Originally Posted by eddysnake
So luckily for me, I thought the NBC was pretty good with my comcast. Do you need an antenna for OTA or can I still get that through the coaxial cable?
Yes - I thought the NBC feed via my Comcast cable provider was very good but the OTA broadcast was "lights out." I could really see the difference in color and sharpness.
First - go to https://www.antennaweb.org/
and type in your full street address.
Second - see what channels are available to you and the distance they are broadcast from your home. That will dictate what type of antenna (indoor or outdoor) that you need. There are many ways to research what type of antenna will work best for your situation. And, lots of solutions to fit your budget.
RE: Coaxial cable. "Coax" is the connection that is used with large outdoor antennas and even smaller indoor antennas. If you have an older house or if there was a UHF/VHF antenna installed in the past - - you might be able to use that, as well.
Not only do you get a great signal with OTA - - it's a nice backup if your cable or satellite goes out. Sure, you won't get all the stations but you'll probably get your major channels and then some.
***Side note - when setting the output on my Comcast cable box, I have the option of 720p, 1080i or have the box upscale to 1080p60 HD. I have tried them all and 720p provides the best picture quality to my eyes. There are posters that have recommended 1080i as the best resolution but for me - 720p does it best as I do not want the Comcast cable box to upscale anything - - that's the job of our Sony 900E. So - with this scenario, 1080i gets down converted to 720p. Some posters recommend 1080i as the best resolution and I can understand that rationale, as well. From there, 720p gets upscaled to 1080i by the cable box.
Now, here's where it gets interesting. It is definitely a better picture with the native "OTA - Over The Air" 1080i channels versus the 720p channels! It's very noticeable on it's way to being upscaled to 4K by the Sony 900E. Clear as a bell. I can only think that the native 1080i that is broadcast locally is marginalized (degraded/compressed?) some how after it gets to my Comcast cable box. At any rate, I thought it was an interesting observation.