Originally Posted by s_wall98
Looks like I'm one of few remaining happy owners out there.
I have a kds 60-a2020 that I haven't had any problems with (knock on wood) other than replacing 2 bulbs. Actually each time I replace the bulb (using a phillips of course) I fall in love with the TV again.
Anyway, I have a question.
My wife and I decided to get rid of cable and go to OTA channels and streaming. I've tried a set of rabbit ears and i get 4 more channels upstairs that I don't get downstairs. My upstairs TV doesn't give me any diagnostics but the channels come in with no breakup. I know the height might help out a bit but I'm wondering if the other tv might have a better tuner. I know internal antennas aren't the best anyway I don't want to mount an antenna outside as i would only gain 1 channel (nbc) that we would watch and our attic is tiny.
Do the SXRDs have weak tuners?
I'm trying to sell the wife on an OTA DVR and this whoel tuner thing might help.
Funny, I just decided today to see if this thread is still alive, and it is.
I just replaced my bulb with 8582 hours. It still worked, but the warning was popping up. The picture did come back to life with the new bulb - I did not realize how they dim over time. I will keep the old one on hand just in case the new one breaks one day.
As far as OTA, that is a tempting alternative to the rising cost of FIOS.
I am well versed in antennas and will try to give some advice.
Of course the ideal antenna is large (for gain) and mounted as high as possible, outside, with a rotor. I don't know where you live relative to a nearby city and transmitter towers. If you are getting some stations you must be near some transmitters.
When you say you get 4 more channels up stairs, does that mean 4 more RF channels (3, 6, 10, 12) or 4 more sub-channels (10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4) from one more RF channel?
I would think that the additional channel(s) is/are the result of the added antenna hieght, but it could also be antenna location (near a window), building material (aluminum siding), antenna angle relative to the transmitter, objects in and out of the building, and/or TV receiver sensitivity.
An option may be to run a long cable to the antenna upstairs, but this could result in signal loss in the cable. There are powered indoor antennas on the market as well that may get you more signals. Relocating the down stairs indoor antenna may also bring positive/negative results. Try to have it near a window and try it at various angles, both horizontal and vertical and everything in between. Also, with digital TV, do things slowly. There is a lag time between when a DTV reciever sees a signal, and when the TV shows a picture. In the old days of analog TV, moving rabbit ears gave instant feedback in the screen, not true with DTV.
Another down side to DTV signal hunting is that the TV must be programmed to receive the channels, they are not all available just by turning the knob like on analog TVs.
Play around and you may be surprised what you can watch.
BTW try this website: http://www.antennapoint.com/