How to Switch From Directv to Antenna

Wondering how to switch from Directv to antenna? Likely, you want to enjoy local free-to-air TV shows, and antenna provides an excellent way to do that. 

But the question is, can you use an antenna with Directv or switch between the two? If so, is it something you can do yourself? 

This article explains everything there is to know about making the switch from Directv to antenna. 

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Can You Use an Antenna With Directv

Yes, you can! All you need is an antenna with the appropriate compatibility. 

Typically, the antenna will receive signals from the DirecTV satellites and local channel broadcasting. 
See, DirecTV has an antenna input port that you can insert an antenna as long as it has a coaxial connector.

Coaxial connector

(Caption: Coaxial connector)

Keep in mind, though, that the viewing program for DirecTV requires a subscription. 

Therefore, you cannot watch the programs using your antenna alone once your subscription expires. Rather, you would have to renew it. 

The satellite service that the program provides is similar to a cable converter box.

Can You Switch Between Satellite and Antenna?

Thankfully, you can comfortably switch between satellite and antenna. 

See generally, satellite connection is via the HDMI port, while the antenna connects through the antenna port. 

And both of these are at the back of the TV. 

Therefore, you can easily switch between the input options to access each of the reception units on your TV. 

While there are variations between different TV models, they all share this similarity in their setup. 

So you’ll simply press the ANT or INPUT button on your remote. 

Then choose the HDMI option if you want to use your satellite receiver or antenna if you want to watch local channels.  

Tools You Need to Switch From Directv to Antenna

Below is a breakdown of tools you’ll use to switch from DirecTV to an antenna. Note, some are mandatory and some are optional. 

Coaxial Cable

Now this is a vital part of antenna installation. That’s because it’s the linking piece between the antenna and the TV. 

Sometimes, these come with the antenna you purchase. And in some cases, the cables are not included and you must purchase them separately. 
While there are several cables available in the market, ensure you get a quality one. And one such cable you can purchase is the RG coaxial cable.  

RG coaxial cable

(Caption: RG coaxial cable)


In order to appropriately replace a DirecTV setup, you’ll need a coaxial cable splitter. 

With this device, you can split the incoming signal equally between multiple receivers

Also, it’s able to maintain the required impedance of the input and output signal. 

Now splitters come in varying configurations of 2, 3, 4, and 6-splitter forms. And for your antenna setup, a 2-port splitter is sufficient.

 If necessary, you could install a distribution amplifier to boost the output signal. 


(Caption: Splitter)

HDTV Antenna

There’s a wide variety of outdoor or indoor antennas.

And thanks to the high quality of an antenna signal, you can enjoy high-quality clear pictures.

Today, you have the option of digital antennas, which have stronger signal pick-up than regular antennas.


Undoubtedly, you will need a screwdriver to mount your antenna at the appropriate place, be it indoors or outdoors. 

Signal Meter

With a signal measuring tool, such as a signal meter, it becomes much easier to locate where the signal is strongest.

Alternatively, you can use a phone, although it’s not as effective.

 Also, using a signal meter saves you time searching for the signal.

Note that you can also search for a signal manually by observing the signal reception on your TV. 

Grounding material

A grounding wire helps protect your home and the electronic devices inside the house. 

What you need to do is connect the grounding wire from the antenna to the ground.

Also, a coaxial surge protector protects from lightning.    

Step-by-Step Process

Power Off

First, switch off all devices and remove the TV and Directv receiver from the wall socket or electrical extension. 

By doing that, you prevent any possibility of experiencing electric shocks or short circuits during the next step. 

Disconnect the DirecTV Receiver

After powering off, now remove the DirecTV receiver from the TV. 

Simply locate the HDMI cable that connects the receiver to the TV and remove it carefully. 

However, ensure you don’t exert too much force on the cable. Otherwise, you risk damaging the cable and the input port on your TV. 

Now find the coaxial cable that runs from the wall to the back of the DirecTV receiver and carefully remove it. But be careful not to damage the pin. 

Connect the Antenna

Next, connect your antenna coaxial cable to the antenna input port at the back of the TV. 

Just ensure you secure it tightly but without damaging the copper within the antenna head.

The best way to go about it is to apply a little force using our fingers to twist and secure the connection properly. 

Remember, if you’re using an indoor antenna, place it near a window to help reduce signal interference

But whether it’s an indoor or outdoor antenna, the antenna manual will come in handy.

Because it’s a great aid in helping you find the best way to mount the antenna. 

After you have confirmed that all the connections are correctly done, turn the power on and switch on the TV.  

Change to Antenna Settings

Now, you need to change your TV settings from DirecTV to Antenna.

When you do that, the TV can now start using the antenna to access the available free channels. 

To do that, go to the main menu on your TV remote and navigate through Settings and select Setup. 

Under this option, scroll to Input and then select Antenna as the main input source of the signal to your TV. 

How to Scan for Channels

To get access to the local channels available and supported by your antenna, select Scan for Channels.

Then give the TV a few minutes to search the channels.

 After some time, your TV will list all the free-to-air broadcasting channels that you can watch. 

Occasionally, you may find that you’re not satisfied with the number of channels obtained. 

If that’s the case, you can try moving around the antenna to get better reception. 

Then rescan the channels for a better search. 

Likely, you’ll get more channels. Then you can select Close to Finish. Your TV will automatically save the TV channels. 

Keep in mind that switching from DirecTV to an antenna means you lose the channels that are dependent on the DirecTV receiver. 

If that doesn’t sit well with you, you could consider supplementing your antenna-supported TV programs with streaming options. 

That way, you increase the variety of TV channels you can access.  


Can You Turn a Satellite Dish into an Antenna?

Yes, you can turn a satellite dish into an antenna

What you must do is replace the signal receiver or LNB (low-noise block downconverter) with a WiFi antenna. 

But bear in mind that this is no DIY project. You’ll need the help of a professional as the job entails significant technical knowledge and equipment.  

How Can I Switch My TV From Cable to Antenna?

See, your smart TV’s settings menu has the option Cable/Antenna. Simply switch these settings from Cable to Antenna.

If, however, yours is a manual TV, then connect a DTV converter box between the antenna and the TV.  

Can I Use the Directv Runs to Switch to Antenna?

Yes, you should be able to use the wires you already have for the antenna.


That’s how to switch from DirecTV to the antenna.

Besides an HDTV antenna, all you need is a screwdriver, coaxial cable, grounding material, signal meter, and if you have multiple screens, a splitter. 

With these tools, switching from DirecTV to an antenna is a job you can do pretty easily yourself.

Simply follow the steps outlined above and enjoy viewing local free-to-air channels.  

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