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Does anybody use an HD antenna instead of cable/satellite for their HDTV viewing in Atlanta?

If so, what's the signal quality like? The channel selection? Do you recommend it?
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Originally Posted by TURBO-1984 View Post
Does anybody use an HD antenna instead of cable/satellite for their HDTV viewing in Atlanta?

If so, what's the signal quality like? The channel selection? Do you recommend it?
Like you I'm in Kennesaw. I had a helluva time getting OTA channels without an outside antenna. I had a temp antenna setup on my bookcase but I could only get Fox and ABC. I think the mountain really screws with us. But when I did get it, and get a solid signal, the PQ was fantastic. Definitely better than it is on Comcast. If you can get all the channels I believe there are quite a few - NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, TBS, MYATL, CW, 786 crappy religious channels.
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I live in Alpharetta, and I was able to get a pretty good bit of channels, even though I live in a "pit" in my subdivision. I used a powered antenna that was a "high power" antenna. I think it also depends on the tuner in the TV. For example, I was able to use my antenna pretty well on my TV upstairs, but with my HD tuner card downstairs, all I can get is the Spanish channels. Fox and NBC seem to come in the best (along with the religious channels as Smails said).
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in lilburn, we have an indoor antenna and we get everything but NBC, but we're also in the woods. Might spring for an outdoor antenna to see if it can grab NBC.
oh and the quality is fantastic.

actually i've heard that cable compresses the quality, so I'm wondering what has the best?
satellite (DISH NETWORK has a $25 hd plan that looks tempting)
antenna
cable
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Originally Posted by SAIRUS View Post
in lilburn, we have an indoor antenna and we get everything but NBC, but we're also in the woods. Might spring for an outdoor antenna to see if it can grab NBC.
oh and the quality is fantastic.

actually i've heard that cable compresses the quality, so I'm wondering what has the best?
satellite (DISH NETWORK has a $25 hd plan that looks tempting)
antenna
cable
Antenna, if you get a good enough signal. They have more bandwidth per channel even after setting space aside for lower-res, lower bitrate SD subchannels.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Good stuff; the reason that I was asking was really for my Uncle who lives in south Ohio. He's got a HDTV but his cable service doesn't offer HD service. I was really wondering if the OTA HD signal via antenna would give him a comparable picture quality. It looks like the OTA antenna is a good option, at least in Atlanta.

Thanks.
post #7 of 8
It's supposed to be that good everywhere. I helped my bro-in-law in Missouri buy an HDTV this summer, and hooked up an antenna for him, and showed him the HD channels. The Olympics were on, so I flipped it to that, and he was amazed. They had just started pre-season NFL as well, so we watched a game that night, and he was amazed at the quality, and it was just from a rabbit ears antenna.
post #8 of 8
OTA Antenna has the best quality HD.

Every cable and satellite company compresses the signal.
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