Hi all, noob here
I'read this great thread and have got some good info. Here's my situation and want some advice/guidance if you guys could spare a few minutes to reply.
I am in Mobile, off of Snow Rd. My best estimate is that I am about 35 miles away from the tower @ Wilcox Rd. I have a 49" Panny HDTV and have been drooling to finally make the jump into DTV/HDTV. I am a DirecTV subscriber so I am leaning towards getting a new DirecTV reciever that can also handle OTA for me as well as getting DirecTV's HDTV channels.
First, I want to do this an economically as possible. One of the cheapest HDTV recievers I've seen is the Hughes from Bestbuy for $499.00. ANy opinions on this or can someone recommend something else.
Secondly, Antennas. I've done some research but still need guidance. I live in a restricted neighborhood so a 20 foot big antenna is out of the question for me. I was looking into a Terk 55 but don't know if that will cut it or if I should go with a big conventional antenna and try to put it in my attic. And recommendations on this?
Lastly, What are our locals stations like in DTV/HDTV? In particular, I'm talking about
Is all that I want to do even worth investing right now? I definitely have the time and this is a hobby of mine but don't want to sink $1000 bucks into this and have marginal returns & or shoddy reception. (Especially when trying to convince the wifey that this is a necessity, har, har, har).
Any info from you guys would be absolutely great. I've called a few local stations and if you don't get to talk to an engineer, the others seem to be idiots. I called one station which I will not say, and asked the kind lady if they are currently broadcasting digital stations now and she said yes, they've been doing it for years. I said, "really...." "what channel?" SHe told me that her 'comcast digital cable' is great! LOL- I told her, no, no, no...I mean OTA digital TV, you know, HDTV? So was baffled at my questions.....