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NTSC OTA in GTA
« on: December 13, 2014, 07:35 pm »
Just set up a beautiful Sony KV27FS100L NTSC TV that I found on kijiji for free. I have also confirmed using rabbit ears in a basement there are no NTSC OTA channels in Brampton anymore.
What is the next best step to receive anything via OTA from the GTA? My goal was to be able to simply receive the strongest local channels so I can catch some local news. I already have all national news channels and network channels via slingbox from another city.
Added: In short, I need an ATSC to NTSC converter box. Any recommendations?
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2014, 07:47 pm »
Well I just did the same with a 19" LCD NTSC.  I paid  $20 for it though.  I connected to the roof top CM 4221 and scanned.  Absolutely nothing from GTA or from USA.  My intention is to use it as a spare monitor.


I have read that for the money, $60, the HomeWorx HW-150PVR ATSC Digital TV Converter Box and PVR is pretty good.[/size] [/color]
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2014, 08:45 pm »
I bought the HW-150PVR and it is doing the job. Paid $63 at Canada Computers. Up to 10 digital channels including Buffalo with only indoor antenna in the basement.
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2014, 10:56 pm »
With the roof top ant I get about 30 channels.  The ant is pointed 140 degrees true towards Buffalo.




Does the PVR work ok?
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2014, 11:00 pm »
PVR works using memory stick. Haven't tested much yet. Mainly wanted receiver capability. Now need VGA to S-video converter so I can transfer Netflix and slingbox to the "big screen".
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2014, 01:16 pm »
On HW-150PVR, component output delivers a pink-hued image to TV screen. I've read this is due to video source (HW-150PVR) delivering an S-video signal instead of component output signal. I don't know if my particular HW-150PVR is defective, or it needs to be switched to component output somehow, or if design of this product is defective. So I'm using composite output instead. Considering the TV is 480i only, it probably doesn't matter. The Sony picture is very clear.
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2014, 04:34 pm »
Picked up a HW-150PVR at Future Shop today for $50 (Boxing day sale).  Works great but not as sensitive as my Dynex 24" TV.
The Dynex scans in 30 channels and the HW only 27.  Also I get minor pixalation on CFTO 9.1 on the HW.

The HW records well on a USB stick formatted with FAT 32.  Haven't tried a timed recording off the EPG.

The HDMI only does 1080P output.  It doesn't seem to do 1080i or 720P.

So far I'm pleased with the HW.
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2014, 04:40 pm »
That's a good price. Even if channels don't scan in automatically, you can manually scan in any channel. I must re-orient my indoor antenna to receive CFTO. It is the only VHF channel. I am pleased with it. Picked up VGA-S-video converter so I can also view Netflix and slingbox on the TV too.
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2014, 04:43 pm »
The HW records in .mts format.  VLS on my PC would not play it.  Bummer.
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2014, 04:44 pm »
I only need to replay on TV for time shift. So it's ok.
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2014, 04:54 pm »
I tried to log on to MediasonicUSA.com and was redirected to Mediasonic.CA which hasn't been updated for about 1 year.
The SW on my HW is dated August 2014 but no mention of it on the CDN web site.
FTA: Openbox S9, 33" dish on Stab 90 HH, Avenger PLL LNB.  Spare 33" with Avenger PLL LNB.  25" at 30W, GeoSatPro  PLL LNB.
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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2015, 06:24 am »
I bought the HW-150PVR and it is doing the job. Paid $63 at Canada Computers. Up to 10 digital channels including Buffalo with only indoor antenna in the basement.

Good piece of information i am just wandering if the offer still remains.

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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2015, 07:15 pm »
Anybody know where I can get an Antenna Direct DB8 for least than $100 in the GTA.  All vendors seem to be priced at $100.  Any sales anyways

Thanks


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Re: NTSC OTA in GTA
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2015, 10:09 am »
You can get one from tiger direct or amazon for approximately 50-100 dollars. Ill post links


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8203587&SRCCODE=WEBGOOPA&scid=scplp706666&kpid=8203587&gclid=CjwKEAiA3vamBRDJ1Lfwt5Pckw4SJAAdhnk2fRmjpB8aiPiu_oDq_jQGkF2ORTG70cXT5gDCIrrP-BoCQo_w_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds


http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=DB8&utm_campaign=base&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=google_base&gclid=CjwKEAiA3vamBRDJ1Lfwt5Pckw4SJAAdhnk2AH8eo1itj15-NrfoqGW_kjSEF7fAuB3lRd3IFldICBoCwMTw_wcB

The first link you posted is not even an Antennas Direct DB8 but rather a cheap Digiwave 8 bay antenna which many people claim is junk and poorly constructed.  The second link you posted is of an Antennas Direct DB8 but from a U.S. based retailer which is selling it for $99.99 USD which is about $125 CAD with the current exchange rate.

 

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