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    Quote Originally Posted by Maheriano View Post
    The FCC has said that analogue signal transmission will stop in January 2009 (may have been extended) so why would you want to put all that money into hardware that picks up analogue signals?
    Why do you assume analog only? Any USB tuner you can buy for the past few years has been capable of ATSC digital reception. It's actually far less hardware.

    I would be really skeptical of any tuner maintaining lock though while moving at 70 mph - especially through a dense arrangement of tall buildings, trees, and hills. Most of the current and older gen demods have a hard enough time doing echo cancellation with a large stationary antenna. Some of the new gen 8VSB demods might be better though. I plan on adding ATSC reception at some point to my rig for tailgating - feeding a projector and inflatable screen. But I haven't yet worked out the ideal antenna.
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    I thought all over the air television was analogue.....like using rabbit ears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maheriano View Post
    I thought all over the air television was analogue.....like using rabbit ears.
    Nope. Nearly every station has been simulcasting analog and digital signals for 3-4+ years now- most of the later being in 1080i mpeg2 hi-def with 5.1 AC3 (max bit-rate of 19.4 Mb/s). The analog transmitters are being shutdown in Feb'09. FCC's eventual plan is to move all the stations into the upper range of UHF so they can re-purpose and auction off VHF and lower UHF bands.

    And digital off-air reception works just fine with rabbit ears, the old school huge radio shack house antennas, or even the limo style boomerangs; despite all the fancy marketing saying you need something else.
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    Why not a slingBox for tv purposes?

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    Get a unit with diversity (2 antennas in simplified terms). The main problem with antennas in cars in not signal strength.
    Most cars have diversity systems OEM, and that is for a reason.

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    if you have DXVA enabled video processing, or a fast cpu, i recommend the Kworld http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815260023 usb tuner.

    it is ATSC only, the qam feature is worthless on it.. but since youre in a car you cant use that anyway. it does really well at receiving atsc stations, and its really cheap. works great in win7 media center too.

    for fm radio, get a hd radio tuner. that will give you good fm now and hd radio later when you want it.

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    I've used both EVGA & Pinnacle USB ATSC Digital TV recievers in the car for a while. I've used them with the antenna they came with, connected to the vehicle FM antenna and connected to rabbit ears. Unless you are extremely close to the signal source, the included antenna and FM vehicle antennas are useless in motion and marginal when standing still. The rabbit ears work resonably well in motion with strong signals, and very well with most signals when stopped.

    Now the bad news. These are FULL SIZED rabbit ears mounted in the camper shell on my pickup truck. That's an antenna span of almost 6 feet.

    The short answer is: Close to the signal and stopped? Any antenna will probably work okay. Moving or distant from source? Only rabbit ears will get a usable signal. Big rabbit ears.

    Like the other folks said, get an HD am/fm reciever. They work just fine with analog signals and sound great with HD broadcasts. I have the Visteon HDZ300 connected via Mitch's cable to Centrafuse and it works like a charm.

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    yeah i never intended using the tv mode while moving anyway... and if i REALLY need to i would just orb it, the quality suffers but i can get any channel i have on my dish network service anywhere there is cellular signal.

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