pezworld wrote:We got our rooftop antenna installed today! 168 channels! Freeeee!
Yikes! Can you provide some details (available channels, cost, ...)?
pezworld wrote:golf is on both satellite and over the air.
Sounds like it might be worth it anyway.
We got this antenna
for $43 on Amazon. Actually it got put on the slow boat and didn't arrive when they said it would, so we price matched at Fry's for the same price - normally $80 there. They may sell them at Best Buy, Home Depot etc. as well, but ehs was saying they tend to be out of stock.
We had a hell of a time finding anyone who would install it on our roof. I searched Yelp and had a lot of people respond that they don't install rooftop antennas anymore. Someone suggested we talk to guys who install satellite dishes, because they're usually subcontractors of those companies and are happy to crawl on the roof, and the skills are nearly identical. Somehow I found this guy who does Home Theater installation and was willing to do it. He was probably pricey at $160 but got the job done. (Husband pointed out that it was pricey, but we had originally thought he'd have to run new cable all the way from the rooftop antenna to our TV, by going under the house. As it happened, he found cable from an old satellite installation, not our current one, so he just used that.)
Basically, you buy antenna, install it onto roof or under it using included mounting brackets and a small pole, and hook it up to coax cable which goes into your house. You may need an amplifier if your signal is weak or if you want to split the cable into two or more for different rooms, which will weaken your signal. We didn't need that.
Then you hook the other end into your TV directly, assuming it's newer and includes a digital tuner. I imagine most TVs 10 years old or newer are fine for this.
The antenna has to be pointed, more or less, correctly to where the most signals are coming from. It's not as precise as pointing a satellite dish, fortunately. Think about how you set up rabbit ears.
Once it's in the TV, the newer TVs will have a function where you go through menus to find available antenna channels. Run that, which takes a few minutes. Then you know what you'll actually have, and also your tuner will skip stations you don't get. If you are trying different antenna positions, you'll run this process each time.
There's a site that gives you an idea about reception based on your home address
, taking into account geography and distance to transmitters (mine are around 30 miles away, on top of a mountain). You can guess how good/bad your reception will be based on that.
If you're confident, try cheap rabbit ears first, and move them around. My husband did this one Saturday, accidentally found a good position, and found 52 channels. The good ones are crystal clear, MUCH better than cable or satellite because there's no compression. That's when I realized it's time to start doing this.
As for programming, remember when you were a kid and had maybe channels 2, 4, 7, etc.? Now there are a lot more. For example, there's a 2-1 (the old 2), plus a 2-2, 2-3 etc. In LA there's a lot of crap on those channels, plus shows you watched as a kid (they're cheap now). Also, a LOT of non-English language programming. We have a bunch of Korean channels, and we get NHK news too (in English, from Japan), which I enjoy. Armenian too. Shopping channels, etc. The golf I mentioned was just the CBS or NBC golf, but crystal clear.
We just bought a Tivo Roamio OTA to act as our DVR for OTA, and programming. It's $400, but includes all TiVo guides for the life of the box, which is often a monthly fee. And we're now using Sling TV for "cable" channels, using our Roku, though we have an Amazon Fire Stick on order because we just got an Echo Dot and can change channels using voice commands through that. It's a free trial and month-to-month, and we might be spending up to $70/month for a lot of channels including HBO and Showtime. We haven't signed up yet. There are other services as mentioned above.
Jesus, you turn your back for one second and the next thing you know, everyone's going all fucking kumbaya and shit around this dump - Moe