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Recommendations for OTA Antenna for my particular situation

J03 6,667 601 August 9, 2016 at 02:57 PM
Ok here goes. I've cut cable completely awhile ago but football season is starting soon. Normally I would just buy an antenna and call it a day but a building is going up next to my place which is blocking any inside antennas from getting any signals. Compound that with my place having aluminum studs which seems to do some serious signal blocking and I can't get anything from your standard antenna.

So I found what I thought was a decent solution awhile back and now I can't find it again plus I think it was obsolete. What I would like to do is put an outdoor antenna on my patio facing the only direction where signals can come in. Then I want to run it to some sort of box that can stream the feed over WIFI so I don't have to drill holes into my unit from the outside. The box I had found was actually a combination OTA DVR and WiFi streamer.

Does anyone know what I was looking at or have other suggestions for making this work? At a minimum I would like to be able to stream an outdoor antenna's signal over wifi. Adding a DVR system would be a plus and I have somewhere I can keep the box out of the weather and a power source.

Appreciate it!

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Beyond the building next to you, your "situation" is really just your location and the location of the tv towers. Punch your address into http://www.tvfool.com/index.php?o...&Itemid=29 and post the result.

The height, placement relative to your house and the tv antennas, and footprint of the building are all going to have a big impact. I'd say you'er looking at a pretty big antenna on a mast on your roof. You also might have to aim it a little funny to catch reflected signals.


As to tuners, Silicon Dust's HD Home Run products are the only ones I'd recommend. You'd need to make an HTPC for DVR functionality. Ethernet >> WiFi.TiVo is also an option.
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No roof, it's a condo, and I'm surrounded on all sides by tall buildings with one decent sized gap that has a view of a tower. I used to have an antenna up in my guest room but it literally dropped channels as the building got taller until it lost all signal. That window faces the opposite direction of the 'gap'.
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No roof, it's a condo, and I'm surrounded on all sides by tall buildings with one decent sized gap that has a view of a tower. I used to have an antenna up in my guest room but it literally dropped channels as the building got taller until it lost all signal. That window faces the opposite direction of the 'gap'.
You could be effectively limited to cable or satellite. Do you own or rent?


I'd probably try to stash the biggest antenna i could in a closet. Something like this: http://www.solidsignal.com/pview....0572142281
which measures 5" x 41" x 33"
What antenna do you have now?


It would be very helpful if you posted your tvfool link as before.
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If you have wifi - you may want to consider Sling Sport Package [sling.com]

And a loooong time ago, I had great results using Mohu Leaf Indoor Antenna - following LINK [gomohu.com] will tell you which antenna works best in your area
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Local sports bar should get all the games you wanna see but it might end up being more expensive then cable.Smilie I too cut the cord about 3 years ago and haven't looked back but I forced myself to stop watching sports 10 years ago. If I was still a sports nut I would just bend over and take the cable bill.
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Local sports bar should get all the games you wanna see but it might end up being more expensive then cable.Smilie I too cut the cord about 3 years ago and haven't looked back but I forced myself to stop watching sports 10 years ago. If I was still a sports nut I would just bend over and take the cable bill.
I have a sports bar directly across the street where I spend more than cable watching games, but I love the place. There are just those times when you don't feel like putting on clothes and sitting somewhere. Smilie

I'll check out that sling package and see if it will work for me. For now, it's preseason at the bar!
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