Frugaldude wrote:1. Does anyone here have personal experience with making the switch back to the old-school TV with rabbit ears, now that it's all HD and digital? How do you like it? How is the reception?
2. Can you recommend a specific rabbit ears product to buy?
Go to antennaweb.org
(and I'm bolding the .org
because I just mistakenly went to a typosquatter's website by letting my fingers do what came naturally) and scope out what stations they think you can get with what kind of antenna.
Here's our personal story. In our house, about 20 miles from the transmitters,
1) in the analog days, using rabbit ears, on half the stations we'd get snowy ghosty pictures with clear sound, and on half we'd get non-snowy but still ghosty pictures with clear sound.
2) When the kids were in high school, we got cable for a while.
3) When the kids left, we cancelled cable, put a rooftop antenna and rotator in, and got perfect
reception from twelve stations in two cities. By perfect, I mean better than the cable channels were giving us for those stations.
4) When we had our house reroofed, the roofers assumed the antenna wasn't in use and removed it (sigh).
5) When the digital switch took place, we experimented with rabbit ears and then an amplified antenna, but it just wouldn't do.
6) I put the old antenna in our attic. We now get every station we're supposed to get. The reception is perfect on a lot of stations a lot of the time, BUT in bad weather or on the weaker stations the picture will suddenly freeze or turn blocky for seconds to minutes.
In general, antennaweb.org was pretty accurate.
The problem with digital is that it's brittle
, like FM only worse. You either get perfect reception or nothing--the old in-between (snowy ghosty pictures with clear sound) doesn't exist.
7) We enjoy having the extra channels, some of 'em aren't bad.
8) But, we are not very dedicated or demanding television viewers. We don't have HDTV and we are still using the 27" picture-tube set we bought for the 1996 Olympics.
I'm told that over-the-air HDTV is better than cable and I can easily believe it, because I've seen "digital" cable in friends' homes and am unimpressed. I think they must be using a lot of compression or something, because it looks sharp all right but the actors' skin often looks like a plastic doll.
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