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[Discuss] Comcast goes all encrypted video in Cambridge

For Boston television you actually point your antenna at Needham,
because that's where the broadcasts actually come from. Channel 68
(WBPX) used to be an exception before the digital transition - their
analog transmissions came from the Prudential Center - but now they're
in Needham like everybody else.

On Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 8:12 AM, Greg Rundlett (freephile)
<greg at> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 11:57 PM, Robert La Ferla <robert at>wrote:
>> Aereo should cover some of those channels.
> The Boston channels that Aereo offers are the same channels that I pickup
> free OTA from Salisbury, MA.  Luckily for me, I'm able to pick up a few
> other channels too besides Boston.  I think $96/year is relatively
> expensive compared to "free"  ($150 in materials cost amortized over the
> lifetime of my antenna which I've had already for about two years.)
>> > Any advice on cord cutting or good HDTV antennas?
> I purchased the ClearStream 2 antenna (see link below) for $100 from Best
> Buy and installed it on my roof with 50-75 feet of coax.  The antenna is
> just smaller than 2'x3' and the mounting bracket allows for proper
> directional positioning of the antenna.  I live in Salisbury, MA and point
> the antenna at Boston (40 miles away).  I've thought of getting a second
> one to point at Worcester or Portsmouth but haven't bothered since the
> content is mostly duplicate and I already get some of the NH channels even
> though I'm not pointing that way.  The antenna works great.  I watched the
> Patriots game last night in perfect high definition.
> is one of several websites that can help you figure
> out exactly where the signals are coming from relative to your address.
> Run your 'channel auto scan' in good weather so that you don't pick up
> extraneous channels.  The signal will often get _better_ in bad weather as
> the signal bounces off the clouds -- meaning I can pull in channels that
> normally don't show up.
> All my major channels are high definition.  I just shake my head when I see
> so many cable subscribers tune to the standard definition channels - either
> because they forget the number of the HD variant, or because their
> subscription doesn't include HD.  The channels that offer old content like
> MeTV, ThisBoston are obviously not in HD.
> Channel surfing is faster on my TV than with cable.  There is a slight
> pause when changing channels (but these OTA signals are not encrypted so
> it's just signal processing).  Ironic that digital TV offers hundreds of
> channels but channel surfing is slow and painful compared the good old days
> of analog.
> I lookup programming schedule content on the web - especially
> which is light years better than the
> Comcrap "channel guide"
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