[FoRK] how to do no-sub tv?

Lucas Gonze < lgonze at panix.com > on > Thu Apr 27 08:35:07 PDT 2006

Brian Atkins wrote:
> Straight Over-The-Air HDTV is the best quality going nowadays. Sat 
> companies actually downrez it down to 1280x1024 and lower bitrates, so 
> avoid them.

Wow!  I would never have guessed that this was a plausible technology -- 
I was assuming that I'd need some kind of satellite hookup.

> Just hook up an antenna, size and quality depending on your location:
> http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx

Ok, so, the next question is what that "antenna" business means. 
Checking out the UHF antennnae at 
http://www.hometech.com/video/antennas.html, I wonder if I can get away 
with one of the smaller things there, since I don't have roof access for 
installing a bigger one.

As a general point, my motivation is to not accept ongoing dependence on 
some vendor, whether it's for subscription fees or refills.

> If you want a DVR, there are various options from building your own PC 
> based DVR, or waiting for the series 3 Tivo coming out this year which 
> will have two OTA tuners.

Hm.  Maybe I can retrofit my series 1 Tivo.  The only change is a bigger 
hard drive to accomodate larger files, I think.


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