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How to set up an HD OTA antenna to get free HD TV in Toronto

Bernnie Federko

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I checked with the antenna guy, says Toronto is still fine for CBC.

Install scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Shall report back on the recurrence and outcome. Here's hoping it's all bacon x
 

agentRC4

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I'm in the east end and when I had my antenna just in my front window on the main level I would still get about 5 channels including CBC.
 

lobo

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I'm up in Woodbridge and when I first set things up the one channel that always showed strong was CBC.

Lobo
 

Bernnie Federko

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First impression: Image quality is definitely superior. This eagles cowboys game is immediately alluring to look at.

Initial channel scan got us nearly everything we hoped to get, 25'ish channels. The guys who installed it mentioned we'll want to do another scan on a clear day to set the reception to pull down CBS. Since we get Global, this isn't a big deal, IMHO.

Overall, I'm pleased with the installation guys, the service, and the equipment. If anything changes, I'll make mention of it here. Thanks for the recommendation of www.thehdantennaguys.com

Now to call Rogers and return this cable box...
 
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MOD ONE

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It's amazing how much you actual save when you start adding the years up that you've been with any major cable company. Most people on average pay $60+ a month. That's $720 plus tax $813.60 which would equal $9,763.20 a year of your hard earn money... that's fucked up!!!

Now add that number by 5 years or even more depending on how long you had cable for... I know it was a very long time for me. That would brings the total to $48,816. When I started doing the math I new I had no choice but to ditch cable. It has freed up a lot more money to save for more important things.

Also when you add in Netflix (USA) version you pretty much can get enough entertainment to make me happy at least. Also I find if I really want to watch things like Walking Dead I can buy it from the PSN store for $2.49 per episode. You can also torrent it if you're a cheap bastard lol... JK BTW!!!

I did actually hold off on season 2 of the walking dead till it went on Netflix, but couldn't resists with season 3. First episode was awesome!!!
 

videotronic

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First impression: Image quality is definitely superior. This eagles cowboys game is immediately alluring to look at.

Initial channel scan got us nearly everything we hoped to get, 25'ish channels. The guys who installed it mentioned we'll want to do another scan on a clear day to set the reception to pull down CBS. Since we get Global, this isn't a big deal, IMHO.

Overall, I'm pleased with the installation guys, the service, and the equipment. If anything changes, I'll make mention of it here. Thanks for the recommendation of www.thehdantennaguys.com

Now to call Rogers and return this cable box...
big reason you're seeing that was that game was IIRC that game was on fox, which broadcasts in native 720p. problem canadian cableco customers get is that CTV (or whoever bought the rights to show the game in canada) takes that 720p fox feed, puts their own ads and channel ID logo, converts it to 1080i and broadcasts it, and that conversion sucks donkey nuts.

when you watch OTA from buffalo you're getting the original 720p feed. there are rare times when you can see a fox game in native 720 on fox and scaled 1080i on CTV or TSN or whatever. the difference couldnt be more blatant
 

acheron

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60 a month plus tax doesn't come out at $9763.20 a year.

In our case, getting rid of Bell ExpressVu, saved us around $1200 a year. That's awesome in and of itself.

It's amazing how much you actual save when you start adding the years up that you've been with any major cable company. Most people on average pay $60+ a month. That's $720 plus tax $813.60 which would equal $9,763.20 a year of your hard earn money... that's fucked up!!!

Now add that number by 5 years or even more depending on how long you had cable for... I know it was a very long time for me. That would brings the total to $48,816. When I started doing the math I new I had no choice but to ditch cable. It has freed up a lot more money to save for more important things.

Also when you add in Netflix (USA) version you pretty much can get enough entertainment to make me happy at least. Also I find if I really want to watch things like Walking Dead I can buy it from the PSN store for $2.49 per episode. You can also torrent it if you're a cheap bastard lol... JK BTW!!!

I did actually hold off on season 2 of the walking dead till it went on Netflix, but couldn't resists with season 3. First episode was awesome!!!
 

MOD ONE

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yes more like $813.60 lol... I had a vape session when I did that math lol. Anyways it's safe to say Rogers and Bell are a rip off.
 

Bernnie Federko

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Did a channel scan thus morning before the cloud set in, and secured the CBS feed. I continue to be impressed.

Now I need a legit Canadian offer of the NFL RedZone online, and I'm rolling.
 

MOD ONE

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Also my main objective was completed I can take it that I suck at math. The revolution of taking down cable one person at a time.
 

agentRC4

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I did a scan the other day and I now get 31 OTA channels and when you take out the SD ones its about 27. I've picked up about 6 new channels.
 

The Peej

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So, i cracked open the box on the side of the house as I wanted to splice the OTA signal into the cables that are already there. So I did this but I lost my phone signal and the OTA was only picking up 5 channels. The signal was degraded I guess from the splitting and fighting for space. I don't know. So I put everything back and just ran the OTA cable direct to the TV (the cable comes through the main door).

So is there anyway to splice the OTA into the cables coming out of the box on the side of the house without losing any signal's?

I hope this makes sense. I want my OTA signal to reach my basement and main floor. The phone (rogers) is downstairs and the internet (tecksavvy) is on the main floor. I have internet connection to both TV's for my PS3's. I figured by splicing the OTA direct into the existing cables it would work. Well it did kinda but I lost the phone and a ton of channels.

Anyone have any suggestions?


THIS! Times 10. I want to utilize the existing cable network currently supplying coaxial connections to all of the bedrooms in our house. But is there a bleeding signal problem with Digital OTA just like analog? As in: the signal quality is compromised by an overly complex network of coaxial?

I remember when we'd use co-axial as the antennae for analog OTA, one open end on the cable meant lost of bleeding & capture of RF noise. I had hoped I could buy an antenna, put it on the roof, and splice into the existing hub by cracking the grey cable box open on the outside wall.
 

Bernnie Federko

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I asked the HD antenna guys about this when they were installing our config last fall. They said that you will need an amplifier/repeater.

Sorry I don't have additional information...
 

glych t.anomaly

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Man my new place is PRIME for a OTA HD Digital Antenna, i can point that shit straight downtown with NOTHING in my way...

i think i may do this up this year.

hah

it will be so weird to have TV that you cant pause.
 

greginhali

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Just a heads up, I have an extra OTA antenna and 100 feet of co-axial cable. If your interested in setting up a system. Ill sell it to ya for 40 bucks.
 

kyfe

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So april 5 they're coming to put on a new roof, I've been waiting for this to get done since we moved as I want the antenna on my chimney.

Any suggestions for an antenna (make model)? everyone always used to say Channel master were the best ones is that still the case?
 
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