To He$$ with CC'S - i'M GOING OTA!!

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by gguillot, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. gguillot

    gguillot Member

    Sep 22, 2003


    Do you have an HD TV? If so, you should try an antenna and pick up some HD OTA channels! Be careful though - once you watch the same shows in HD, it spoils you.
  2. gguillot

    gguillot Member

    Sep 22, 2003

    Install in garage, huh? Now that's an idea. I am going to try my attic, but I have the metallic radiant barrier under the shingles - it will probably degrade the signal too much.
  3. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles

    How long is the cable?
    I'm in a similar situation as Gray and I'm trying to decide between that and the Radio Shack one.
  4. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

    May 26, 2001
    I get pretty good reception with the Terk sitting on my dresser. The cable is only about 6 feet long, but I'm sure you can add a cable if you need a longer run.
  5. gwar9999

    gwar9999 New Member

    Jan 15, 2007


    It would be great if DirecTV created a cablecard-like interface that could be stuck in an HD TiVo. If they came up with such a device, just imagine how many cable subscribers they could lure away?

    Considering I'm tied to Cox until my 3-yr TiVo service expires and I wouldn't like the fact that I'd be throwing money away on a TiVo paperweight (re: I definitely won't be switching to DirecTV if I can't use my S3).

    I doubt my area will be getting FiOS anytime soon (Verizon continues to market DSL + DirecTV to me).
  6. Laserfan

    Laserfan Member

    Apr 25, 2000
    Man, Ereth you oughta be a slam dunk! Jam a coat hanger in there and try! Seriously, if you have an old rabbit ears laying around that will work for you.

    Sounds like you'd be the kind of neighbor I moved out to the country to get away from!!! :p

    One would think so, but my garage not only has the TechShield you describe, but also a metal roof, and my indoor Terk works pretty well shooting across two vehicles! :eek:

    I DO plan to put up a real antenna or two, but it has been surprising to me how easy it is to get HD OTA out here in the middle of nowhere...
  7. gguillot

    gguillot Member

    Sep 22, 2003
    I moved the R/S antenna up into the attic and I now pick up two Austin stations in HD (KXAN & KVUE) , one in Kerrvile and all the S.A. stations. Watching the signal strength meter, I was getting some signal from stations in Victoria and even Killeen, although it would not lock on those. (Not that it really matters, they are mostly redundant network stations.
  8. Tanquen

    Tanquen Member

    Jun 1, 2002
    Napa, CA
    I can get all the stations that I want with the Philips PHDTVI that I got from TiVo with the new HD unit but one. I assume it’s because it’s a vhf station. Would a different antenna make the difference?

    * yellow - uhf KMTP-DT 33.1 IND SAN FRANCISCO CA 179° 38.0 33

    * yellow - vhf KNTV-DT 11.1 NBC SAN JOSE CA 176° 42.5 12

    * green - uhf KQED-DT 9.1 PBS SAN FRANCISCO CA 179° 38.0 30
    * lt green - uhf KFTY-DT 50.1 IND SANTA ROSA CA 309° 32.2 54
    * red - uhf KGO-DT 7.1 ABC SAN FRANCISCO CA 179° 38.0 24
    * red - uhf KBCW-DT 44.1 CW SAN FRANCISCO CA 179° 38.0 45
    * red - uhf KCNS-DT 38.1 SAH SAN FRANCISCO CA 179° 38.0 39
    * red - uhf KCSM-DT 43.1 PBS SAN MATEO CA 179° 38.0 43
    * red - uhf KTVU-DT 2.1 FOX OAKLAND CA 179° 38.0 56
    * red - uhf KFSF-DT 66.1 TFA VALLEJO CA 179° 38.0 34
    * red - uhf KRON-DT 4.1 MNT SAN FRANCISCO CA 179° 38.0 57
    * blue - uhf KBWB-DT 20.1 IND SAN FRANCISCO CA 179° 38.0 19
    * blue - uhf KPIX-DT 5.1 CBS SAN FRANCISCO CA 179° 38.0 29
    * blue - uhf KKPX-DT 65.1 ION SAN JOSE CA 176° 42.4 41
    * violet - uhf KTSF-DT 26.1 IND SAN FRANCISCO CA 176° 42.4 27
  9. rmassey

    rmassey Damn, these are fun!

    Sep 5, 2002
    Free OTA Rocks. I love saving $100/mo :)
  10. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    THAT'S what I'M talking about. I would never even consider cable HD except I loves my hockey in high definition [​IMG]
  11. armstrr

    armstrr New Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    well, all this talk makes me happy. i live in canada, between 55-62 miles from the detroit broadcast towers. unfortunately for the guide to work properly with the HD ota channels, i need to input a US zipcode, so my cable channels are out of wack (its analogue cable). but what i have found is that with the brains tivo has, there is more than enough tv, especially in HD with 7 channels than i had with 300plus satellite channels. i'll likely drop the analogue cable all together

    its scarry to think how much i invested in the new tivo HD, just for an antenna. my wife thought i was nuts until the first time she wanted a snack in the middle of desperate houswives and i told her to hit the pause button...the rest is history.

    by the way, the tuners in the 3 series are great, at my last house, i was closer to the towers, and my antenna was 15' higher and to get all the channels i needed a rotor, not so with the tivo tuner.
  12. gguillot

    gguillot Member

    Sep 22, 2003
    I'm getting both UHF & VHF with the Radio Shack antenna...
  13. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    This is SO true. I had the same situation; used to have to rotate the antenna to get our CBS HD, but now, the backside of my CM 4221 gets it just fine with the S3 tuners.
  14. theGliberal

    theGliberal Time out for fun...

    Oct 27, 2006
    St. Paul
    When we first moved into our house 22 years ago, I put a Radio Shack antenna in the attic. 5 years ago we got basic cable with my Internet access and disconnected the antenna. 1 year ago I got the S3 and a Samsung HDTV and hooked both up to the antenna in the attic. Shoreview is not far away and the reception is great. Just wish the local channels would broadcast more hockey in HD -- too bad about 45-2.
  15. hastypete

    hastypete Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    I'm glad to hear other preaching the OTA word!

    Stick it to the cable companie$!
  16. inaka

    inaka Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2001
    Three words: Monday Night Football

    And after thanksgiving with NFL network, that'll also be: Thursday Night Football

    I love the idea of OTA only, but I'm a football junkie....can't pull the trigger and cut all ties just yet.
  17. Scopeman

    Scopeman 2 x Basic Roamio

    Oct 22, 2002
    Central Texas
    Fry's in north Austin has some CM 4228 antennas - big ones - on sale last I checked. I'm in Round Rock and use an attic mounted 4228 to pull 95+ signal strength on Austin stations. And the one time I tried pointing it in another direction (north) I also got all the OTA from Temple and Waco also (80+ miles away).

    The day I got my S3 I dropped down to only basic cable ($14/month). I pull my HD via OTA, but also have QAM local HDTV channels (with no guide data) as a backup. And the $14 is worth it for the KLRU2 offering (PBS's second local channel, cable only, not OTA).
  18. jsidlosky

    jsidlosky New Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    The $25 40" Yogi style Radio Shack antenna works substantially better than the "almighty" $80 Channel Master 4228 for me.

    I am in San Jose, CA, receiving from San Francisco.

    I get everything in near 100% @ 34db SNR except for NBC 90% @ 27db SNR.

    Even NBC never macro-blocks, or anything.

    I tried the Channel Master 4228 a while back, and it was bigger, heavier, and I received a much worse signal from it. Thank god Fry's Electronics took it back for a full refund no problem.

    It could have to do with the multipath reflections we get in the bay area.
  19. gguillot

    gguillot Member

    Sep 22, 2003
    Woudn't you know it that my cablecard issues would begin to mysteriously clear up the moment I installed the antenna. I mounted the Radio Shack antenna in the attic and have transferred all of my major network recordings over to the OTA channels. OTA works wonderful. If only I could get Nickleodeon and HGTV OTA for the wife and kids, I would drop cable in a heartbeat.
  20. tootal2

    tootal2 Active Member

    Oct 14, 2005
    I live in condo and i get some drop outs on ota hd. Im thinking of using a flat cable. And putting my antenna on the patio. Anyone know if this is safe to do? Do i need to ground it some how? Do you think my neighbors will complain?

    I sure miss The Tube on ota:(

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