First, responding to some points which apply later. Craig Birkmaier wrote: >Homes located in rural areas generally require sophisticated >antenna, typically mounted on tall masts or towers to >receive distant broadcasts. But obviously it would be best if they did not require a complicated antenna. The easiest way to get people to use OTA TV is to show them that indoor antennas are often sufficient. >Other than locally produced programming such as >news, this is largely untrue. Largely untrue doesn't mean untrue. UPN, on Saturday afternoons, has different programs in Wash and Balt, which I often record for viewing later. This is always the case, not occasionally. The main networks might not do this often, during prime time, but occasionally they do. And when they do, I appreciate having the choice. >As I said in the previous message, the ability to >receive distant market signals IS NOT A FEATURE, >IT IS A PROBLEM. The NFL DOES NOT want you >to receive a distant signal when a game is blacked >out in the "local market." But, again, to the consumer, the NFL is being a nuisance. Consumers like to work around nuisances, not to be encumbered by them. But the main event is that the Accurian box works quite well, in my very first testing. It is easiest to say which stations I *cannot* receive, from Wash and Balt markets. I cannot receive Washington UPN 20 and Washington PBS 26. It's too bad about UPN, because Baltimore UPN 24 is apparently only analog? PBS is no big problem, because Annapolis channel 22 and all its multicasts comes in fine. I understand that WETA-DT is on a lower tower and lower power. I know this, because they once had to transmit analog from it, when their main antenna had a problem, and the signal was very bad in analog. Very weak, where we are. So that's a lot of channels. Interestingly, virtually all these come in just fine with either of my UHF antennas, one being higher gain than the other. I have yet to try bypassing my antenna amp, which sometimes helps in DTT reception. And also curious is that a strange MHz network station, with a zillion multicasts (many are just color bars) only comes in with a VHF omni I have. So, is ATSC coverage better than analog? Well, certainly it is for us for Baltimore stations. Far better, because now they all come in as clear and sharp as local stations. With analog, some of the Baltimore stations were quite weak. More experimenting to do, with DVI input and with the aspect ratio choices, and I might try an indoor antenna downstairs, just for kicks. Bert _________________________________________________________________ FREE pop-up blocking with the new MSN Toolbar ? get it now! http://toolbar.msn.click-url.com/go/onm00200415ave/direct/01/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.