I'm also glad you started this thread. (Please pardon some slightly off topic comments, before I return to the subject.)
My wife and I have been living in Sarasota for a few months in a rental home near Siesta Key while waiting for our new home to be built. It was completed a few weeks ago and is located over in Secluded Oaks off of Clark Road about 2 miles East of I-75. Unfortunately, the move proved to be a nightmare. We've moved from the Washington, DC area where we had our stuff in storage. When our possessions were delivered it turned out the moving company misplaced an entire storage crate with a lot of my home theater gear, including my DIRECTV receivers. Then they couldn't get my 60 HDTV upstairs to the second floor.
Fortunately, it turned out the guy (Louis Carliner) that calibrated my TV when I lived in the DC area lives not too far from Sarasota. So I hired him to be available when the movers showed up with the rest of our stuff. Louis was able to partially dismantle the TV to permit the movers to negotiate the hallways and stairs. Then he set to work doing his magic in recalibrating the HDTV. (If any one has a rear projection HDTV, you can't find a better calibrationist than Louis.)
Which brings me back to the subject at hand.
Originally I was planning on going with Comcast. However, I needed some answers from their Customer/Technical support concerning connection compatibility with my HDTV. After speaking with them via email I realized that most of them were clueless. So I decided to continue with DIRECTV. To help with the decision I later found out that RCA will finally be releasing their HD TiVo receiver. They are scheduled to install my triple LNB dish this week and its just in time since I've started to feel the ill-effects of high definition withdrawal symptoms.
After I located my DIRECTV HD receiver I was able to temporarily connect a Terk TV55 indoor/outdoor antenna to it. With the business of moving in I've only had a very short time to experiment with reception, but I was pleasantly surprised to be able to pull in a number of channels.
For my permanent over the air antenna I plan on either placing it in the second floor attic, or if its not too ugly mounting it off the satellite mounting. I'm leaning toward the Winegard Sensor II with amplifier
. Its supposed to be suitable for a range of 10 - 55 miles. According to the AntennaWeb I'm located between 19 and 52 miles from the digital transmiters. Any one have any comments or suggestions?