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HDTV Antennae Questions

by y0Lorenzo / August 20, 2007 5:49 PM PDT

I have an HDTV already and LOVE Dish Network's HD package. I view on a 720p plasma over HDMI from the ViP 622 box. The quality is great. I am thinking of adding an HDTV to my house. It would receive our Dish Network 2nd tuner feed of down converted HDTV over RF, but I want to add to the mix, an HDTV antennae, for viewing local channels on this TV and possibly others in HD/SD.

-Will an indoor HDTV antennae placed near a window produce HDTV comparable to Dish Network HD channels? better/worse? in what way?

-What is required to install an outdoor HDTV antennae and is it necessary for good quality local channels?

-Can an HDTV antennae support multiple TVs simultaneously (assuming all tvs have tuners)

-Will an HDTV antennae also work with SDTVs? (HDTVs and SDTVs simultaneously, connected with a splitter)

-Will an amplifier need to be implemented and how?

Thanks for the help.

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by y0Lorenzo / August 20, 2007 5:57 PM PDT

I would love to have one of these:

It looks like it would do perfectly, but I am definitely not getting on the roof. Would it be expensive for someone to install it?

Would something like this:

placed indoor near a window or even mounted on the side of the house do the trick just as good or how much worse?

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by grc24 / August 21, 2007 7:44 AM PDT
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Go to They will recommend what type of antenna you will need depending on how far you are away from you local boadcasts. Also, don't get sucked into the whole "You need an HD antenna to get an HD picture." This is so not true. All you need are a plain ole' set of TV antennas. Hopefully they'll do the trick. I started with a cheap $14. set of RCA antennas and was able to get a couple of stations, but I returned those and picked up a $50. set of TERK amplified and I put them in my attic and low and behold, I now have all my locals in High Def. It's great and to be honest with you, the NBC station blows away what I get from the DishNetworks High Def stations. Anyway, fill in the blanks on the information sheet from and that should give you something to start with.

Good Luck.


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by Riverledge / August 26, 2007 1:17 PM PDT
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BUT AS ALWAYS, access all your resources.

Best wishes,


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by bevillan / August 21, 2007 7:48 AM PDT

I bought an indoor Terk HD antenna that doesn't even require the bunny ears to be extended to work.

Mine is the one that looks like some weird Klingon blade:

It was $40 and as long as you point it in the right direction (works fine through walls) it will be fine.

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HDTV Antenna
by k6lw / August 25, 2007 3:04 AM PDT

Currently all HD Over The Air (OTA) broadcasts are in the UHF portion of the spectrum. So if you want an outside antenna get one with good UHF gain figures. As to the quality, in some cases the OTA signal will be better than anything you get over cable or satellite since there doesn't need to be any compression of the signal. You can use the antenna to feed more than one TV, and it will work with both NTSC and HD. One word of caution though. Unless you're resonably close to the transmitter, using a splitter may reduce the signal strength to the point where the HDTV won't capture and lock in. A better solution is to use a powered distribution amplifier. This will allow you to connect multiple devices and still maintain adequate signal strength.
For installations out doors, a roof mount and short pole would be okay in most cases. There are companies that will install an outdoor antenna for you.

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by stewart norrie / August 26, 2007 5:44 AM PDT

I just upgraded to the new VIP222 system and now have 20 premium hi-def channels plus every local channel in my area I mean every channel anolog digital and hi-def FREE and all for $10.00 exta per month They even give you tons of c.d. music channels also free so sweet I was able to scrap that old outside antenna and save money. Please call dish If you have an older system they will upgrade you for free Dish is going to empg.4 technology there older systems are being upgraded hope this helps stewee

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Cutting the Cord, OTA Reception and Recording Shows
by sunier2 / July 26, 2014 2:03 PM PDT

I know this discussion was in 2007 and it's now 2014 but I wanted to get the simple solution across that has come about in the meantime. It is to drop your Dish, cable or whatever, get a good rooftop TV antenna and a Channel Master DVR+ ($250). I get 37 different channels here in Portland OR and unless you are in a hole or way out in the country this is a fine solution. NO monthly fees of any kind either. If you want to record more than 1 1/2 hours of TV, simply attach any hard drive and you're all set. There is also now a 1TB DVR+ fpr $399 but it's cheaper to just pick up a HD most anywhere (currently $80 at Costco).
Don't let anyone tell you there are special HDTV antennas; all TV antennas work the same. Get a good UHF-only antenna if all your HD stations in the area are UHF. Remember, the original idea of broadcasting in the U.S. was to support the programs with advertising or underwriting and the broadcasts are FREE! Don't let the government sell off the spectrum and deny the increasing percentage of people depending on OTA TV reception from continuing to get it.

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by Pepe7 / July 29, 2014 2:35 AM PDT


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