What, If Anything, Would Cause You To Abandoned Over The Air Reception?
As posted above, I am just curious what, if anything, would cause you to quit receiving over the air television? For example, if you moved further away, but where still withing range of Minneapolis-Saint Paul over the air channels, would you build a tower?
Conversely, if you moved closer, but were in say an apartment that included local cable channels, would you still install an indoor antenna?
I don't think that anybody here knows we well enough to know that I am an amateur radio operator. I got my Novice and Technician a number of years ago. A few years later I was motivated and did the General, Advanced and Amateur Extra. I even got my GROL. I love receiving over the air signals of all sorts.
However, since we are DirecTV Now customers, they have local channels KSTP-5 and KMSP-9. I received an email recently stating they are getting WCCO-4 soon. There has been no word on KARE-11, though. Granted, there are a LOT of other channels that are broadcast in ATSC locally.
At the end of the day, most of our local channel viewing would be my wife and I. We have two sons, aged 17 and 21 years old. To be perfectly honest, or shall I say brutally honest, they could care less about OTA channels. Most of the local channel viewing by my wife and I would be 4.1, 5.1, 9.1, and 11.1. Don't get me wrong. I think having the extra content on .2, etc is great. It is just that at the end of the day, we don't watch them much.
Netflix for my wife and kids. Direc TV Now for me. My wife uses the heck out of the TiVo Roamio OTA. I view via the Tivo Mini. But, despite all of that, it is getting to the point that I am getting more and more reluctant to recommend to others that they put a lot of time and effort into an OTA antenna system, unless they really have a "fire in their belly" for it.
There are so many people afraid to install an antenna outside. (And, in the interest of fair disclosure, I do have an indoor antenna in the attic above my attached garage, and it works great for me.)
Oh, and I should add that some things I am a bit slow to move away from. We were DISH Network subscribers for about 22 years. Heck, we even had Primestar back in the day, but few people might remember them these days.
We still had a land line telephone until a year or so ago. With all four of us having cells phones, it seemed like a waste of money, so we quit that.
I used to get a daily newspaper, but it went largely unread, so I quit that.
The next thing might be to cut DSL from Frontier for internet and get by with my $20 per month AT&T hot spot. I have been dragging my feet for a while of this, but at some point it will be, "Goodbye, Frontier!"
I should also point out that as neat as broadcast radio is, I rarely listen to is much. I even have a couple of HD radios around hear. They don't even get used much.
Oh, and analog ham radio repeaters, sure I use one a little bit, but DMR, YSF, and Icom D-Star has really taken off.
I also am a scanner and reciver owner. I listen to very few analog signals any longer. Much/most of what I listen to is on ARMER and I listen to that on a Unication receiver. It works SO much better than cheap Bearcat/Radio Shack/Uniden/Whistler scanners!
Anyway, I will get off my soapbox now and just say that I hope ATSC 3.0 is more user friendly.
Last edited by Jim1348; 08-15-2017 at 04:30 PM.