Code: 872195000147
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Watch HD Channels That Are Broadcast Locally/ Dual ATSC Tuners/ Small And Lightweight Design/ For DIRECTV HR21 And HR21 PRO Receivers/ Black Finish
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4.6 (55 reviews) 4.5

Product Details

DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner, Model AM21

The DIRECTV Off-Air Tuner is the perfect solution for adding outstanding DVR functionality to terrestrial broadcast transmissions.

Designed to work seamlessly with the DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR, this specialized tuner will integrate ATSC broadcast high-definition channels directly into the DIRECTV on-screen Advanced Program Guide®.

Key Features:

  • Dual ATSC tuners
  • Simple USB connection
  • Small and lightweight design
  • for the HR21, and HR21 PRO

Features:

  • The easiest way to watch HD channels that are broadcast locally
  • Seamlessly integrates off-air HD channels into the DIRECTV on-screen program guide
  • Lets you view and record local HD channels just like DIRECTV broadcast channels
  • No configuration necessary
  • One-time setup is automatic
  • Designed to rest perfectly on top of the DIRECTV Plus HD DVR

Specifications:

Product

  • Model: AM21
  • Brand: DIRECTV
  • Name: DIRECTV Off-Air Tuner

Tuners

  • ATSC: 2

Iunputs/Outputs

  • F-connector input

In The Box:

  • CABLES
  • HDMI
  • USB and attached power cable
  • User’s Guide

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 1.18"
  • Width: 15.125"
  • Depth: 12.25"

Approximate Weights:

  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Footnote:

  1. Residential Use only
  2. Commercial or business use will void the manufactures warranty
More reasons to buy the DIRECTV AM21 from Abt Electronics
  • Abt.com is an authorized dealer (Learn More).
  • The DIRECTV AM21 is Brand New.
  • The DIRECTV AM21 Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
 
OutputsF-Connector
DVRNo
Height (inches)1.18"
Width (inches)15.13"
Depth (inches)12.25"
  

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DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner
 
4.6

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (48)
  • High-quality picture (38)
  • Good value (37)
  • Simple controls (37)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (30)
    • Television (25)
    • Office (4)
    • Dorm room (3)
    • Movies (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (33), Power user (11), Casual user (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works Perfectly

    I use this product to view local, off-the-air television stations.

    As you know, the newer DirecTV DVRs do not carry an off-the-air tuner. When snow, rain, or ice storms are...Read complete review

    I use this product to view local, off-the-air television stations.

    As you know, the newer DirecTV DVRs do not carry an off-the-air tuner. When snow, rain, or ice storms are particularly bad, making the satellite dish unusable, I use this tuner and an indoor antenna to watch local TV.

    After it was out of the box, the tuner took all of one minute to install. Plug it in. Connect it to the DVR via a USB cable. Connect the antenna. That's it. Running the "Antenna Set Up" routine through the DVR takes the longest.

    The tuner works perfectly, and Abt's was the best price I found online.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Worth it, maybe?

    A nice addition but why did DirecTV remove the OTA tuners from their recieviers to begin with??
    Originally they had them intergrated. A nice money maker, thanks!
    The only thing...Read complete review

    A nice addition but why did DirecTV remove the OTA tuners from their recieviers to begin with??
    Originally they had them intergrated. A nice money maker, thanks!
    The only thing that makes it worth -while is the fact that the guide has it intergrated. Most TV's/monitors have the reciever built in but you would have to switch the source to view the OTA channels, not to mention no dvr functions.
    btw picture quality for any OTA HD is superior to DTV's due to DTV's mpeg compression of their HD channels. OTA can also be grabbed with any simple rabbit ears no special antenna needed.

    Reviewed by 55 customers

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    1.0

    Unreliable Product

    By Dissatified User

    from Chicago, Illinois

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Value

    Cons

    • Not Durable
    • Unit no longer working

    Best Uses

    • Television

    Comments about DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner:

    Product worked well for less then one week then failed. The OTA tuner is no longer working and always shows very low to no signal strength. When the antenna is connected directly to the TV's OTA turner, that tuner receives the signal perfectly.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Works just as advertised

    By Plain Vanilla

    from Avilla, MO

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner:

        We are thrilled with this off-air tuner. It pulls in our local channels as well as channels from a city 50 miles away through our antenna in the attic and then incorporates into our satellite receiver so that we can access the channels and record them just like all the other satellite channels. I was skeptical when we ordered it but it works perfectly and is very simple and straightforward to hook up.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Make sure you have an antenna too

        By Mtyff1

        from Monterey, Ca.

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Controls
        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Must have antenna too

        Best Uses

          Comments about DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner:

          I was told by a directv Rep. all I needed to get Hd from my local channels was to get this box. He never told me I also had to have an antenna on the roof too to make this work. Wrong you also need an antenna on the roof. If you just hook this box up to your Directv box it will not work. I returned the box because I'm not going to put an antenna on my roof.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Works as Advertised

          By OTA Guru

          from Rochester, MN

          About Me Power User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • High-Quality Picture

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Television

            Comments about DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner:

            I ordered the AM21, but got the newer AM21N. It was listed as backordered and still shipped the next day. I expected to install this in my closet where my current OTA-only DVR was, but the power cable is woefully short - just 3' long - which requires you to install it very close to the DVR.

            Installation was trouble-free. Disconnect the power from the DVR, plug the power cable into the AM21, then use the piggyback power cable to run power from the AM21 to the DVR. My HR-22 recognized it instantly. Entered my zip code (kudos to DirecTV for allowing a second zip code for OTA channels, as many people live on borders of markets) and after a few minutes, all my OTA channels were there and coming in perfectly.

            I've had no heat problems, though it does give off some, it is not bad. I have it directly above the HR22, which has not overheated.

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            • No

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            5.0

            AM21 Review: Great speedy service!

            By DirectvLocalHD

            from Wamego, KS

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Controls
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Value
            • High-Quality Picture

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Television

              Comments about DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner:

              Everything worked as advertised! Great Product!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Works great

              By Bryant

              from Des Moines, IA

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Controls
              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Television

                Comments about DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner:

                Works well

                Service and delivery comments:

                Best price, free shipping and still received the next day.

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                • No

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                off air tuner

                By Jack

                from Port Saint Lucie , Florida

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy Controls
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Value
                • High-Quality Picture

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Television

                  Comments about DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner:

                  with the antenna 26 feet up we get 25 Local stations and all three major networks in HD

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                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Disapointing performance

                  By Leonard Anderson

                  from Richton, Ms

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner:

                        With my antenna hooked up, it would only scan 6 channels within a 30 mile area. With my antenna hooked up to my Hd tv it would scan 17 channels within a 60 mile area. Tuner performance is poor, in my opinion. Will ask for a return authorization .

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        GREAT SERVICE

                        By Bryant

                        from Des Moines, IA

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Good Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Television

                          Comments about DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner:

                          Works as described. Delivery was fantastic!!

                          Service and delivery comments:

                          Amazing service!! I ordered this on Tuesday morning, it was in my hands at noon, Wednesday (free freight).

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works like a charm

                          By Bob

                          from Earlysville, VA

                          About Me Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy Controls
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Value
                          • High-Quality Picture

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home

                            Comments about DIRECTV Black Satellite Off-Air Tuner:

                            If you don't have DirecTV local channels this is the solution

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                            • No

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