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I didn't notice one iota of a difference. I don't think we were supposed to, were we?
 

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Well I have tons of the same channel such as 19-1 19-2 19-3 19-4, all stuff I wouldn't watch anyway!! Plus there is a pause when you switch from channel to channel and half of them say "weak signal" or "no program" so you get a blue screen.

UGH!
 

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Well I have tons of the same channel such as 19-1 19-2 19-3 19-4, all stuff I wouldn't watch anyway!! Plus there is a pause when you switch from channel to channel and half of them say "weak signal" or "no program" so you get a blue screen.

UGH!
You may need a better UHF antenna. The old analog was mainly (or maybe exclusively) VHF. That's the downfall, UHF doesn't travel as well, that and you can watch a weak signal on VHF because it's just fuzzier than a strong signal. You can't watch a weak digital signal. My parents are having that problem with some of the local stations. They have a 20 year old DirecTV satellite for the living room, but use an antenna for their bedroom since at the time it was really expensive to get two dishes.
 

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You may need a better UHF antenna. The old analog was mainly (or maybe exclusively) VHF. That's the downfall, UHF doesn't travel as well, that and you can watch a weak signal on VHF because it's just fuzzier than a strong signal. You can't watch a weak digital signal. My parents are having that problem with some of the local stations. They have a 20 year old DirecTV satellite for the living room, but use an antenna for their bedroom since at the time it was really expensive to get two dishes.
They would need two dishes? Can they upgrade their dish to the newer one that has more than one signal coming in? I think on our dish we can have up to four tv's hooked up. We only have two, even though my children keep trying to talk me into tv's in their room. That's not going to happen. I was just curious Nick.
 

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We have directv and have 2 TVs hooked up to the same satellite. My mom has 5 boxes hooked up to 1 satellite.

Our HDTV has a built in digital tuner and we get over the air waves fine, though we don't usually do that because of the directv. If you are still using an older TV it is probably your antenna, as Nick mentioned.
 

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Well I have tons of the same channel such as 19-1 19-2 19-3 19-4, all stuff I wouldn't watch anyway!! Plus there is a pause when you switch from channel to channel and half of them say "weak signal" or "no program" so you get a blue screen.

UGH!
Are you on a converter box? If so, like Nick said, could be your antenna. I have rabbit ears I bought at radioshack about 6 or 7 years ago and they work just fine.

If you don't watch those channels, just program them out. I only have channels I watch programmed.
 

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They would need two dishes? Can they upgrade their dish to the newer one that has more than one signal coming in? I think on our dish we can have up to four tv's hooked up. We only have two, even though my children keep trying to talk me into tv's in their room. That's not going to happen. I was just curious Nick.
Yeah, they can do that now, but I believe at the time you had to get two dishes (this was like the mid or early-90s). They never bothered after becoming empty-nesters because the antenna worked fine for analog. They're paranoid to change anything though, because DirecTV never changed their $29.99/month plan they started with.
 

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Thanks
We have Dish but NOT local channels...stupid Dish has told me for years "not available in your area" GRRRR

So we do have a convertor box so we can watch our local channels (news and such). The antenna we have also has a booster on it so we actually got more channels than most people had in our area before the switch.

Good idea about skipping goofy channels we don't want. I just wanted to see what all was there in the beginning. :)
 

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Yeah, they can do that now, but I believe at the time you had to get two dishes (this was like the mid or early-90s). They never bothered after becoming empty-nesters because the antenna worked fine for analog. They're paranoid to change anything though, because DirecTV never changed their $29.99/month plan they started with.
Oh, that makes sense.
 

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I didn't notice one iota of a difference. I don't think we were supposed to, were we?
Not if you have cable or satalite, Amy. That was Comcast's reason for the manadatory switch to digital two years ago. Haven't notoced one smidge of change with DirecTV since the "big switch" on Friday, either.
 

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You may need a better UHF antenna. The old analog was mainly (or maybe exclusively) VHF. That's the downfall, UHF doesn't travel as well, that and you can watch a weak signal on VHF because it's just fuzzier than a strong signal. You can't watch a weak digital signal. My parents are having that problem with some of the local stations. They have a 20 year old DirecTV satellite for the living room, but use an antenna for their bedroom since at the time it was really expensive to get two dishes.
That's what my parents have. They were told that besides the converter box, they had to buy a digital antenna.
 

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That's what my parents have. They were told that besides the converter box, they had to buy a digital antenna.
What, pray tell, is a digital antenna?
 

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What, pray tell, is a digital antenna?
Its marketing term used to describe a regular antenna!! Any antenna is capable of receiving digital off air. digital signal is sent on an analog carrier, so the frequencies used are still within the range of any antenna sold prior to the advent of digital tv. The only thing with digital OTA is that it is that in most areas people need a larger antenna to pics up the stations with reliability, since digital is a go / no go situation.
 

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Its marketing term used to describe a regular antenna!! Any antenna is capable of receiving digital off air. digital signal is sent on an analog carrier, so the frequencies used are still within the range of any antenna sold prior to the advent of digital tv. The only thing with digital OTA is that it is that in most areas people need a larger antenna to pics up the stations with reliability, since digital is a go / no go situation.
That I knew. I was being snarkey. :D Also, another marketing scam is HDTV antenna. No such thing.
http://www.hdtvantennalabs.com/hdtv-antenna-hype.php
 
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