Update to my situation: I've shopped around, and I think I can get DSL at the same speeds as my current cable-based internet, so I'm inclined to cancel my cable internet and cable TV both, which will completely free up my coax network, so it seems like I shouldn't have much trouble using it to distribute an antenna signal.
But I wonder what type of antenna is recommended. TV Fool tells me that the stations I care about are all in the green colored area, meaning I only need a set top antenna. Yet others tell me that if I intend to deliver the signal to 5 TVs in my house, I should opt for an attic antenna. Which is correct? And if I go the attic antenna method, then do I need a better antenna that my current $8 set top antenna I currently own? (It's the only antenna I own by the way, and I don't feel like buying more of them, if I'm going to wind up using an attic antenna.
Another possiblity: I suppose I could go ahead and mount an antenna to my chimney, instead of in my attic. But would that be overkill, given what TV Fool tells me? I bring this up, because
1) The chimney is directly above my cable box, which is probably where I should tap into with any new TV antenna I install
2) The cable box is conveniently on the same wall of my house that faces the TV towers (south)
3) I have a one story house, so I think I would feel comfortable walking around on my roof; I've done it before, and it's not too hard for me to get up there.
If this is deemed a good strategy, then I guess I might want advice on which type of antenna to put up there. I did visit www.solidsignal.com
to see what people in my area are using, and they recommended 3 antennas:
Winegard HD 7694P High Definition VHF/UHF HD769 Series TV Antenna (HD7694P): $48.99
Solid Signal Xtreme Signal HDB2X High Definition Blade 2 Bay Xtreme UHF Antenna (HDB2X): $29.99
Solid Signal Xtreme Signal HDB91x High Definition Blade Xtreme VHF/UHF TV Antenna (HDB91X): $46.99
But just because that's what others in my area use, doesn't mean they're making smart choices, I suppose. Financially, I guess that's roughly as good a deal as separate set top antennas, as 4 more of those would probably run me a total of $32.00. But then I wonder if I'd also need to buy an amplifier to assist in the signal splitting. Also, compared to set top antennas, there might be the added bonus of getting more TV stations. TV fool is tell me that there's a bunch of stations north of me that a set top antenna won't get, but a roof antenna will. I don't really care about those stations, but if it's recommended that I put up a stronger antenna due to my 5 TVs anyway, I won't turn down having these extra stations.