For you Canadians with ambitions for OTA HD, and no HD SAT receiver, the USDigital HDTV receiver sold at the US WalMarts is not a particularly distinguished receiver: lots of Americans have been complaining of substandard reception using them. Best Buy in the US has the Samsung SIR-T-360 for $299.99US, and it has a good HDTV tuner and DirecTV capability, although I know that NONE of you would ever subscribe to an illegal satellite service Several mail order sources also have the LG LST-4200 tuner available for about $265.00US. That tuner is widely regarded as the best HDTV tuner available from the standpoint of reception quality and ease-of-use. That model is being phased out, however, in favor of the new fifth-generation receivers with the newer decoding chip, which has much better resistance to multipath than previous versions. This will be a boon for urban dwellers who have no chance of mounting an antenna outdoors. LG expects to ship the new receivers by the end of the first quarter of this year.
The Bell 6000 series has an optional OTA module. The newer HDTV sets are coming out with ATSC tuners. i.e. -- there is a SANYO at Walmart c/w ATSC tuner, and the newer SONYs have tuners. I would'nt buy a set without them.
Originally posted by Jon_W I was wondering what the prospects are for getting OTA HD from Brantford, On Anyone have any idea. I am about 25km southwest of Hamilton.
I,m about 20 miles sw. of Hamilton and probably about 30 miles se. of Brantford and I receive all the Buffalo stations with the exception of WB49 (low power) currently.
I have a channelmaster 4228 on a 40 foot tower.
BTW,I also pickup Toronto 1 out of Hamilton (15-1) and CBC (5-1) with no problems. You should also pick up some Erie stations as well although they have no HD except for PBS.
Thanks for all the info guys, it is very helpful. I think I am west of the escarpment, but from what I know so it Cayuga so who knows,lol. I am going to to some local antenne people and see what they say.
Then go to http://www.2150.com/broadcast/default.asp and enter the lat and longs -- choose about 100 miles. There are options for directions, distance, etc. and you'll get all the potential OTA locations for your location.
Generally, the shorter the distance, the stronger the signal. The program uses the FCC database, but doesn't take into account possible obstructions, etc.
Very strange in using a big anntenna on a tower out in the country two and a half hours west of Torontonear Woodstock Ontario and I can get Erie channels which are crap except for PBS and a few Cleveland channels but I cannot pick up any Toronto channels. I can get non HD City TV in perfectly fine but im not picking up the HD city tv. Anyone have any ideas
Originally posted by denverb2b I can get non HD City TV in perfectly fine but im not picking up the HD city tv. Anyone have any ideas
CityTV HD is only using 1200 watts of power, which even at my distance of 70 kilometers to the transmitter barely registers as a signal. Whereas the CBLT-DT signal on channel 20 at 38KW is too strong and I have to put 20 dB attenuation into the signal to acheive a 18 dB signal.
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K well im not getting 51 digital, Far as im concerned FCC or CRTC should get the axe im so sick of getting the short end of the deal because I live outside a city in a rural area. Are we nobodies or what?
I sent a few to city as well, im not picking up any Buffalo here only erie and some cleveland which is off half the time. I was looking for global HD as well but by reading your post looks like its only for cable or sat.