[kwlug-disc] OT: Non-satellite alternatives to Rogers Cable?

Colin Mackay zixiekat at gmail.com
Mon Nov 7 09:35:56 EST 2011

May I ask what kind of an antenna you are using and where is it
mounted?  I was considering putting up a tower with a 4 bay antenna to
see what I could pick up from TO / Buffalo.  Knowing your setup can

On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 9:32 AM, L.D. Paniak
<ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
> Having discovered last night the Rogers pulled the plug on HDNET, I too
> am front-burner-ing the search for alternatives.
> With an antenna suggested on this list once upon a time by Andrew K. and
> a cheapo amp mounted miles from the antenna, I can reliably get the
> local channels, CBC from TO and CHCH from Hamilton.  Quite often
> (ex-rain,heavy cloud, snow), channels from Buffalo are good too with
> WNET(PBS) leading the way.  I have yet to tie this feed into my Myth
> system, but I have been pleased with performance on the LG widescreen.
> My questions would be best multi-tuner PCI(-E) ATSC capture card for
> Mythtv? And suggestions for a decent UHF amp.
> On Sun, 2011-11-06 at 14:50 -0500, Jason Locklin wrote:
>> On Tue, 2011-10-25 at 09:26 -0400, Charles M wrote:
>> > I've been thinking about just setting up some kind of automatic
>> > torrent thing to go with our XBMC setup. But if there's another
>> > solution that doesn't involve a dish we'd look at it.
>> If you go with internet streams, digital over the air (DTV) provides a
>> cheap supplement for local news and mainstream programs. In most of KW,
>> you can get Global (Ch 6), CTV (13), and TVO (28) with nothing more than
>> old-school rabbit ears. They are 1080i HD digital. I have an hdhomerun
>> connected to a mythTV backend and XBMC for PVR functionality, but that's
>> not necessary. If you have a modern flat-screen TV, most have a built in
>> digital tuner, so you just plug in an antenna and do a channel scan. If
>> you are at a high enough elevation in your apartment and face east or
>> south-east, you may be able to get Toronto, Hamilton, and/or Buffalo
>> stations, but that can be a challenge. See the DigitalHome.ca OTA forums
>> for information if you want to try that. You can also put in your
>> coordinates and elevation to tvfool.com to get an idea of what you need
>> to pull in signals from those cities, but it's a very rough estimate.
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