Shift_grind,Depends on several variables. If you really want to know the best antenna options for your specific location, look up your specific address at TVFool.com and post the link in this thread, which is signal and antennae focused, and you should be on your way. A little bit of reading now will yield great results.
Well I decided to get in gear and pick up an antenna locally for the Super Bowl and found the Clearstream 2v got pretty good reviews (as well as claiming UHF/VHF) and is also sold at the local Best Buy. It's an indoor/outdoor unit and thought it would be very easy to reuse my DirectTV wiring already run to the roof, install this unit facing NNE. Bought it Saturday night and of course it snowed Sunday, so I bailed on climbing on the roof. Currently sitting above the fireplace in the rear of the house pointing towards the front it pulls in 48 channels according to the auto tuner. No issues yet with any channels. I can only imagine once it's on the roof and not having to "go through" the entire house it will work even better.Personally I'd stay clear of the amplified antennas like you've linked, if you need to feed more than a couple TVs I'd just use a distribution amp with a non amplified more directional antenna. I also preferred an attic mount, somewhat for looks but more for durability of keeping it out of the elements(wind, snow, etc.). My antenna is many years old but looks like new.
I know someone in Burnsville who went with an Antennas Direct C2 in the attic and it's working quite well but if I went that route I'd opt for the C4 which while it costs more you may be able to get by without a amp for feeding multiple TVs, it will also give you a better chance of getting CH41 out of Big Lake/St. Cloud. Don't be afraid of directional antennas, just aim them in the general direction of Shorview(probably NNE) and use your TVs signal strength meter for fine tuning. A drawback of omni-directional antennas is they are lower gain for a given size and they are much more prone to multipath, probably your biggest issue when mounting in a attic. Like the CM4228 8 bay bowtie, the C2 or C4 are listed as being UHF but in our area they work just fine for high VHF for KMSP9.
Here's a link to the C4, the same place sells the C2.
Thanks for the link. Sorry if I mucked up the thread, just looking for locals recommendation.Shift_grind,
There is a thread dedicated specifically to helping people choose and install antennas for OTA. I included the link in the above response. Seriously, if you're trying to figure out the best options for antennas - at your specific address - you'll quickly get all the answers you need there. This thread is more focused on what's being broadcast OTA locally.
And just to clarify - I wasn't trying to play Thread Police as much as help point you to the best place to answer your questions. While local input is always nice, the TVFool.com site I recommended ( link here ) will give you a very accurate report for your specific address, antenna height, location on the roof vs. attic vs indoors, etc. Here is an example if you haven't seen one.Thanks for the link. Sorry if I mucked up the thread, just looking for locals recommendation.
Thats what a Tivo is for For me it would be really hard to watch basically any TV live, it's nice to be able to watch a 3 1/2hr show in ~2hrs....and in the same quality it was broadcast.Really? Even after the behavior exhibited by Kanye West and Madonna?
What gets me about MDTV is for the .001 % of the people that have a receiver and actually watch it they probably only watch .01% of their TV on MDTV and for that .0001??% viewing time it ruins the HD viewing experience for the rest of the 99.9999% most of the time makes absolutely no sense IMO!simple solution for KSTP
GET RID OF THAT ASININE MOBILE!!!! That is what is taking away sooooo much bandwidth. I was in Duluth over the weekend and saw WDIO and the picture is so much better than the crap they feed us on KSTP.
It's been HD for a while now, I credit unclehonkey for shaming them into switching over and upgrading....Flipping through the channels the other day and I found that 17.1 is now absolutely pristine 1080i. Yet, I can't get seem to get an audio signal. I tried all the audio program settings on my '07 Samsung. Nothing. Anyone else have the same problem?