Ota Hdtv

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  1. Myram

    Myram Second Unit

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    I am looking to get OTA HDTV signals.....that is it.

    What kind of reciever do I have to get in order to do this?

    I already have Time Warner Digital with HDTV included, but they don't cover the local networks. All my local networks are broadcasting HD....so I could get ABC, CBS, and NBC in HD.

    Thanks for any help.

    Steve
     
  2. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

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    You simply need a HDTV OTA receiver and an antenna
    Off the top of my head, HDTV OTA receivers:
    Samsung SIR-T151
    Samsung SIR-T165
    Zenith HDV420
    DirecTV/OTA:
    Sony SAT-HDS200 (DVI)
    Samsung SIR-T160 (DVI)
    Zenith HD-SAT520 (DVI)
    RCA RTC100 (older model, has a fan, can be noisy)
    Zenith DTV1080 (discontinued, but available)
    Hughes E86 (discontinued, but available)
    Sharp TU-DTV1000 (discontinued, not available)
    and quite a few more... (most range anywhere from $400-$900 unless you buy a used one - never hurts to check different sources for used receivers).
    Here's a nice site for some reviews on HDTV receivers and other HDTV info as well (like setting up antennas).
    You'll need either an indoor UHF antenna (depending on how close you are to the broadcasting equipment in your city) or an outdoor antenna. (You might need a combo UHF/VHF antenna, depending on what channels your local stations are broadcasting on). Check with Antennaweb for antenna info for your zip code/area.
     
  3. Myram

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    So pretty much I have to buy a satelite reciever, and just use it for OTA.

    I'm hoping Time Warner sticks to their story, and will have more HD available in the spring.

    Steve
     
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  5. Matt Goddard

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    I'm also looking to get an OTA receiver. Patrick is providing some great links that everyone should check out. Thanks.
     
  6. Mike Capulli

    Mike Capulli Stunt Coordinator

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    Just thought id throw this out there.... How does the PQ compare with DVI and Component inputs? My sony HD set doesnt have DVI. [​IMG]
     
  7. DougR

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    I'm using a Samsung SIR-T150 ( Set-top box) with my Toshiba 42H82 hooked up to the Component connection. With the HD programming that's available, the picture is Awesome !! The Faith Hill show, that was on a few weeks ago, was in HD........ WOW !!
     
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    The Zenith HDV420 is at Circuit City for $399 I bought one. Works great (Columbus Ohio) get a good antenna, look at WWW.zenith.com and you can find what is in your area and they will recomend the proper antenna. Although they broadcast in HD there are a lot of 4.3 programs with black bars on the sides, once a true HD source comes along it is 16.9, along with digital sound. I find myself watching a lot of "sit-coms" because of HD.
    There is a learning curve involved with this, once past it you are OK. I look at it like buying a DVD player, dont use it for all your viewing but if you can pull in 3 or 4 programs a week then IMO it justifies the purchase. Still have dig cable for reg viewing (pretty crummy)
     
  9. Dave Vaughn

    Dave Vaughn Stunt Coordinator

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    My TV has a DVI input, but I don't plan on getting Direct TV or Dish Network. I only plan on receiving HDTV OTA...Does this mean I don't need to upgrade to Zenith 520 and just use the component inputs on the TV? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Dave
     
  10. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

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    That should be sufficient for OTA HD reception.
     

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