I am exploring the idea of switching from cable to satellite due to the constant price increases. The only reason i keep cable, is that i get video in every room without having a box at every tv. Can i switch to satellite without the cost being more then cable? Here are my requirements:
BTW - I have searched the forums, but i can't find any clear concise suggestions.
Here are my specifics
1. I have 8 televisions, but only watch 2 or 3 at a time.
2. I have OTA HD - I don't need cable/satellite HD but if it comes for free I will take it.
3. Home built DVR at main TV - captures OTA HD and cable SD (2 tuners)
4. RG6 and Cat 5E at all televisions (home run to basement)
5. I do get QAM HD on TVs now - only half of my TVs are HD though.
What I would like:
1. DishTV or DirectTV feeding all televisions (instead of cable)
2. OTA HD feeding all TVs that can get it
3. Hardware installed in basement - maybe only a small extender box at each TV - not big sat box.
1. Most TVs have just one coax input - is it possible to modulate the OTA HD and SD signal on that one line, and have the TV see both? I guess that OTA HD is different then QAM - so i would still have to switch internally on the TV between SD and HD input for the COAX
2. I am tying to avoid the cost of extra Sat boxes, and the need to have them in every room
3. If i wanted HD Sat, is there any option to get this to at least one or two TVs - if sat boxes are in basement?
Hopefully my questions make sense - basically we just want 100 channels of TV with network HD - although seeing other things in HD would be nice. If I can't do any of this, i will just stick with cable for another year and then drop it later for just HD OTA and Hulu. For now, I have to keep the daughter in Disney channel.