Ok, I have my OTA antenna up and running through an OTA TiVo Roamio.
I have a very good Comcast cable signal and picture looks very good, especially on my Pioneer 60" Kuro Plasma.
On my Sony VPLHW40ES projector and Carada 134" Brilliant White screen it also looks good, but you start to see imperfections at this size, not bad, but if you are a hobbyist you start to wonder if it could be improved.
This brings me to wondering if OTA HD would improve this at all. I did a lot of reading on the forums for weeks on this subject. What I continually found is it would improve. I read a lot of reviews and comments stating cable company's sometimes apply compression to there signals to fit more channels in there allocated bandwidth. Jeremy says this is not so, so I respect that statement because I have no first hand proof if the Detroit area Comcast does this or not. I will take Jeremy's word for it until I get proof either way. So, at any rate I thought I would try an antenna.
On my 60" Plasma I could really see no difference (the picture was near perfect either way)
On my 134" projector I could see some slight difference. It cleaned it up and is now approaching the Plasma (All processing off, no sharpening etc...)
Now, whether Comcast cable has some slight degradation through the cable coming from Comcast, splitters, amplifiers, compression, or whatever reason?
The bottom line is, if you want a pristine signal, I think OTA HD might be best. Of coarse your millage may vary! I think it could go either way for each case.
Thanks for everyone's comments and replies. I wouldn't have tried OTA if it wasn't for the forums.
Last edited by Tom899; Today at 05:58 AM.