|View Poll Results: How Do You Mostly Receive Broadcast TV?|
|I don't watch broadcast TV||24||3.73%|
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First, there was terrestrial over-the-air (OTA) television broadcasting. Then came cable and satellite delivery. And now TV programming can be accessed via online streaming and downloading.
With such a wide range of options, which do you mostly use to watch broadcast TV at home? Of course, you might well utilize more than one delivery system, but which one do you use the most, and why? Or do you eschew broadcast TV altogether?
I don't watch broadcast TV
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3. I have used OTA for backup to cable after storms occasionally, but not often
Instead, I have an internet radio in my bedroom, an AM/FM radio in the kitchen, and a Ham radio transciever at my computer desk.
Besides - I have plenty of unwatched movies and TV series in my projection theater to keep me occupied; at last count, I have over 250 unwatched Blu-rays and a half-dozen TV series box sets in my collection, all still sealed in plastic wrap!
Blu-rays & DVD's
DirecTV IMO offers some of the better PQ when it comes to broadcast. We have Dish/DirecTV and TimeWarner availible in our area, and dish is great as well but did not offer soem of the selections we wanted at the time. Time warner is terrible, we moved back briefly, their equipment is garbage and everything looks so compressed to me.
Also I have had some of the best customer service with DirecTV as well and I am a pretty tough customer
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If Comcast decides to encrypt the broadcast channels I'll be hooking up to the unused antenna in the attic.
I'm satellite-only too, and the PQ is far better than cable, but I only recently moved to a place with decent OTA reception, so I haven't compared satellite to OTA. 90% of network content is fine on satellite, but the compression does show when I'm watching sports. Will I see an improvement with broadcast sports if I go OTA (I'm most interested in NFL and NCAABB)? More importantly, it the improvement noticeable enough that it's worth $50 and the hassle of installing an HDTV antenna on my roof?
Other than the cost of 12 Mbps DSL broadband (which I would have for PC use, regardless) my total outlay for TV entertainment is eight bucks a month for Netflix.
I have never paid for TV services but there is a coax cable that runs to my house and I get stuff like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS and a few others in HD.
All I watch is football though so I put my Samsung HDTV tuner (H260f) away till fall and by then those channels may be encrypted.
Apart from NFL, I don't watch TV period and I actually plan to ignore football too next year if possible.
Shows I discover and like, I buy on Blu eventually.
So I pay the extra money to have a premium channel and record all the newer movies there to watch when they come out with 5.1 audio in HD.
Trying to enjoy the simple things in life.
The distinction between broadcast TV and cable channels is mostly not meaningful to us (although the roof antenna that was on our house when we bought it in 1976 is still hooked up and works well for digital OTA, and is available as a backup).
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- DirecTV 60%
- Online Streaming 30%
- OTA 10%
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- U.S. OTA broadcast stations in several adjacent markets (for different sports games, overcoming sports blackouts, and overcoming network preeemptions from special-event local programming)
- 5 neighboring Canadian OTA broadcast stations that cannot be delivered via satellite for legal/contractual reasons
- Local market OTA broadcast stations not carried by DirecTV at all, or not carried in HD by DirecTV
- Local market and adjacent-market OTA broadcast subchannels (-2, -3 subchannels carrying ThisTV, MeTV, Weather channel, etc.) not carried by DirecTV
- Occasional time-shifting through multiple-market PBS stations
- Overcoming satellite rain fade during summer thunderstorms
- Overcoming any contractual dispute between an OTA broadcaster and satellite provider resulting in temporary removal of an OTA broadcast station from the satellite-delivered lineup