Advertisements Well, I did it. I joined the ranks of Premiere owners. Strictly OTA. Monday I call Directv to cancel. I learned a few things during this experience. 1-No matter how much you read before getting your first Tivo, no matter how much you plan your installation -in detail-, said installation will go to crap. 2- If you pull out enough hair, you do develop a bald spot . . . 3- Primal Scream helps. 4- Beer helps more. 5- Antennas Direct Tech Support helped the most. For the last week I had been thinking of dropping Directv and going strictly OTA due to my limited budget. Now that everything broadcast is digital I know mt trusty VCR is useless so I looked into Tivo and other DVRs. Due to cost I decided to hold off on the Tivo and start with just getting an antenna set up. My TV Fool report looked like: (I see I am 1 post short of including the link to the report) According to that, a small indoor antenna would work great. Reading the reviews for the ClearStream Micron got me worried. The next size up should really pull in the signals. The ClearStream2 looked real good. Then I saw that at Best Buy the ClearStream2 was $99. But, if you buy the ClearStream2 ($99), bundled with the Tivo Premiere ($99), the whole thing is sold for $99! Hmmm, buy the antenna I was going to buy and get a free Tivo . . . now we're talkin'. Got it yesterday. Set up the antenna first as an indoor antenna. The TV pulled in 36 or 38 channels with a nice very clear picture. Moved the cable over to the Tivo . . . everything went to crap. Pixelation, dropouts, skips, one channel (CBS) vanished. Why did it work on the TV and not the Tivo? Tivo Diagnostics showed (for CBS - ch 2.1): Signal Strength= 26 to 30 SNR = 16 to 19db In Desperation I called Tivo Tech Support. They said to add an amplifier, but would not say what size amp to get. Called Antennas Direct Tech Support today. Explained everything I saw and did. First question - "Are you in a Brick House?" . . . yup . . . Move your antenna to a window facing the transmitters, and do not use any amp. Suddenly the Tivo started working. Now my Tivo Diagnostics showed (for CBS - ch 2.1): Signal Strength= 55 to 58 SNR = 24db It turned out that brick kills UHF signals. Learn sumthin every day. Reception with the Tivo Premiere is still not what it should be. Direct antenna to TV is flawless viewing. through the Tivo I still get some pixelaton on occasion and a little skipping. At least now it is watchable. One thing I did notice, the software it came with was 14.5. Last night it updated to 14.8c. No noticeable improvement in tuner.