Thanks for the quick response.
I had always assumed this thread was OTA only, but it makes sense to include Charter since there's no other option in this market.
Plugging in my address with Century Link, the max they offer me is 7MB down, which is better than the 1.5MB I've been living with, but obviously I gain nothing in terms of (free) television.
So if I can
still get any TV in the clear from Charter, I think I would start with them, at least until the rates rise after a year or two.
The PB mentioned that Charter is phasing out some aspect of their service:
Charter's director of government affairs, LeeAnn Herrera, told the Rochester City Council members the company's digital conversion efforts will mean all customers need to rent a converter box before Oct. 14 in order to watch any channels.
A converter box will be needed for each television connected to cable, meaning sets that can pick up a limited lineup today will only see static after the switch.
So I'm still curious whether this simply means that there is NO more analog, or if the clear QAM will now be encrypted and require box rentals (even if a TV has a QAM tuner).
Thanks again for the input!
As for OTA, I'm more familiar in that area, thanks in part to the knowledge offered here (and lots of trial/error, more of the latter). Eventually I will set something up. My main goal will be receive the LaCrosse stations -- not a Packer fan, but I like to get an extra game every now and then.