[opendtv] Multi-Unit Dwellings and ATSC

  • From: dan.grimes@xxxxxxxx
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 08:58:07 -0700

I'm curious as to how the transition to ATSC will work out for multi-unit 

If I understand correctly, OTA, and more specifically ATSC, was designed 
to use an outdoor antenna.  I also understand that it is every person's 
right (as in legally cannot be prohibited) to install an antenna to 
receive OTA.  I'm not sure if this only applies to single-family dwellings 
or multi-unit dwellings as well.

Either way, I'm not sure that a multi-unit dwelling owner wants an 
exterior antenna for every unit, thus, a single, central antenna would be 
installed and a distribution system delivers the signal.  If that system 
is converted to cable, as so many are, then the units will not be able to 
receive OTA. 

Remember that most here on this board specifically state that ATSC is 
designed to be used with an exterior antenna on a 50' mast.  So do the 
residents of a unit have the right to erect one?  Or are residents of 
multi-unit dwellings forced to use rabbit ears which may or may not work?


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