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Boxee unveils dongle to access free broadcast HDTV

By Matthew · 8 replies
Nov 17, 2011
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  2. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    How was an HD antenna not included in the original setup? Or even built in? Also, don't most modern TVs have the HD antenna built in already? Guess I need to get my learning on about set top boxes.
  3. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 846   +102

    Some TVs lack the coaxial input, so this is nice. Boxee is still too expensive tho... I can build a Windows PC for that price.
  4. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +11

    The problem is, you still need an HD antenna. This just a OTA ATSC tuner.

    The problem with OTA ATSC signals, is in most areas, the networks have their towers in different locations, so to change from NBC to CBS, you might have to manually re-orient your antenna, if you can get a signal at all with an indoor antenna at all.

    For example, in my area, NBC is located somewhere around 321 degrees, but Fox and CBS are located around 160 degrees.

    You can input your information to find out here: http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Address.aspx
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    (off topic, i know...)
    Anyone know where to get discover/science channel stuff through an online service?
  6. Or just skip Boxee altogether and watch broadcast TV.
  7. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    that's also antenna dependent. i have two indoor OTA ATSC antennas, and one of them, like you said, will require you to turn the antenna to watch different channels, while the other antenna is good enough to pick up all the channels.

    i would definitely look into a better antenna.
  8. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Netflix streaming has a nice list of learning channel content, I frequently watch NatGeo, Discovery and History channel shows. Believe they even have some NOVA from PBS.
  9. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +11

    It's not my antenna, as it's a high quality indoor omni. The problem is once you get beyond 10-15 miles (best case) from the broadcasting antenna, you need directional antennas or you need an antenna that can reposition itself (like mine can).

    A quick read a dbstalk.com will illuminate this.

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