Posted August 25 2004 - 10:56 AM
| WOW! You are saying that with an antenna, I will get all of these channels in HiDef on my set? |
The stations I listed are *all* the digital stations. "Digital" includes both HD and SD. Those channels listed with 720p and 1080i off to the right are the High Definition channels. The others are Standard Definition. The SD channels nowhere near as crisp as the HD channels, however because they're transmitted digitally they look a great deal better than their analog (read: "cable") counterparts.
| Even without the HiDef Receiver from DirecTV? |
Unless you have an built-in HDTV tuner in your tv, you will still need some sort of HDTV receiver. If you still have the HD receiver Directv sold you (I'm unclear if you still have this), then all you have to do connect any antenna to the receiver via the "Antenna" or "Off-Air" coax connection on the back of the box. Samsung makes a few popular OTA-only (no satellite) HD receivers, as well, if you still need an inexpensive hd receiver.
| You are saying that there is no such thing as a HIGH-DEFINITION antenna and in fact it is just a REGULAR antenna? What about what an earlier poster said? He said that he gets his high-definition channels with a $5 set-top antenna from Radio Shack? Can you confirm his story? |
As for antennae, *any* tv antenna will pick up digital/HD channels. The Radio Shack double bowtie mentioned elsewhere in this thread is a great indoor antenna. I've owned three of them over the past few years. They worked beautifully in Brookhaven-- I hid mine behind the tv. However, now that I'm in Marietta, I'm using an outdoor antenna.
One thing to note about Atlanta in particular is that WXIA (NBC) is a VHF station, as it's transmitted on channel 10. As it's rather high in the VHF band, you're likely to receive this station via a UHF-only antenna (like the double bowtie).
Also, I didn't realize you're in Acworth. I just emailed a guy who also inquired about HD reception in Acworth. Kinda funny. I'll tell you the same thing-- while you can (and probably will) receive all of Atlanta's digital stations, I should warn you that Acworth is a trouble spot for reception, due to the terrain. It can be very difficult to pull in digital signals through hills and trees. I'm 99% sure WGCL (CBS) and WSB (ABC) will be the most difficult channels to pull in.
Hope some of this rambling helps a bit. Congrats-- you're about to step into a much brighter TV world.
If you have any Atlanta-specific questions, feel free to drop me a line or ask the georgiahdtv.com folks. We won't bite.