John Karr on 8 Dec 2014 12:49:48 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] No TV Over the Air?

I don't have cable and I don't have rabbit ears. The tiny amount of
network tv I watch I just wait for on Hulu. If the programming you watch
isn't available on Hulu or takes too long to get there (Hulu's premium
subscribers get some content sooner) you might look for it directly on the
station's or network's websites, and at least one of the legacy broadcast
networks is trying to sell digital subscriptions.

While over the air radio still has an important place, I predict that in
10 years, the broadcast TV Networks (they use much more raw bandwidth than
radio) will be seeking permission to stop broadcasting and sell their

I am both patient and consume relatively little TV. With the free online
resources available and some DVD and streaming service purchases I don't
have a cable bill, and don't miss TV.

Then I spent the money I saved on a Dark Shadows Coffin (filled with 1200+
episodes), and definitely an upgrade to my tv experience.

> So I'm starting to try to cut the cable TV cord, and I bought a nice
> Samsung
> smart TV on Black Friday.  Imagine my horror, however, when I attached a
> brand
> new (amplified) RCA set-top antennae and got ZERO channels.
> Thinking I must have done something wrong, I searched the web
> (
> ) and found that I'm basically on the outer edge of digital TV reception
> because I'm 38 miles from downtown Philly and 41 miles from Lancaster.
> I can't believe that prior to digital TV and cable, people in my area had
> to
> erect antennae towers to get TV.
> I could install a real antennae in my attic, but that would entail running
> antennae wire, and then I'd have to choose between Philly and Lancaster
> stations.
> How does this square with y'all's experiences?  Is it expected that I'd
> have
> so much trouble getting reception at 40 miles from the source?   OK, I
> know
> that line-of-sight is always preferable for TV & radio, but this seems
> ridiculous.
> Anybody have any comments or suggestions?
> --
> Casey Bralla
> Chief Nerd in Residence
> The NerdWorld Organisation
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