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post #1 of 19 Old 04-12-2002, 05:36 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm moving to Westfield, NJ soon and wanted to know what people do for HD in the area.

Cable, Dish, Antenna? Want to try to setup the appropriate system before moving in.

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I believe that area is served by Cablevision, which has no HD for the central NJ area, and will not commit to any plans for it. Your choice would be Dish or DirecTV for satellite, and Over the Air (OTA) with a small antenna. I'm about 20 miles south of you, and receive the 3 NYC digital stations with a $20 Radio Shack double-bow-tie antenna sitting on top of a shelf above my TV (indoors). I'm pretty sure that antenna would work for you, too.

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Thanks for the info. Too bad about cablevision. What tuner do you use w/the antenna, and are you happy with it?
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I have a Sony KD34XBR2 TV, which has an ATSC tuner built in, so I plug the cable from the antenna directly into the "antenna" input on the TV. I also have DirecTV and use a Panasonic receiver, and could plug the antenna input into the Panasonic as well. If you get DirecTV (or Dish), the receiver you get should allow for OTA input, so even with a TV without a built-in tuner you won't really need a separate tuner unless you don't get satellite.

By the way, I get the OTA fairly reliably, although not 100% of the time (depending on weather conditions, I think). You'll be closer to NYC, and should have better reception. When ABC and NBC return to the HDTV scene in NYC, I will consider getting a better (outdoor) antenna.

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Rblnr,
If you don't mind having a rooftop antenna, a decent setup will probably give you a chance at the Philly stations- All the major networks are on the air, so you won't have to wait for the NYC broadcasters to figure out where to put their new transmitters.
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dsegelstein,

Where in NJ are you? I am in East Brunswick and I have not yet experimented with an indoor antenna. I am sure I am not 20 miles south of westfield but if you are getting a signal, I may be in luck. What is the third NY digital station operating now? I thought all I could get was CBS and FOX. Hoping I can get more! How bout Philly stations?
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Westfield is a little closer to NYC than I am in Morris County. I can't pick up anything with an indoor antenna, NTSC or ATSC. I had to install an outdoor antenna with rotor.

PS - can't pick up Philadelphia, either.

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Steve, I'm in Aberdeen (Matawan). The third NYC station is WPN (I think it is - I never watch it). I've tried for PBS in Trenton without luck, and have not even tried Philly. I don't think the RS double bowtie would have a prayer of getting Philly from my location.

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Thanks for all the info. I think I'll be getting DirectTV when I move next month, anybody have a favorite box (Panasonic?, Mitsu?, Zenith?, etc.) that work for both DirectTV and OTA?
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The Toshiba DST-3000 hasn't failed me yet- DirecTV and OTA.
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For HDTV, does anyone have a preference for Dish vs. Directv? And where are the best deals for these systems? I've been in NYC for the last 13 years and have strictly dealt with cable. Thanks.
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Any of you guys has tried to get WNJN-DT (PBS) out of Montclair? They're at very low power for now, but a few people close by have reported receiving it on channel 51.
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Hey Guys,
Long time lurker, first time poster.

I was able to watch WNJN-DT 51 around the time of the Shape of Life series premiered using the Radio Shack double bowtie and the Samsung T150. Prior to that I was fortunate enough to see the PBS demo loop along with the Touring NJ special. However, the last few weeks I have not been able to get a signal. Weren't they planning on boosting the signal sometime this spring/summer?

I was also able to tune in WFME-DT 29 out of West Milford, NJ. They were only running tests and showing a religious call in show but any DTV is welcomed in this area.

I still receive the usual suspects, WCBS, WNYW(FOX), & WWOR (UPN). I'm about 3 miles from the Montclair tower and 12 from the ESB.


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Any of you guys has tried to get WNJN-DT (PBS) out of Montclair? They're at very low power for now, but a few people close by have reported receiving it on channel 51.
I live in Glen Ridge (right next door to Montclair) and have yet to see WNJN-DT. I have a RS double bowtie in my attic and get both CBS and Fox (shudder) reliably. Montclair State U is a 5 minute drive from my house.
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Did I read this right? Is WWOR (UPN) back up and broadcasting in HD? If so, from what location and what is their channel.

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UPN is digital, but it's definitely not HD.

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Is WWOR (UPN) back up and broadcasting in HD? If so, from what location and what is their channel.
WWOR-DT, channel 38, is not on the air. They are sharing the WNYW-DT channel 44 transmitter at the Empire State Building. They should appear as channel 5.2 on many receivers.
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Thought I'd ask again: For HDTV, does anyone have a preference for Dish vs. Directv? And where are the best deals for these systems? I've been in NYC for the last 13 years and have strictly dealt with cable. I'll be in Westfield, NJ. Thanks.
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No luck with WNJN out here in the western part of the state. WVIA-DT from Scranton is my PBS source.

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Search Dish vs. DirecTV. Your question has been debated many times over in the forum and I'm sure you'll find plenty of useful info.
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