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Want to use my old dish set top as dtv tuner

I have old set top boxes that were for dish. i want to use them as dtv tuners for local channels only. without sat subscription it wont let me tune local dtv channels from the seperate antenna in.

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The antenna ports on these receivers are only analog pass thru's they will not convert to digital.

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