[opendtv] Re: Multi-Unit Dwellings and ATSC

  • From: "Adam Goldberg" <adam_g@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 12:05:00 -0400

Without addressing the rest of this, the FCC has a reasonably good fact
sheet about what may NOT be prohibited re installing an outdoor OTA antenna:

http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/otard.html

On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM, <dan.grimes@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

>
> I'm curious as to how the transition to ATSC will work out for multi-unit
> dwellings.
>
> 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?
>
> Dan
>
>

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