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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 08:47 AM   #11
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If you're on the lake in Toronto you have it made. There are frequent postings in OTA speciality threads of lake front homes in the GTA getting 30 channels plus. The quality of these channels @ 720p uncompressed will be superior to anything you get with Rogers, Bell, or Shaw. And it's free.

We pick up Canadian channels easily here in west end Ottawa but we're too far away and with many obstructions in between to get anything from the U.S. We subscribe to Netflix and I get a lot of foreign content by VPN into the U.K. and U.S. on the Ipad which I then stream to Apple TV.

The only thing I miss are live hockey games on RDS/TSN. And for that I can find a justin.tv feed which helps.

Recommend getting a good antenna and pointing in an optimal position for picking up channels in Rochester and Buffalo. All of your Canadian channels come from the CN tower.

I will never return to a cableco or telco until they offer a la cart pricing so that I no longer have to pay for tens and even hundreds of channels that are never viewed.

The more consumers that do this will force the duopoly to unbundle their offerings. Glad that you are considering this option.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 10:14 AM   #12
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most OTA channels are 1080i, not 720p

iirc the only OTAs we get in toronto that are 720p are FOX, ABC and now CBC as well
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 10:22 AM   #13
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So do you guys who use OTA have good recommendations of suppliers/installers to use? Would seriously considered it.

About how much did you spend for the setup?
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 10:44 AM   #14
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 10:59 AM   #15
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You might also consider making your own antenna. Google homemade antenna and you'll get hundreds of hits. I made one that cost me maybe $40. PVR is an EyeTV hybrid that which was around $100.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 11:16 AM   #16
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Well I am going to check it out this weekend. Thanks.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 11:20 AM   #17
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I paid around $60 for the antenna, mast $10 (top rail for chain link fence at Home Depot) and RG-6 cable. The amp ran me about $100. Installed it myself.
So I guess the total was around $200.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #18
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I have a splitter in my basement one goes to my cable internet, the other runs upstairs into my TV. It gives me basic cable, and sometimes DTV. I don't know what you use for high-speed provider, but here in NS I can do that with no issues what so ever. I get NBC, PBS, Global, Much, CNN, Discovery, OLN, Score, Sportsnet... (well you get the picture) That may be a viable option if your internet provider also provides cable (AKA Rogers perhaps)
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Old Feb 13th, 2012, 10:14 PM   #19
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Well, I bit the bullet and had the antenna installed today (channel master 4221HD) and have converted all the Televisions in the house over. I must say I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this venture. I am able to pull in 29 channels with all of the major networks from Canada and the US. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CITY, FOX, CTV, Global and a whole slew of affiliates. I cannot believe the quality difference of the OTA signal in comparison to the Bell Satellite. I cannot wait to cancel my satellite service!

I am running one tv with a 2011 Mac mini hooked up to the Eyetv 250 plus. So far the recording is excellent. I have set a few programs to record overnight. Let's see how big they get. The one issue that I am having is the the Eyetv won't let me use the TV guide that is available. It states that "this account is not authorized to download program data.". Not quite sure how to deal with this one.

I appreciate all the feed back the everyone gave me. You were all very helpful in advising me.

I will let you know how the full conversion goes after a while.

Thanks again.

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So do you guys who use OTA have good recommendations of suppliers/installers to use? Would seriously considered it.

About how much did you spend for the setup?
I used Sal's TV in highland creek village (east Scarborough) and they were great to deal with. The full install including antenna, mast, amplifier and installation was 399 plus tax. Basically the equivalent of 4 months of full Bell Service. I will break even on the 5th month!
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