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post #11371 of 11378 Old 09-22-2014, 05:52 AM
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So were I to upgrade to digital cable ($10/mo. with "free" HD) along with their converter box (another $10/mo.), would I at least get the broadcast networks at their original compression?
It's the same, they just show it on a different channel number. An antenna is the only way to be sure you get the original broadcast quality.
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So were I to upgrade to digital cable ($10/mo. with "free" HD) along with their converter box (another $10/mo.), would I at least get the broadcast networks at their original compression?
No because the stations broadcast in MPEG2 and just about all (I think all do but to cover my butt) transcode from MPEG2 to MPEG4. The only way to get "original" is to receive the station OTA. The difference is really quite small, but if you put a side by side comparison and you look closely, you can see a difference. The chroma is a little off and there is a slight bit of fuzz around the edges. To 99% of the people, they don't notice unless they do a one to one comparison. Quite honest, I watch us on DirecTV 99.9% of the time only going to OTA to check a problem. It is a pure convenience thing on my part because I might have the antenna pointed in a different direction and then have to rotate it, etc so I wimp out!

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TWC here still has the locals in MPEG2 on clear qam. I just got a new DuhWreckedTeeVee Genie ... nice. PQ much better than previous receiver.

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It isn't awful grounding an antenna, but doing it right isn't done often. From everything I have read, it must go straight from the mast into the ground, no sharp bends, unlike what you see for most people where it bends every which way to not look awful. But lightning doesn't travel like a crazy straw - it jumped miles in the air, it finds the easiest way to ground and you are doing your best to encourage it into the ground cable to put it where you want... From there it needs to be tied to the utility ground so everything is at the same potential - now you can use the same ground rod, but that might not be convenient. The reasoning is it is the voltage differential that causes the issues, so if everything is at the same level, nothing happens.


You will hear people argue that the grounds should be separate, but according to the NEC code, and any instructional manual you have, you will see that the grounds all are supposed to tie to the service ground, even if that means running a thick cable (or large copper foil) all the way across your house.


Grounding the coax is also a good idea - the grounding blocks are cheap, and you probably already have one left over from the satellite if they did the job correctly. Same thing, needs to be tied to the service ground.


With my tower, I ran six ground rods, large copper foil underground connecting them all, as well as heavy duty 2g wire connecting the legs to the rods... it wasn't expensive, but it did take effort to do it right. We had a lightning hit twenty feet away from the tower, nothing in the house was touched except two light switches that had relays in them that were fried. All electronics in and out were fine.
This is the one thing that I'm nervous about in terms of switching off the satellite and going OTA. I don't want lightning to run in on my TV, and I'm afraid that I'm not going to ground the antenna correctly. I suppose simply unplugging the TV and the antenna when I'm not going to be home is probably the best thing to do - especially in the summer time.
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This is the one thing that I'm nervous about in terms of switching off the satellite and going OTA. I don't want lightning to run in on my TV, and I'm afraid that I'm not going to ground the antenna correctly. I suppose simply unplugging the TV and the antenna when I'm not going to be home is probably the best thing to do - especially in the summer time.
Any grounding is better than no grounding. As long as you use common sense, you will be all right. Google has some good stuff about antenna grounding.

If your antenna is not the highest thing on your property, then chances are it will not be the first thing lightning goes for. Of course, when you talk about lighting, all bets are off.

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This is the one thing that I'm nervous about in terms of switching off the satellite and going OTA. I don't want lightning to run in on my TV, and I'm afraid that I'm not going to ground the antenna correctly. I suppose simply unplugging the TV and the antenna when I'm not going to be home is probably the best thing to do - especially in the summer time.
Just like foxeng said, some reading and not going cheap on cable thickness, plus grounding blocks (and even lightning) arresters will set you up. Just follow the diagram in the TV instructions (I think they all use the same picture!) and you will be good.


Having said that, I do disconnect my antennas from my ham radio setup when not in use, but my TV I always leave connected because I am always recording - but I have been known to disconnect them, too.


Honestly, the pole and electric is more likely to get hit than your antenna, and people leave the AC connected all the time... that doesn't mean particularly anything, but you can see that while it is important to have good grounding for your setup, a lightning bolt most likely won't come in your house and leave it like a meteor hit it...
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FCC throws out NFL blackout rule



NEW YORK — The FCC just sacked the NFL’s blackout policy.
After a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday, the FCC ended a 40-year-old ruling that blacked out NFL games in local broadcast areas.
Under the ruling, games could not be shown on TV in the NFL team’s local market if the team’s stadium wasn’t sold out 72 hours before kickoff.
“At that time [40 years ago], ticket sales were the primary source of revenue for the NFL and most NFL games failed to sell out,” the FCC said. “Today, television revenues have replaced ticket sales as the NFL’s main source of revenue.”
Football fans didn’t like the blackout policy.
During last year’s playoffs, for example, loyal fans of the Green Bay Packers were in danger of being blacked out because they didn’t fill Lambeau Field, even though the primary reason for them not showing up was the below zero degree temperatures.
The FCC also acknowledged in its statement that only two games were blacked out last season, and that the NFL brings in $6 billion in TV revenue every year.
As of late, the NFL has shown just how popular it is on TV by bringing in gigantic ratings, despite some off-field scandals.
The ruling doesn’t mean that NFL blackouts are completely a thing of the past. The NFL could still black out games with broadcasters for different reasons.
“This is a historic victory for sports fans in the fight to keep sports accessible to all,” said Brian Frederick, a board member of Sports Fans Coalition, a nonprofit agency that speaks for fans against issues like media blackouts.
The NFL said in its own statement that it will continue to televise “every one of its games on free, over-the-air television.”


http://myfox8.com/2014/10/01/fcc-thr...blackout-rule/

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FCC throws out NFL blackout rule



NEW YORK — The FCC just sacked the NFL’s blackout policy.
After a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday, the FCC ended a 40-year-old ruling that blacked out NFL games in local broadcast areas.
Under the ruling, games could not be shown on TV in the NFL team’s local market if the team’s stadium wasn’t sold out 72 hours before kickoff.
“At that time [40 years ago], ticket sales were the primary source of revenue for the NFL and most NFL games failed to sell out,” the FCC said. “Today, television revenues have replaced ticket sales as the NFL’s main source of revenue.”
Football fans didn’t like the blackout policy.
During last year’s playoffs, for example, loyal fans of the Green Bay Packers were in danger of being blacked out because they didn’t fill Lambeau Field, even though the primary reason for them not showing up was the below zero degree temperatures.
The FCC also acknowledged in its statement that only two games were blacked out last season, and that the NFL brings in $6 billion in TV revenue every year.
As of late, the NFL has shown just how popular it is on TV by bringing in gigantic ratings, despite some off-field scandals.
The ruling doesn’t mean that NFL blackouts are completely a thing of the past. The NFL could still black out games with broadcasters for different reasons.
“This is a historic victory for sports fans in the fight to keep sports accessible to all,” said Brian Frederick, a board member of Sports Fans Coalition, a nonprofit agency that speaks for fans against issues like media blackouts.
The NFL said in its own statement that it will continue to televise “every one of its games on free, over-the-air television.


http://myfox8.com/2014/10/01/fcc-thr...blackout-rule/
LOL! Well, except for the games that are shown on the NFL Network and ESPN.
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