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Old 17-Jul-2014, 8:58 PM   #1
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To help with the added expenses of our first child, my wife and I have decided to see if we can pull off cutting the cord from DirectTV. I've researched streaming devices and am trying to learn about OTA programming.

My tvfool report is not super promising - CLICK

The main channels we'd try to get OTA are FOX (my football) and CBS (her shows). Still learning about all the ways to improve reception so if someone would give a breakdown of what type of setup might pull this off, would be greatly appreciated!!

Also, can someone explain what those 'subchannels' that appear to have green reception strength are? When I type in their callsigns on rabbitears.info, it seems like they are affiliated with the bigger networks. Does that mean, for example, if I am able get good reception of K23FO-D, I would be able to get a clearer FOX signal than trying to pick up KPTH-DT? Thanks in advance!
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Old 17-Jul-2014, 9:51 PM   #2
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I've seen much worse reports.
You have a bunch of thranslators on the Jackson, MN tower at magnetic 20 degrees.
Rabbitears.info will give you the breakdown as to what networks they are

http://www.rabbitears.info/search.ph...ive+Television

Also see
http://www.ctv.coop/index.php?page=2

Scroll down to see the Jackson tower.

I would think that an Antennas Direct DB4E would serve you well. Aim it at about 30 degrees magnetic to start with.

https://www.antennasdirect.com/store...v-antenna.html

You can also add their hi-vhf add-on kit if cbs on 12 is spotty.

Other, wiser members may have different solutions.
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Old 18-Jul-2014, 4:00 AM   #3
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I've seen much worse reports.
You have a bunch of thranslators on the Jackson, MN tower at magnetic 20 degrees.
Rabbitears.info will give you the breakdown as to what networks they are

http://www.rabbitears.info/search.ph...ive+Television

Also see
http://www.ctv.coop/index.php?page=2

Scroll down to see the Jackson tower.

I would think that an Antennas Direct DB4E would serve you well. Aim it at about 30 degrees magnetic to start with.

https://www.antennasdirect.com/store...v-antenna.html

You can also add their hi-vhf add-on kit if cbs on 12 is spotty.

Other, wiser members may have different solutions.
Big thanks for the information! The CTV option is especially interesting since they have many channels available from their Jackson tower. However, they apparently charge $7 per month. That seems reasonable but how is it they can restrict someone from picking up the signals without subscribing? (Sorry if that's a dumb question but like I said, still learning about OTA services).
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Old 18-Jul-2014, 1:25 PM   #4
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how is it they can restrict someone from picking up the signals without subscribing?
I have no idea. Maybe it's done on the honor system?
You'll have to check with them as to their procedures & policies
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