Originally Posted by kjjones
OK, so we COULD take the Dish/DTV receiver up north, hook it to the extra set of dishes there, and receive everything BUT the local channels. That would be OK. Have Comcast scheduled to come out, but their more-or-less basic service will be $60/Month so a dish deal looks better all the time if I can patch the locals in. Is this a big deal with a dish system - how many buttons ya gotta push to switch from dish/DTV channels to the locals and back?
Matters how the TV set is configured, what kind of tuner the set has, and how the cable or satellite service is configured.
If the cable is received through a set-top-box (satellite always is), and the TV has both a digital tuner and some form of A/V inputs, you're in luck. Use HDMI, S-video or Component connection for the pay TV (this will also provide better sound and picture than RF connection), and plug an antenna into the/an RF (AKA ANT, ANT/CABLE) jack. This way, you can use the input selector (by remote) to switch between OTA and pay. (Even this is too much "effort" for some people, I know of a family that has an HDTV with 2 RF jacks, and gets OTA HD, but never uses it - HD not worth the bother of using the remote to switch back to cable to surf all the
Another option (SD only systems) is to have pay (with or without STB) into RF and an OTA CECB into A/V inputs.
(feel free to PM me if you want to ask about other configurations).
Originally Posted by kjjones
So now the next task is to find a great indoor antenna for the house in Waterford that will pick up WFUM Flint and WTVS. The radio shack I have now is a PITA - a rotary switch that has to be fussed with, lots of drop outs, etc., BUT it has shown me I can get WFUM and WTVS some of the time, so I think a good amplified indoor will do the job.
Buy any indoor antenna from a store that will let you return it "no questions asked". Your dropouts are not necessarily the fault of your RS antenna nor its rotary switch.
When you use an indoor antenna, the antenna is merely the feedpoint of a far more complicated antenna system, your house and it's surroundings affect reception far more than the indoor antenna itself, and great DTV signals are often ruined in the "last 10 meters". You may find it impossible to get WTVS from the North face of your home, or WFUM from the South face. The only way to know if an indoor antenna will work in your home will be to try it yourself.
As to the type of indoor antenna? Ignore brand names, choose one with thick cable instead of thin, get a preamplified model if certain stations -never- come in, avoid a preamplified model if you have strong signals that "drop out" (strong signals dropping out can't be fixed by adding gain - its not the signal strength that is the problem, its the multipath! [something I've told so many people, I chose it as my screen name!]).