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View Poll Results: How much would/did you pay for OTA?
Less than $100 300 30.52%
$100 to $500 497 50.56%
$500 to $1,000 117 11.90%
The sky's the limit. I need the best! 22 2.24%
I'm broke, you insensitive clod! 47 4.78%
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Old 2005-10-20, 12:34 PM   #1
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Question How much would/did you pay for OTA?

Some of the solutions we recommend here in the OTA Forum could be quite costly, while others represent the price of a carton of smokes or a few cases of beer. Choose your poison, right?

This poll asks which $$$ range you expect/already paid for your OTA system, including any installation costs. This is not about wishes for an ideal top-of-the-line system unless you really want/have one.

It is just a gauge of popular expectations/findings about OTA expenses.

We'll keep this thread to examples of dollars and cents spent on OTA gear alone and not HDTVs, AVRs, projectors, etc.

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Old 2005-10-20, 01:02 PM   #2
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This poll asks which $$$ range you expect/already paid for your OTA system, including any installation costs.
I'd hazard to guess that everyone will end up paying more than they will ever admit to.

Think about the days of the DVD. If I asked the question of how much you have spend on DVD player hardware (not including movies), most would be rather forgetful of the past.

I think that as newer OTA decoders become available, then you might consider purchasing a newer unit. So the story goes.. $150 here, $100 there.. and soon you've dropped an easy $2000+ over a 5 year period after you put an HDTV decoder onto each TV in the house, and replaced them all at least once. That cost would spike through the roof if you got yourself a new TV with the ATSC decoder built in.

I think we can all probably say that it's money spent for enjoyment over the years. If I go and spend $1000 on a vacation, i get one week of memories that start to fade as soon as I get back. A $1000 on a home entertainment system that you can use for 5 years. It's all onto your priorities I guess.
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Old 2005-10-20, 01:23 PM   #3
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I paid a whole $30 for a chepo Phillips indoor antenna which gets me everything I wanted except NBC which does come in sometimes but is not reliable.

Everything else is a good signal.........ABC, CBS, CBC, FOX, PBS

The signal is processed by the 9200 which should not count in the cost.
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Old 2005-10-20, 01:44 PM   #4
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joedoe that is amazing that you can pull in all those stations.

Good for you.

At your location do you must have good elevation.
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Old 2005-10-20, 02:07 PM   #5
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I pull in a few more as well. I get some french station and I get both CBS, UPN feeds.

Not sure about elevation. Uppermiddle and 3rd line area. Funny you say that though..........when I put the antenna at eye level I don't get them all..........when I moved it higher on top of the wall unit which is bigger than normal because it is for a HDTV I get more.

I do consider myself lucky with how much I do get and surprised.
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Old 2005-10-21, 07:28 AM   #6
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Default Ota = Cheap Tv!

I have a total of $300 spent on a uhf/vhf combo on the roof. Istalled 8 yrs ago and I get atleast 20-25 SD channels (Ontario,Michigen & Ohio). This equals $37.50 /year. I spent $190 two years ago for a Sammy T-351 and uhf amp to get 12 HDTV stations (Michigan & Ohio) so, $45 / year for HDTV. Best of all the costs get lower and lower every year !!!
How can anyone not justify an investment of $500 ? I pay in one year for HDTV what I pay for two months of my BEV SD programming.
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Old 2005-10-21, 02:12 PM   #7
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Well I got my Sammy 151 for $535 and paid $170 for a crappy omni-directional antenna later (very quickly) substituted for a $50 used UHF/VHF.

I paid more because of that damn omni-directional. When I move I'm gonna get a new antenna with a rotor and do it right the first time
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Old 2005-10-23, 02:59 PM   #8
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My Sammy 415s was $150US each and CM4221 was $60Cdn plus various duplexers ($3-$4 each) and that's it. Cheapest HD source I have ever paid for ..........
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Old 2005-10-23, 03:26 PM   #9
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Since I already have a Toshiba satellite reciever with HD OTA capabilites built in, I only need an antenna (around $100) to get HD channels.
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Old 2005-10-23, 07:30 PM   #10
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how much did I pay? apprx $1270

$140 for the CM4228
$350 for the Humax receiver after taxes and shipping
$160 for rotor, amp and cable. Bought on a trip to US
$220 for the wade antenna
$400 for concrete.
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Old 2005-10-28, 02:39 AM   #11
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Definitely a pattern forming. Most people will likely pay less than $1,000 it seems, while nobody expects to lose their shirt on the deal. Of course many people who go OTA are already counting the $$$ they will save over some or all of their DBS or CATV costs.
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Old 2005-10-31, 07:25 PM   #12
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Humax HFA 100 $229
CM 4228 $50
Antennacraft CS600 $20
55" Mitsubishi $1499
Rotor and Cable $114
CM 7777 $60
Quickrete $10
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Old 2005-11-01, 12:49 AM   #13
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$150 for my Samsung SIR-T151 (Back in 2004)
$160 for my 4228 and my AP-4747 (including shipping from BC)
$0 for my Tripod (neighbour donated)
$5 for RG-6 DSS install kit



Additional HD Toys:

$200 for ATI HDTV Wonder (rarely used; only purchased to get in under the old FCC windows)
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Old 2005-11-12, 01:47 AM   #14
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For me, it was over a ten year span. I replaced my old VHF/UHF combo back in '95 for analog. The removal and installation was about $450. This included a rotor and replacement RG-6. Just recently I bought a used Samsung SIR-T351 on e-bay w/o remote. Set me back $79 dollars. What makes the difference is the 50' self-supporting tower. That height cannot be matched by any of my neighbours.
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Old 2006-01-20, 08:01 AM   #15
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Red face OTA ain't Cheap!!!

I'm basically a student and wanted to get better reception.

Channel Master 4228 98.00
Installation on Chimney + Supplies (Mounting Kit and Straps, Coax) - 200.00

The install is like 200.00 for about 100ft of coax. I live in the Scarborough/Toronto Area. I'll be using a HDTV Tuner Card in my computer to be recording HDTV. (FusionHDTV5 Gold Plus). The HDTV tuner card was 150.00.

My grand total: 450.00 <<< That's half a thousand dollars, or the equivalent of one course. If I want to look at it from a yearly point of view...i'm paying 37.50/month for 1 year. Should've stuck to cable...lol.
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