[mythtv-users] Hardware for Over the Air Digital

Matt W mwood23 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 16 15:41:20 UTC 2009

On Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 6:06 AM, David Schmidt
<david.schmidt.in.dallas at gmail.com> wrote:

> Only if you are VERY close to your local antennas.  According to
> antennaweb.org, I'm 27-29 miles from the stations I watch, I got
> analog fine with rabbit ears, but have to re-orient the antenna based
> on which channel is tuned for digital.  That obviously doesn't work
> for scheduled recordings!

there is a solution for situations like these but it will cost a bit
of coin, take a while to install, and possibly put you in therapy for
a while, but in the end you'll feel like you're the king of Rube
Goldberg-ian TV solutions.  You'll need to install an external HD
(just get an old UHF antenna and save a few bucks) antenna on the
roof.  And onto that, you'll need to gang a rotor mount, one that
comes with an IR-based control unit.  Using IR blasting from Myth, you
can send the compass direction or pre-programmed (by you, of course)
arbitrary channel number to the rotor control unit as part of your
recording sequence.

I might find myself in this situation once I finally go totally OTA
for my local digital TV.  Luckily I have the rotor mount and control
unit installed.  Unluckily, the current antenna I have is not for HD
and I don't have an IR blaster unit on my OrigenAE box.  No sane
person would ever go through something like this.  But hey, we're
MythTV enthusiasts and I think we qualify as a different category  :-)


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