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2006-07-21, 02:33 AM
Welcome to the OTA Forum! Please read through the OTA Forum Knowledge Base and FAQ Thread before posting in this forum. The ever-expanding Knowledge Base and FAQ Thread will provide you with great information as well as resources and suggestions for finding the OTA info you seek. You might not even need to ask about something if its already in there. If it isn't, we look forward to your questions.
It's just like in the real estate business: in OTA your location is critical information for us to help you.
If you are posting for the first time for OTA advice here are the steps to take:
Read all 28 posts in the OTA FAQ (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=41102)
Download the Antenna Chart (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=97121) and/or read about the Best Do It Yourself antennas (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=119489)
Go here (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=129) to find the Reception Results thread for your area of Canada
Help us to help you by reading through the thread for your area to see how others nearby have already done
When you are in a Reception Results thread use the Search This Thread tool to the upper right beside Thread Tools and put in your neighbourhood name or local street names as search terms, and if there are results already posted from where you live you can compare.
Generate your TVFool report (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showpost.php?p=362703&postcount=10) and paste the link into your first post
Put your city and either the neighbourhood name or the nearest major street corner in the title of your post, like "Happytown, BC: Glad Ave & Smiley St"
In each forum look for the threads at the top of the listings that begin with the word "Sticky" as they are important sources of info
2007-01-04, 11:47 AM
There's so much to research and I have little money to play with!
Basically I'm looking for the best tuner / antenna combo for decent reception of HDTV in Ajax. Of the 'local' channels, the only one I'm really intrested in (and I guess a must have) would be CBC so I can watch Saturday night Leaf games and playoff hockey in HD (not necessarily Leaf playoff hockey, lol)...
I'm also running an HTPC so for a tuner I was thinking of going with either the ATI HDTV tuner or the Haupage USB tuner.
For the antenna, I would really prefer something small that sits in my living room. I don't understand the technology much and realize this might be impossible. Next pref would be the attic I guess......I'm just looking for a simple setup and don't want to be doing alot of drilling or wire fishing...
I'm in Ajax, in the Rossland/Harwood area ... I'm really looking to hear from someone in my area who has set this up. Any help and direction would be helpful..
2007-01-04, 11:56 AM
There is an entire thread regarding OTA Reception Results in your area here:
Regarding equipment required, that is discussed in the thread above, but if you're specifically looking for hardware and where to buy, you can look at this thread here:
2007-01-04, 12:10 PM
Please make sure you read through the OTA Knowledge Base, if you haven't yet done so.
tuner cards are discussed here: TV Tuner Cards For HTPC Discussion (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=42094)
Of the 'local' channels, the only one I'm really intrested in (and I guess a must have) would be CBC so I can watch Saturday night Leaf games and playoff hockey in HD (not necessarily Leaf playoff hockey, lol)...
You will only receive "local" channels OTA, although living in Ajax,... Buffalo or Rochester stations might not be considered "local" to you. Please also note that just because it has been around for decades, CBC may not neccesarily broadcast HNIC in the future, if that affects your decision...
have fun, and post again if you have more questions and/or when you get results!
2007-01-04, 12:23 PM
Thanks guys...I'm reading through all these posts.....information overload!
2007-03-29, 05:30 AM
-sorry about my ignorant newbie post underneath, trustme- just readon ;)
-The above is just a link to this Barbecue grill they call an antennae that I saw in tigerdirect.ca, and I'm thinking of ordering.
Well, first off I live in
Ottawa, (actually right near Vanier Parkway and Beechwood Avenue)-downtown.
-I own my own little property and house so as far as Canadian CRTC or whoever Rules? I can stick what I want on my roof.
Ok, so whats next, whats the best pre-amp/amp for this setup (and/or do I really need one?) Right now, I use my workstation(PC) with a Hauppage PVR-350 TV/Tuner card which I want to continue to use,(but i'll probably need an hdtv tuner card as well) after I give "ROGER$"-cable the boot!
...ya i know, these darn newbie questions, ....
1./ Ok, I guess where I should start is by asking if anyone around my "area" (above) has had good luck with HDTV/UHF/VHF receptions ? if so, what do you get? how many channels?
there are so many blogs and forums out there this looked like the best one for on-air digital/hdtv/uhf/vhf information.
I've read around this forum that (unfortunatly)Ottawa sucks! because we're in a "valley of Hills" so to speak.
2./ is the above Antennae a good start?, if not, what kind of passive/active antennae hardware, and/or equipment would anyone recommend, ...
3./ Are they any good/reputable firms/A/V stores in and around the Ottawa area for one to go and see or purchase from. that is regarding above mentioned stuff?
3./ ... any regrets?
Last but not least, about the closest I got to understanding TV/Sat Broadcasting was way back in the late 80's, when I worked for "The Satellite Shop"
business was booming for about 1 year, that is, with a 12-foot parabolic bird-bath on your front lawn you could get literally "everything" even from the European orbitting birds. (some of you guys here may remeber those days). anyway, we all know the rest, HBO, the Big Cable giants, ..., encrypted all the uplink signals, and that ushered in the era of Ted Roger$,... (and for only $100/month today! http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/images/icons/icon8.gif ). -that also ended my 1 year satellite installers' job too.
well, on a more serious note, for any of you Satellite-dish guru's still out there, -is Sat-TV (not Bell Exper$$Vu) still worth it? -I guess, in remoter areas way up North it is, but,.. is it still a good, permanent ? solution anymore, if at all.
thanks again all,
-any info/direction would most humbly be appreciated.
I moved this post but given the broad range of questions it may get moved again.
2007-03-29, 12:56 PM
Thanks Jake. :)
solarux, first of all welcome here, and you've come to the exact right place.
The OTA Forum is set up to be your one-stop-shop of all OTA info you'll need. The threads are set up like the aisles in a hardware store - you will find what you need, but you won't usually find paint in the plumbing aisle, etc. etc. so it is important to look around first before posting a long list of questions.
In your case, solarux, take the time to read through the OTA Forum to get your answers, and at that point join in on appropriate threads if your remaining questions are on topic for them. If you cannot find info, you can ask in the appropriate thread. Also be sure to avoid posting off topic questions, which are subject to deletion based on the Rules of the Forum.
Clicking on the links in this post will take you to the first, most essential reading to start with.
2007-09-01, 01:15 PM
I have just bought an OTA Antaenna and I'm going to be buying another HDTV this evening. I have no idea how to begin setting all of this up, I just know that I want to do it. Can anyone direct me to a page that can get me from A to Z quickly and easily so the blessed Mancave will be 1080P compliant!
2008-03-02, 02:55 PM
I recently bought a phillps HDTV attenna @ walmart. The silver one with the square in the middle. When I hooked it up I got 3 channels. I didn't think that was enough so I returned the attenna. Any suggestions / recommendations on Attenas for indoor that would get me better reception. I am located in Mississauga.
Thanks in adavance:D
2008-03-02, 02:58 PM
I suggest that you read thoroughly the thread re: OTA Reception in your area:
You will find within it antenna suggestions and placement and many other tips and tricks.
I live in Windsor, about 5 miles as the crow flies from downtown Detroit - is there any chance of me picking up some channels with an indoor antenna?
I live in a rented house at the moment and don't want to spend the money getting an antenna fitted onto a house that I won't be in for more than a couple of years....
I currently have Cogeco, but would like some HD channels on the TV upstairs which just has the normal Cogeco (receiver), as the HD DVR is downstairs.....
Do I stand a chance or would it be a waste of cash?
See this thread (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=81123) for what other folks in your area are getting. This should answer your question
2008-12-15, 09:12 PM
I'm looking for a good supplier of stb, pre-amps, antenna etc
I live in Nanaimo, BC and something close would be nice.
I'm having a rough time finding anything.
2008-12-15, 09:15 PM
There are several OTA supplier links in Post #18 of the OTA FAQ:
2009-03-16, 09:48 AM
Hi guys, New to this whole OTA HD and have a question about the channels that are possible to receive form the gatineau area?
Will i gain any extra channels by installing an antenna on the roof?
I would like to be able to receive american channels but fear that im too far from border eh?
I was thinking on getting the monoprice antenna and mouting outside
Should i bother trying to get it up as high as possible? or can i just maybe attach it to my current sattelite mast?
2009-03-16, 10:01 AM
Go to the OTA Reception Results sub-forum (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=129)
Look into the following thread:
1) List of Ottawa Area OTA TV Stations (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=95758)
2) Ottawa, Outaouais, Eastern Ontario: OTA Station Status (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=69697)
3) ON/QC - Ottawa, Outaouais, Eastern Ontario - OTA (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=33034)
You should be able to find answers to your questions there. If not, post a question in the third thread I listed above.
2009-03-16, 10:04 AM
Yes, goto the Ottawa threads for your area.
Also, you can goto the FCC maps site and punch in your address to see if any US stations will reach your area.
2009-03-16, 10:19 AM
Great thanks guys i will look around in those threads
2009-03-16, 02:34 PM
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