HI guys, just joined. Thinking of building a HTPC (my first) - tired of paying TWC NYC $92 a month for basic service, and also seriously in need of a hobby to occupy myself during the winter.
Anyway I am most concerned about losing access to local channels, but I've now learned through my research that it is possible to get some of these OTA. I used some of the tools above and it appears I might be able to get some channels with a basic set top antenna (live in 7th floor central manhattan apartment, no attic, no roof antenna possible).
Here is my (perhaps very stupid) question - if I have HTPC with DTV tuner card, and attach the current (but ultimately to be deactivated) coax "cable" to the card, will it act as an "antenna" of sorts, given that it is a copper wire that goes throughout the building? (My guess is no, because if it was that easy, everyone would do it.)
This may be a really silly question but I am just learning about this sort of stuff. Thanks in advance.