Cutting the Cord – Part 1

We’ve always been cable cheapskates and have had only the low-end package. Due to a recent increase in our rate, we’ve decided to cut that out as well. It’s not all about the money. I also like the idea that we aren’t going to be subsidizing things that we really dislike. You could say that I’m voting with my dollars. So the process begins to map out a way to get the content we want in a way that can be easily distributed around the house.

Step One – Verify that I can receive local DTV over the air.

The first thing I needed to determine was the location of the location of the local stations relative to our house. I wanted to be able to at least pick up the 4 major networks and the public broadcaster (LPB in this case). That would cover a lot of the event related content as well as several kids series that we like. AntennaWeb and TVFool are just two of several sites that provide information about TV broadcasters in your area as well as recommendations for antenna types needed to receive signals from them. You can see the attached graphic that shows the directions. Without a compass on my phone, this information helped me get it close. For fine tuning a particular station (since the reception of another might suffer), most TV have a built in tool for that.

Went by Best Buy yesterday and picked up a Clearstream 2 Long-Range HDTV Outdoor Antenna which came highly recommended by a lot of sites. My task last night was to actually verify the reception of the channels I wanted. At floor level, I could pick up all the stations with the exception of the CBS and ABC affiliate. I then mounted the antenna in the attic and used an existing cable run to test it on the same TV. Not only could I now receive HDTV from all local stations, I could also get the stations from two neighboring cities. What a difference that 15 feet can make.

Coming soon … Step Two – Verify that we can access purchased media from different locations around the house.

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