Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got a Q&A on the limits of OTA antenna reception, deals, short cuts, must-see TV, and more!
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Q&A > My Antenna Is Rated for 100+ Miles So Why Am I Having Trouble?
This week's question comes from Les who says, "My top networks are about 65 miles distant. My antenna's range is 100+ miles. Sometimes my DVR recordings fail or have pixelation. How can I resolve my issues?"
Despite marketing gimmicks from less reputable antenna brands, in ideal circumstances, the maximum distance an Over-the-Air antenna can pull in signals is about 70 miles due to the curvature of the earth. Antennas that advertise ranges beyond this should be avoided.
At a distance of 65 miles from local broadcast towers, cord cutters like Les need a quality-built amplified outdoor antenna. The antenna should be mounted on a mast or tower to avoid obstructions like trees or neighbors' rooftops.
Additionally, all efforts to maximize signal strength (avoiding splitting of signals, using RG6 shielded coax, avoiding long coaxial runs, terminating unused endpoints) should be employed. If you're unsure of how best to do this, seek the advice of a professional installer.
But even with the best equipment, cord cutters pushing the limits of the physics of antenna reception can still experience periodic audio and video break up (pixelation) and signal loss due to the digital cliff.
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DEALS > Save $30 Off Refurbished DUAL LITE OTA DVRs & More
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SHORT CUTS > RT America Shuts Down Amid Ukraine Crisis & More
'Short Cuts' delivers all the cord-cutting news you need to know about, including:
WHAT'S ON > Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Oscar Isaac hosts and Charli XCX performs on Saturday Night Live - March 5th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Catch the premiere of the dating show The Courtship - March 6th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- Season 2 of Transplant premieres for US audiences - March 6th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- Check out crime miniseries The Thing About Pam - March 8th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- The Masked Singer returns for season 7 - March 9th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV
- Survivor returns for its 42nd season - March 9th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Tune in to the premiere of Domino Masters - March 9th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV
- Kung Fu is back for season 2 - March 9th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW/CTV2
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING tab on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.
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