Question: Is there a simple way to combine an OTA antenna signal with an existing cable feed (two signals, one cable) without degrading either signal, or am I stuck with running two cables? I'm interested in the OTA digital content, not the analog stuff. Is there a better way to do this that I am missing?
I live in a 85 year old three story house which was wired with coax to almost every room in the house from a basement JB during a major remodel 2 years ago. It would be a major pain to run a second cable, if I can avoid it. If I can run a feed from the new antenna to the basement JB I can then connect to almost every room in the house.
I have a new Sony 1080i TV with a built-in HD digital tuner, so I bought an UHF antenna to take advantage of the available OTA broadcast HD signals . I also currently subscribe to cable, but no HD, including some digital content that is accessible only through the Insight supplied digital STB. Because it is such a pain to use, and so few of the higher-up digital channels are of any interest to me, I rarely use the STB, and instead installed a simple splitter before the gateway and run one coax leg to the Sony RF input and the other leg to the gateway, then use the Sony analog tuner and remote 95% of the time. As is, using the Sony digital tuner searching for digital content on the Insight feed I can pick up a couple of odd-ball channels plus all (10 or 12) of the Insight music channels, which I am already paying for via the digital gateway charge.
Because I live in a three story house on top of a hill less than 12 miles from the hill where all of the local OTA digital content is broadcast, I bought one of the small Winegard SS-2000 Square Shooter UHF antennas. I'm going to try the antenna in the attic first, then move from there if it doesn't work well.
Thanks for your help.