Monday, November 4, 2013

Comcast issue

I received a letter from Comcast saying that they were going to be sending us some boxes so that we could continue to receive the basic cable service that we pay for.  I kind of like not needing to have a box and we have adjusted just fine to only having 4 channels that we watch on TV.  We have a number of TV's in the house so it will be inconvenient to have to hook up boxes to each one.

Apparently this is the result of a recent court ruling that allows the cable companies to encrypt their basic channel offering, which up till now had been illegal.  Since we live in a metro area, over the air (OTA) will probably work for us.  Also, if I can find a neighbor to share internet with I might bid adieu to Comcast entirely.  I got an old antenna that my dad had been using, but it was kind of in pieces.  I tore out the rotate mechanism since all the signals come from one direction (and it seemed broken), and soldered the wires to the old coax circuit (just the connector, the old circuit carried power for rotating the antenna as well).  We get most of the channels, but if I split the signal I get none.  So I need to find a pre-amp.  Recommendations?

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