Complete layman here ~ this is my first post, as this site was highly recommended to me.
We have satellite on my main set, but we ALSO have 3 TVs in my home that are run off my roof antenna. I get perfect reception with my analog over-the-air sets.
I live in a major population center on Long Island, just outside New York City. I purchased the Magnavox TB100MW9 (the only brand they had available) from a local Wal-Mart. I was unable to pick up ANY over-the-air signals with it, other than my local PBS channel, channel 21, which is obviously near the VHF 2-13 band in my locale.
I NEXT took this very same Magnavox unit to my uncle's house, which is about 25 miles closer to New York City, & the unit works perfectly...............................leaving aside any technical shortcomings I've been reading about the Magnavox unit (I'm not a video-phobe, so I'm just looking for simplicity).
I've spoken to engineers at the ABC network, as well as at my local PBS channel, and they're telling me that there are still some major issues, which vary by locale, yet to be resolved amongst the stations as well as the FCC. Apparently, on February 17, the major broadcasters will switch their high-broadband digital transmissions from their current digital signal frequencies, back to their more powerful, main (to-be-abandoned analog) signal frequencies, which should allow me to THEN pick up the signals with my converter box & roof antenna.
To repeat, my same Magnavox unit works perfectly in Long Beach, NY (just a few miles from the NYC "border"), while it picks up nothing (other than my local Channel 21 PBS digital transmission) in my home (about 30 miles from the NYC "border"). And, to repeat, I get perfect reception with my roof antenna for my analog sets, in my MAJOR population center.
1) Do I need a different converter brand? ~ remember, the Magnavox unit works perfectly in Long Beach.
2) Do I need a new antenna? ~ remember, my roof antenna gets perfect reception of the analog stations.
3) I have no problem with the status quo of just pulling in the analog transmissions until Feb 17 without any converter boxes. That said, should my problem be solved on February 17, when the major broadcasters will switch their digital transmissions back to their more powerful original broadcast frequencies (that they currently use for their analog transmissions) which my roof antenna pulls in so perfectly?
I apologize for the length of this post, but the misinformation in the marketplace, is nothing short of mindboggling.