Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Disconnected - TV Antenna users Life in Hell

Whether you are an early adopter HDTV OTA (over the air) user or a regular old TV from antenna user you have some work to do if you want to watch TV at all, or all the TV you can get.
The Digital TV changeover is coming soon on February 17, 2009! That's hard enough for regular antenna users who have to get conversion boxes, but there's a fly in the ointment for early adopters who thought they were all ready to go.

Regular old TV Antenna types should see:
AntennaWeb's walk through guide to choosing an Antenna
Antenna Web's Resources (Information sites)

Early Adopters should recheck their final channel assignments taking place at the transition. Many of us switched to UHF only Antennas due to what looked like all our local stations were going to be UHF. At the changeover, some TV stations are now going to switch their HDTV signals to use high and low VHF bands which we won't get. This means changing Antennas as well as possiblty antenna amps and preamps. Quite a pita. Who knows what ATSC, OTA Digital tuner Set top boxes, HDTV cards in computers - Media Center, Mac or HTPC will be affected? Maybe not likely, but who's been testing with low and mid VHF? There's not a lot of "real world" data, yet.
Here's some good info:
HDTVexpert - Info on new VHF and UHF channel assignments
HDTV expert - Test of five antennas

I have enough problems pulling in the stations I should, just using different tuners with the same antenna setup. Where's this possibly going when I throw in VHF frequency bands? Am I the only one who thinks this might be a problem? I doubt it. More "fun" for "us", I guess.

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