Originally Posted by DebbyS
On May 11 I went to Radio Shack for a converter box and Walmart for an antenna, set it all up to test at home (I live in the southwest area of Downton Abq) and I seem to be able to get most every local broadcast okay
There is some trouble with channel 50, but I may be able to work around that when I set it all up for good on 5/31, the day I call Comcast to say "end your service to my home". I also got Qwest broadband through my ISP so expect to watch the occasional cable broadcast that way. I'll be saving some $$, enough to pay for the box and the antenna pretty quickly.
I also live near downtown by 8th and coal in an apartment also. Before I had Comcast turned on, I used an antenna, and had mixed results depending on the station. I used a combination of rabbit ear (VHF) antenna and bow tie (UHF) antenna. No amp, that would just cause problems. The high power UHF stations seemed to have the best results. But if I optimized for the VHF antenna placement (7 & 13) I often lost KNME and one of the Acme stations or both. Generally KASA and KASY came in the best, since they are among the most powerful on UHF. However, my window faces south and can't see the Crest, so most of my signal has to pass through stucco and wood construction etc...
In some way's I wish larger apartment complexes would provide a master antenna if you are not connected to the cable system. You often don't have access to an outside area, so a good antenna just can't be used. Otherwise OTA would work great. But I suspect that the cable system would claim exclusive access to the in house cable wiring. Even though they may not have actually run the lines when construction happened.
I had Dish and OTA previously before I moved; that was a great combination and DVR. Comcast's scientific Atlanta duel tuner DVR really does not seem to have the capability that Dish networks had, you can record one event, and watch another, but it does not have two channels of DVR, that you could swap between like on the Dish 622.. Really disappointing, and the graphical user interface looks something from the 90's, when I worked for Cablevision back then. Very sad. The On Demand feature is neat, but it's not responsive, and slow to start. On the DVR, I keep getting half a second of digital noise when I go from fast forward to play, you get a blurp of digital noise in the sound. It's very irritating and bad for a stereo systems speakers. why can't they mute the output for half a second to prevent this? I never had this issue on the optical output of the Dish 622 DVR..
I also agree that the number of HD channels Comcast has available is disappointing coming from Dish where just about every network that I watched on a regular basis had an HD equivalent. Even some networks like HDNEt I don't have anymore with Comcast.