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OTA Plus Cable

smjacoby
02-03-2008, 10:22 PM
Just wondering if anyone has suggestions how best to have OTA HD and my basic boxless cable. I'll use cable for all the stations I can't get OTA but use OTA for hi-def when available. I find I can run my antenna into my VCR coax input and out again to the HDTV with no apparent signal impact, so I could have a switch there to determine what's going in there (antenna feed or cable). But then I have to use my TV menus to switch from antenna to/from cable as an input.

Any simpler approach?

truedamen
02-09-2008, 11:48 PM
What kind of set do you have?

Scottnot
02-10-2008, 08:56 AM
Just wondering if anyone has suggestions how best to have OTA HD and my basic boxless cable. I'll use cable for all the stations I can't get OTA but use OTA for hi-def when available. I find I can run my antenna into my VCR coax input and out again to the HDTV with no apparent signal impact, so I could have a switch there to determine what's going in there (antenna feed or cable).
That won't really work, because your VCR only has a NTSC tuner and so cannot receive the OTA HD signals which are ATSC digital.


If you plan to continue to use your VCR to record SD programs received over cable, then you have two options:
- either use a two-port splitter on the cable and run one port to the TV and the other to the VCR. Connect the VCR to the TV with S-Video. This way, you can record one/watch another.
- or continue as you suggested to run the cable into the VCR and the VCR out to the TV.

Then, run the OTA cable into the TV's ATSC tuner for reception of digital and HD content.

But then I have to use my TV menus to switch from antenna to/from cable as an input.
Yes, you will have to use the the TV remote to switch from the ATSC input to the NTSC input to the S-Video input.

Any simpler approach?
Probably the least expensive, simplest alternative would be to upgrade your cable service to include HD and rent a DVR.