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    I have a set of rabbit ears sitting on an old chair up in our attic. I'm pulling in a good dozen HD channels. I hooked the antenna up to the coax that supplies the majority of the coax jacks in our house. I spent $10 on the antenna. In my situation, I'd get a bigger antenna and mount it in the attic before I went with an outside antenna. If I had to do that, I'd probably look for a chimney mount.

    I thought Aereo was a really neat concept. But it didn't make sense for me since I already pull in a good signal. Certainly not at the pricepoint they were asking.

    Next step is to break up the local monopoly the cable companies have on the towns. Choice is a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Next step is to break up the local monopoly the cable companies have on the towns. Choice is a good thing.
    I have Fios and Comcast available in my town. Not what I would call great options.

    I'd like to cut the cable TV and could/would be able to if we didn't have two older kids in the house who would miss what we have the most.

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    Lucky you! The installer of my antenna could not get the signal to lock in on channels: 20.1, 20.2 and 59.1 without losing 22.1 on an attic mount. My antenna is mounted outside on an old dish network pole in the ground about 8' up. I didn't want the antenna mounted on the house. Rarely, I'll get the screen lock / pixilation on 59.1 during heavy rain or wind.

    I also discovered that the DTV tuner on one Samsung TV is weak and I did have to purchase a set top converter which alleviated the problem and has a program guide that the Samsung didn't.

    Also, there are still analog channels out there! I get channel 34 from Springfield, MA and AMGTV affiliate.


    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I have a set of rabbit ears sitting on an old chair up in our attic. I'm pulling in a good dozen HD channels. I hooked the antenna up to the coax that supplies the majority of the coax jacks in our house. I spent $10 on the antenna. In my situation, I'd get a bigger antenna and mount it in the attic before I went with an outside antenna. If I had to do that, I'd probably look for a chimney mount.

    I thought Aereo was a really neat concept. But it didn't make sense for me since I already pull in a good signal. Certainly not at the pricepoint they were asking.

    Next step is to break up the local monopoly the cable companies have on the towns. Choice is a good thing.
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    We ditched Direct TV for Roku (netflix & hulu plus) over 4 years ago. Bill went from $120 per month to about $16. Shortly after that we added an amplified indoor HD antenna for about $100 and also get a slew of free HD local channels.



    per the advice of a friend I back fed the HD antenna into my homes existing coax cable. Now that one antenna feeds 4 televisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I thought Aereo was a really neat concept. But it didn't make sense for me since I already pull in a good signal. Certainly not at the pricepoint they were asking.
    Yeah for me it was convenience + not needing to hook anything up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. evil View Post
    per the advice of a friend I back fed the HD antenna into my homes existing coax cable. Now that one antenna feeds 4 televisions.
    How do you backfeed an antenna?
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    Quote Originally Posted by o3jeff View Post
    How do you backfeed an antenna?
    The HD antenna is connect to a coax jack which sends the signal through all the interconnected coax cabling in the house. Any TV in the house with a built in digital tuner that is also connected to a coax jack picks up the HD antenna signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. evil View Post
    The HD antenna is connect to a coax jack which sends the signal through all the interconnected coax cabling in the house. Any TV in the house with a built in digital tuner that is also connected to a coax jack picks up the HD antenna signal.
    Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by o3jeff View Post
    Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvibert View Post
    Make sure you wire in the Flux capacitor first!
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