OTA or Cable Card

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by stuart628, Jul 9, 2019.

OTA vs cable card what do you use

  1. OTA

    6 vote(s)
  2. Cable card

    16 vote(s)
  1. Jul 9, 2019 #1 of 19

    stuart628 Active Member

    Jul 5, 2006


    This is only for people who have access to both, would you rather a cable card or OTA setup...I have OTA currently but a channel is on the verge of not good signal...I have spectrum for a cable provider and get 400 meg internet plus spectrum silver for 90 a month ( I am in a att fiber area) if you were in my shoes what would your tivo setup look like
  2. Jul 9, 2019 #2 of 19

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    No OTA ability unless I can put up a 500' tower. :rolleyes:
  3. Jul 9, 2019 #3 of 19

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    We have CableCARD but also an OTA DVR for overflow and a couple channels not carried by our cable provider.
  4. Jul 9, 2019 #4 of 19

    stuart628 Active Member

    Jul 5, 2006
    Where is your dedication.
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  5. Jul 9, 2019 #5 of 19

    stuart628 Active Member

    Jul 5, 2006


    if someone made you choose just one, what would it be?
  6. Jul 9, 2019 #6 of 19

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    I’d say I don’t have to, and continue with both. (But it should be obvious given our OTA DVR is framed as “overflow” that it is secondary.)
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  7. Jul 9, 2019 #7 of 19

    just4tivo Active Member

    Dec 9, 2015
    Dish, DTV, Comcast... they all went price CRAZY.

    Roamio OTA boxes are the best investment I've made in a while.

    Both Roamio OTAs paid for themselves in 6 months by my NOT paying pay TV.

    Some cable-SAT channels I miss but I have managed to live without them and the $125/month cost.
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  8. Jul 9, 2019 #8 of 19

    warrenn Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2004
    OTA for me. I had problems with the TWC tuning adapter dropping out several times a month and I swore I'd never use one again.

    If one OTA channel is iffy, I would guess a different antenna setup would fix the problem. A bigger antenna, different placement, or an amplifier might improve the reception of that channel.
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  9. Jul 9, 2019 #9 of 19

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Southern CT
    I moved last year, back to where I grew up. It always was referred to as " the valley". Now I know why. I am on the 2nd floor and have no obstructions in all directions. I GET ZERO CHANNELS. Bolt, Roamio and Samsung 4k. Nothing. I know my local towers are less than 10 miles away but no can do. I always kept OTA alive for the picture quality. I'm stuck with Xfinity; at least until my 2 yr agreement blows up.
  10. schatham

    schatham Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2007
    Cable, but will only purchase a Tivo that can do both.
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  11. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    That's a very good deal. If OTA doesn't work very well, I'd keep what you've got. You can cut your bill a little if you switch to Spectrum Choice (all your locals plus 10 a-la-carte) for about $30, also cable card compatible in spite of the "streaming" aspect they like to push. But you may lose that great discount you're getting on your current bundle.

    I used to have that plan until they went to far with the broadcast fee. Then I switched to OTA plus streaming (I no longer use Tivo at all).
  12. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    OTA: (1) that's what my family always did, when I was growing up; (2) we have good/decent OTA signals where I am; (3) it's free; (4) I'll get my special cable content (e.g. HBO; Showtime) other ways (love the public library and DVDs, albeit 6-12 months later); and (5) especially in the past few years, the OTA sub-channels world really has exploded--I couldn't keep up even if I wanted to.

    When I think on it, I have to candidly admit that I appreciate the $ savings--just something I grew up with.
  13. PCurry57

    PCurry57 Liberal Hippie Chick

    Feb 27, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    I have both. One Roamio Basic TiVo has a cable card the other three TiVos (one Roamio OTA and two Premieres) are OTA yielding 4 cable tuners/ 8 OTA tuners.

    Other cable cards would cost extra. I'm in a former TWC now Spectrum area. My previous experience with cable cards when it was TWC was not good. Tunning adapters outright failed at a high rate.

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  14. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2006
  15. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Your question asks what do you use, but the post asks what do you want to use. Very different questions. I use a cablecard, but I'd rather be OTA.
  16. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    I can't really speak for you but for me OTA for a couple reasons. First of all the quality (assuming you have a strong signal) is better, all MPEG2 instead of compressed MPEG4. Though even some OTA channel quality has declined, still MPEG2 but since they added so many sub channels the quality is less. I do have one "iffy" OTA signal also on main channels, CBS as it is broadcast on high VHF in my area. Since I have access to cable and OTA for now I record network shows on both, I usually watch the shows on my OTA machines, if a recording did not turn out well I'll watch the cable recording.

    My second reason is not supporting the cable company (Comcast by me) and their outrageous (IMO) prices and fees. All my Tivos are OTA except for one. There are a few cable only shows I like to watch. However I could live without them, when the series I watch end or are cancelled I'll probably drop cable completely, I'm just tired of seeing new fees and declining compressed quality.
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  17. DVR_Dave

    DVR_Dave Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2017
    Very weak OTA coverage in my area.

    TiVo Roamio Plus w/ CableCARD and Mini v2.
    Verizon FiOS 100/100 internet plus Custom TV = $72.19 / month.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
  18. johnfasc

    johnfasc Active Member

    Dec 24, 2014
    Dumped cable over three years ago and the only thing I gladly miss is my $80 a month flying over to spectrum for 100 channels we never watch. With amazon and Netflix (on occasion) and local sports on ota along with at least 4 college football games a week I would never willingly go back to cable... Ever!
    As far as your one station on the edge you can always aim a second antenna directly to that and add a splitter. Or as some have said try an amplifier.
  19. OrangeCrush

    OrangeCrush Active Member

    Feb 18, 2016
    OTA here. Had Spectrum for a little while w/ a cable card, but that promo ran out & kicked them to the curb.

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