Originally Posted by CrossHair
You validated what I'm doing too whew! This Wednesday is when they'll hook up digital/HD cable. I did go out and buy one of those HD antennas and connected up to OTA HD... ugh not good. Firstly, the picture wasn't in 16:9... it had side black sections. Secondly, picture and sound would cut out and thirdly the picture quality wasn't all that good.
What is the difference between the "R" series and "S" series?
ALso that AVia guide... wonder if I should get that as well.
Well... the good news is that you WERE getting a digital OTA signal.
Could be that you needed to move the antenna to the compass heading of the transmission site(which you can find easily by doing a google search for OTA HD). That is the nature of the beast with any digital signal. There isn't such a thing as "snow" like there is with analog. With digital, either you have a picture or you don't, with the first sign of a degrading signal being the sound dropping or the picture getting "blocky" and freezing up.
The black bars on the sides only mean that the program you were watching wasn't recorded in HD. It was still being transmitted digitally. Most local stations don't pull a TNT-HD and upconvert everything, they just broadcast in all digital(on the digital channel) and that allows them to shows that are recorded or live broadcast in HD(for example... your local ABC news will most likely not be in HD and will have the black bars on the sides, however Lost will be in HD and take up the entire screen. I'm sure you have seen the TV shows that say "Broadcast in HD where available")
I guess the jist of this post is that you are there... just need a HD show to watch and reposition the antenna.
BTW, you don't really need one of the "fancy" HD amplifying antennas that are going for $30-100... you can get the digital signal with a standard set of "rabbit ears" as long a you have a digital tuner on your TV...