Depends on how good your signal is.
I took a standard 15 yr old antenna off a mobile home they were moving, put
it up on our Park Model and connected to our new LCD TV in Tucson AZ. I get
14 local HD channels and the picture is great except when there are local
On Mon, 20 Aug 2007 03:18:40 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You can get satellite TV installed for free in four rooms with
individual boxes IIRC. Your monthly service will vary, but I'm pretty
sure you can get a basic 200 channel deal with no premium channels for
around $30/month. If you're only earning $60/month, you will have
trouble mounting a dish to a cardboard box or shopping cart. You must
have a slick WiFi setup, hanging out at Starbucks. But seriously...
its not THAT expensive.
I have a HDTV and the picture is _very_ impressive, but you can still
use your existing TV with either a cable box converter or a satellite
receiver, and the unit will convert the new digital TV signal into a
less sharp analog signal.
Assuming you buy a digital-capable TV (not a HD TV), you should be
able to buy an antenna specifically designed to pick up the new
signals. IF you buy a HDTV, only then will you be faced with the
dilemma of whether to try and capture OTA HD signals with a
HD-designed antenna, or if you spring for the monthly satellite or
cable service. Comcast basic cable currently costs about $9.00/month.
You'd have to assume when there is no analog signal to broadcast and
all they can send is digital and digital HD... pricing might go up a
skoosh, but if they try to rip everyone off... yeah, congress will get
involved because free TV is like air and votes... both are needed.
I think you should write to both your congressmen and to the Director
of the FCC, but its a done deal and has been delayed for about 5 years
James... I assume this post was a joke but I figured I'd go along with
It's easy to replace a regular TV with a HD TV. If you watch TV at
all, the improvement is well worth the cost. I have a plasma TV, but
no cable. I have a power HD antennae in the attic that works great.
Sometimes the reception is not too good when there are storms so I
switch over to a regular broadcast which usually eliminates cut-outs.
Or, I watch a DVD. Cable cost would exceed the plasma TV cost in 3
years or less. With an antennae you will need to do some
experimentation. I bought 5 HD power antennas, kept the best one, and
returned the others. I found that antenna cost has little to do with
quality, at least for the ones under $50. That's progress: It's time
to trash the rabbit ears.
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