Originally posted by sikoniko
I am thinking about switching to VOOM and was wondering how my locals would be OTA at neptune beach? anyone out in that area that can comment on signal strength one way or the other?
I have VOOM. I put it in for no out of pocket cost and just pay for the programming. Today the price to put it in has gone up. It will cost you a whole dollar! No Joke, but if you have been reading up on VOOM then you know that.
Performance- Please note I also have D* and E*. The deal is this with local digital channels. The 921 I have is the least sensitive to out OTA channels. It works very well. Unfortunately the receiver's functionality with recording the OTA channels suck. D*- I have the HDTIVO. This is the trickiest receiver to get working with locals. This receiver seems to have a narrow window of acceptable signal quality or it doesn't work. However, once you get the HDTIVO adjusted, it is rock solid for locals. I highly recommend it. BTW- It took me about a month to zero in on a system that pulled in the OTA channels with consistency. Once achieved, it has worked without failure since (about 9 months).
Now for VOOM, by comparison- The VOOM on OTA is a digital OTA receiver only. VOOM does not offer any Local channels via it's satellite service, while the analog channels are offered on satellite with E* and D*. Voom's receiver works very well for all the channels. In fact, I demonstrated for Jeff (Gator99) how it received all but two channels here with no antenna connected. It is a real sensitive receiver of OTA. But the real advantage to VOOM is their HDTV lineup. 4 times what the others offer so you will always have something in HDTV to watch for around $100 per month subscription. Yes, many are cautious about the trouble VOOM has been having with Cablevision and continuing. Currently they are expanding and adding new channels. Adfded a new HDTV channel along with 5 SD channels again today. So, it boils down to this- Order in an install to VOOM for a dollar. Watch and pay the monthly for as long as it lasts, could be a month, could be forever. Then, if it goes south, what have you lost? D* and E* will still be there. I just wouldn't purchase any equipment from VOOM at this time.
As for "hanging on by a thread" Let me say this, I wouldn't mind hanging on by a billion dollar + thread. and that's the current backing that C. Dolan has but he is a smart businessman who doesn't hang his laundry out for everyone to sniff through.