march 30, 2008

We got a new TV, but more on that later. Since the TV that we got has an ATSC tuner inside, I wanted to give it a try. I did not have high hopes for getting OTA DTV and OTA HDTV. But, I had to give it a shot. I read that the el cheapo indoor RCA "rabbit ears" and loop indoor antenna were actually the best ones to use -- if you're not going to be doing the whole outdoors-on-the-rooftop thing. So, I picked up an $8 RCA indoor antenna (ANT110) from Fry's and gave it a shot. To my surprise, the TV actually got nine stations. These were from antennas that are within 20 miles of my house. The other broadcast antennas (according to are more than 30 miles away -- those stations I couldn't get. The nine stations were a mix of Spanish-language channels and public broadcast. There was one independent broadcast station also. All stations were broadcasting their standard 4:3 analog stuff in DTV format -- meaning, no HDTV signals and I was getting the same stuff as I get on my Dish. Oh wells, it was worth a try. The antenna is going back to Fry's. I'll have to explore other ways of getting HD content -- paying an extra $10 a month for HD stuff is not costly, but it's not something I want to do either. A Bluray machine would be nice so that I could watch HD stuff from Netflix.

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