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Old 01-04-2019, 03:28 PM
 
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That's where my roof antenna is located.
I get 40 channels. About a dozen unfortunately are home shopping channels. I scan for new ones every night. I always feel like I struck gold when I find a new channel that wasn't there before, can't wait to check it out on the internet to find out what kind of shows they carry. Every year or so I have to climb up in the attic, check to make sure there are no bats or yellow jackets up there, and turn my antenna a degree or two for adjustment.
I never change mine. Thankfully all our channels come from one basic direction.

But I go in my attic often. Itís where I keep all my decorations.
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Old 01-04-2019, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Have been utilizing an indoor antenna for about 4 years and am amazed at the excellent quality of the picture and audio. I receive approximately 36 channels in my area and deleted those I'm not interested in watching, which leaves me about 25.

Not only do I enjoy the major networks, I enjoy the sub stations as well.

And I sure don't miss the high cost of cable tv!!



Same here. We usually re-scan every month. We delete the "kiddie stations," mostly cartoons, leaving us with about 32 stations.
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Old 01-04-2019, 03:55 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo
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I never change mine. Thankfully all our channels come from one basic direction.

But I go in my attic often. Itís where I keep all my decorations.
My attic where my antenna is located is above my garage, so there is a lot of vibration, garage door opening and closing, plus there is some vibration when I turn on the attic fan and it will occasionally move the antenna a little. I have a hole in the ceiling in the garage from where I had a hoist tied to the joist when I pulled engines and sometimes creatures would fly up into the attic. They never stayed long, Too hot up there I guess.
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Old 01-04-2019, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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Currently we have an indoor antenna. Depending on the weather we can receive 28 stations. Of course several of those stations are of the same network. We have the usual ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, 3 different types of local PBS stations, CW, and some networks that play classic tv shows and movies. Whatís amazing is the audio and video quality of prime time broadcast or sporting events are much better than cable or satellite HD of the same program. Only thing missing is a DVR to pause, rewind, and slow motion play back to see if that really was a penalty or score.
I have Dish satellite, and you can buy a device that allows you to run OTA channels through the receiver and record on DVR. I don't know if DirecTV and cable companies have that or not.
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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That's where my roof antenna is located.
I get 40 channels. About a dozen unfortunately are home shopping channels. I scan for new ones every night. I always feel like I struck gold when I find a new channel that wasn't there before, can't wait to check it out on the internet to find out what kind of shows they carry. Every year or so I have to climb up in the attic, check to make sure there are no bats or yellow jackets up there, and turn my antenna a degree or two for adjustment.
Scanning every day doesn't hurt anything I suppose, but if new ones keep popping up it probably means the last time you scanned the signal was too weak, and it started working for various reasons, weather being one.

Try this site to see what's available in your area by entering your ZIP Code, what direction from you the transmitters are located, and how far away from you they are (specifically, if you enter your actual street address).

https://antennaweb.org/Address
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Scanning every day doesn't hurt anything I suppose, but if new ones keep popping up it probably means the last time you scanned the signal was too weak, and it started working for various reasons, weather being one.
Actually, channels do change with almost astonishing frequency these days - far far from the days when changes in stations was measured in decades. Besides new channels coming and going, the secondary channels can change content in a matter of months, and there have been various programs to "compact" the channels used in given areas to a smaller spread, meaning "Channel 6 KKKK" might have gone digital on channel 62 and is now on channel 33, grouped with all the other locals in the 30's.

Once a month is probably sufficient, though.
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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OTA is one of only two ways to get true HD on your TV. The other is using a Blu-ray disc. That's one of the little secrets of cable... You're paying to get an inferior version of the channels you can get in superior form for free...
True, but honestly, I can't tell much difference, if any, in the picture quality from satellite to OTA. Don't know about cable. Also, most of the sub-channels are just in standard definition, with the -1 channels (where the major networks generally are) are the HD ones. In large cities, there could be more primary stations that broadcast in HD and are not affilitated with a major network.

With OTA, if you like sports, you don't get ESPN, you don't get cable news and you don't get other cable/satellite channels like Science and History and a couple hundred others. It all depends on how much television you like to watch, and what programming you like. No stations broadcast in 4K yet, and when they do 8K is lurking. Not sure what the endpoint will be. Probably depends on how large screens become.
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Riding a rock floating through space
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Currently we have an indoor antenna. Depending on the weather we can receive 28 stations. Of course several of those stations are of the same network. We have the usual ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, 3 different types of local PBS stations, CW, and some networks that play classic tv shows and movies. Whatís amazing is the audio and video quality of prime time broadcast or sporting events are much better than cable or satellite HD of the same program. Only thing missing is a DVR to pause, rewind, and slow motion play back to see if that really was a penalty or score.
Do you have a computer with hdmi output(s) using Windows 7? if so you can use an hdhomerun device to enable your antenna channels to have a 2 tuner dvr using Windows Media Center that uses your computers hard drive to store shows. It has all the important features of the incredibly expensive cable and sat dvrs, with no monthly fee. I've been doing this for 3 years now and it works great.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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Only thing missing is a DVR to pause, rewind, and slow motion play back to see if that really was a penalty or score.
TiVo makes a very hi-quality DVR that records antenna. I have one.

And yes, the quality of OTA is much superior to cable. Even DirecTV is better than most cable.

OTA (antenna) mostly uncompressed 1080i, bitrate around 19Mb
DirecTV compressed 1080i, bitrate ~ 14Mb
Comcast compressed 720p ~ 10Mb

Most people aren't aware, but Comcast no longer uses 1080i for most channels, they downgrade to 720p. A noticeable difference.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:19 PM
 
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the over the air channel suck in my neighborhood, they are all Spanish, religion or Spanish religion. mine has not change from the ion netwok channel, 24 hours of csi
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