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HD Antenna Question (Locked)
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davidperez
Registered: October 1, 2004
Posts: 200
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Hello everyone, my cable bill is getting to be outragous, I only use it because I can get the HD channels on it and why else would you buy an HD tv. I was wondering if I purchased an HD antenna like the Terk brand, does it really work? Does it get the local broadcast channels that are broadcast in HD?
lyonsden5
Registered: May 11, 2003
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Try HERE

(  http://www.antennaweb.org )
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davidperez
Registered: October 1, 2004
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That is an awesome website, thank you very much for that info. It probably saved me at least an hours worth of work. Thanks again
mulderfx
Registered: May 20, 2002
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i've been debating on ditching basic cable for HD with antenna. and the thought of not getting Sci-Fi & Comedy Central outweighs watching the big networks on HD
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davidperez
Registered: October 1, 2004
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I hear you there and were we live our HD cable box comes with a built in DVR so you can imagine how hard it is, but dishing out about 100 a month for the service, that hurts. If I can go and spend 150 on an HD antenna and get all the locals and most of the locals here are on HD so I can still enjoy my hd tv, but my worry is that the HD antennas dont really work? Do they?
krkimmel
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Registered: May 10, 2002
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First off there is no such thing as a "HD" antenna.  A "HD" antenna is nothing more than a standard VHF/UHF TV antennal that has been labeled as "HD" for marketing purposes.

The ability to receive OTA HD brodcasts depends on a number of factors. The Size, type, location and orientation of your antenna, the distance between you and the broadcast antenna, the terrain between you and the broadcast antenna, the terrain in your immedate vicinity,  the size and type of buildings in your immedate vicinity, trees in your immedate vicinity...

Antennaweb.org is a good site to help answer those questions.

You may also want to search for the thread for your local area in the Local HDTV Info and Reception forum at avsforum.com.  There may be someone familar enough with your location to recomend what type of antamp; will best suit your needs.
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davidperez
Registered: October 1, 2004
Posts: 200
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Thanks I wil try this, I have a feeling I should probably jsut stick with cable. I dont think I am going to get the satisfaction from the roof top HD antenna I am anticipating.
ElevatorHappyFun
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Registered: July 12, 2003
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stick with basic cable... or limited cable.

then use the antenna.

with comcast you can get limited cable for like 17 bucks a month. it is locals plus like 12 cables channels.
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nolan
Registered: July 9, 2002
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The antenna is worth it!

I live in Central Illinois and every broadcast channel is available via HD, to include several PBS stations.  Many are 1080i quality and I use a traditional UHF/VHF external antenna on a mast next to my 5 LNB dish on the roof. 

I can also record OTA HD as well as Satellite HD via my new DirecTV HR20.


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Registered: January 27, 2002
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Quoting davidperez:
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Hello everyone, my cable bill is getting to be outragous, I only use it because I can get the HD channels on it and why else would you buy an HD tv. I was wondering if I purchased an HD antenna like the Terk brand, does it really work? Does it get the local broadcast channels that are broadcast in HD?



Last weekend I picked up a replacement cable box that enabled me to receive HD for my new LCD TV.  Cost for the upgrade was not a factor as the change in my bill was only $2 a month.

After two days of tinkering with things, however, I took it back and put my old box back in place.  Why?  Several reasons.  I have my system already setup as a DVR (PVR) via a TV card in my PC.  Even though the new box had a dedicated DVR with 160GB of drive space, the interface was less than useless - hard to navigate, didn't give you the name of the show you wanted to record (I guess you just had to know the channel and such ahead of time!?), and the quality of the HD broadcast shows wasn't enough better than regular digital cable to warrant the other inconveniences. I got the new TV mostly to watch DVDs anyway in full widescreen mode.

So, at least for me, I'm not going to worry about HD until ALL TV stations are converted over (mandated by law, under way) and all cable is fully HD in content.  I will also likely replace my TV card with an HD version before I change the cable box in any case. 

My advice?  If you don't already have an outside antenna or an HD capable cable/satellite box, don't waste money on either one now.  Wait till the mandatory change takes place.  Then they will be forced to provide us with the necessary tools to see it at a lower rate overall.
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