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Old 09-12-05, 03:46 PM
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How to find if you have HD OTA signals in your area?

I don't think I do, but who knows? Is there a website that shows where there is OTA HD feeds?
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avsforum.com


This thread lists stations that broadcast HD signals OTA by city and by market size:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=422073

Hell, they have an entire forum dedicated just to OTA HD:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forum...aysprune=&f=45
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Try www.titantv.com too -- pop in your zip code, and the "Digital" tab will show you what's in your area over-the-air.
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Fox in Austin is now brodcasting at full signal. It was nice to be able to pick up the Cowboys game with my 25 dollar rabbit ears from wal mart.
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www.antennaweb.org
Click on "Select an antenna" for an Address and/or ZIP search
(though they don't seem to show Fox as HDTV OTA)

When you gonna come by to set up your box, BD?
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon
www.antennaweb.org
Address and/or ZIP search
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Hell, they have an entire forum dedicated just to OTA HD:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forum...aysprune=&f=45
Sadly, they don't have a "Klickikatt Valley" subforum.



I may be about to pull the trigger on that $89 closeout Accurian box at RatShack, and might be doing OTA HD as soon as I can figure out how to do it on my Infocus 4805. I think I can cheap out on the antenna like BD did, but I'm not sure if I need a special cable (or is one sitting in my box that I forgot about).
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None for me.
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Since you aren't in a covered area, you should be able to get DirecTV to let you have the west coast ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox feeds over the satellite. The picture quality won't be as good as OTA would be, but it is still miles better than SD.
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Originally Posted by Jeremy517
Since you aren't in a covered area, you should be able to get DirecTV to let you have the west coast ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox feeds over the satellite. The picture quality won't be as good as OTA would be, but it is still miles better than SD.
Yep, call up. Tell them you can't get OTA HD signals, and you should be able to get a waiver for the LA feeds that are in HD. While it won't have your local news, you'll get all the shows in HD.
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon
Sadly, they don't have a "Klickikatt Valley" subforum.



I may be about to pull the trigger on that $89 closeout Accurian box at RatShack, and might be doing OTA HD as soon as I can figure out how to do it on my Infocus 4805. I think I can cheap out on the antenna like BD did, but I'm not sure if I need a special cable (or is one sitting in my box that I forgot about).
Try a cheap RCA indoor antenna. I am getting an 88 signal on all the locals.
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Originally Posted by Jeremy517
Since you aren't in a covered area, you should be able to get DirecTV to let you have the west coast ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox feeds over the satellite. The picture quality won't be as good as OTA would be, but it is still miles better than SD.
Thanks. What is the signal difference? Is it because Directv doesn't use as much bandwidth on the sat. as they should?

Right now I'm watching on a 800x600 projector, so I don't need the perfect stuff....yet.

Oh, anyone know what type of output the HD Directv receivers have? Is it VGA or what?
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Thanks. What is the signal difference? Is it because Directv doesn't use as much bandwidth on the sat. as they should?

Right now I'm watching on a 800x600 projector, so I don't need the perfect stuff....yet.

Oh, anyone know what type of output the HD Directv receivers have? Is it VGA or what?

My old model does have a VGA out. I think the newer ones are component or HDMI.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Thanks. What is the signal difference? Is it because Directv doesn't use as much bandwidth on the sat. as they should?

Right now I'm watching on a 800x600 projector, so I don't need the perfect stuff....yet.

Oh, anyone know what type of output the HD Directv receivers have? Is it VGA or what?
Depends on the model. Most new ones are gonna have component and either DVI or HDMI. My old HD Samsung receiver has DVI while the HDTivo was HDMI.

Dave, why don't you take advantage of the HDTivo deal through DirecTV. You can get it for $299 - $100 MIR.
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i wish that comcast in baltimore would give us upn in hd, as all of the major netwroks are in hd, except that one.
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Yep, call up. Tell them you can't get OTA HD signals, and you should be able to get a waiver for the LA feeds that are in HD. While it won't have your local news, you'll get all the shows in HD.
A question...I have DirecTV, and before locals were offered here, I tried getting a waiver to get NY locals - no dice, since I could get them OTA (I'm talking non-HD here). However, I'm like 45 miles from any stations, so I don't think I'll be able to get a digital signal OTA (I don't have an HDTV yet anyways). We DO have our locals via DirecTV now, but of course not in HD. Would this still maybe qualify me for a waiver?
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However, I'm like 45 miles from any stations, so I don't think I'll be able to get a digital signal OTA (I don't have an HDTV yet anyways). We DO have our locals via DirecTV now, but of course not in HD. Would this still maybe qualify me for a waiver?
45 miles is fine, if the terrain is semi-flat. Even if it isn't, they'll make you try first before they give you a waiver (and the stations might still turn you down).

Pick up a decent Channel Master outdoor directional antenna (and if that isn't enough, a Channel Master pre-amp also). Unless there are big hills, you'll probably get the stations fairly easily.
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Thanks. What is the signal difference? Is it because Directv doesn't use as much bandwidth on the sat. as they should?
It is a compression issue. OTA (ideally) gets you 19.2 mbs. However the stream is compressed before it is sent from your local (or in this case the LA) networks to your satellite company.
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45 miles is fine, if the terrain is semi-flat. Even if it isn't, they'll make you try first before they give you a waiver (and the stations might still turn you down).

Pick up a decent Channel Master outdoor directional antenna (and if that isn't enough, a Channel Master pre-amp also). Unless there are big hills, you'll probably get the stations fairly easily.
OK, thanks, sounds like I should be fine.
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Originally Posted by aktick
However, I'm like 45 miles from any stations, so I don't think I'll be able to get a digital signal OTA (I don't have an HDTV yet anyways). We DO have our locals via DirecTV now, but of course not in HD. Would this still maybe qualify me for a waiver?

Not necessarily. From Northern VA, I live over 50 miles from the Baltimore towers and get very good signals for all of the Baltimore HDs.
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Not necessarily. From Northern VA, I live over 50 miles from the Baltimore towers and get very good signals for all of the Baltimore HDs.
Good, glad to hear that. I've been putting off getting an HDTV forever half because of that, and that not enough shows were in HD for me to spend the money. I don't watch many DVDs, so when there wasn't a lot on network TV in HD it made no sense.

Basically all channels have their entire primetime lineups in HD now, don't they?
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Basically all channels have their entire primetime lineups in HD now, don't they?
Most non-reality shows on the big four + WB are in HD.
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UPN is HD for a few shows as well. (Veronica Mars is the only one that springs to mind immediately)
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Do indoor antennas work decently? What are some of the good indoor ones?


I think I'm probably around 45miles from any broadcasting station too, but I really don't want to put an antenna outside.
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Do indoor antennas work decently? What are some of the good indoor ones?


I think I'm probably around 45miles from any broadcasting station too, but I really don't want to put an antenna outside.

Absolutely - see my post above.

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