Sunday, 20 February 2011

Free TV

Pursuant to the next-to-last post:  the only thing we were missing, after putting the satellite feed on hiatus, was live sports.  Iain and I enjoy hockey, in particular, and were missing our Hockey Night In Canada fix.

I did some research on antennas, because I had heard something - somewhere - about over-the-air broadcasts.  When we started with Bell Expressvu, we purchased our PVR, and it has an input for OTA.  Some posts I read cast doubt on whether we could use it that way, but we decided to invest $30 (on sale) for a set of rabbit ears with a gain boost.  Iain actually understands this stuff; I just sort of wing it.  At any rate, he was willing to spend that much to give it a try.  It turned out to be money well spent.  Have a look at the picture above.  This is a shot of our television screen, when Five For Fighting was performing.  Not bad for rabbit ears, huh??!  This is the broadcast out of Ottawa; if we lived in Ottawa, we could pick up a lot more HD channels.  The only other one available here right now is SUN tv.  They show some movies...so we might turn it on occasionally.

My next mission is to write a letter to the CRTC, complaining about the CBC plan to shut down their repeater tower at Foymount.  I want digital OTA at the cottage, too!  And am not prepared to invest in a dish for a place where it will get so little use:  I want my free tv.  The thing about it is, I am already paying taxes to support the CBC, aren't I?  So I have, at least, the right to complain...right?

By the way, our opinion (I am speaking for Iain here, too), is that Five For Fighting is the best band name ever.

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