OTA receiver & antenna-Recommendations/Opinions?

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  1. Keith_G

    Keith_G Auditioning

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    Looking for ideas re: purchasing OTA HDTV receiver & antenna. My current setup is Tosh40H80 with standard cable.

    I would like to add a set-top HDTV receiver and antenna for OTA stations.

    Antennaweb says I need a "Med-Directional" (red zone) to receive Boston DTV stations in Rhode Island.

    [CBS & Fox are close----ABC & NBC are furthest]

    **Unfortunately, I live in an apartment in an old 3-story home and can't mount on the roof.

    I don't have any plans to purchase satellite in the near future, and don't know if/when Cox Cable in the Northeast will be offering HD content/equipment.

    ANY info or redirects would be appreciated.

    I noticed that there is a new Toshiba HDTV STB, but that includes a DirectTV receiver---do all current receivers include either DirectTV or Dish?

    Regards,

    Keith
     
  2. John Tillman

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    Keith,

    I use a Dish6000 w/OTA card which works great for me. As far as I know, you need a satellite feed (suscription) to do this. A DTC100 (Direct TV) can be a stand alone HD/OTA decoder without a satelite hookup.

    If CBS is really local, an indoor unit such as a silver sensor might work.

    FOX does not do true 1080i HD.

    If the ABC channel you are thinking about is WTNH from New Haven, be aware that is channel-10 VHF (different antenna type needed). They do pass 5.1 and ABC does 720p which your decoder would upconvert to 1080i.

    NBC if far away, would require a more serious (attic mount) UHF unit.
     
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    Thanks John.

    Is the "silver sensor" a RadioShack unit?

    CBS is listed as WBZ, ch30(DTV)

    FOX is listed as WFXT, ch31(DTV)

    [closer--Boston maybe]

    ABC is listed as WCVB, ch20(DTV)

    [further away--Boston?]

    NBC is listed as WHDH, ch42(DTV)

    [not sure where it is]

    New Haven stations would be too far for me, I think.

    Boston is less than 60 miles from my house.
     
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    Thanks John.

    Is the "silver sensor" a RadioShack unit?

    It seems noone has had success with the Terk-TV55, but I have seen others mention Radio Shack bowties?

    CBS is listed as WBZ, ch30(DTV)

    FOX is listed as WFXT, ch31(DTV)

    [closer--Boston maybe]

    ABC is listed as WCVB, ch20(DTV)

    [further away--Boston?]

    NBC is listed as WHDH, ch42(DTV)

    [not sure where it is]

    New Haven stations would be too far for me, I think.

    Boston is less than 60 miles from my house.
     
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    Sorry for duplicate posts...problem with server.
     

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