snyder66 wrote:Has anyone had any kind of success with these? I do have a newer TV with a built-in, but never tried it. I'm just trying to get the will to totally dump my evil Comcast. Giving up live sports is going to be tough...
cleansparks wrote:I have had good success with and Antennas Direct DB2 mounted to a floor lamp.
sscritic wrote:I love tvfool. It not only will tell you which way to point your antenna for each channel, but will tell you the real channels that are being used. Where I live, virtual 4.1, the channel my tv displays, is on real channel 36, which is why my UHF antenna has no problem getting a clear signal.
shawcroft wrote:I've also been trying to dump cable....back here in Connecticut, Cablevision is the company EVERYONE loves to hate. I would have dropped it a while ago but others in the family have favorite shows ( in the "vast wasteland") which they cannot live without. So, to maintain domestic tranquility,.....
shawcroft wrote:Here's another typical dumb question from me: What do you mean by the term "virtual channel"?
sscritic wrote:shawcroft wrote:Here's another typical dumb question from me: What do you mean by the term "virtual channel"?
Your tv says it is on channel 4, but it isn't. The station you are watching says it is channel 4, and that may be what it calls itself, but it isn't. The switch to digital required tv stations to give up some of the channels they had been using...........
Now they could have just made the TV stations actually use their new channel numbers, but they didn't (there is another issue of the multiplicity of sub channels; where I live there is 44.1 - 44.10). Thus, the number the station uses and that your tv displays is 4.1 or 4.2 (the virtual channels), but the real channel is 36. If you use cable, you probably don't see any of the .1 or .2 and don't see the sub channels as sub channels. For example, 44.5 is Arirang TV , which you may have on channel 438. Another example, Skylink 31.5 is on TimeWarner 156, DishNetwork 9957, and Champion 207 in my area. If you watch TW 156, you probably don't know you are watching 31.5 (maybe you do, I have never watched there).
Cable is cheaper than a divorce.
shawcroft wrote:Thanks for the explanation.....
So,,,, If I use TV just connected to an "indoor antenna" that has a digital tuner (which , I believe, goes from 001-999), I won't be able to select the precise digital sub-channel being sent over CABLE (i.e., channel 44.2) because the TV tuner doesn't tune that precisely- and, anyway, it ain't going over the air. ..
But I might get the same station-over the air- if it broadcasts -over the air-on another "precise number channel" and not a subchannel ...and, of course, my antenna is pointed in its direction.
Did I get this right?
SHL wrote:Plain old rabbit ears work well at my house; no cable, no dish.
dratkinson wrote:For some reason, my basement TV (analog, converter box, and rabbit ears) is more sensitive and picks up more clear channels than my upstairs TV (analog, same converter box, and external rooftop antenna).
LonePrairie wrote:The "Terk HDTVa Indoor Amplified High-Definition Antenna for Off-Air HDTV Reception" I ordered from Amazon worked very well for me in a mostly flat city. In another city where there was a hill between the transmitters and my house, it brought in only one channel well.
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