The MT2 Over-the-air (OTA) Module allows subscribers to add two digital over-the-air tuners to the satellite receiver. It provides the ability to integrate over-the-air channels into the on-screen Program Guide of suitable receivers. It also allows subscribers to record digital over-the-air broadcasts, if their satellite receiver is a DVR. The MT2 OTA module adds a channel 3-4 coax output for connecting standard definition TVs. This article details about Installation of MT2 module; setting up the receiver; removing the OTA Module and Troubleshooting.

Installation Considerations

  • The OTA Module is suitable with only specific receiver models.
  • It is capable of receiving only digital over-the-air broadcasts.
  • Subscribers should have Dish Network subscription to receive over-the-air channels using the OTA Module.
  • The OTA Module does not provide pass-through of analog OTA signals.
  • Subscribers need to refer to or a local retailer for choosing an over-the-air antenna.

Installing the MT2 Module

  • Subscribers have to unplug receiver’s power cord from the electrical outlet.
  • On the left side of the back panel of satellite receiver, locate the cover and remove the two screws that attach the cover to the receiver.
  • The Module has to be installed in the module part and the labeling on the module should be right-side up. Module will be attached to the cover with the help of two screws.
  • Subscribers need to connect the Over-the-Air Antenna In port on the module to over-the-air antenna via cable. As the module has an internal splitter to provide the dual-OTA tuner capability, only one cable is required to connect.
  • Subscribers can plug the receiver’s power cord into the electrical outlet. After it reset itself, subscribers have to turn the receiver back on.

Setting up the Receiver to Display OTA Channels

To set up the receiver to display OTA channels, subscribers have to perform the following:

  • Press the Menu button on the Remote Control. Select the option ‘System Setup’ then ‘Local Channels.
  • Scan Locals will allow subscribers to scan for channels. The Analog type on the HDTV setup menu has to be set to Off-air.
  • After the scan completes, it will deliver how many digital over-the-air channels are found.
  • Select OK to go back to the local channels screen and view the list of channels. Select Done to save the channel list.

If subscribers wish to name the over-the-air channels, then they have to follow the steps given below:

  • Subscribers have to select a channel and then Edit Name to change the channel name that displays in the program guide. They can rename only one channel at a time.
  • On screen keyboard has to be used to enter the channel name.
  • After making changes, select Done.

Subscribers can view over-the-air channels that are scanned into the receiver in the ON-screen program guide. The OTA Channels are listed in yellow in the program guide. Subscribers can view channels that are received using the OTA Module only if they subscribe to Dish Network Programming.

Connecting to a TV using the channel 3-4 Output

CH 3-4 out connection is used to connect the nearby TV using Coax cable. Subscribers can view the same programming in TV1 as well as in the TV connected to the channel 3-4 output.

To Connect a TV using the channel 3-4 Output, proceed with the following

  • The Module has to be installed into the receiver.
  • One end of the coax cable is connected to the Ch 3-4 out connection of the module and the other end of the coax cable is connected to the coax connection on the TV.
  • Press Menu button on the satellite receiver’s remote control
  • Select System Setup, Installation and then Modulator Setup.
  • Subscribers need to select channel 3 or 4 under TV1 out. Set the same channel on the TV that is connected to CH 3-4 out to match the setting.
  • Select Done to save the changes.

Removing the OTA Module

Subscribers are not allowed to remove the OTA Module unless it is necessary. They are not able to tune to over-the-air channels once the module is removed. Subscribers need to perform the following to remove the OTA Module.

  • The receiver’s power cord has to be unplugged from electrical outlet.
  • Cables connected to the module’s Over-the-air Antenna In Port and/or Ch 3-4 Out port has to be disconnected.
  • Subscribers need to remove the module gently by removing the screws connecting the module to the receiver’s back panel.
  • The module port cover has to be attached back to the receiver using screws.
  • Turn the module back on, after the receiver’s power cord is plugged into the electrical outlet.
  • When the OTA Module is not installed in the receiver, subscribers have to store the OTA Module in the original box.


If the receiver does not detect that the OTA Module is installed, subscribers need to perform the following:

  • The receiver will display that the OTA Module is detected on the System Info three screen.
  • Press the Menu button on the Remote Control. Select System Setup then Installation and then System Info. Subscribers need to select Next until the System Info Three screen displays and verify the module on the screen.
  • Make sure whether the module is installed correctly or not.
  • Press the reset button on the receiver’s front panel. The receiver will reset and should return to programming in few minutes.
  • Subscribers have to refer to, select customer service then Tech Support to confirm the current version for the receiver.
  • Finally, subscribers need to remove the module and reinstall it.

If subscribers are not receiving some or all of the over-the-air channels they expect, then they have to proceed with the following:

  • Subscribers need to check whether the over-the-air antenna they have installed is suitable for use in their area and for the channels they want to receive or not. To verify that subscribers have to visit or contact a local retailer.
  • Make Sure that the Over-the-air antenna is connected to the Over-the-Air Antenna In port on the OTA Module.
  • Subscribers have to check whether the module and the antenna is installed correctly and peaked for the desired channels.

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