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Old 10-17-05, 08:33 PM
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Catching OTA HD

Do I need some special antenna to catch over the air HD signal?
CTV (in canada) is brodcasting some shows in HD.
How do I get it?
Old 10-17-05, 08:50 PM
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No. Most standard TV antenna will be able to "catch OTA HD" as long as you are in range.

Might I suggest the Silver Sensor. That's got good reviews if you are in range.
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I picked up an indoor amplified radio shack antenna for about $40 and pretty much pick up everything in the area with no problem. I tried bunny ears but the signal is just too weak.
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I use a UHF double-bowtie antenna. Works like a charm.
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My silver sensor works great except it doesn not pick up NBC HD.. unless I move it around a little and have it hanging in the middle of the room!

NBC here is on VHF Or UHF, the opposite to all the other channels
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thanks for the info ..

lets say i get an antenna ... plug it in the tv like I would a regular antenna .. aim the thing .. scan for channels..

how does the tv switch to the HD stream. i mean, like you see shows that say ..broadcasted in HD as well.

do i do something to get that stream instead of the regular tv?
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The standard def channel would show as "5" (as example, I don't know what actual channels you have) and the HD channel would show as "5-1".
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Originally Posted by Chew
The standard def channel would show as "5" (as example, I don't know what actual channels you have) and the HD channel would show as "5-1".
Chew, out of curiousity, how close to GB are you, do you get your locals OTA, and how good of reception?
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Originally Posted by aktick
Chew, out of curiousity, how close to GB are you, do you get your locals OTA, and how good of reception?
I get all my local HDs OTA and I'm about 20 minutes away. I get great reception on all of the major channels (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox). We're talking 85-95% signal strength. UPN is another issue, the signal strength waivers greatly and causes the picture to break-up quite a bit. I have to record Veronica Mars in SD on the satellite.

I have a Radio Shack roof top antenna that's about 6ft tall. I guess it's a lot bigger than I really need for being that close.

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