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post #12781 of 12970
Does anyone have a recommendation for an outdoor antenna installer?


My wife and I decided to cut the cord. We were cable free from 2007-2010, so this isn't uncharted territory for us. But we moved at the end of 2010. Our old house came with a "vintage" antenna in the attic that work pretty dang good.

Right now I'm using a small indoor RCA antenna from Walmart that is pulling in all the channels except 46 and while I do get PBS, it can be very spotty and PBS is important for me.

So I'm in no big hurry, but I do want to get real reliable setup soon.
post #12782 of 12970
Jeff,

Generally, a 4-bay antenna or a medium-range UHF Yagi should work in the Edwardsville area. A lot depends on your particulars (terrain, trees, obstacles) as to what might work well. You could also try something along the line of a ClearStream 2, suggested because it can usually be found in most Best Buy stores.
post #12783 of 12970
Thanks, but I am also looking for someone who does the installation.

Does anyone do that around here.
post #12784 of 12970
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Originally Posted by Left Jeff View Post

Thanks, but I am also looking for someone who does the installation.

Does anyone do that around here.

I don't know if they go to Edwardsville but these guys did one for me-Very satisfied: A-1 Satellite and Antenna, 7570 Watson Road
Saint Louis MO 63119, 314-961-9333
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YES!!!!!

Touch was a rather uneven show that worked best when his "Jack Bauer" personality came out. I hated it when he got beat up by the bad guys. It just didn't seem right. At times, he fought like a girl.
post #12787 of 12970
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Originally Posted by moman19 View Post

YES!!!!!

Touch was a rather uneven show that worked best when his "Jack Bauer" personality came out. I hated it when he got beat up by the bad guys. It just didn't seem right. At times, he fought like a girl.

LOL!
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Very interesting, although it wouldn't surprise me if FCC requires them to divest where they have competing stations in the same market.
post #12790 of 12970
That hasn't seemed to happen with KTVI and KPLR yet, though the merging of KSDK and KMOV will result in a much bigger entity than KTVI/KPLR did (at least here in St. Louis).
post #12791 of 12970
KMOV is being divested as part of the deal. http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/2013/06/kmov-will-be-sold-as-parent-belo.html

Looks like a pretty common end run around the rules.
post #12792 of 12970
Watched the first two episodes of UNDER THE DOME back to back yesterday.

Episode 1 was on Amazon Prime streaming via the Roku box. This is the first new/current show that I know of to be free on Amazon Prime. Usually shows don't make it to Amazon Prime (or Netflix either) until about the same time they come out on DVD, nearly a year later. On Amazon, new shows usually cost extra for the first several months after they air.

Episode 2 was on KMOV 4-1 over the air via the DVR.

Today brought home how far KMOV has fallen due to multicasting two SD subchannels. The Amazon stream completely SMOKED the KMOV broadcast in every way. Picture detail was noticeably sharper on the Amazon stream, the difference was NOT subtle. And in addition to looking softer, the KMOV broadcast was cluttered with little CBS logos, KMOV logos, and animated promos for other CBS shows early and often. I'm not used to this anymore and it's really annoying. The 5.1 channel sound seemed more dynamic on Amazon too, though the difference wasn't anywhere near as dramatic.

The show itself so far is the best Stephen King adaptation I've seen since IT and THE STAND. I'll be watching the rest of it on Amazon. Amazing how an "internet stream" can completely kick the *ss of a major TV network affiliate like this.
post #12793 of 12970
This makes you wonder what Gannett is thinking when they consider plucking down hundreds of millions of dollars for OTA broadcast stations. Has the technology simply become obsolete? If we can (or are allowed to) access Prime Time content via other means, I have no use for local stations beyond local news and weather alerts. The multiple logos along with the the animated pop ups touting future shows, are also annoying and totally distracting.

I would much prefer having the option of accessing the "Big Four" network programs directly for a fee----similar to HBO, by my satellite provider. This business of having them spoon fed to me by the local affiliates is so 20th Century.
post #12794 of 12970
I'd opt for that but over the Internet. That's the direction it's all headed anyway. ABC is starting to do something similar, but only in markets with an O&O ABC affiliate.
post #12795 of 12970
If ABC via the web is limited to O&O markets, we'll never see it in this town. However, I must wonder how they can confine access of a link to any one particular market or geography. I must assume others outside the O&O boundary would be able to access that programming as well if the link was known.
post #12796 of 12970
It's through their application, so I assume it uses some sort of geodetection and geofencing. Plus, since you've got to pay for it, the billing address on your credit card probably has something to do with it.
post #12797 of 12970
Surprise no one had yet mentioned Sinclair's announced acquisition of KTVI as part of a large package to be purchased from Local.
post #12798 of 12970
I hadn't heard about that, so went looking for info.

Seems Sinclair was bidding, but lost to Tribune Co., the outfit that owned KPLR (which was being operated by KTVI). Everyone clear on that? Me neither. biggrin.gif

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/07/01/tribune-co-acquires-ktvi-kplr/
post #12799 of 12970
Rats, my bad! I meant Tribune, not Sinclair.. Must be getting old... Sinclair was LAST month's news!

Is it Friday yet? wink.gif
post #12800 of 12970
KMOV is simulcasting their MeTV sub-channel for a couple hours today and tomorrow with intermittent scrawls letting viewers know it is on digital 4.2 and Charter. I think it's very cool that they're supporting the sub-channel this way.
post #12801 of 12970
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Originally Posted by tomhunter8 View Post

KMOV is simulcasting their MeTV sub-channel for a couple hours today and tomorrow with intermittent scrawls letting viewers know it is on digital 4.2 and Charter. I think it's very cool that they're supporting the sub-channel this way.

They also have been doing promos for METV also. There doing a great job promoting it.
post #12802 of 12970
Most stations don't go all out in promoting their new subchannel, so this is good to see. Perhaps they think MeTV will be a real money winner. I don't know, I'm not a typical TV watcher, but, anecdotally, just about the only things I watch on TV anymore are MeTV, Cozi, our local weather subchannel, and occasionally the local news.
post #12803 of 12970
And meanwhile KTVI doesn't even bother to give its channel 2-2 AntennaTV listings to the DirecTV guide (which does include the over-the-air channels 4-2, 4-3, and 11-2 even though DirecTV itself doesn't carry those channels).
post #12804 of 12970
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Originally Posted by Robert Simandl View Post

And meanwhile KTVI doesn't even bother to give its channel 2-2 AntennaTV listings to the DirecTV guide (which does include the over-the-air channels 4-2, 4-3, and 11-2 even though DirecTV itself doesn't carry those channels).

Hey Bob, what do your other OTA sub's look like in the D* guide? I have Dish and this is where the guide falls short. Almost all OTA sub channels are either lacking in any data or flat out incorrect. Only the CH 11.2 This TV is consistently accurate. For example, the four CH. 9 channels are a hodge podge of correct, missing and wrong guide data.
post #12805 of 12970
4-2, 4-3, and 11-2 are accurate in DirecTV's guide. 5-2 just says "Weather Plus" or something like that all day long, but that's really all you need for that channel. No problems with these on the DirecTV HR20 guide.

2-2, 7-x, 9-2, 9-3, 9-4, 24-2, 30-3, and 51-1 are all non-existent and you can't even turn to these channels by entering them manually. If I want to watch anything on those channels, I have to switch to the antenna input and use the TV's tuner.

BTW, for anyone with an HD Tivo and Windows Tivo Desktop software, or a PC HD tuner card... recorded broadcasts from 2-2, 4-2, or 11-2 are in DVD-ready 704x480 MPEG-2 format. Just use editing software (I use VideoReDo) to remove the commercials and throw the files into a DVD authoring/burning program. No reencoding necessary. And they'll play fine in any old DVD player. Fair warning though, those channels have ridiculously low bit rates, so DVD's made from them look like VHS. A 2-hour movie (90 minutes after commercial removal) takes up barely over a third of a DVD-R disc.
post #12806 of 12970
I do get 24-2, KETC's 9-2, 9-3, & 9-4 in my D* program guide and have for a long time. You might want to check your channel favorites list to see if they are inadvertently turned off.
post #12807 of 12970
Yep, they're there. That's what I get for trusting my memory rather than going to the family room and actually calling up the guide. Thanks!

Duh..
post #12808 of 12970
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Originally Posted by Robert Simandl View Post

.......2-2, 7-x, 9-2, 9-3, 9-4, 24-2, 30-3, and 51-1 are all non-existent and you can't even turn to these channels by entering them manually. If I want to watch anything on those channels, I have to switch to the antenna input and use the TV's tuner........

Well, My Hopper allows me to tune directly to all the sub channels and almost all come in well (although they are all in SD). However, without guide data, you never know what's on, nor can you set up a recording. I can live without these channels but it sure would be nice to know what's on.
post #12809 of 12970
From the AVS HD Programming area:

Technology Notes
Cox Said to Discuss Merger With Malone-Backed Charter
By David Pogue, The New York Times' 'Bits' Column- Aug. 1, 2013

Cox Communications Inc., the third-largest U.S. cable provider, has held talks about combining with Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR), according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Cox President Pat Esser has discussed a deal with representatives from Liberty Media Corp. (LMCA), which owns a 27 percent stake in Charter, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations are private. The structure of a potential deal hasn’t been determined, including which company might be the acquirer, the other person said. Cox and Charter also haven’t begun direct talks, the people said.

Liberty and Charter are also still pursuing an acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), the people said. Billionaire John Malone, who controls Englewood, Colorado-based Liberty, has said he wants Charter to get bigger so it can gain leverage in negotiations with TV networks, which have sought higher prices for the use of their programming.

Charter, the fourth-largest U.S. cable company by subscribers, jumped as much as 7.3 percent in New York trading after Bloomberg reported on the Cox talks. It was the biggest intraday gain in more than a month. Time Warner Cable slumped as much as 8 percent, the most intraday since Jan. 31.

‘Makes Sense’

Cox has 4.8 million video subscribers, while Charter has 4.4 million, according to Craig Moffett, an analyst at Moffett Research LLC in New York.

“A Cox deal, if available, makes a ton of sense for Charter,” Moffett said today in a research note. “Nosebleed leverage wouldn’t be necessary; a merger of equals would leave balance sheet room for subsequent deals, while still giving Charter the benefit of a doubling of scale.”

Todd Smith, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Cox, declined to comment. Courtnee Ulrich, a spokeswoman for Liberty, didn’t return phone and e-mail messages.

Malone sees mergers as an appealing way for the cable industry to cope with the lower video profit margins that have come from higher programming costs and fewer new customers, he said at Liberty Media’s annual meeting in June.

“The whole name of the game in the cable business is scale,” he said then. Charter has the opportunity to be a “horizontal acquisition machine, looking at other assets in the U.S. cable business that lack scale to have synergy,” he said.

Over-the-Top Strategy

Malone’s strategy isn’t just about traditional cable. The high-speed Internet connections that companies like Charter provide to U.S. households are the key to the future of the TV industry, Malone said at the June meeting. He cited the growing viewership of streaming-video services, also known as over-the-top.

“Everyone recognizes that high-speed connectivity will be the controlling attribute that drives market share in the video business,” he said. “As more and more content is available over-the-top, the ability to provide flexible high-speed connectivity I think will become a dominant trait.”

A potential change in the ownership structure of Cox Enterprises Inc., owner of Cox Communications, may make a deal more likely. James Cox Kennedy, chairman of closely held Cox Enterprises, asked a judge earlier this week to dissolve a 1941 trust for Anne Cox Chambers, his billionaire aunt and the company’s biggest shareholder, to free the money for relatives and charities.

Dissolving the trust is a step toward Cox gaining flexibility to merge the cable company, one of the people said.

Cox would serve as another option for Charter if Time Warner Cable, which has been resistant to a combination, refuses to agree to a deal, said the people.

Charter was up 3.7 percent to $132.73 at 1:05 p.m. in New York. Liberty Media rose 1.7 percent to $146.48, and Time Warner Cable fell 1.3 percent to $116.14.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-02/cox-said-to-discuss-merger-with-malone-backed-charter.html
post #12810 of 12970
"Bounce TV" to launch on channel 5.2...

http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/392927/3/KSDK-to-launch-Bounce-TV-later-this-month

The article doesn't say whether KSDK's weather channel will move to 5.3 or just go away.
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