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Zeruel
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Since: 2.1.02
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Background: Before I got DirecTV in 2008, I was using a HD antenna to get OTA signals. When I got hooked up, I took down the antenna. Now that I "cut the cord" in May, I tried to hook my antenna back up to watch some football and I'm not getting any channels anymore. I've tried different antennas, borrowed some, and even bought a new one. No dice. My old roommate and I watched the Superbowl this year just fine on his TV and it is the same model of mine.

So, I figure there is something wrong with my TV. It is a 1080p big screen that I use for my computer monitor through the HDMI cord. Is there a cheap (under $50) and reliable solution anyone can recommend where I could get something for my computer and plug my antenna into so I can at least watch some football this fall?

I know such things exist but I'm hoping someone here has some experience with one or more of them and can give me a review. I trust y'alls reviews more than ones on sites as you have no idea if the reviews are real or not.



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Have you tried rescanning your TV? After the digital conversion, a lot of channels changed their locations (although their virtual "channels" stayed the same). Your TV just might be looking in the wrong place.

I just hooked up rabbit ears last weekend because Comcast wasn't getting ABC HD to work and I was worried they wouldn't fix it in time for the NASCAR race - I had to rescan before anything would show up, because it had been five years since I needed to watch any over the air channels.



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Since: 7.2.02
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Back when I worked as a radio broadcast engineer, I asked one of the TV engineers to whom we rented space about getting the OTA HD signals. He said those signals were VERY finicky - it was not like the old days of SD broadcasting - and that position and placement of the reception antenna was VERY important (near window and, if you know where the transmitter is, try to point it in that direction).

When we finally cut the cord (we've since re-attached after we moved to a different state, although I'm not sure for how much longer), I decided to see what happened when I plugged the coaxial cable directly into my HDTV. It turned out that we got about 20 or so channels - all the locals and a few basic cable channels as well - but enough that going out and purchasing an antenna proved unnecessary. And the majority of the channels were in HD and not SD.

I *believe* this has something to do with some kind of multiplexing between the basic cable and internet services that make it cheaper to deliver, but it's not well documented. And Googling resulted in varying degrees of outrage - from "no biggie" to "hey that's stealing!", so your morals may vary.


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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.24
    Originally posted by CRZ
    Have you tried rescanning your TV?


I rescanned after ever move of the antennas (closer to window, higher in the room) and after every change of antenna. No dice. I even had a amplified antenna with a 50' cable that I tried on the top of my 2nd floor (tv is on 1st) and put it in a window facing south. That didn't help either.

I did the tvfool.com report (I don't have the link), but all my DC stations are between 220-230 degrees. Before, I could get every DC station w/o having to touch my antenna.

Other than time, nothing has changed. Because of all the different antennas, I can only assume that it is the TV. In my area they even cut down an number of big trees (south of my house) for a new highway that goes right by my neighborhood.




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Since: 18.3.02
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.00

Not to ask the stupid question, but in the settings for your TV is there a selection for antenna type with selections for "antenna" and "cable" etc...

If it's not on antenna you won't pick up much of anything OTA.

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.24
    Originally posted by cranlsn
    Not to ask the stupid question, but in the settings for your TV is there a selection for antenna type with selections for "antenna" and "cable" etc...

    If it's not on antenna you won't pick up much of anything OTA.




It was on antenna. I never had to set it to cable as DirecTV was using one of the HDMI ports.




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Have you tried the "double re-scan" method? I did have this happen on one TV.
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Also, are you able to upgrade the firmware on your TV? I know it's not common, but depending on your model there could be an issue.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.24
Thanks for the suggestion but it didn't work.

I searched and didn't find any firmware for my tv, it is a samsung hl-s6187w and it just seems like there aren't any updates for it.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.78
There are all sorts of USB TV tuners out there, most are under $50. Just plug it into a USB port on your computer and you'll be able to connect an antenna to it.

I'd suggest picking one up from Best Buy or Walmart so that if you're in signal dead space you can always return it.



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