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Well, I've been using an OTA/ATSC tuner since 2002. My experiences has shown:
1) All three have/had "signal meters". Once the antenna was aligned properly, there was rarely a need to revisit. As the inconveince of being buried under multiple keystrokes... most every adjustment/setting requires multiple keystrokes/menus (aside from channel, volume or input).
2) Many sets have a favorite channel feature, some may not. Just purchase a set that has that feature if it's important.
3) All three of my sets have/had the EPG that contains the info as provided in the PSIP data. Some stations comply... some don't. That's a problem with the station, not the ATSC tuner. Also... there may be sets that include TVGoS which is more "sophisticated". Again, look for a set that provides that feature if that's important to you.
4) You got me on that one. I don't recall ever seeing a set with this function/feature. Even in the good 'ole days.
5) Smartly laid out remotes are hit or miss. One could buy a set based solely on the remote or there are very nice smart remotes that can be purchased separately.
As for scanning, not much of an issue IMO. Some do take a few minutes, but with OTA, how many times (days, weeks, months) does one need to scan?
With adding channels, I've found that if you manually select the "real" channel, it will detect the channel, remap to the "virtual" channel and it is saved in memory. YMMV with your particular set(s).
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