Originally Posted by Beanturd
I live in a newly built condo (2007). It's 6 stories tall and I'm on the second floor. There are a bunch of apartment buildings around me but they are all five or six stories tall. I own and I do have acces to the roof. I notice several apartments above me that use Dish/Direct TV and have their dishes facing south.
How would cabling work if I do install an antenna on the roof?
It's come down to OTA for me because Cablevision (Brooklyn cable provider) recently encrypted their QAM signals. Boo.
I assume that the cable drop in your apartment is useless simply because there are no useable video signals on it... If you were paying for service, this wouldn't be an issue. That being written....
You'd need to buy a rooftop antenna.
You'd need to buy a mast (if there isn't one on your roof).
You'd need to ground the antenna.
You'd need to find a way to run the cable from the antenna to your apartment. The sloppiest way is to throw the cable over the side of the roof above your window. To make it right, you'd have to anchor it every couple of feet or so. You wouldn't want your neighbors to cut your cable because the wind blows it against their windows all the time.
There are many variables to consider.
Have you tried moving the antenna around your apartment?
If your neighbors have dish, then it's a possibility for you, too. Dish has a cheap package at $15, which includes your local channels, no HD except your locals, but you do get some nice cable networks..
You may have to buy your equipment, though, which means a decent up-front payment....
Many solutions exist...
-DougEdited by dstoffa - 9/21/12 at 11:28am