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Old 11-06-2014, 04:46 PM
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Yea, for sports you're best off keeping cable.

I don't have cable; I bought a $300 computer (and wireless keyboard/trackpad combo) with a wi-fi receiver and hdmi into the tv. You can watch any streaming service that way, youtube, Project Free TV, various network shows on demand (comedy central, CBS, etc).

Better than a smart TV (no need to run out and buy a new device because a new service came out).

My 100Meg internet is $60/mo (Charter). You really only need 30Meg. For ~2 devices streaming at the same time.
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After multiple price increases over the past 9 months that added a combined $25 to my monthly cable bill without giving me anything of additional value in return, I finally decided to ditch cable TV. That cut $75 from the cable bill.

I'll probably end up subscribing to one of those live TV streaming services like Sling or PSVue, but first I'm seeing how long I can last without any of those (I already have Amazon Prime and Netflix for on-demand stuff). Now the priority is to get a very good antenna.

I have an old rabbit-ears with a UHF loop, and it picks up all the channels I expected to get in this area (except one which has a detectable but unusable signal), if I place it on a high shelf in the living room. I figure a better antenna would thrive in the same spot, able to pick up that other channel.

The RCA compact Yagi (model ANT751R) appears to be the most popular and best-rated antenna on Amazon (picture below) among the non-flatsheet antennas. It's small enough to be usable indoors, but it might still be too big for where I want to put it. However I haven't been able to find any consistent information about its assembled dimensions. The RCA site doesn't have it, and different people on the web say different things. I believe the main bar in the middle is 36 inches, which is OK, but the width of the longest cross-bar (or whatever is the technically correct term) is the main unknown and main concern. I may have to buy it and build it to find out.

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I got an outdoor antenna mounted to my house. It's awesome. But my indoor rabbit ears stopped working when I got a metal roof. You may do fine with an indoor thing.
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I mounted my active Monoprice directional antenna (on sale for $15 a few years back) out on my gutter and it works like a charm. I had it indoors for a while and it was worthless. Make sure to use antennaweb.org to see which direction your TV stations come from. Mine all came from the same direction which was nice.
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I ordered this similarly shaped but smaller antenna to put on the shelf. I still have Windows Media Center doing the DVR duties, but with an OTA-capable 2-tuner HDHomeRun instead of the CableCard HDHomeRun Prime which will be sold on eBay.

I don't think I'll be able to avoid signing up for one of the TV streaming services for the World Cup this summer. The main criteria for selecting which service (besides having the necessary channels) will be which one is the most responsive and least restrictive with pausing and rewinding live TV.

https://www.1byone.com/TV-Accessorie...nna/OUS00-0555
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Many companies will release their own streaming services and will stop showing their content through Netflix, Hulu, etc. Netflix stocks fell when Disney announced their exclusive streaming service.
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That antenna didn't do any better than the old rabbit-ears, so it's going back. Might be the fault of the building and not the antenna, but there's no use in keeping it if it doesn't improve the signal reception.

I ordered one of those flat sheet mini-antennas, hoping it will work well when stuck to a window. The window blinds are metallic, which may have been hurting the signal of the antenna on the shelf. The sheet antenna will be between the blinds and the glass, so the blinds won't block the signal (and might even help via reflection).

Most of the flat sheet antennas have a permanently affixed cable -- a long thin cable that's likely to cause signal loss. I specifically selected an antenna with a detachable cable so I can choose the length and quality of the coax cable to minimize the signal loss.

https://www.amazon.com/NoCable-Detac.../dp/B075B3KQQD
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The sheet antenna was terrible on a shelf inside, but is working beautifully when stuck to the window. It gets a steady signal on all the channels I could reasonably hope to receive in this area, plus a faraway channel I didn't expect to get (transmitted from another state).

It's hooked up to a distribution amplifier, with one cable going from the amplifier directly to the TV and another to an HDHomeRun 2-tuner box. I ordered a Huappauge USB dual tuner so I can have 4 tuners available to the PC for recording.
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