Originally Posted by tveli
Joe, does your mum have a good DTV solution currently?
I'm sure you've already considered testing directional yagi antenna on the roof/balcony/chimney/attic but have you conducted an actual test with an actual (yagi?) antenna & DTV?
Maybe at ground level or pointed out an open top-floor window, metal-screen removed, if any??
How far from nearest local-affiliate xmitter?
Actually, since late last year, I moved in with my mother since my sister sold the house I was squatting in since moving back from CA (Bay Area). It was 500' higher in elevation, and with a 8-bay Yagi external I was able to get one CW station 40 miles away. I lived, and live, in a valley with line-of-sight of about 2 miles towards any transmitter before I hit a 4000' mountain. I performed the test during 2010. In this area you either have a dish or cable. Rabbitears.com agrees. My zipcode is in my location. For a quick look, check it with www.noaa.gov.
As for cable, I have one of the small companies. My published clear QAM: http://www.secv.com/cdocs/qam_hazl.pdf and I get a few more broadcast channels that are not listed. But they try to keep up. I don't have IP phone, so my basic package plus 5/1 internet bill is $106/month. I get all the basic cable channels (USA, TNT, etc.) in HD plus since I am sort of midway between Harrisburg, NY, and Philly I don't fit into to a major DMA. This headend scatters channels, where as my last headend (8 miles away) grouped them better. There are two HD broadcast channels per 6mHz main channel, one 1080 and one 720. They pack 10 SD clear QAM channels into 6mHz.
I also have two TiVo units (with $3/month cable cards). Since my TV and TiVo can display the frequency of a channel, I found there is no difference between clear QAM and psuedo-channel cable card channels. BTW, my PSIP is stripped also. Analog was dropped a few months ago. If I wanted to get cable only, they still require $20/month for the first 20 channels, but they don't block the "local" HD channels. In otherwords, they don't care if you only want internet since you must have TV also. The Tivo, while not so cheap, makes a good STB. Funny, if you buy the "Local Package" and their cable box, all the channels are SD. If you get the same package without the box, the "locals" are HD. You just have to get used to the numbers or get a TV that has a really good "Favorites" function.