Question about Televison & Video
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Posted on Aug 09, 2010
Well, I did some research before committing to answering this question. According to what I was able to find, there are only 15 stations in Canada that are currently broadcasting an ATSC signal. In Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), has set August 31, 2011 as the date that free-the-air analog TV transmission service will cease in most parts of the country, with new regulations requiring broadcasters to switch to free-to-air Digital TV (ATSC). So, my point is, are you sure there is a genuine ATSC (digital) over-the-air signal available in your area? Also, here in the U.S. millions of Americans have become very dissatisfied with the new digital signal because unlike analog, you can't easily pick it up using an indoor antenna unless you're very close to the source of the signal and there are no geographical or man-made obstructions between you and source. All of the TV manufacturers here in the U.S. have taken millions of calls collectively since June from customers complaining that their new digital TV isn't picking up any local channels using the $50 indoor antenna they just purchased. We have a website here called antennaweb.org where people can go and plug in their address and see what the digital coverage is like in their area. Unlike analog, digital doesn't travel nearly as far and it doesn't penetrate buildings and structures very well at all. With analog, a person could watch TV in the basement using an antenna. With digital, if you're using a set-top antenna, you can forget it. People inside of an office building with no window in the room a TV is set up in trying to use an antenna? Forget about it. I take these calls everyday, so I'm not giving you my opinion. I'm not saying you don't have digital in your area, but you need to cognizant of the type and strength of antenna you're using (outdoor, roof mounted antennas are the best) and how far away the nearest digital broadcast is. I hope I've provided you useful assistance and that this information allows you to make an informed decision as to how to proceed from here. Please be sure to vote on my response. I hope I've earned a good rating from you today! Please post a comment if you need additional assistance so that I can help you further.
Posted on Feb 10, 2010
There should be a signal strength meter in the menu probably under the setup menu. Check to be sure that the unit is set to either antenna or off air not cable. The frequencies are different and if it is on cable you will not get the channels you want. Also as I said look at the signal strength of the signals, Just because the transmitters are near you does not mean you have a good signal. Many things affect signal strength including an unobstructed line of sight from transmitter to receiver. Also how far from the antenna are you and do you have an outfdoor antenna with some gain? For best reception you should have an antenna on a rotor about 30 feet off the ground to establish a good ground plane. My personal favorite is the largest antenna made by Channel Master. It has about 30db of gain with no external amplification. Then I would add at least another 30db of amplification with an amplifier which has the front end at the antenna. Next do not split the signal unless using a very good no loss electronic splitter. All this will cost about $300 but you should then have a great picture. Anything less may work but will be a compromise. One thing which will not work is any splitter which cannot pass at least 1 ghz bandwith. www.mcmelectronics.com has everything you would need at a good price. Let me know if you have any questions or need more help.
Posted on Feb 08, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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