Just a follow up on my OTA issue on La Habra Hts., CA 90361, since December 2011. I'm back again, but with good and bad news... I went back this to the new place early morning. OTA was still good with an overcast cold weather (nice change from the crazy hot summer weather lately), it was about 90 to 100 channels (similiar like before). It was also when cable technicians came over to hook up cable stuff (yes that $89.99 bundled promotion for a year) in case OTA doesn't work in the future. We can always remove products and features if needed.
The bad news is my room and folks' master bedroom had to be sacrified for cable and lose OTA since my folks did not want to add another cable line. It would also be a lot of work (technician only had about 1.5 hours before the next appointment). I tried to argue that I still wanted OTA, but I lost the OTA battle.
The other two rooms were not touched for its OTA. While setting up the cable line in my room from the attic (disconnected one from a splitter for OTA), the cable technician found another hidden dusty splitter in my room behind the cable outlet cover. Woah. We totally missed that during that OTA madness! It was splitted into my room and the master bedroom. That's crazy.
After he set it up, I went to test the OTA rooms and they even got more channels (120 and 122 each room! That was the highest ever!)!! Wow. Bummer I will be on cable TV. I am so spoiled by the free price and picture clarity with OTA. Cable digital isn't impressive on a new 22" HDTV. Or maybe it is the RGB cables that the technician used (didn't even give me HDMI cables!). Oh well, my folks will be paying for the crazy high cable prices and enjoying their OTA channels.
At least Internet is still fast with its standard 10/1 from cable. That's all I care for.
8/23/2012 after 9:00 AM PDT: 103 found at first and then 119 channels found, but channel 18.x was soso and slow to pick up (first rescan failed to detect them, but the second time found them (seems OK, just slow to show them)). My old home can get about 106 channels with RCA antenna (hopefully found its sweet spot in the closet at an angle and most of its parts extended (won't fit if all extended). Crazy how new house's CM antenna (blocked by a giant hill/small mountain) detects more than the RCA one in the old house facing on the right side.
9/16/2012 at about 11 AM PM PDT: I saw 99 to 123 (a new record) channels. However, some channels are unstable like LA/KSCI 18.x again. Others seem stable. Oh well. I need to figure out how to make these new Samsung HDTVs not to delete the unstable/weak channels. Rescanning to get them back is annoying. Ugh.Edited by phildaant - 9/23/12 at 10:15pm