OTA TV is a Mpeg2 stream so yes it isn't compressed.
With the digital stream you can just save the stream to a harddrive.
With the old analog you need to decode the the incoming signal which
takes quite alot of processing power.
It is nice to hear someone else who thinks the Uverse remote is crap. I
have had it about 2 months and I still hit the wrong button at the wrong
time. I am considering getting one of those fancy Logitech remotes that
BWAaaaa haha hahahaha hahaha!!!
You didn't expect answers to your actual question, did you?
If you wanted to know if anyone was having any luck with OTA TV, you
should've asked about how to build a TV antenna tower out of wood, then
you would've have gotten all kinds of answers to your "real" question. :-)
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Used a folded dipole (5 ft of 300 ohm twin lead) for analog for years.
Got a Samsung digital TV, hooked up the dipole, and kept on truckin.
With the switch to digital, picked up a big bunch of channels.
On 8/12/11 9:39 AM, in article
Reception is good but content is the usual US network junk. With most of the
programming being reality TV, or pseudo news talk shows or sports, there is
very little other that we find to watch. Public TV and the Canadian stations
that we get are the only stations that carry anything worth watching.
I am a bit closer to Detroit than Robatoy (25 miles north) and use a
externally mounted antenna on the a one-story part of my house.
Yes...we turned off Direct and went to OTA and netflix.
I also put together a computer to be a DVR with MythTV and a Silicondust
HDhomerun. http://www.silicondust.com /
We also use Hulu and Boxee as other forms of getting programs.
Our set-up works quite well and Netflix isn't too bad.
We get about 30 channels and if I could get my antenna up about another
10 feet or so I think we could do even better. It sits at about 32 feet
I get the only station in town in HDTV on my office TV via Rabbit Ears!
They are an electronic type - loop between the two extension type whips.
When storms wipe out the satellite on HD - I switch to the same channel
in analog - different angle in the sky. Then switch back.
I have and four down-links from 4 satellites for the house and shop.
We get a lot of junk and will likely truncate the channels to cut
the bill. Last time, they dropped the price to keep us were we were.
We were one of the first in the area to get it around here.
On 8/12/2011 7:45 AM, k-nuttle wrote:
My *guess* would be that it's the cell-phone companies, and the other folks
(like "Clear') selling 'wireless' (*not* "wi-fi", but stuff with 'multi-mile'
range) Internet access, that have their eye on that spectrum.
I don't see the cable companies spending the money -- 'Internet TV' is
already costing them lots of customers, and it's more than likely that
_that_ is where most over-the-air customers would go.
We went free digital TV last year - I put up a little (2-3 foot long)
$40 antenna and pointed it to the channels (see Antennaweb.org for the
application to find your local channels) and it worked pretty well.
But, maybe because I have a six-way splitter behind a two-way
splitter, I tried a Radio Shack in-line amplifier and everything
I bought a larger antenna for my vacation home as it is much further
from the stations. Have yet to install it as I, too, am searching
GOVDEALS.COM for a tower - but, so far, they have been going for
hundreds of dollars there. At one point, I received analog Free TV
there with a "Standard" roof antenna I'd recovered from the trash.
But, when I tried it with the new digital, not so good!
I am told that you can "gang" antennas with 300 ohm wire, pointing
each toward a different cluster of broadcasting stations and improve
the number of channels received w/o a rotor.
There;s a Cable Customer group on Yahoo: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/CABLECUSTOMER
Frankly, I think we were hosed with the advent of Cable. We had free
over the air TV all my life in exchange for watching the
advertisements. Now, we pay for the privilege of watching the same
old same old and there are more commercials per hour than ever before.
The "News" has been replaced with Opinion "Journalism" which seeks and
commands great ratings and advertisers while spewing conflict.
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